Sunshine in the distant sky, but not quite warm enough to abandon your jacket. Longer days and shorter nights as the world keeps turning around — a glimpse towards the future. Another summer is about to begin, another summer full of dreams and inspirations. Another chance to explore the corner of the world we call our home.
Flowers begin to appear, leaves are now on every tree. The colours changing more quickly than I can believe. I’ve seen the earth’s cycle over twenty times now; but the time that winter leaves us, the time that spring brings summer to us, is one part of this world I can never stop appreciating.
Spring is the season of opportunity, of times anew. A chance to look forward and believe in what we can accomplish. Perhaps as this spring marks my final time as a student — my last spring full of deadlines and revision — that it permits me to look at the world anew. The next seasons won’t be restricted by the academic year and that’s something that vey much excites me.
I love the simplicity of a postcard, a suggestion of a tale, of an adventure making its way just to you. There’s something extremely personal in a postcard, the picture and place it represents in addition to the words etched into the paper.
There’s also the mysterious stamp in the top left hand corner, recognisable but still unknown. A presentation of a different country whittled down to a square inch.
Then there’s the language we use on a postcard, its the only time in English we can write without a subject — a different language and culture is already subconsciously making an impact on us. We can write brief, simple statements, or long, descriptive tales. Our writing too big or too small for the world we’re attempting to recreate.
Next time a postcard drops through the letter box, take time to appreciate what else it contains and the power of language it encompasses.
Having been encapsulated with Emma Donoghue’s writing since reading Room, a must if you’re yet to read this masterpiece. The Wonder takes us on an altogether different journey, one of mystery, religion, and a suspected lie.
We move back to the 19th century across the Irish Sea with Lib, a Nightingale Nurse, who has been chosen to watch the miracle of the fasting girl. Suspicion is clear from the beginning of this tale. It’s not possible to live without food, certainly not to have survived four months on a daily spoonful of water.
Through Donoghue’s writing we become absorbed in the small Irish village life, and a mystery that seems impossible to discover. Lib’s matter-of-fact mannerism allows her narration to appear honest, as she tries to make this miraculous girl eat again. It’s a tale that puts belief and religion into the structure of this girl’s world, unearthing additional secrets at each turn.
Based upon the stories of the real fasting girls dotted throughout Irish history, this novel brings together the moral questions and desire for forgiveness that will cross most of our paths. It shows that things are never truly what they seem, life is full of secrets.
It’s certainly an intriguing read.
As a new month begins, and the hopes of summer days continue across the UK. I thought I’d introduce a recent find; I’ve proven my love for literature and theatre, books and galleries but I also enjoy being a little creative and occasionally putting pen to paper.
Last month I began a new journal, I’ve started journals before but tend to have given up by day three – surprisingly I’ve stuck with this one a whole month. The bullet journal is much more flexible then previous organisers, journals and diaries, allowing you to do with it all you please. For me it’s a mixture of to-do lists, notes and ideas but also full of doodles, quotes and longer journal pieces where I let my thoughts run wild.
I can make notes on books, write out my blog posts, countdown to events or simply doodle through my day. It’s kept me organised while also being a bit of relaxation and creativity. If you ever need some inspiration, Instagram is full of beautifully illustrated future logs, habit trackers and daily’s to name just a few.
It’s simple, effective and fun; I’m not even halfway through my current notebook, yet I’ve already purchased my next one. Have you started any journals recently?