A quick update before I go to bed

  • Mar. 17th, 2011 at 10:32 PM
kelzadiddle: (Toybota!!)
I'm exhausted, but decided to post to a) update you with my progress and b) prove that I am still alive.

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Proof I'm Still Alive

I dunno. Throw a peanut at me or something!

Anyway, writing the sponsored novel has been stressful. I'm just about managing 30 pages a day but god, it's difficult. I think of a storyline to keep myself occupied and then it just disintegrates into babble. I'm starting to just write a series of unrelated bits and pieces. If I'm really struggling, I'm writing bits from 'The Chronicles of Stan' or 'The Great Couch Happening of '69' to boost my page count, or ranting pointlessly when times aren't quite that hard.

Also, I got my guitar and clarinet! I managed to totally ruin the G and high E strings on the guitar (they were worn as it was, then I played for a good two hours yesterday) and I'm finding the clarinet impossible to get any sound out of. I fill my lungs with air, blow, blow, blow harder and then get a high squeak just as I'm going blue in the face. And Dad took it upon himself to put it together while I was doing something else yesterday - forgetting to grease the cork bits. Now I can't take the damn thing apart. Thanks, Dad.

I seriously didn't think the clarinet would be so difficult. I don't know what I'm doing wrong, but I will get it to work. I'm not spending £90 on an instrument so that it can gather dust on my desk.
kelzadiddle: (keep calm and read Wodehouse)
Wow - I haven't updated much, have I? Since my last entry, in fact, I've written a heckload of articles, seen the next issue of the Star go to print and, of course, said farewell to my work placement.

Yep, my work placement ended yesterday. I was only in until 12 because the team had to meet outside Student Services at college by 12:15. So, I wrote a couple of church fillers, a longer piece about the Friends of the Sacred Heart's £1000 donation to the North West Air Ambulance Charity, finalised that annoying college paperwork and went.

We'll have to wait and see whether I can continue the placement after the Prince's trust is over. Which, incidentally, it almost is. Three weeks left of the twelve. Blimey.

The main problem I can see with continuing my placement after the course is transport. I'd have to get a bus into town every day, and it's £2 one way. That's £4 a day, so £20 a week. I'd be spending £40 a fortnight just on transport, and I only get £102 every two weeks. A weekly saver would be £16, but that's still £32 a week out of the money I need to save to move to Ireland.

I expressed these concerns to Tim, the assistant team leader, and he said he'd see what he can do. Now, I've been put onto a company called TNG who works with the Job Centre on job skills and employability - I'll be going to these guys one day a week and my placement the other four, if indeed I can go back. I think something was said about a grant for transport.

Yep, I'll have to buy a weekly ticket on the first week, according to the e-mail I got, but they'll refund £12 of it. I also continue to get the normal £15 on top of my JSA, which means I can spend this on a weekly saver and put away most of my money for the move.

So, what else has been going on? Not an awful lot. Honestly, I'm looking forward to a nice, relaxing weekend.

Not a lot is under the cut )

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