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  • Reading: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  • Watching: Friends
So I received my MA results today.

I PASSED WITH A DISTINCTION! :squee:

I'm so happy, and one of the most exciting things about getting a distinction is that it gives me that extra chance to receive funding so I can apply for a PhD. :aww:

About a month ago I also mentioned I had an internship with a company in Wales. My internship is now over, and I can now reveal that I was interning at an independent video game company where I was helping to write the script for a new science fiction game. It was a lot of fun, and what's even more exciting is that I've been offered a job, starting in January, to work as a paid script writer for the company.

It's so rare to be able to come out of a Creative Writing MA and go into a writing job, so I'm so, so, so pleased and thankful!

So hopefully that clears up why I've been pretty quiet here recently - I've been a little busy!

How are you? Talk to me! Are any of you going to be taking part in NaNoWriMo this year?
  • Mood: Daily Needs
  • Reading: A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan
I'm in the mood to write a story set during either WW1 or WW2.

What should I write first? A story featuring WW1, shellshock and a ghost, or a story featuring one of the Russian "Night Witches" of WW2?
  • Mood: Daily Needs
  • Listening to: Lovely 2 C U, Goldfrapp
  • Reading: North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Drinking: apple juice
Whelp, my MA is over and done with. I can't believe how quickly this year has gone, and I also can't believe how quiet I've been on here. ^^;

I handed my portfolio in last week and on Sunday I came back to Wales with my parents, and I'll be staying here for the forseeable future which is pretty scary. I love my parents, but it's going to be weird going back to living with them permanantly after four years of being at university!

And now the job hunt begins. Ugh. :cries: For now I'm trying to find anywhere I can earn a bit of money so I still have time for my writing, and I'm also trying to build up a portfolio of freelance writing work and later this week I'm planning on sending off some voice acting auditions. Basically I'm trying to keep myself busy!

I'm going to take a small break from Bloodroot and Bracken - after working on it for my MA I need some time to work on something fresh and new for a little while, and work on getting some of those dang short stories that have been lying around finished at last.

I've had a shiny new idea prodding at my brain recently, too, so I might just see if I can convince myself to take part in NaNoWriMo this year. We'll see!

I do have something very cool lined up, though! From next month I have a month long internship with a company in Wales that I am very, very excited about. OMG! I can't contain my excitement!  Although I'm not going to say too much about it until next week for fear of jinxing it somehow. :P Come next week I should be able to share the exciting news!

Oo, I also got myself a ticket for Cardiff Comic Con where, brace yourselves, I'm going to have the chance to meet Jason Momoa! Squee! 

How have you all been? Talk to me! :aww:
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“You fidget a lot. Did you know that?”

“Well I was hoping you would not notice,” Oskar says, his German accent thick as he wipes his mouth with a napkin. Hope grins across the table at him from behind her glass of wine.

“Of course I noticed,” she replies. “Why are you blushing?”

“I don’t know, I think you make me nervous,”

“The great Mr Ehrlichmann reduced to a nervous wreck; who’d have thought it?” Hope says, grin widening as Oskar fails to prevent his own smile.

“Well,” he begins, his accent sending a pleasant shiver down her spine. “I think I should be nervous; everybody in here will be wondering what you’re doing out in public with an old cripple like me.”

Hope rolls her eyes and briefly glances at his wheelchair. She’s almost forgotten it’s there. Oskar has a way about him; great charisma, and a wickedly dark sense of humour. If he had three heads Hope would still have gone to dinner with him.

“Everybody in here can think what they like,” she says, “I’m having a really nice time.”

“Gut.” he smiles at her, and the corners of his eyes crinkle in the way that she loves.

“Can I ask you something?”

“You just did,” he says, and Hope purses her lips in mock annoyance. He chuckles. “Yes, of course.”

“What made you finally decide to ask me to dinner?” She runs one finger around the edge of her wine glass and smiles. He pretends to think, puffing out a long sigh.

“Well… I had nothing better to do tonight.”

“You cheeky sod!” she laughs, feigning offence.

Oskar grins back at her. “I finally decided to ask you to dinner because I don’t like feeling nervous. It’s not in my nature, and I was getting annoyed that I was constantly worrying about making a fool of myself while you were around,” he says, refilling his whiskey glass. “I thought that, even if you said no and never wanted to see me again, at least I’d have an answer and I could stop feeling nervous.”

“You really thought there was a chance I’d never want to see you again?”

“There’s always a chance; I’m not exactly a catch.”

Hope sips from her glass. “I would disagree.”

~*~


The Grecian air is wonderfully warm as they head back to Oskar’s apartment. Their cheeks are aglow with alcohol, and Oskar can’t help but marvel over how fantastic Hope looks in a dress, for her legs are long and sun-kissed. It’s the first time he’s seen her in something other than denim shorts.

His apartment, overlooking the bright lights of Athens, is just how she’s always imagined; a peculiar mixture of the latest technology, memorabilia from his travels, and various bones and pieces of ancient pottery from some of his favourite archaeological digs. She loves it, and even recognises the skull of a bear that he found during their first dig together; the rest of the skeleton had been clad in armour, a peculiar form of respect for a grand creature which led to so many people believing that ancient Greek heroes were so much larger than ordinary men.

They open another bottle of wine and by the time they’ve drank half of it she’s already in his lap, tugging on his earlobe with her teeth while he slips a deliciously calloused hand beneath her skirt.

