Hi there, on the last Tuesday of November, I finished redrafting my novel for approximately the fourth time. I have updated the first chapter here so you can read it. However, if you are interested in reading the whole thing, email me at email@example.com and I will send you a PDF of the manuscript. I'm starting to edit the sequel soon.
|Jacket, from my mum|
Top, Meadham Kirchhoff for Amazon
Skirt, George at Asda
On Friday I went to the cinema to see Gravity. Considering all the hype around it, I thought it was probably best to see it in 3D on the big screen. I didn't disappoint. It isn't the sort of film I'd rewatch but the special effects were brilliant and the plot made me cry at a couple of different points. The ending was a little cheesy but what would a Hollywood box-office hit be without a cheesy ending? I also watched The Silence of the Lambs on Friday which was fantastic. If Ghostface from the Scream films calls me anytime soon to ask me, 'What's your favourite scary movie?' I'd probably reply that it's either The Silence of the Lambs, Misery or the Scream films themselves. Then I'd freak out and probably get stabbed I don't know.
On Saturday I went to the school Christmas Fayre and bought some cute fashion postcards and a couple of presents. In the evening my friend came round and we made pendants (see below.) Now we just need to put them on chains and give some of them as gifts.
Yesterday I watched Summer Heights High for the first time after unavoidably having seen multiple Jam'ie screen caps on tumblr. I watched the second episode tonight and it is very amusing. I've been listening to a lot of Bob Dylan and also a lot of Daughter this week. I guess I've always associated folk-y music with winter. I'm not sure why. I even picked up my guitar for the first time in ages to learn 'Like A Rolling Stone' after I watched the Bob Dylan documentary No Direction Home on Sunday. One of my favourite songs at the moment is 'All Flowers In Time Bend Towards The Sun' by Jeff Buckley and Elizabeth Fraser, hence this title. The lyrics are so soothing and sweet whilst both voices carry emotion in such a breathtakingly beautiful manner.
On Wednesday I sent off my fashion blogger secret santa gift. I was supposed to send it off last Saturday so sorry if you're taking part in the same secret santa and tutting at my lack of organisation. I received mine in the post on Tuesday but I'm going to wait until Christmas Day to open it so thank you to my secret santa if you're reading this. I'm sure that your gift is wonderful. I bought the latest issues of Uncut and i-D magazine today. i-D is wonderful as usual and Uncut has Morrissey on the cover as well as articles on The Beatles and Lou Reed so it too is fabulous.
|Pendants: (top row, left to right)- Morrissey, Patti Smith, Kirsten Dunst as Lux Lisbon (bottom row)- Kate Moss, Sam Weir|
This week, two incredibly significant things happened. To label them 'incredibly significant' may seem trivial if you have not yet watched Tavi Gevinson's talk at the Melbourne Writer's Festival in which she talks about the power and importance of fangirling. What happened was that I bought Uncut magazine with Morrissey on the cover (as mentioned above) and Tavi Gevinson posted on her blog. This same week, I also went to a Palma Violets concert and to see Meadham Kirchhoff: Fashion In Motion at the V&A. A series of similar events happened to me in October when Morrissey's Autobiography and Rookie Yearbook 2 were published within days of each other and around the same time as I saw Johnny Marr live. These two weeks are not typical in my life; they are rare wonders. The two series' of events make everything in life seem very linear and like everything happens for a reason. These things give me some kind of central point to return to in my life.
|Bob Dylan collage in my journal after I did after watching No Direction Home|
In Tavi's Melbourne talk she calls Rookie her 'religion'; a controversial term that people have been using to refer to celebrity culture since John Lennon caused outrage amongst Christian groups when he compared The Beatles to Jesus. I don't think that this comment undermines Jesus or Christianity. You only have to look at photographs and videos of the original fangirls of Beatlemania to see how seriously fans took the band. One eager, determined 13 year old girl climbed the side of a hotel building to try and catch sight of the fab four. Fangirling and religion can both be very important parts of people's lives. They are both comforting and, in many cases, set at least some sort of moral code.
|Uncut magazine, Meadham Kirchhoff ticket and programme, Club to Catwalk exhibition ticket|
Morrissey and Rookie are both easy to make into religion as their are so many archived songs, interviews, blog posts, style, art, journals and photography to learn from. Morrissey is so outspoken and Tavi has spoken (well, mostly written) so much.
|My book manuscript on my desk :)|
The Uncut issue and Tavi's blog post reminded me that life is okay. Tavi will always be there somewhere and Morrissey can always be revisited. I will probably find new people to look up to throughout my lifetime. I will possibly move on from Morrissey, and Tavi will be there to remind me that that's okay.