Chit-chat and Catch-up

Sunday, 30 August 2015

August catch up

August has been a bit of a busy and difficult but exciting month for me. There weren't massive gatherings or anything constantly, but it's surprising how going out for a evening can take it out of you for a while (yep, not going to lie, I became a homebody many years ago!). Apologies for the picture quality, but I only had my phone camera at hand when I was out and about.

I had the wonderful opportunity to go and see the live reading of The Iliad at the Almeida earlier this month. This was an amazing project put on by the Almeida and the British Museum and involved over 50 actors and actresses, each reading a few pages, before passing on the baton to the next person. It was a hugely ambitious project, because the Iliad is very long, and it began at 9 in the morning, and didn't finish until 1am the next morning! What was really clever about this is the fact that it was live-streamed throughout its duration, so that people who couldn't make it to the British Musuem during the day or didn't have tickets for the evening part, could watch it from the comfort of their own homes. I saw that when they were getting the equipment and people over to the Almeida, they even filmed and live-streamed it on public transport. That's what I call dedication! As someone who studied the Iliad at university, and as one of my favourite 'books', it was absolutely thrilling listening to some wonderful talents bring the story to life as it was done originally. I saw some amazing people, some I recognised, some I didn't. Of the people I recognised, I saw Mark Gatiss (Sherlock's older brother Mycroft from the series), Ian McDairmid (Emperor Palpatine from the Star Wars series), Ben Whishaw, Tobias Menzies and a whole load of other amazing people whose names I've forgotten now. Not everyone read things the way I would have wanted, but then, each artist had the freedom to interpret passages how they wanted, so I respect that. I think the Almeida will be releasing this as a video or DVD at some point later. If you're interested in such thing, I highly recommend trying to watch some of it at some point. Even when I was watching it through livestreaming, I felt thrilled and excited, even more so when I was in the theatre. Honestly, it was one of the most wonderful things I've ever experienced.

I had a bit of travelling and meeting up with people more this month, as well as spending time with my family who I don't really see all that often, something I am trying to resolve to do more now by trying to organise my calendar and schedule better (I'm writing this from my parents' house right now). It was great fun visiting a friend in Oxford, even if it was the day after the Iliad reading, when I got home at 2am and had to be up at 7am *cries*. I had the joy of trying out a rosemary and salt flavoured ice-cream. Sounds gross, I know, but I found it oddly delicious.

I've seen so much improvement in my blog, what with getting more involved in Twitter, and I feel like I'm slowly getting less shy about having a blog. Although I still feel like an utter newb at the whole thing, I don't feel so awkward about being it, because everyone in the blogging community has been so friendly, kind and helpful. When I receive comments and compliments from other bloggers, I have a little meltdown of happiness each time, even if it's the smallest thing.

This now leads me onto what I'm going to change about my blogging schedule. Ordinarily, I would post 4 times a week, diligently, even if it meant last minute panicks and late nights. I would always try my absolute hardest to post Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. However, in the past couple of weeks, after making sure I get onto social media on a daily basis, I've realised just how much of a time investment blogging is. Normally I'm really organised, but for the past couple of months, I've felt like I've been running at full-tilt to catch-up or to make up for time where I've wanted to chill and relax, or start sorting out my house, or just taking time for myself! I've also found out that my sister, who I'm really close to, is going to be moving to a different country sooner rather than later. What I thought was going to happen in a year or a year and a half's time looks set to happen in much less time. What with this, visiting family and friends more, giving some more time to fitness again, as well as making sure I produce content I'm proud of, I won't be posting on Saturday's so often. I'm still trying to see what schedule fits me best, so I'm going to see if I can stick to Tuesday, Thursday and Sundays, and post every other Saturday, so I will see how well this fits in. If it doesn't work, I'll go down to posting purely 3 times a week, but I'll update you on that. It makes me feel a little bit of a failure in one sense, but at the same time, I feel it's the best thing to do in order to take control of my blog again. After all, I'm the boss of my blog, not the other way round.

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