Starting a theme of not-current filler posts here, to keep you all entertained while I slave away over AS World Development papers and A Level option forms. Today, I think, I’ll do a literature-appreciation post, since I do MCR-appreciation posts and moving image-appreciation posts.
The Current Book
The book I’m currently reading is Alan Moore’ Watchmen, although ‘reading’ is a bit of a strong word; I think I last opened it in October, my current bedtime reading consists of sixth-form prospectuses.
I’ve been trying to get into more comics, actually, but my local library doesn’t seem to like stocking issues in order, and I have to start stories at the beginning. So give me a few years to track down the first of Grant Morrison’s Doom Patrol, which I hear is good.
The Book Sat on My Shelf That I’ve Fancied Rereading Recently
A book I’ve fancied rereading and probably won’t until about 2014 is Anna Godbersen’s Luxe series, which is the only teen romance saga I’ve ever genuinely wanted to be a part of. It’s set back in the day when men wore hats and were (usually) incredibly polite to women. “May I have this dance?” was nowdays’ “Get yer coat, love, yer pulled.” On the downside, we didn’t have the vote.The Series I Never Finished
Justin Richards’ The Invisible Detective. I’m not sure how many books there are in this series, but I lost track after the fifth or so. They’re pretty brilliant, set partially in the 21st century and partially in the 1930s, following four teenagers who set up a detective business using a men’s overcoat and hearsay. I seem to remember they were more effective than the News of the World ever was, anyway…
Francesca’s List of Ways to Revise the Cold War
- Go and see the new X-Men film, which I’m told is about the Cuban Missile Crisis.
- Read Watchmen. Alternate reality, psh. It involves American paranoia.
- Watch Rocky IV. I think that’s the one with the blatant propaganda… And, sadly, Sylvester Stallone has more obvious surgery in this one. I miss his old face.
- Hit the BBC Bitesize website’s Cold War videos. Ah, they are funny. Really.
What of the above list have I actually done? Technically, none of them. I’m up to the Berlin Wall on Bitesize, I forgot to get Watchmen out the library and I only thought of Rocky today.
Ellen, people are giving me grief about those photos (this is the only way to reach you because I’m not on Facebook). Apparently Straightened Hair and Made Over Frank is, well, cooler than Everyday Dragged Through a Hedge Frank.
According to my calendar, there’s four days of 2010 left. Since it’s highly doubtful anything life-changing will take place before midnight on the 31st, I thought I’d jump on the ‘my year’ bandwagon before everyone jumps off.
Or it’s 2011. Whichever comes first. Here it is:
- January After three months of procrastinating, I start work on my Duke of Edinburgh award. School hands us an Ethnicity Form, which doesn’t say ‘white British’ but does say ‘white Cornish’. Ruby still has not handed her in out of protest. I start listening to Morningwood and it snows.
- February Gerard Way contracts throat cancer, I reboot my laptop by myself and realise that there’s GCSE modules coming up. I duly crap myself. Okay, Gerard didn’t actually get throat cancer. He got a cough.
- March Bob leaves My Chem, I get upset and punch a tree. Everyone hands in their options forms. I accidentally eat some of Tobi’s regurgitated leek pasta and almost puke in the school pond. A bunch of us at karate pass grading and Ellen, Isobel Jemma and I get shiny new red belts. It’s still snowing.
- April I start reading Watchmen, go to Belgium with my friends and somehow end up with M&Ms down my top. By the way, they stain skin.
- May Duke of Edinburgh expedition. I finish Ella’s Blog: Summer Vacation with the Flock after more than a year. Coalition government promises to make Britain the country everyone voted for. Even though no one voted. Isobel and I walk the Race for Life in our socks while everyone else runs in, er, actual outdoor footwear.
- June I finish reading Watchmen, camp in the garden with my cousins (until Maxim’s incessant 11:00pm talking pisses me off and I go inside to bed) and hit the beach with the girls. I also manage to single-handedly lose a beach ball five minutes after we bought it, on roughly the same stretch of beach, but with some entirely different girls.
- July The first ever Indifferent Ignorance production hits YouTube, I head to Greece on International MCR Day and resolve to never use a Greek computer again as long as I live. This resolution is broken in October.
- August I attend my first ever funeral (RIP Pa) and start knitting a scarf. I move my bed to vacuum under it. The bed breaks.
- September Geography field trip to Scarborough, Art is the Weapon gets released and this blog reaches 2000 hits. This means I have to redecorate. I finish Duke of Edinburgh award.
- October MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE SHOW!!! Probably my favourite day of the year. Shortly after it finishes I go to the airport for Greece wearing a t-shirt that reads ‘Mindless Self Indulgence’ on the front and ‘I ♥ Steve, Righ?’ on the back.
Oh, the irony.
- November MCR release Danger Days (are they rushing it?) and there’s another grading in karate. I learn to never doubt Sensei’s judgment again when I get an A – after asking if I had to grade because I wasn’t good enough. It snows.
- December Blog gets 3000 hits (I AM NOT CHANGING THE THEME AGAIN) and I wrap my family’s Christmas presents in The Daily Telegraph. I see Pendulum live, get a medal in karate for – quote – “Plodding on,” and finish my scarf. The final of The Apprentice airs and Maxim becomes a vegetarian, possibly for a bet.
Happy new year.