Runes and Rhinestones

I'm a modern day Viking, navigating my way through a stormy sea of stuff.

Five places I want to go.

Hairy stole my Easter egg. Well, no he didn’t because I asked him to hide it. Three Easter Eggs in one weekend between the two of us was definitely enough for me! It does mean that I’m sat here after my brutal gym session this morning having eaten a nice sensible salad craving something sweet and bad for me. I looked for it, but I can’t find it.

Last weekend was Easter weekend, and Hairy and I went down to Kent to visit my half of the family. As far as multiple family visits go, it was very nice. I was incredibly happy to see both my sister and little cousin, but we didn’t really have any time to do anything other than visit grandparents (again, totally lovely).

The best bit about my entire weekend was definitely playing Pop ‘n’ Hop (similar to Frustration) with my sister, cousin and Hairy. We had ice cream and then cracked out the game and the heat was on. Apparently we’re all insanely competitive as there was plenty of shouting and ganging up on Hairy (who still managed to win both times!), laughing and general good feeling. We also played cards (Hairy won again. You know what they say though, unlucky in cards but lucky in love and I’m sticking to that. That’s why I always lose).

Tell us about the top five places you’ve always wanted to visit. GO!

I don’t know about always wanted to visit because I was a bit odd as a child and didn’t really think about travelling in this world.

  1. On the other hand, I always wanted to go to Middle Earth. I couldn’t really decide where, but the top contenders were always Fangorn Forest (for the Ents!), Hobbiton in the Shire (for the beer!) and Helm’s Deep (for the caves!).
  2. I also wanted to go to Alagaësia – the country in the Inheritance cycle by Paolini. I kind of wanted to be a Dragon Rider although I did fall out of love with the books as I carried on reading them. On the other hand (again) – magic, dragons and beautiful tree cities in forests that were made by singing. And swords. I like swords.
  3. I loved reading Pullman’s Dark Materials and always wanted to go to Lyra’s Oxford so I could have a daemon too! For those of you who haven’t experienced the delight of Northern Lights and therefore don’t have a clue what I’m talking about, a daemon is part of your soul that manifests on the outside in the form of an animal that only settles down when you become an adult. Lyra’s world is close enough to ours that it wouldn’t be a big change but it was definitely appealing.
  4. I’m just re-reading it, but Eva Ibbotson wrote a beautiful book called Journey to the River Sea about a young girl who ends up in the Amazon near Manaus and I’ve always loved it. It’s not fantasy in the vein of my other childhood reading, but along with Isabel Allende’s amazing City of Beasts I have always wanted to go to the Amazon. I’d probably hate it in real life – too many bugs, too hot and sticky and all the rest of the tribulations that come with pasty white skin that burns, but if I had the chance to go I would in a heartbeat.
  5. Finally, there was a series of books by Tamora Pierce that started with Trickster’s Choice, and I’m pretty sure the heroine had blue hair. Knights, demi-goddesses and spying were definitely enough to make me want to go to Tortall.

And now I know you can’t actually get to other worlds?

  1. I want to go to Iceland. One of my friends went there to volunteer about half a year ago and it’s beautiful and I’m jealous.
  2. I want to go to Greek islands. I don’t really mind which one, but Hairy and I are hoping to go there on our honeymoon. Like grown ups and everything.
  3. I want to go to the Amazon. Yes, I totally said I would hate it and I probably will but even so. Some things are worth suffering for.
  4. I want to go to Norway and travel along the fjords, whether that’s by boat or by road I don’t really mind.
  5. And I want to go Cornwall again. I love it there – Tintagel especially.
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So, why do I blog?

I’ve signed myself up for another blogging challenge because I am a cool person like that. I know I’ve been blogging for over a year now and it is actually getting a bit harder to figure out what to write (long term writer’s block anyone?) and I enjoy having some sort of framework to get me to working.

Why do I blog? It started out as a way to meet other people and help me feel a little less lonely while I was working on my last year at university. My blog became a way of getting some sort of validation, it gave me a place to form my opinions and to share the good and bad bits of my life with other people. Then there was that wobble last year when I nearly gave it all up and ever since then it’s been more difficult. Knowing that people I know are reading this suddenly means I am writing for faces I know rather than throwing each of my posts into the ether and hoping the blogging community will take kindly to it.

Why am I still writing? Because I still like being able to get my thoughts down and share even some parts of my life. It’s something that I do for me, and it’s something that I don’t want to give up. I am an incredibly flighty person; insanely prone to picking up a hobby and loving it for all of about three months before I lose interest in it completely. I’ve done that over and over throughout my life and each time I do it’s a disappointment to me because I didn’t have the gumption to see it through.

I don’t blog because I’m a leader in my field and have valuable information to pass on to you. I don’t do it to expand on a single subject, unless that subject is my life. I don’t want to be published, and although I love it when I get comments and hits on my blog it’s also not only about that. I don’t really know why I do it, but I do.

What would it look like if my blog exceeded my wildest dreams? I’d be posting twice a week, and getting hits and comments on everything. I don’t know the sort of community I’d like to have participating in my blog – that’s up to the people who’d like to know what I’m doing!

My three goals:

  1. I want to be posting something (anything at all) twice a week. I dropped down to once a week and that seems too slow for me. I need to keep interacting with my blog otherwise I forget about it and that’s not good! I think I’ll do a craft/what I’ve been making post and a what’s-going-on-in-my-life post. That’s two a week!
  2. I want to spend an hour a week reading and commenting on the blogs that I follow. I have always been pretty terrible at this, but I promise I will be doing better.
  3. I’m going to make a weekly feature (as I tried and failed with for Wish List Wednesday). I don’t know what it will be – please let me know if you have any ideas!

This is going to be up until August at least, and from then I can’t guarantee anything (wedding things may make me slightly insane).

 

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