The Tree

It was a shivery autumn evening and my eyes were focused on the tall tree centered in a considerable field at the rear of my house. I had never really looked at it properly until today, the branches swaying in the blustery breeze making the leaves float angelically to the ground. The tree was decrepit, it had been there all my life, I remember my older brother climbing it in the summer once, breaking his wrist in the attempt! I thought about how the tree changed throughout the seasons… Autumn was my favourite, mainly because watching the leaves slowly changing from green to orange fascinated me. I felt sorry for the tree in winter though… it appeared so bare and lonely, snow landing on the branches making it look undoubtedly fragile. I wondered how much time it would take to count the rings of the tree if it was ever to be chopped down. 

 

It’s not exactly the Oscars but…

I am proud to tell you all that my lovely friend Ella has very kindly nominated me for a blog based award called a Liebster award. ‘Liebster’ is German for ‘favourite’ therfore bloggers nominate their favourite blogs on various websites including WordPress.

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It is rewarded to bloggers who have less than 200 followers and comes with a number of rules:

  • Post eleven facts about yourself
  • Answer the questions posed by your nominator
  • Pass the award on to eleven new recipients
  • Pose eleven new questions to your bloggers

Post a copy of the badge on your blog (type “Liebster Award” into Google images; you’ll find plenty to choose from). Notify nominees and include links to the originating blog, as well as the new recipients.

11 facts about me

  1. I don’t know what I will do with my life when How I Met Your Mother ends
  2. I auditoned for Britains Got Talent in 2010
  3. I have pigeon toes (not literally)
  4. I want to go to university in London and live there
  5. I constantly joke about hating excercise and wanting food
  6. I want to see the Northern Lights from the igloos in Lapland
  7. I currently have a jar which I’m putting notes of all the good things that happen in 2013 in
  8. I am one of the 2% in the world with very green eyes
  9. My favourite place to eat is Nandos – you can’t beat it!
  10. My brother knocked my front tooth out with a torch when we were little and now it breaks on just about anything from french bread to toffee apples.
  11. Ever since I purchased my first bath bomb from Lush, if I don’t bathe without one, it just isn’t a successful bath.

Questions I was asked

  1. If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?
    I would love to go to New York in the Winter or Canada.
  2. What would you do if you couldn’t write?
    I enjoyed food technology at school so maybe something to do with that.
  3. If you could invite anyone (dead or alive) on a date, who would it be?
    Leonardo Dicaprio in Romeo and Juliet – serious eye candy.
  4. Would you rather be successful in something you hated or fail in something you love? Definitely successful in something I hate because the thought of failing in something you enjoy is rather upsetting.
  5. Where do you see yourself in ten years time?
    I hope to be living in London doing any sort of career based on Journalism whilst writing fiction for fun!
  6. If you could have any fantasy creature as a pet, what would you choose?
    The little gingerbread man from Shrek, how cute would that be?!
  7. Can you cook?
    Oh you know it. I got an A in my food tech GCSE!
  8. Films or books?
    It depends, but I usually prefer books because they’re so much more detailed but I feel more emotion from films.
  9. Favourite genre of music? I listen to a bit of everything.
    I would say it is mainly Alternative Indie however I will admit that One Direction are my guilty pleasure…
  10. Who inspires you the most?
    I went to work at World Challenge for a week and the people there are incredible, they do everythinhg they can for countries and young adults. They’re really inspiring because they have all travelled to amazing places and they are all so kindhearted.
  11. What made you decide to write a blog?
    I study Journalism at College and part of our course was to set up a blog but I really enjoy uploading work that I produce outside of college too!

 My nominees

My questions to you guys

  1. If you could be an animal, what would you be?
  2. What is your favourite book?
  3. Something you say on a day to day basis?
  4. Most terrifying situation you have been in?
  5. What made you start your blog?
  6. Lucky number?
  7. If you had to write a short story about anything in the world, what would it be about?
  8. Have you always wanted to write?
  9. 3 words to describe yourself?
  10. Coke or lemonade?
  11. Do you believe in love at first sight

Thanks again to Ella for nominating me for this! I know it’s nothing huge but it is still a good feeling when you know that people enjoy your writing!

x x x

Homophobia Persuasive Writing

Every 5 hours, a homosexual teenager commits suicide. What is causing this shocking statistic you may be wondering? Is homophobia. It is an irrational fear where people have a strong hatred for gay, lesbian and bisexual people. It is a very wide spread fear however extremely wrong and makes hundreds of people feel lonely, worthless and simply lost not knowing who to trust and who to talk to. Does this sound right to you? If it does, you may be suffering homophobia. Homophobic people usually assume certain things when thinking about gay people. Various statistics show that the most common assumptions are “straight people are in danger of becoming gay” this is wrong. Mainly for one reason being that it is not a danger and should never be classed as a danger, if someone is homosexual, they will know it the minute they understand feelings and emotions whereas if you are heterosexual you will know that too. Another frequent assumption is “being gay is a disease” no, no it is not. In fact, homosexuality is an orientation. Not a disease or disorder for example anorexia or bulimia. If someone is gay, it is their orientation and today I am speaking out to prove that there is nothing wrong with their culture and homophobia is completely unacceptable.

