I’m back at my term time job which is in Higher Education, but still gardening in my spare time. I’ve stopped writing! But started back with my MA classes?!? I think I have the ideas in my mind, but I want to have a break, a pause in my output, so I can restart and feel like I’ve changed.
I’ve grown a beard…(attractive and complete with white/grey/ginger camouflage by the looks of things) it’s been more bushy than in the picture but I’ve tidied it up. What else? I’ve watched a couple of films, Tales from Earthsea and Whisper of the Heart, which of course were brilliant. I’ve seen all the Studio Ghibli at my university now so I’ll have to start buying them.
I’ve seen the Tourist with Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp, which was so dreadful I can’t explain, I was purposefully holding my breath so I’d lose consciousness. It was like watching Fashion TV. Manhattan (1979), which I’ve seen before and is my favourite film, and I Love You New York, which is a lovely collection of shorts about New York. So that’s a few off the list. In book terms I’ve read a few off the infamous list of classics, The French Lieutenants woman which was horrid, really ghastly. And a Russian novel and some short stories none of which lived up to the modern bestsellers I’m currently reading.
Here’s my shirts, all off to the shop, which is more significant than you realise, these are my ‘teaching shirts’ from when I used to teach High School, so by getting rid of them (some still spattered with paint [I was an art teacher]) I’m kind of saying I’m not going back to that. There was nothing wrong with teaching, the kids were lovely, and when I’m rich and famous and a super-ace novelist I’ll go back to working with kids for sure. It’s teachers I don’t like, and I didn’t want to be one. I didn’t like the shouting, the forcing people to spit out chewing gum, the staff room gossip, the politics…none of it. So these shirts have represented my lack of faith in my future, and the chance I’d slip back into teaching because I’d run out of other options and now they’re moving on to a new home. Also lots of other things I don’t need are moving on. It’s tough but invigorating to clear out things you haven’t used.
For next month I’ll be able to tick off the beer festival challenge, the gig challenge, maybe the vegetarian challenge but I have a feeling November might be better for that one. Also I plan to read a few more classics and watch more movies. The zombie walk looks like it isn’t going to happen, and there’s a few more challenges I’d rather replace with other things, but I don’t know if that’s allowed.
Finally Sammy Dee, at Manchester Meanders, has been shortlisted for a blog award in the Manchester blog awards and you don’t have to sign up to vote just click the box, follow the link: http://www.manchesterblogawards.com/the-shortlist