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Resolutions

Blogging & The Art of Procrastination

Hello my lovelies.

I know, it’s been an awful long time since I wrote you a proper post. And I’m sorry. I have loads of posts (well about ten) languishing in draft form, getting dusty and out of date.

Why? Am I turning into one of those bloggers I’ve read about so often. Those who write for around six months or so before abandoning their blogs?

Perhaps.

I really hope not. This post (hopefully) will spur me into action.

Right now, I seem to have procrastination down to a fine art. Believe it or not, this blog’s not the only thing which I’ve been neglecting.

Way back in January I wrote myself some resolutions – wanna see how I’ve been getting on?

Here goes loves – the results are not all that:

1. Attend some kind of writers workshop thing …

Nil point. No writers workshop thingy. Bad Hannah.

However I have received some commissions for some freelance writing – (yep, that’s correct, people have paid me to write stuff for them – it’s ‘madness gone wild’ as my Nanna would say). I’ve had some excellent feedback on my work and things are going really rather well (touch faux wooden desk).

Definitely a good enough reason to attend a writers workshop. I will get on to it – maybe with the money I’ve earned from commissions.

2. Get my dancing shoes back on!

Again, another complete and utter fail. For no good reason. I’ve not been to salsa, not joined a street dance class, nothing.

However I have spent an inordinate amount of time thinking about ways I can get just famous enough to be a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing.

3. Finish the play I’ve been writing…

Absolute fail. ‘Nuff said.

4. Audition for a show.

I am the winner. Not only did I audition, I got cast in not one, but two plays AND I’m auditioning for another one on Sunday – cross everything – including your eyes.

5. Attend at least a couple of events at the Dana Centre 

Hmmm, I’ll give myself half a point for this one. I went to one, which was fab. But only one. Currently it looks like there aren’t any events on – boo, hiss… or maybe their calendar’s just borked.

Either way, if they do some more I’m going to bully you into coming – okay?

 

All in all, a disappointing performance. Bad times.

I *will* do better. Promise.

Please fill the comments section with mean stuff about how rubbish I am, how no one cares about my stupid resolutions (or my stupid life), and don’t I know that unicorns don’t exist.

Cheerful life affirming comments such as ‘I know you can do it’, ‘go Hannah’, ‘you are a star!’ or perhaps if you’re really rich ‘here’s a million pounds – go follow your dreams’ are of course also welcomed.

In my experience both carrots and sticks are equally efficacious 😉

Treading the Boards…

Well my loves, you may remember that I made some resolutions

You’ll be happy to know that I’m off to a flying start as today I auditioned and was cast in a production of Crave by Sarah Kane at Barton Green Theatre.

According to the back of the script:

” Set in an unnamed city from which voices and images spring, Crave charts the disintegration of a human mind under the pressures of love, loss and desire.”

Cheery it ain’t – but I’m really excited about doing it.

From Wikipedia:

“Crave is the fourth play by British playwright Sarah Kane. It features four characters (or possibly four elements of the human mind), each of whom is only identified by a single letter. Character A is an abuser. M represents the maternal figure, possibly the mother of character C, a timd, tortured child. B is an addict.”

I’ve been cast as ‘C’.

Rehearsals begin next week, and the performance dates are 18th – 21st March. Come see it!

Crave Promotional Image
Crave Promotional Image

Image Credits dafnu via flickr

(NB this isn’t our promotional poster, I think it was created by dafnu for another production of Crave; it’s brilliant though, no?)

Christmas Day… The Results Show

I’m partying it up in Disneyland right now, but thanks to the wonders of modern technology I can schedule posts to go live – so it’s like I’m still here… Man, I’m good to you guys 😉

…Erm, and apologies to those who were hoping for some peace and quiet.

You may remember that I made some resolutions for Christmas Day; and I did promise a results post – so here goes:

I’ll not get completely wasted on Christmas Eve – typically I’ve a mean hangover on Christmas Day. As a result I think my temper gets frayed more quickly. (NB – this is going to be a tough one to keep)

Well I did say it was going to be a tough one to keep… and I completely failed. I was wasted on Christmas Eve; however, I somehow wasn’t hungover – go me! Instead I think I had some kind of viral thing (I probably knocked my immune system for six with alcohol); so I was achy, shivery cold all day, had to wear about ten jumpers, and kept whacking the thermostat up whenever my Mummy was looking the other way. Consequently everyone else was sweating buckets – uh oh.

I’ll not sweat the small stuff – someone will inevitably say something offensive (it’s normally my Mum – she suffers with foot in mouth disease); but I’ll do my best not to react. In the grand scheme of things it really doesn’t matter.

Hmmm, I think I managed this one. As I recall though, there were very few mean comments made…

I’ll go for a short walk on Christmas Day – ideally alone, but I won’t behave like an ass if someone wants to come with me. See, I find Christmas Day kind of claustrophobic – too many people stuck in a stuffy house. I figure if I can escape – even if it’s only for 20 minutes I’ll be a much nicer person when I come back.

Nope – complete fail here – couldn’t get warm inside so there was no way I was going outside.

I’ll not sulk when I don’t get to watch what I want on TV – (this probably comes under not sweating the small stuff)

Managed this one! I kept failing asleep in front of the TV anyways. Also nobody moaned about me wanting to watch Strictly Come Dancing, and that’s all I wanted to watch.