A huge issue over the past few years has been the debate over whether civil partnerships and adoption are right or not? I am disgusted that this has ever even been questioned. Love is love. The official definition of love is “an intense feeling of deep affection and attachment to another person” it does not state anywhere that the definition is “when a male has an intense feeling of deep affection and attachment to a female” So what is the problem with 2 men being in love or 2 women in love and wanting to come together in matrimony? If they are in love and want to spend the rest of their lives together so be it. There should be absolutely no issue, no excuses. It is love, an emotion and should never be meddled with, under no circumstances.

I do not understand how we hear about these shocking celebrity marriages which last for about a week and it is not seen as a problem however when 2 people, innocent people of the same sex who are actually in love and want to stay together until death do them part is seen as a problem?! It should not be seen as wrong. I believe denying gay marriage is a violation to freedom and I am honestly glad it is becoming more common and homosexuality is starting to be a lot more accepted as a community. 2 of the same sex adopting a child has also been seen as a problem purely because homophobes believe it is making society lose the true meaning of a ‘traditional family’ with a wife and a husband. This is a disgraceful statement. In my opinion if 2 men or 2 women want to adopt a child and agreed to the terms of being a fully committed, caring guardian then they should absolutely be allowed. It’s still a family and there is still going to be the strong, loving bond between them all.

Many gay people around the world are stereotyped as skinny with an accent a lot of people in our generation seem to mock sometimes overreacting by using a lisp. They are assumed to be very pretty and fashion smart with many female friends. Yes, there may be several homosexuals like this however meeting someone who may have these characteristics however may not necessarily be attracted to the same sex are automatically classed as gay which can appear homophobic and not just to that individual person however the gay community who have been directly stereotyped.

Another issue that is becoming more common is the use of the word gay as an insult or an offence to someone… as if being gay is offensive and embarrassing. Our generation are beginning to get used to hearing it being used around school and other social areas however, it is not politically correct. You may not consider yourself homophobic but when using ‘gay’ to insult someone or something it can immediately imply that you are against homosexuality. The way this word is regularly used gives it a negative connotation and as it spreads wider across our generation in society, it may be beginning to influence and encourage homophobia.

To conclude, I would like to say that I am utterly against homophobia. I believe it is disgusting and just as bad as racism and other types of discrimination. Every year on May 17th, it is International Day Against Homophobia which offers people to reach out to eachother and help them come out no matter how difficult it may be in a society so strong opinionated like ours. This day has helped a lot of lost people who were so close to giving up. However, if you really think about this, you will realise this day would not have to be held if it wasn’t for people who see homosexuality as wrong. I think it is extremely inconsiderate of people to lead innocent others to lose all their self confidence and esteem. A lot of people my age, and younger, in some sad cases… older do not see homophobia as a serious issue but if young people are taking their own lives because of it, I passionately believe homophobia must be solved and gay people, lesbians and bisexuals around the world will eventually become completely accepted as a community.

About Me

I am a 17 year old girl currently studying journalism at college because I aspire to become successful  in it as a career. At the moment, I don’t know what area of journalism I want to focus on. I enjoy writing the most therefore I don’t think I would want to go into broadcasting. I prefer the idea of writing articles and columns for magazine or newspaper. I also really enjoy fictional writing so I would love to maybe publish a short story or a poem in the future.

I believe I have a variety of journalism related skills for example idea development, organisation and planning. I have shown these skills off in a pitch a friend and I created for a radio show at college, we produced a folder with many A4 sheets of paper inside with spider diagrams on with ideas for a show that would appeal to a range of listeners. I am also a creative thinker being able to look at any given problem from a range of angles and can also develop ideas from inception to completion. I have the ability to research for project using primary and secondary sources. I have taken part in many teamwork building trips during my school education therefore I think I work well in a team if I am with people who I am not distracted by, because I can lose concentration quite quickly. I have strong verbal communication skills and I use these whilst broadcasting on air on the college radio and I use written skills effectively when writing essays or articles for college.

I live in a small village called Burley in Wharfedale with my parents, brother, sister, dog and hamster. I love singing, my friends, taking photos, good food and all that is special to me!