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Sunday, December 26th, 2010
11:42 pm
I've decided to start blogging again. I know it's been almost a year, but I regularly found myself thinking "if I had a blog, I would put this in", so it's time to try again. It's been an insanely busy year, but a rather excellent one too.
 
I tweet far too much, and I want to be able to write more than 140 characters occasionally!
 
LGBT Officer
I'm no longer Women's Officer (thank god). In March I was elected as LGBT Officer for the 10/11 academic year. It's going fantastically. I have an amazing committee and I am calm and happy about it. There are events coming out my ears and they're all well attended. It really feels like there's a positive buzz around everything LGBT at University of Nottingham this year, which is really great and makes it all worthwhile. Currently planning LGBT History Month (February). Last year I think we showed one film. This year there's oodles of events planned. Hope it's as successful as I think it can be!
 
Distro
marching stars distro is still my absolute favourite thing in life.
Currently in January 2011 issue of DIVA magazine as part of "The Real Big Society" article which I'm insaaaanely proud about
 
Distro's just had it's most successful year to date. Each year business is doubling. I'm hoping to get the website a little more professional soon and I'm keen to see where I can go with my distro...
 
Degree
Yeah, still plodding along with that... nearly there, 5/6ths through now. Hopefully going to end up with a high 2:1 if I stay on track... Doing my dissertation (12,000 words!) on Queer Theology which I'm really enjoying although it is getting me very confused about what I'm going to try and argue for!
 
Tegan and Sara
Still love them. Managed to see them 6 times this year on their (very short!) Europe tour in June. All incredible shows. Still don't really love Sainthood, but it's ok.
 
Most loved recent T+S related thing:

 
Also, just checking everyone has heard this:
 
 
So that's all I think I have for now, but I'm going to try and update at least once a fortnight. I'm just about to start my busiest 6 months ever, but hopefully they're going to be crazy and wonderful as much as they're going to be insanely tiring!
 
Saturday, January 23rd, 2010
10:46 pm
Had a great night out with friends last night. Just danced and danced and danced.
My ridiculously awesome (straight) housemate and his new girlfriend came out with us and got on so well with my friends.
I loved the people and world I was surrounded by. 

Today has been gloomier. I spent the entire day just trying to turn off the computer. That was my goal for the day, to get enough jobs done (that all seem to need the computer) that I was able to get turn it off. I didn't really manage it. Then I just got think it and it turns into this massive "I don't really like my life right now... I'm not enjoying my degree... I'm not enjoying a lot of the things I spend oodles of my time on...". I hate being this busy. Busy is not my default. Busy is not how I thrive. Tomorrow will be better.

Distro

Ciara posted her top 5 things she won't miss now that she no longer runs Paper Trail distro on her blog. It was an interesting read, and one that I couldn't really relate to (partly because I don't get some of those annoyances and partly because I still genuinely love the dull/tedious stuff about running a distro). It got me thinking though that perhaps I need to be a little more selective with zines that I agree to stock. I take maybe 90% I receive for considerations. That's high. Admittedly I do try to filter by email before people send them to me... but I do often find myself stocking zines I don't LOVE. That's not really doing me any favours. I need to be more assertive and just say "not this time" more often. 
Thursday, January 21st, 2010
4:38 pm
I've just spent ages trying to get my new blog post to copy/paste into here... I also hate blogger because what you see is definitely not what you get. Sigh.

New post:  
http://marchingstars.blogspot.com/2010/01/life-potters-on.html
Tuesday, January 19th, 2010
12:24 pm
Well hello there...
Well hello there,

I’ve wanted to blog for a while. I haven’t got terribly interesting things to say but my life at the moment seems to mean I’m involved with oodles of different things and I’d just quite like to gather them in one place.
Very roughly speaking my life can be divided into the following areas:

University/Students’ Union
These things really shouldn’t be lumped together... but oh well. I’m currently in my second year at the University of Nottingham, studying Theology. It’s alright I suppose. Most of what I’m studying at the moment isn’t really what I’d like to be studying... but hopefully next year will be better. I’ve complained best I can, saying that the module options changed after I joined, but I know there isn’t much they can do. I’m also ridiculously involved in the Students’ Union. I’m not entirely sure how it happened... it definitely wasn’t intentional, but now I’m certainly a poster child for the “get involved!” mantra everyone has chucked at them upon starting university. Which leads me on to my main job in the SU...

Women’s Officer/Feminism
For the 09/10 I’m the Women’s Officer at our SU. It’s an interesting job technically split between chairing the Women’s Network (our women’s group) and ‘representing’ female students to our SU, University and other places. The former takes most of my time and is ridiculously stressful, leaving little time for the latter. So far this year I’ve learnt a lot about myself and what I believe/thought I believed, which is good. This is probably the top thing in my life I rant about because most of the time the position actually just makes me miserable (for numerous reasons).

Distro/zines
When I’m not frazzled over my degree or something Women’s Officer related, which unfortunately is most of the time, I run marching stars zine distro: www.marchingstars.co.uk. It’s going to be 3 years old in July and has been more successful than I could have ever imagined/hoped. It’s easily the one singular thing I’m most proud of in my life. Obviously I also read quite a few zines, and I hope to ‘review’/highlight some of my favourites in this blog. If you’d like to read about behind-the-scenes of distro running and other zine related waffling, keep reading this blog!

Tegan and Sara
I’m a massive Tegan and Sara fan. MASSIVE. My gap year (year off between school and university) pretty much consisted of me being a full time fan. I lived on the forums and saw them 27.5 times in 11 countries. It was an incredible year. Since starting uni and I’ve had less and less time to ‘keep up’ and I’m not going to lie... I’m not in love with their newest album. That said, I’ve made lots of friends through Tegan and Sara and am trying harder this year to know what’s going on. I’m sure I’ll be posting vaguely interesting Tegan and Sara related ramblings quite often!

Everything else
Ok... so I do lots of other things (Campaigns Officer on LGBT Committee, Course Rep and Staff Student Feedback Committee Chair for Theology, etc) but none take massive amounts of my time nor are they so significant in comparison to the other ways I’m currently choosing to make up/define my life. In some ways I’m relatively normal. I have a nice group of friends and we go out to the same club every Friday night. But I’d also quite like to think that in some ways I’m a little different from the norm due to all the weird things I keep getting involved with.

I hope people read this blog... maybe just because they’re interested in my thoughts on one part of my life, but then again, I’ve never really kept a diary and I suppose I’ve reached a point where I’d like to have a record about what I thought and when.

If you are reading – please comment to let me know!

For the meantime I'm going to be posting at both http://marchingstars.blogspot.com/ and here... with plans to move over exclusively to blogspot eventually. 
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