New start didn’t get get off to a great start

So last Friday it was my first full day at university. The night before didn’t go to plan what with no phone signal and having a small bladder spasm but, I survived.

I had breakfast, put on some makeup and went to explore the freshers marquee and explore the campus a bit more.

It may have been cold and grey but to me the day was hopeful. It was lovely to see the campus blooming with its vibrant inhabitants. 

I bought my freshers ticket, intending to make the most of every second on having fun. I joined tonnes of campus programs including the disabled Student’s Union, the sustainability project and volunteering with the elderly. The theme of the tent was a spring picnic but, I couldn’t help wondering if they were trying to copy Bake Off…

I went back to my room after having lunch with some student nurses and after a dodgey lunch the day before and needed the loo, transferring myself and requiring help to get back in my chair, the university decided I’m unsafe to live on my own and require 24/7 care when, in actual fact I have three calls a day and my family wouldn’t have encouraged me to live at uni if I wasn’t safe.

Going behind my back, they rang my mother and told her I had to get off campus. So I’ve spent freshers week at home…

We had a meeting with the university and they tried to say there is a risk to other students that I need the loo. I know to ring my nine emergency numbers or the district nurses, it’s not as if I’m going to announce in a lecture; ‘Hello! I need to deficate! Would someone help me?!’ They were just making excuses.

Anyway long story short, they are letting me back on campus Monday and giving a two week review as to wether they think the care package is sufficient(!) 

They even had the cheek to ask me to defer! I know that I would harm myself if I had to spend another year at home.

I’m just glad I’m back for lectures! Just gutted I’ve missed freshers and bonding with my flatmates!

Let’s hope the care plan gets the big wigs approval today… fingers crossed! Stay tuned for an update!

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Poem: A New Chapter

So, the last chapter has finished

A new one is to begin. 

I feel anxious as I turn the page,

What’s to happen in this chapter?

Will it turn out alright?

Well, that’s up to me

This is my life.

I want to live in the movement and 

Do extrodinary things

And not hide away as I’ve 

Done before.

This isn’t just a new chapter but a 
Fresh start.

This is my story 

And 

This is my wonderful life,

I’m back and I’m going to uni

I’m back using this blog full time and I’m gonna use it to document my degree, Creative Writing with English…. it’s actually quite scary to think on 2 October I’m starting a degree when A-levels weren’t  exactly a breeze for me! 😩 right now I’m enjoying my last week at home and getting to know my flatmates in a group chat. I’ve already apologised for being a boring person in advance.  I only really want to party a little bit as I’m not that sort person, my main focus will be my degree and becoming more of a cook in the kitchen!

I can’t believe I’m going to Uni next week because the transition process hasn’t been exactly smooth. Trying to find a ceilidh agency that can cater to a disabled university student is a nightmare I feel like the 1st to dissbled person in Wales to go to university. So now my mum has to take two weeks annual leave to do my personal care next week to give us time to find an agency that can help us!

Uni dorm; my room is cream so I’ve gotten some vintage bunting which I’m going to hang around my room and floral tablecloths to cover my bedside table and desk because I really don’t like Teik style furniture. I can’t believe I’m taking my own bed down and my armchair! I don’t want my flatmate to think I’m getting special treatment because I’m sure they rather bring their beds from home!  

Kitchen: For the first time in my life I will have an adapted kitchen! My inner Gordon Ramsey will be realeased! I just hope my flatmate will  not take advantage and help keep things tidy…
Class: So as far as I know In my compulsory module will be studying:

  • Dracula 
  • Frankenstein
  • Jane Eyre 
  • The Wide sagaso Sea

I don’t mind studying these  just as long as in the creative writing side of the course I get to unleash my magic!!!

I can’t believe I’m finally going to a place where people are passionate about their subject!

Disability: I hope to God I’ll be able to keep up with my ME! I also pray that my catheter won’t malfunction and that my back willbbe able to survive being in my wheelchair 24 /seven!

