When I joined University, I made connections with the chaplaincy centre during Fresher’s Fortnight and learnt almost straight away about JUMP. JUMP stands for Jesus Understands Me Personally and simply put was a puppet show for children.
Myself and a team of between 2 and 4 others would go into one of the many primary schools in the city, with our collapsible puppet stage, made of difficult to place together plastic and tell a Christian story using the puppets. During my three years at Uni, I must have done around 50 of these shows, using three or four different scripts.
While at the shows, we alternated who had what role. Although I was often a puppet telling the story, there were times when I would present instead, which meant I was introducing us and giving the assembly a quiz after the show. JUMP was one of my favourite parts of university as it gave me the chance to get to know different areas of the city and interact with a lot of children.
As well as performing in the shows and setting up the stage, me and one other person also wrote a couple of the scripts as we were study Creative Writing and thought it would help us along the way, and it did. Here is an extract from Jonah and the Whale
Human: It is. Jonah was asked by God to go to Ninevah and make them behave better, but like you with your homework, Jonah couldn’t be bothered to do it, so he refused.
Animal: What happened?!
Human: Jonah ran away from God. He ran to the sea, agreeing to get a place on a boat with some sailors.
Animal: Huh? But he couldn’t run away from God, could he?
Human: That’s right [name] he couldn’t. There came a huge storm and the sailors realised that it was because of Jonah running from God. They prayed for forgiveness and understanding, and with Jonah’s agreement they threw him into the sea.
Animal: Did he drown?!
Human: Not exactly. Jonah was swallowed by a fish.
In 2015 I was lucky enough to meet face to face a friend who I had only spoken to online before. My friend Marthe and I met through our mutual interests in Marvel films and other tv shows on the website Tumblr. Earlier in our friendship we had shared a skype message across the water. Marthe is from Norway and I was very excited to hear she was coming to visit family in England. With this knowledge, I booked a train ticket to London.
Meeting at the train station was somewhat difficult as my phone refused to connect to an international phone number through phone or text. However, we both saw each other and kept looking at each other, unsure if we had the right person. Eventually we got brave enough to approach each other and we hugged and spoke as though we had met hundreds of times before.
We spent the day mostly looking around shops. We visited the Westfield shopping centre and spent a fair bit of time in the shops. Marthe really wanted to go to Pizza Hut because they don’t have Pizza Hut in Norway. For this we went to Baker Street’s Hut so that we could then walk past the Sherlock Holmes museum.
In the end we found ourselves at a funfair in the Shepherd’s Bush area. I went on one or two of the rides, while Marthe and her cousin went on a few more and I bag watched. All in all, I had a wonderful day and it was great to visit my capital city with someone who is not from my country.
As someone with an interest in shows like Doctor Who, as well as Superhero Movies, Comic Con is a fantastic chance for me and my friends to meet like-minded people, meet stars from our favourite shows and films. Cosplay is very popular within Comic Con and basically means to have or make an outfit of a character from a film, movie, book, anime, etc. This is something I am still fairly new to and while I do not make my costumes to be 100% accurate, I thoroughly enjoy putting them together.
In this post, I am going to talk about two of my cosplays so far; Captain America and Osgood from Doctor Who.
This, so far, is the cosplay that has taken the most time and effort, it is also the one I am most proud of. To begin this cosplay I needed to buy the right items of clothing and accessories. My shopping list was:
Short sleeve blue top
Long sleeve white top
Red and white fabric paint
Captain America mask
Once I had everything, I knew that everything from the waist down was sorted. The top half was what needed working on. With a piece of card in the top to stop it going through, I painted red stripes onto the white top at both the front and the back. After this, I needed to work on the blue top. I cut it down to cropped top length, hemming it (with a lot of help on the sewing machine) before painting on the white star. Below is a picture of Chris Evans from Captain America: The First Avenger, compared with my finished Cosplay. I am proud with how this cosplay came out. The only thing I would do differently next time would be to add in a shield.
In comparison to Captain America, Osgood was an easy cosplay to put together. All Ii really needed to do here was buy the lab coat and put it together with the fourth doctor scarf I already had and an inhalar that my asthma makes me have anyway. Underneath again, is a comparison.
NaNoWriMo (or National Novel Writing Month) is a challenge to write 50,000 words in the month of November. As someone with a passion for writing and even a degree in Creative Writing, this is perfect for me.
Although I did not write a complete draft of a Novel during November 2015, I was successful in writing 50,000 words. It was a challenge due to going on holiday during that month and it did mean writing almost 14000 words on November 30th but I did get there.
My NaNoWriMo profile can be found at: http://nanowrimo.org/participants/josieruby1
The novel I began writing (and about midway through stopped due to lack of plot and started writing something else) followed a teenage girl after she died and woke up on some other plane of existence. Here is an extract from it
I shake my head at that. I don’t want to know. Not yet. There’s too many possibilities and none of them are good, it is for the best if at least just for a little while I don’t know how I got here. It can give the illusion that I’m not dead. That I’m not starting this new ‘journey’ as Tom put it.
“Want to just stay here?” Grace asks. “I could make tea?”
This time when I attempt to smile, I’m a bit more successful and I sit up properly to allow Grace to move. I move back on the bed so I am leaning against the wall with my legs outstretched in front of me. I watch Grace moving around the room, only noticing the kettle as she approaches it. They say tea can solve anything; announced a war? Have a cup of tea. Been through a hard time? Cup of tea. Struggling with anything? Tea. Happy situation? Celebrate with tea. Just died and woke up on another plane? It’s okay we have tea.
Drawing is something that I always felt like I couldn’t achieve, but I consider myself to be a creative person so when I saw Marvel had bought out a fortnightly drawing magazine I couldn’t resist buying it.
Issue one came with step by step instructions on how to draw Spiderman, as well as Thor’s hammer ‘Mjolner’ and Captain America’s head. Below is my first attempt at drawing Spiderman.
The magazine is now on issue three and I have attempted drawing Spiderman, Mjolner, Captain America, Scarlet Witch, Wolverine, Thor and Hulk from the magazine. On top of that I have also been looking up drawing instructions on websites such as pinterest and trying other characters.
Although I am not entirely pleased with this picture of spiderman, it marks the start of my drawing journey.
Two: Vlog About Books Read in 2016
Vlogging on Youtube is something that I attempted in 2015 and worked pretty well for me but I found myself giving it up for little reasons. One of my New Year Challenges for 2016 was to beginning vlogging again and actually keep it up.
The first vlog of the year was talking about the best and worst books that I read in 2015. This was the start of a journey into Booktube for me, one I hope to continue throughout the year.
Three: Try Knitting
Knitting is something that I attempted extremely unsuccessful in 2007 and have always wanted to go back to in a more successful way. This week I decided it was time to do just that. Borrowing a pair of needles and some wool from my Nan and looked up some instructions and got going. This time I was definitely more successful. Here is what I have so far.