Site Launch – www.thereaderwriter.com

The Reader Writer  – Has officially launched! My blog will be moving here, please come take a look and get in touch via the new site if you have any guest blogging opportunities for me.

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Website Launch and Guest Blogging

So, I know I have been rather quiet lately, and that is because I am preparing to launch my freelance writing and editing business! I am currently putting the finishing touches to the website, but you can follow on facebook for updates – FB The Reader Writer

 

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Here is a sneak peak of the site which will be launching soon!

Most of my content will be moving over to the new site, so if you have enjoyed reading I’d love for you to follow along on my adventures.

 

I am still building a portfolio and would love to get a few guest blogging opportunities, I am seeking some out but if you’d like me to write for you please get in touch, here or view thereaderwriter@outlook.com. It does not need to be about books or writing, I have many interests from music, film, and food to beauty and fashion! Please get in touch!

Broken Promises.

Look I know we’ve been here before, I won’t deny it, we’ve all made mistakes, words were forgotten and promises broken.  But I swear this time things will be different…I promise?!


 

So I know, I know, I know I said this time would be different, I’d keep on top of posting and for a little while there it really looked like I was going to.  But who knew completing my MA, moving across the globe, and starting a new career would be so tiring! I started writing and editing for Life in the Bay a great expat blog which I am hugely enjoying, as well as starting a new job which actually involves writing and editorial work! It has been a good and busy few months.

But this has all meant of course, less reading, and less writing. I have a million and one half written posts, and even more ideas. So now that I am settling into more of a rhythm in my new life I am going to try to get back to it.


Currently reading: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

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This has been an interesting experience. I read these first time round, and only time so far, as they came out. So there is a strange bittersweet nostalgia to re-reading them. It’s not that they have lost any of their magic, but I remember the total love and astonishment and amazement I felt first time around. And whilst I still love them, knowing what is coming, and all the hype which surrounds the now far too vast franchise does take something away from them. I remember enjoying the later entries in the series more anyway, so perhaps when I get there I will find some more of that magic and sparkle.

Don’t get me wrong, I am really enjoying finally giving it a second go, I just guess I wish it was all still new to me.

 

100 Followers!

Today I reached the milestone of 100 followers! Thank you all so much for following, I really appreciate it and I love all the interactions and comments from you guys, makes me feel really good to hear your thoughts and know that you are enjoying the things I post!

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Books, words, and reading are such huge passions of mine and I am so happy to be able to share that with so many people who have the same love for literature and language.

Keep reading, keep commenting, let me know what you like or don’t like, want to see more of or less of.

Freedom! Dystopia. &  Normal Service Resumes

So, Sunday was thesis deadline day, I managed to hand it in on Friday and took a few days off to recover! Now I am back and will be updating a bit more regularly. Here is a bit on my thesis and the writing of it:

Thesis 1

The final week = edit, edit, editing!


Writing the thesis was a pretty interesting process, I have never written such a long piece of non-fiction before. My subject was freedom in dystopian literature – specifically Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell and The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. The basic premise being that though dystopian literature by definition is a reaction to the contemporaneous world of the author, it retains relevance and understanding through the ever present themes of freedom, free will and liberty.

Of course I have written a lot of papers over my studies but I think the reason I enjoyed the process as much as I did is because I love the books so much. The first part of the process, as with any paper I write (after reading the novels, of course) is research, research and more research. This is normally the most tiresome part, though I love the literature and getting a more in depth perspective on it some of the writing on it can be shall we say…pretty dry! But with these novels I thoroughly enjoyed this, being able to really pick apart the books and get down to such a detailed level, and having such a large word count to meet, meant no constraints on my research. So often I have to curtail my research and narrow my focus so much more as the paper required is so short, here I didn’t need to do that and I was in my element…!

For a lot of people these books are so bleak and dark that they cannot understand my passion for them, firstly, Nineteen Eighty-Four The Handmaid’s Tale particularly are just so well written that even with such depressing subject matter they are worth reading. And secondly for me, it is this presence of hope which makes the books worthwhile.

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Submission Time!

If the books were truly so dark, why would freedom, and the pursuit of freedom always be so present as a theme? Yes, these attempts to gain freedom, more often than not, fail. But someone tried, someone hoped enough, even in such bleak prospects, that freedom could be gained. The authors write these books as a prophetic warning, a warning which would not be worth giving if there was no hope of freedom from the chosen constraints was possible.


Nineteen Eighty-Four is probably my all time favourite book, with one of the best opening lines, and most heart wrenching endings in literature. If you haven’t read it, what have you been doing? Prepare yourself for that ending though…every time I get there it is like a knife through the heart.


“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen…” – George Orwell

Update: Thesis. Stress. Panic!

Hi all!

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Sorry things have been a bit quiet, I have so many posts at the half way point but I am absolutely snowed with thesis work. In case you don’t know (I’ve been so quiet about it!) I am writing about dystopian literature, specifically Brave New World, Nineteen Eighty-Four, and The Handmaid’s Tale. 

My project is due exactly a week today so I am in the midst of collating sources, writing my bibliography and edit, edit, edit, editing! As such my brain has been everywhere and I have not been concentrating very well on my posts.

I am attempting to complete one of my posts this evening but I am not sure I will get there. So, if things remain quiet, look out for me next week when I will be free! Free to…panic about where life goes next, oh dear!?!

Finding direction… 

Re-Reads

This blog started out as  a way to get me writing, writing anything at all, and as it turns out I’ve really enjoyed it. I never really had a plan on what I’d write about or anything like that and I’d just post whatever came to mind as it came to mind. As time has gone on my posts seem to have diversified into a variety of categories, so this week (after much fiddling) I have added categories for different types of posts, so that if there is a particular type of post you enjoy, you’ll always know where to find it.

I’m never really sure what people enjoy most, so have a read of the categories, and what they are, and let me know what types of posts you enjoy and if you have any you’d like to see more or less of, even any specific ideas if you’d like a post on it! Thanks!


In Depth/Literary Criticism

As you might expect, this is where you will find the lengthier, in depth explorations of books and writing. Whether on character, genre, or an examination of a specific theme, this is where you’ll find it. This is probably my favourite thing to post, but they take a lot longer to plan and write, so I end up putting them off until I have time often!

Suggested Reads: 

  1. It is a truth universally acknowledged that certain novels are classics
  2. The importance of studying literature
  3. My favourite characters, and how they might help me to be a better writer…

Fun (& Fiction)

Here you’ll find listicles, quotes, and some slightly less in depth stuff…along with very occasional forays into fiction – maybe I’ll be brave enough to do more of this one day!.

Suggested Reads: 

  1. A Literary Love Listicle
  2. Never Judge A Book By Its Cover…
  3. Literary Transformations: From the page to the screen

Reviews

No explanation required! Up until now reviews have mostly been within a longer article, but I’m trying out doing them in a lengthier, standalone format.


General

Just blog updates, hiatuses, nothing too thrilling here!


So, feel free to let me know any thoughts you might have, what sort of posts you enjoy, and what you don’t, I’d love any feedback!