Original Work: Boring January by Eleanor St Clair

My sister told me January was boring. I disagree.
There are so many things January brings,
things to excite and amaze.
Things begin in January.

My new years resolution is still,
unspoilt, it could be kept.
I stop putting things off until the new year,
I can go for that run right now. Maybe.

Shops are busy with January sales,
I have no money anyway.
Staying away isn’t hard.
The supermarket is pretty empty again.

The thank you letters have been sent.
Christmas is over.
My time is my own again,
To waste as I see fit.

I can start again in January.
Failures from last year can be
Forgotten, cleaned up, erased.
Ready to make new mistakes again.

Original Work: Next Year by Eleanor St Clair

Next year, I will rise early, and use the time when the house is still, the dog is sleeping, the cat is hunting, to write.
Next year, I will put on my trainers, and run. Running, exploring the countryside, the area I grew up in and then forgot.
Next year, I will apply to more jobs, make smarter applications, be inventive, and choose a dream career.
Next year, I will budget my spending, shop for bargains, save money each month and stop buying rubbish.
Next year, I will eat fruit and vegetables, cook different dishes, lose half a stone and stop eating chocolate.
Next year, next year. But right now, my tummy hurts from that huge Christmas dinner, so let me sleep.
I will dream of next year.


Its NaNoWriMo, or for those of us who like the full name, National Novel Writing Month! This is my first year doing NaNoWriMo and I am really excited to get started. If you have never heard of it before, basically you have to write 50 thousand words for a novel in one month.
So, I have three days left to plan my novel, and I have read lots of advice from experienced NaNo-ers. Most of them say to start with an idea that you are not cherishing, as you are more likely to mess around with it and push it to the extremes if you do this. Hopefully by Saturday I will have a synopsis, which I will post to this site.
Anyway, off to do further planning
Wish me luck

Dissertation Zombie

Dissertation Zombie

The Dissertation Zombie is the result of a disease found in Universities across the UK. They have a pale, tired complexion and often are seen pulling hair out of their head. The condition is caused by extreme stress during a third year of a degree where upon a student might have to write the dreaded “Dissertation”. The condition includes symptoms such as inability to stop talking about the dissertation, inability to talk about upcoming deadlines, extreme procrastination, increasing amount of time spent in bed, glassy stares, large rings under the eyes and an addiction to Disney films.
The only known cure is to implement the phase called “Hand-in”. This is a dangerous phase; the zombie may worsen temporarily and then will recover suddenly, going back to being “normal” student.
If you find yourself surrounded by dissertation zombies, shout out loudly “How is your abstract coming along” and then run away in the confusion.

Let’s get the Dissertation Zombie trending with the hashtag #DissertationZombie