February Crafty Endeavours

Posted by blatantblithe on February 2, 2011 Blog posts | Music | Personal | University | Zines | | 2 comments

Helloooo!  Things are good at the moment.  I’ve just had my results back for last semester, and I’m delighted with how well I’ve done, considering I was a complete mess for the first 2 weeks of January with stress!  I’ve just started my new modules, all of which are going well so far, and I’m writing my dissertation.  Very scary, but I’m feeling better about my abilities than ever before.  I’m trying to keep on top of everything, and get things done early so I don’t get too stressed out at a later date, which might mean less time for crafty things and blog updates… it’s regrettable, but it’ll be worth it in the end.

I’m now considering doing a Gender Studies MA instead of a PGCE, as lots of people have told me that teaching is a pretty tough route to go down unless you’re 100% committed and passionate about it… for the first time ever, I’m feeling relatively confident in my academic capabilities (not first-class confident, but 68% confident, which is also good), so maybe I could become an academic…?

Anyway, enough rambling.  I’ve got lots of crafty bits and pieces coming along nicely, most of which will hopefully come to light in the next month or so!  Keep your eyes peeled.

The new issue of Artemis is now available to view online at http://issuu.com/artemiszine, or pick up at upcoming Women’s Network events.  We’re trying to get a stand in the Portland building where we can let people pick up free copies, but there’s a lot of red tape to battle through.  Pffft.


Crafty endeavours this month include:

1. Here. In My Head. #7 / Your Pretty Face is Going Straight to Hell! #14
Yes, my next zine will be a split with Tukru!  SO excited about this; it’ll be out before the end of February!

2. Twt #3: Things I Dislike
Another free mini-zine.  Always fun to make (plus there’s something quite cathartic about voicing your frustrations/dislikes in a funny silly way, don’t you think?).

3. Writing new songs
I’ve got a bad habit of leaving songs unfinished before moving on to writing the next one.  This has happened again over the past few months, so one afternoon I went through my songbook, and planned out all the unfinished songs and fragments I had.  Turns out I have sixteen songs on half – and four finished – that are shaping up to be really great songs.  So technically, I could have finished writing my second album by the summer, which is so exciting.  I’ve had writers’ block for such a long time – I think I only wrote three proper songs in my first and second years of university.  When I hit my third year, I finally got my act together and started finishing songs, working on lyric and music drafts that had been floating around for years, and writing entirely new pieces.  It feels really good, to get back into it all. 🙂  Of course, I won’t be able to record my second album for at least another year, which sucks, but there ya go.

4. Secret project with Hannah (Not Lonely zine)
All will be revealed soon.

5. 101 Things in 1001 Days
Watched lots of awesome films in January (including Black Swan – soooo good!), and completed one or two other challenges too.


In other news, I’ve cut my hair a lot shorter and dyed the light bits red.  I don’t know if I like it.

I’m tempted to bleach the lot and go back to blue/turquoise.  I miss having hair this colour:

But that won’t be a wise decision if I’m planning to attend job interviews this year!  I hate being an adult.


  • Hannah said on Feb 3, 2011 11:14 am

    Hehe secret project, I like it 😀

    Your plan to go into further study rather than teaching sounds good, & it seems like you’re working very hard (& you’re a clever woman) so academia should be within your reach <3

    I love your new haircut, you really suit a fringe. I do love the blue colour too (though red is good also).

    • Catherine said on Feb 3, 2011 7:31 pm

      Thanks for the lovely comment Hannah! 🙂

      Turns out that they’ve cut grants and bursaries for anyone wanting to train to teach anything other than maths and science, so the teaching thing is looking pretty unattractive right now, haha. Thanks for your advice in the email the other day too.


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