Goals

  1. Join the uni paper
  2. Join a choir
  3. Get some good friends
  4. Pass my first year! 

Achievements already unlocked

  1. m Out loud and proud so now searching for the woman of my dreams
  2. According to my Kindle I have read 12 books this year and that’s not counting my paperbacks
  3.  One published poem
  4. Awaiting news as to whether my short story is being published in a magazine
  5. Passed my A-levels
  6. Got back into swimming.

So hold on readers as you’re about to embark with me on the highs and lows of university life nothing and filtered.

PS this post is dedicated to my man whom with out I would not be at this stage in my life.

RACHEL MARIE’S INTERVIEW: Carina Axelsson

RACHEL MARIE’S INTERVIEW
July 5, 2017

 

1. So I’m 3/4 my way through book 1 so no spoilers please! What inspired you to write the book? 

My fashion experiences! (I worked as a fashion model for many years before I became an author.) And my love of mysteries! Frankly, the thought did often cross my mind, on those days when I was modelling in a studio all day, that the enclosed space of a fashion photography studio, coupled with the outsized personalities of the usual fashion shoot crew, could lead to the perfect crime. Not that I was wishing someone would keel over and die whilst on set! But I’d read so many Agatha Christie mysteries as a teen that I couldn’t help but think that a fashion shoot was the perfect setting for a crime.

2. Is their any part of axelle in you?

I wish! I always say Axelle is the clever, focused, fast-thinking, risk-taking me I’d like to be. 

3. What was it like working in the fashion industry? 

Fun, interesting, draining, colourful, relentless, and inspiring. The downside: I’m a homebody so all the travelling didn’t particularly suit me. The upside: I had oodles of downtime during which I could read!

4. When did you decide to write a book?

As soon as I could write. I must have been about seven, I think. As a child I kept starting books, but never managed to get past about page five. I still struggle with that today, actually! 

5) how do you do your research?

I LOVE doing research! *glances at moodboard and looks at pictures of current research subjects* And my favourite way of doing it is to experience it. So, if, for example, Axelle is chasing someone through an abandoned building, I’ll find an abandoned building in the city the scene takes place in and spend some time exploring it. In book 4 Axelle goes to Milan and climbs onto the roof of the Duomo cathedral, and she eats lots of pizza. Needless to say, I had to do both! I also do mega amounts of reading when I’m researching a person, place or subject. As far as I’m concerned, research is the perfect excuse to buy more books or book a trip.

6) Do you like to use pen and paper or keyboard,

Pencil and paper for notes, computer for writing.

7) are you a night writer or early bird?

Early bird by nature, but morning, afternoon, and night writer when a deadline is looming. *gets panicky just thinking about deadline and reaches for cup of tea*

8) Do you ever use playlist to get you in the mood to write certain scenes?

No. At times I might have a particular song in mind to inspire a certain scene or mood, but I’ll only let it play silently in my mind when I’m actually writing. And if I hear a song I think fits a scene or character I might play it more than usual when I’m away from my desk (like when I’m cooking), but, honestly, I need silence to write. I find music too distracting (because I like it too much!).

9) Does your Pinterest inspire you?

YES!!! I love Pinterest and always tell young writers that if they don’t have enough space in their bedroom to hang a moodboard, then they should use Pinterest. Whenever I start thinking about a new book I immediately create a secret Pinterest board for it and start pinning any relevant images that catch my eye. It helps me focus.

10) What was your favourite subject at school.

English, art, and history. That’s three but it was a tie!

11) Axelle is like an updated Nancy Drew – was that your aim?

Yes. As a young reader I was very inspired by Nancy and her adventures, but nevertheless I also very much wanted to read about a young girl detective in the here and now, someone I could more easily relate to. So Axelle is definitely my answer to that yearning.

12) Have you travelled to where all your books are set?

You bet! *leans back in writing chair and gets distracted thinking about all of the beautiful cities in the series* I worked as a model in all of them for many years and lived in two of them – Paris (book 1) and New York City (book 2) – for a long time.

13) Aunt Venita is a bit like Devil wears prada – was that intentional?