I’ll try not to get too drunk on Christmas Day – chez Smith, Christmas is VERY boozy, but too much drink always leads to stupid arguments

Managed this one too! Although, again this may have been because I was shivery etc.

I’ll not be disappointed when my Dad doesn’t come to surprise me (I know, I *really* need to get over that one!)

Well he didn’t come, but he did call and we got to have a proper chat which was really good. The child in me might still have been a bit disappointed but I think it’s an improvement.

I’ll not resent my brother (even though he gets off *really* lightly at Christmas – see I’m doing it again 🙂 )

Yep managed this one too! Me am the best… Also, I have to admit to doing next to nothing on Christmas Day apart from disappearing to curl up under my duvet and find more jumpers.

I will not show off by knowing the answers to all the cracker jokes – instead I will let whoever’s reading the jokes read the punchline… Then laugh, even if the joke’s rubbish

This one should have been easy, but I’m ashamed to admit I failed. I did answer at least one of the cracker jokes… I’m hanging my head in shame right now. 

I will wear my paper hat from my cracker even though they make my head itch, look ridiculous and are always too big

I did it! And I didn’t moan – me am de best!

I *will* have a good time!

You know what? I think I did. I felt pretty poorly which was a shame, but it was a really nice day. I also got loads of really lovely presents and I got to watch Strictly Come Dancing.

 

So, to recap. Out of a possible 10 resolutions, I succeeded in keeping about 7. Which isn’t bad, right?

Please feel free to make me feel like a better person by sharing your failings this Christmas…

Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch Changes…

Well my loves it’s around this time of year (as we’re heading for the new year) I guess we all start to think about resolutions, and the changes which we want to make.

I don’t really like to make new year’s resolutions.

I think it’s because for the most part I totally fail at them, and then I’ve yet another stick to beat myself with when I’m feeling a bit down.

Ever the optimist however, maybe, just maybe this year will be different…

Perhaps it’s all in the approach. I think that all too often resolutions are about giving things up, which feels a bit negative:

For example – ‘to lose weight’ is a very positive goal on the face of it. But when I think of losing weight I think of diets, and giving up lovely foods in exchange for ‘healthier’ alternatives. I feel like I’m missing out somehow.

It might be better instead to resolve to join a sports team, attend an aerobics class / dance class etc. You then might feel like you’re getting a better deal – instead of giving something up – you’re bringing in something new.

You might also make new friends, and find new interests as a result. Plus you’ll probably lose some weight anyway; and it’s got to be a far more positive experience overall.

 

With this in mind – here’s a list of things which I’d like to do in 2009:

  1. Attend some kind of writers workshop thing – I think I’d really get a lot out of meeting some like-minded people – and I’m sure I’d learn loads
  2. Get my dancing shoes back on! I used to salsa and street dance, but what with one thing and another I’ve not been. I’d really like to find myself some classes and get back to it.
  3. Finish the play I’ve been writing… I started writing a play about 8 years ago – I need to stop the nonsense and finish it
  4. Audition for a show. Again, I used to a lot of acting, but haven’t for around 3 years – I miss it, so I’m going to do it again
  5. Attend at least a couple of events at the Dana Centre – they’re amazing, thought-provoking and excellent blog post fodder

Got some stuff you want to do in 2009? Be good boys and girls and share 😉

Resolutions for Christmas Day…

I struggle to sleep on Christmas Eve.

Not because I’m eagerly awaiting the arrival of Santa, but because I find the whole thing really stressful.

I feel bad even writing this because I’m fully aware that I’m very lucky. I have a roof over my head, enough to eat etc, but nevertheless I usually end up having a row with someone on Christmas Day. Then I feel horrid.

Therefore I’ve decided to try to make some resolutions for the big day-

  1. I’ll not get completely wasted on Christmas Eve – typically I’ve a mean hangover on Christmas Day. As a result I think my temper gets frayed more quickly. (NB – this is going to be a tough one to keep)
  2. I’ll not sweat the small stuff – someone will inevitably say something offensive (it’s normally my Mum – she suffers with foot in mouth disease); but I’ll do my best not to react. In the grand scheme of things it really doesn’t matter.
  3. I’ll go for a short walk on Christmas Day – ideally alone, but I won’t behave like an ass if someone wants to come with me. See, I find Christmas Day kind of claustrophobic – too many people stuck in a stuffy house. I figure if I can escape – even if it’s only for 20 minutes I’ll be a much nicer person when I come back.
  4. I’ll not sulk when I don’t get to watch what I want on TV – (this probably comes under not sweating the small stuff)
  5. I’ll try not to get too drunk on Christmas Day – chez Smith, Christmas is VERY boozy, but too much drink always leads to stupid arguments
  6. I’ll not be disappointed when my Dad doesn’t come to surprise me (I know, I *really* need to get over that one!)
  7. I’ll not resent my brother (even though he gets off *really* lightly at Christmas – see I’m doing it again 🙂 )
  8. I will not show off by knowing the answers to all the cracker jokes – instead I will let whoever’s reading the jokes read the punchline… Then laugh, even if the joke’s rubbish
  9. I will wear my paper hat from my cracker even though they make my head itch, look ridiculous and are always too big
  10. I *will* have a good time!

I’ll let you know how I get on 😉