“Bedroom?” she breathes into his ear. Her breath smells of wine and he longs to run his tongue along the roof of her mouth, but some sensible part of him manages to break through the wine and whiskey induced haze despite the hardness he’s sure she can feel pressing against her thigh.

“Are you sure?” he manages to reply, biting back a groan when the tip of her tongue flicks against his pulse point. He feels her smile against his throat, and her only response is to begin popping open his shirt buttons.

~*~


Oskar is thrust back against the headboard and he swallows, wetting his lips with the tip of his tongue. Kicking off her shoes, Hope straddles his lap and flashes her wicked smile, bottle of wine in hand. His wheelchair sits forgotten by the bed, and he thanks any and every deity that might exist that the accident that left him without the use of his legs didn’t leave him incapable of this.

Hope, her dark hair loose, takes a swig from the wine bottle and sets it down on the bedside table. She leans forward to kiss him and when he opens his mouth beneath hers it fills with sweet, warm wine. Some of it escapes down his chin but he ignores it, swallowing what he can and gently fisting his hands in her hair.

She never asks any questions, never asks if he needs any help or if there’s anything he can’t do and he’s sure this is the first date he’s had in a long while where he hasn’t felt handicapped. It’s amazing what a little confidence can do, for once she’s rid of her dress her bra comes away easily beneath his fingers, quickly followed by their remaining clothes, and he’s already littering her breasts with wet kisses when he tosses her bra aside.

She leans her head back, humming her approval, and her fingers tuck themselves into his hair, rubbing his scalp. While his tongue plays with the piercing in her nipple, a tiny silver arrow, one of his hands clumsily searches for the condoms in the drawer by his bed.
When he finds one his lips leave her breast with a soft ‘pop’. She takes it from him, grinning as she tears the foil with her teeth.

Their love-making is slow and sizzling, and the lion in his chest roars with pride when she gasps out his name towards the ceiling.

Afterwards, when they lie beside one another, covered in a thin layer of sweat and panting, she kisses his shoulder and he presses his nose into her hair. She smells like salt water and the Grecian sun.

“So,” she murmurs, her wide smile making the colour in her cheeks glow, “are you still nervous?”
Athens
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Yeah, the title sucks.

The content may also suck. :XD:

Some of you may possibly recognise this piece as it's actually the second time I've uploaded it. The first time I ended up deleting it after a short while because, for whatever reason, I was morbidly embarrassed with it, and to be honest it needed a bit of tweaking. I still don't think this is perfect (after all it's not really told from either perspective very consistently - oops) but I think it's better than it was, and it was nice to sit down for half an hour and work on something completely different to the novel I've been working on.

Hope and Oskar are two of those characters that have been in my head for a while now - I seem to create a lot of couples. Not necessarily even romantic ones, I just tend to create characters in pairs; Iris and Jon, Ben and Eddie, Oskar and Hope. These two happened one night when I discovered that fact about bears in Greek archaeological digs; I love Greece and I love archaeology, but then when I combined the two I ended up with this story rather than one about digging up bones. :stare:

But hey, there's still a boner! ;)

I'd like to write more involving these two in future, but as is the case with many characters of mine they don't really have a plot yet. Maybe they'll just end up being a bunch of short stories. Although I would like to write a story about archaeology and monsters. :evillaugh:

Anyway, I know I haven't submitted anything new here in a long while (it's been almost a year :|) nor have I been particularly active in terms of comments (but I am going to get around to reading all your lovely work once my portfolio's done, I swear!) but I'd really appreciate any comments you might have. I have a feeling this kinda sucks, so I'd love to know how I can make it better!

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I'm currently hosting a giveaway over on my tumblr! Be sure to check it out if you're interested in the chance to win a snazzy new book! :aww:
  • Mood: Triumph
  • Reading: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  • Watching: Friends
So I received my MA results today.

I PASSED WITH A DISTINCTION! :squee:

I'm so happy, and one of the most exciting things about getting a distinction is that it gives me that extra chance to receive funding so I can apply for a PhD. :aww:

About a month ago I also mentioned I had an internship with a company in Wales. My internship is now over, and I can now reveal that I was interning at an independent video game company where I was helping to write the script for a new science fiction game. It was a lot of fun, and what's even more exciting is that I've been offered a job, starting in January, to work as a paid script writer for the company.

It's so rare to be able to come out of a Creative Writing MA and go into a writing job, so I'm so, so, so pleased and thankful!

So hopefully that clears up why I've been pretty quiet here recently - I've been a little busy!

How are you? Talk to me! Are any of you going to be taking part in NaNoWriMo this year?

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Jess
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Call me Jess, I'm a 22 year old from England who recently graduated with a degree in English Literature with Creative Writing, and I've now returned to university to pursue an MA in Creative Writing.

Writing is both my hobby and my passion, and it's my dream to one day be a published author. Until that time you can find bits and pieces of what I write here.
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014
To know you is an education, to share your world is an adventure, to see your creations is a priceless gift, to appreciate your erudition is humbling.  To know you is a pleasure, and so we seek you out and rejoice in your existence, wishing you to rejoice in it also, and, moreover, to celebrate your being and to thank your parents.  We thank THEM for the wonderful gift they gave US on a day we so justly celebrate by wishing you a very, very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
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Thank you, dear! :hug:
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I rejoice in your acquaintance.
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Happy Birthday- have a wonderful day! :D
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Happy Birthday! :cake:
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:heart: I hope your day was suitably amazing :D
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Thanks for the fave on Icarus by Sleyf
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You're welcome! :)
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