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Romance Short Story

Hey guys! Long time no post! My bad. I've been very busy over the last twelve or so months, what with university, work, youtube, novel writing (I'm at 55,000 words!), social life, netball, etc., and because of this I kind of forgot about the blog. To be perfectly honest I'm not entirely sure why I still have the blog, seeing as I never post anything. It was originally a way for me to practice my journalism skills and now... now it just kind of sits there.

A few days ago I received feedback on my Romance Short Story that I submitted for my creative writing class at uni, and I was so pleased with the feedback my tutor gave me! Just for fun, I thought I'd post the short story here on my blog, just in case anyone was interested and wanted to give it a read.

The ending is rushed, because I only had 1,500 words, and at the time I wasn't super happy with the story, but overall I'm glad that I submitted it the way I did, considering the grade I received. So, yeah. If y…

Adventures in Screenwriting Vol. 3

Well, it's certainly been awhile since I posted anything for Adventures in Screenwriting. I guess the only update I really have for you all is that since the last time I posted, I have started my feature screenplay and have begun the early planning stages on a second, this time with a friend. To be completely honest however, my screenwriting has taken a momentary backseat as I'm primarily focusing on uni and my novel at the moment, but I'm still determined to have that first draft finished by the end of the year!

Of the feature I am currently working on I have approximately 25 pages, all of which my mother has read and none of which she understood. Something about 'not being able to read script formatting'. I understand that of course. Reading a script is nothing like reading a novel. It's very different and definitely takes a bit of getting used to. I suppose I'm just lucky I'm used to it, or else this could make for a very interesting adventure.

As to…

Book Review - 'Eleanor & Park' by Rainbow Rowell

*Spoiler Free Review*

Title: Eleanor & Park
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Year Published: 2013
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Blurb:
Eleanor is the new girl in town, and with her chaotic family life, her mismatched clothes and unruly red hair, she could stick out more if she tried.
Parkis the boy at the back of the bus. Black T-shirts, headphones, head in a book - he thinks he's made himself invisible. But not to Eleanor... never to Eleanor.
Slowly, steadily, through late-night conversations and an ever-growing stack of mix tapes, Eleanor and Park fall for each other. They fall in love the way you do the first time, when you're young, and you feel as if you have nothing and everything to lose.
For today's blog post I'm going to be reviewing Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. This is a contemporary novel and the first Rainbow Rowell book I've ever read so I was very excited going into it as I've heard such wonderful things about her as an author. In hin…

Times are changing...

Hola everyone! Wow it's been awhile since I've posted on here. There isn't one particular reason that I can give as to why I haven't been posting, but there is about a thousand excuses I could give. One is that university keeps getting in the way, another is I'm lazy, a third is I'm really focusing on my novel, a fourth is my youtube channel is now my primary focus... and the list goes on.

HOWEVER

It has recently come to my attention that I don't post my book reviews on my youtube channel and that is because I simply don't have the time to do so. I only get to film videos every now and then because of university (and the fact that the sun goes down waaaayy too early in Australia right now), which means that I'm not churning out content as fast or as much as I wish I was.

So I thought to myself the other day, hmm how can I keep posting book reviews (and the occasional movie review) without having to rush to film and edit something that isn't going…

Randomness with Jenna: University Gloom

I've been at uni for almost three weeks now (four if you include O'Week!), and I'm already in a bit of a love-hate relationship with it. Well, not a bit of one, that's exactly how I feel about uni right now. Let me paint you a picture. I only have to go into uni, two and a half days a week. Love. But, in order to do so I have to get up at 6am and catch a bus for just over an hour to be there for a 9am lecture. Hate.

Classes are a lot better this time around though. Some of you may or may not know that I have actually attended uni before. I entered my first university degree fresh out of high school. It didn't take me long to realise that I was burnt out from school and needed a break. After failing a few subjects, having a complete mental breakdown and realising that I was in the wrong course, I opted to drop out one year shy of finishing my degree and take a gap year instead. Best decision I ever made.

Now, I'm currently at a different university, doing a diff…

Confessions Of An Aspiring Author: Vol. 3

A lot has happened since my last Confessions Of An Aspiring Author post. I started Uni (which though is only in its first week is already a nightmare), I furthered my supervisor training at work and oh, what was the other thing I did? Oh yeah, I STARTED WRITING MY FIRST EVER NOVEL! WOOHOO!!
Okay okay, perhaps I shouldn't get too excited. I started writing a little over three weeks ago and I only have 7,831 words to show for it. I mean I haven't even finished the third chapter yet! But the reason I'm so excited is because I've never written this many words for a novel before. Every year I participate in the National November Writing Month, and in Camp NaNoWriMo, and every year I fail to get past about 4,000 words. So 7,831 words may not seem like a lot, but for me it's a great start.
The problem now of course is trying to juggle writing the novel with studying, working two jobs and attempting to maintain at least a hint of a social life. I asked one of my favourite …

What's In My Bookcase - I Was Here by Gayle Forman

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If I don't turn over my calendar or post this blog entry then it can't already be March right? Who else is freaking out a little by how quickly this year has gone! I mean it feels like just last week my parents were in India and uni was a distant dream (nightmare?). Now my parents have been home for over a month and today is my first year of uni. Crazy right? To add to the craziness, here is the March entry for What's In My Bookcase?!

Today's Book: I Was Here by Gayle Forman


1. How did you come to own this book? Short answer? I bought it. Long answer? I remember reading (and loving!) If I Stay and Where She Went, and when I saw this book in the bookstore I knew I simply had to have it so I bought it right there on the spot.
2. Have you read this book?
I have. I read it last year as part of my Goodreads reading challenge.

3. What did you like about this book?
I remember being very impressed with this novel. I'd only read one book about suicide before and I thought I Was…