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As this academic year pulls to a close (college breaks up next Wednesday), I'm starting to have to come to terms with one simple, horrifying fact; I'm not a kid anymore. Or rather, I soon won't be. This time next year I'll be getting ready to move out and head to university (assuming that I somehow manage to get into one). I'm supposed to apply for three universities, these are my three so far, in order of preference; Winchester, Portsmouth, Chichester. At Winchester they do a three-year-course called 'Professional and Creative Writing' and every module on it appeals to me, from poetry to writing graphic novels to scifi writing. The other two universities do courses called 'English and Creative Writing', which is pretty similar but less inclusive of all the cool modules that the other possesses. Universities, generally speaking, let you in based on UCAS points. An A-level grade A* is worth 140 points, A is worth 120, B 100, C 80, D 60, and E 40. For Winchester I'd need 300-340 points, for Portsmouth 240-300, and for Chichester 280-300. I already have some points from an AS I did whilst still at high school. All the courses require English at at least a B grade. Also, because of my personal circumstances, it's almost guaranteed that the universities will give me knock-off offers. I'm kind of torn between which one I really want to go to though. Winchester has my dream course (and is about half an hour from home), Portsmouth has the best student accommodation and night life, but then I think that Chichester is the nicest city out of the three. I know this probably doesn't interest you guys, but by writing it out it's helping me get my head around it all.

I'm trying to work on how I manage my time, both on this site and in real life. What I'm thinking, is that I'll dedicate Mondays and Fridays to being on dA. In terms of comments, I promise that I'll reply to all comments posted on journals, on my profile page, all notes and as many as I can on my work without spending hours on end online. However, I promise that I will still read every comment. 

So, who's excited for summer? I am. I plan to spend it reading and writing. I'm currently reading a book by Stewart Ferris called How to be a Writer. Basically, it's a guidebook on how to write something worthy of publishing, which is my ultimate goal and, hopefully, what I hope to achieve (or at least attempt) over the summer break. Other things that I shall get up to include; going on holiday to Dorset the weekend after next, going to my dad's at some point to see my four siblings, making a first draft of my A-level English coursework (a satirical piece), doing research on the Cold War for my History coursework, and going up to my uncle's for a weekend of 'booze and barbecues'. Are guys going away anywhere nice?


Corporaterockwhore's Top Three Summer Songs:

  1. Wet Hot American Summer by Cobra Starship 

   2. Summertime by My Chemical Romance


3. The Rock Show by Blink-182

  • Mood: Sunny Mood
  • Listening to: Hard Out Here by Lilly Allen
  • Reading: One Summer America 1927 by Bill Bryson
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lovemondotrasho Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I died a little when I saw "Summertime".  It hurts so much ugh I can't.  

I'm being completely serious; I thought of Sam and Dean Winchester when I saw Winchester in your journal.  I'm in the same boat.  Applying for college is a nightmare.  It's so daunting, thinking about it.  Writing it all down helps me too.  Actually, I should do that after I get off the Internet.  

I hope the application process goes as smoothly as it possibly can for you! I'm sure you'll be able to get into your first choice, but it doesn't sound like you have a bad school on your list.  I'm glad to see you're choosing schools that have writing programs.  Not sure what it is, but it makes me feel happy knowing people are pursuing what they truly love.  

Time management is... quite a task.  I hope I learn how to manage it properly before the school year starts.  :\  

Best of luck on the publishing and everything else on your plate!  :hug: 
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CorporateRockWhore Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I still miss them :(

Haha, same! Even though it's a place really near to me, it still makes me think of the Winchester bros - I think that's a contributing factor as to why I want to go there so much. Good luck applying for college! :)

Thanks! So far, it's going alright. I've registered with UCAS and then I've got a couple of months to come up with a decent personal statement. I think the hardest part will be  getting the grades I need.

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define-yourself Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Student Writer
While I am unfamiliar with the UK university system, I am sure you will get accepted into any one of your top three. I wish you the very best. :) One piece of advice for university in general: manage your time wisely; don't over exert yourself.  
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CorporateRockWhore Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you very much - I sure hope so!