Good question…but no! Aunt Venetia is inspired by real editors I’ve worked with – not that any of them were half as devilish as she is. But editors do often seem to be of a certain type…a type that’s easy to play up and have fun with – as I did writing about Aunt Venetia.

14) Who was your favourite author growing up?

*Eyes widen because there were so many* Any list of mine would have to include, but not be limited to, the following fabulous authors: Beatrix Potter, Jean de Brunhoff, Astrid Lindgren, Marguerite Henry, Walter Farley, Richard Scarry, C.W. Anderson, Charlotte Bronte, Jane Austen, Edith Wharton, Agatha Christie, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Daphne du Maurier…the list goes on and on, so I’ll stop here.

15) Who do you read now?

All of the above plus too many others to list them comprehensively here. I love 19th and 20th century European literature, especially all the usual English and French suspects: Wilkie Collins, Jane Austen, George Elliot (Middlemarch is one of my all time faves!), Proust, Flaubert, Colette, Anthony Trollope, Thackeray, Eudora Welty, Alice Munro, Anita Brookner, Dodie Smith, Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, F.H. Burnett, Virginia Woolf, Vita Sackville West. There are so many to choose from and, fortunately, the list of inspiring literature is a very, very rich and long one.

16) Why do I sense Sebastian is A’s love interest?

You said no spoilers!

17) Are you an armchair detective?

Absolutely. But I kind of have the sneaking suspicion that at heart we all are…

18) Do you ever get ideas for characters from top model?

I’ve never watched it. I lived the real thing for too long to want to watch a television substitute! 

19) If you could be invisible for a day what would you do?

It would be a great way to write because no one could find me and disturb me!

20) Idea of a perfect rainy Sunday?

Reading or writing with a cup of tea at hand, by the fireplace, after a walk with my dogs. Baking something like a cake or tart could add the finishing touch.

21) Winter or summer gal?

Winter! I enjoy watching the forest sleep and it’s easier to write in cool weather.

22) Is A’s mum based on yours?

How’d you guess???

23) Three things you could not live without?

Books, dogs, tea. *looks under desk and sees four dogs*

24) Tea or Coffee person? With cake? Mug or tea cup?

Tea always. Cake or biscuits are indispensible. Mug or cup depends on mood and choice of tea. 

25) Any more Adventures for A on the cards/what are you working on?

The fourth book in the series, Dressed To Kill, has been published, and for the moment I’m working on a new series that is still a TOP SECRET project. 

26) Describe your typical day?

I write in the mornings and do book stuff (finish writing whatever I meant to do in the morning, answer fan mail, do interviews, organize book tours or school visits, update my blog, etc.) in the afternoons. I take my dogs for long walks into the forest twice a day, regardless of the weather. I live in a large, old house so there is always a ton of house stuff to do, but if I don’t do it, who will? I fit it in as I can. I read. And I try to cook as often as I can because I find it relaxing! 

27) Audrey Hepburn or Marylin Monroe?

Audrey!

28) Any hobbies?

Reading and drawing.

29) what’s the best thing about being a writer?

Having my characters come to life in published form and meeting my lovely readers!

30) Seen any Divas in the industry?

No. I’ve never met anyone working in the children’s books publishing world – be they fellow authors, or publishers, editors, whatever – who isn’t an unfailingly nice, funny, and friendly bookworm. I met plenty of divas in the fashion business though!

 

 

 

What in the World…

It comes to something doesn’t when children, young people and families are targeted at a concert and needlessly killed. My thoughts are with the families and all those affected at this time.

It’s horrible to feel vulnerable in your own home. But, we must not let this hold us back. We must defeat these evil individuals whom attach themselves to any peaceful religion and commit hienous acts in the name of God. However, this doesn’t mean we have the right to condem any individual based on their nationality or religion. We must also continue our tireless efforts to help those fleeing the regime and yet before we can help others we must strengthen ourselves and deal with poverty and violence in our own country.

If at any time we need to be united more, it is now.

We must connect now more than ever, even if it’s just popping over to help an elderly neighbour or helping out with a charity. The more we isolate ourselves from our communities out of fear, the more they win.

#PrayforManchester