And thanks for the advice :)
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define-yourself Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Student Writer
You're welcome. :) I'm just beginning graduate school, so I know how important time management and such can be. 
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CellieKitty Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Student General Artist
You have fantastic taste in music :)
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CorporateRockWhore Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks! :iconrockonplz:
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grifreaper09 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Good luck getting into university, I hope you get into the one that will be the best for you. Time management is a bit tricky to do because of how limiting the classes can be. I'm stuck with a 5 hour block of classes just because they only have certain classes one time a day. So I pray that you don't end up in anything like that. I'm sure that you'll do well wherever you go, and who knows, you might meet a whole slew of interesting people while at university.
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CorporateRockWhore Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you :)

College is currently a bit tricky with time management. Some days I have one class at ten to nine in the morning, then I don't have another one until quarter past three - leaving me pretty much stranded at college with nothing to do. 
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grifreaper09 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Bring a book, or a laptop, or something to entertain yourself with. Thats what I do. Works wonders on time, and once you find a group to hang out with, you'll end up doing alot of fun stuff.
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acurmudgeon Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
Actually I found the part about the three universities to be very interesting.  I hope you get into your first chioce, but it sounds like any of the three would be good for you as long as you go in with a positive attitude and make the best of whichever university you end up going to.
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CorporateRockWhore Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks. I think I would be happy with any of those three, to be honest. Like you said, I think a positive attitude is important; otherwise, I'd just be miserable wherever I went.
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NICHOLAS-MARK-AMOS Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
"weekend of 'booze and barbecues'" !!! Plan.
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CorporateRockWhore Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Haha :D
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baka-espada Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Student General Artist
think about which course will be the most fun and most suited for you!! sure Porthsmouth might have a great night life and student accommodation and Chichester is a nice place but the whole point of going to a university is LEARNING.
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CorporateRockWhore Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
See, that's what I thought, but all the talks we've been given about choosing a university always say that the place and the night life etc are at least as important as the course, because if you don't like the stuff surrounding the uni, then odds are you'll drop out or just have a really miserable three years away from home.
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baka-espada Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Student General Artist
well, that is true. the environment does play an important role... 
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battlebrothertherix Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Two points of advice:

1) I was considering doing a creative writing course at university, but you do have to consider where it'll get you. The entire point of university is to take a course that in itself opens up job opportunities, and frankly creative writing as a course has very few outlets that can't already be taken without it anyway. So, I shifted my university focus to game design because it was another appeal to me. It is something that needs to be thought about like that.

2) Be very wary of guide books that tell you how to write. The entire reason for books like that is to teach you the techniques that have made at least one other writer popular and successful to some degree. That in itself is fair enough, but it does dull your edge to a great degree. Consider this - it made them popular because it was their style. It was them bringing something unique to writing. What happens when you take that up, the same skills and techniques? It loses its uniqueness - the entire reason for it in the first place. You need to be very careful with books like that because it takes away your work.
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CorporateRockWhore Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for the advice! 


1) To be honest, I don't really want to go to university. The only reason I'm going is because I don't know what I'll do if I don't, so I figured I might as well do something that I enjoy if I have to go. The employability aspect is why I'm gunning more for the 'Professional and Creative Writing' course, as it focusses on journalism as well as writing. Writing is really the only thing I'm interested in and the only specialised career I could probably stomach, be it fiction or journalism.

2) I was very careful of that when picking out this book. It doesn't tell you exactly how to write, but gives you pointers on finding inspiration, how to find the time to write, the process of finding a publisher, ways of planning, etc. It also has good advice about the editing process. The guy who wrote it is a publisher as well as an author, so I thought it would be interesting and helpful to read.
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battlebrothertherix Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Honestly writing looks to be the only thing I'll ever get a decent career in, but hey, I'm a writer for a game design team now.

That sounds a lot better than most of the books I've been referenced in the past - a lot of them just tell a person how to write.
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CorporateRockWhore Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Game designing sounds really fun and interesting. One of my friends from high school was given a scholarship thing to work in game design I think. What kind of thing do you do on that course?

It is quite a good book thus far. There's even a section towards the end that tells you how to not get tripped up by publishers and how to deal with loopholes in contracts. He's extremely honest; i.e. says how hard it is to make a living solely from writing, how much time it takes etc. 
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battlebrothertherix Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Well, I'm not in the course yet - I work in a games design company so that's giving me valuable prep - I think it's a lot of 3D modelling with things like Zbrush (a program that sort of works like 3D sculpting and painting) and learning to do stuff like using game engines. I'm at a major disadvantage because the high school I went to gave me no options for that sort of thing, but I hope to use it to augment my own storytelling skills and then support other members of the team I work with. My boss even lets me use his Digital Tutors account (for learning all that sort of software) because he gets one free.

I think I'm far too cynical to be tripped up like that :P
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