Wednesday, 22 October 2014

She's got a Barbarella silver swimsuit

WELLLLLLL, I've been off the radar! Been ridiculously busy with final year of uni but finally found some time to blog. Outfit picture which is the first I've taken in a long while. New Doc Martens. New Year = New Docs. My battered old Kanken. Nearly four years now bby. And I wear a hat to lectures because I can't be bothered to brush my hair when I get up.

Quite a bit has happened. I finally finished my 'novel', which I will put in inverted brackets always. It's 50,000 words so call it a novella if you will but it was just nice to complete something. I haven't broken my streak so as of 20th October (I dunno when I'll publish this) I have written everyday for 70 days.

It's also the last week of The Second City comedy sketch writing course I've been taking. One of the best experiences of my adult life so far and it was only online. I definitely agree with what Sandy Honig wrote on Rookie and I'm saving money to do improv classes.

I made a zine for black history month (which is October in the UK). It's two Ghanaian folk stories told by my lovely mother and I'm giving the small proceeds to my aunt in Ghana who is fighting cancer. Please support/signal boost for me if you can,  <3

I look really grumpy in the picture but I'm just tired. Literally just walked in the door after getting back from a lecture, grabbed the camera and took the picture. Third year is hard. I'm doing a course on Samuel Beckett which is just two hours of anxiety every week.

What else?

Obsessed with journalling and other people's journals now. Bought a pack of disposable cameras too. Caitlin Hazell's work never ceases to amaze me. Watched The Double for the first time and loved it. Also noticed that when I watch films I get paranoid and open a powerpoint document and screenshot stuff  as if I couldn't just go on tumblr, search the movie and get a whole load of images and screen-caps there?? I used to do that with Doctor Who when I was about 10. I felt I HAD to write down what happened in each episode in a little book and keep it otherwise it would be 'lost'. But I guess you can't blame me. We had only recently got digital TV then and it didn't occur to me that it would be repeated often. haha.

Also, A silver swimsuit would be the greatest thing ever.

How you doing?


Friday, 19 September 2014

Am I wrong cos I wanna get it on till I die?

Hey there. I've got weave

I arrived in Brighton last night, ready (sort of) to start university again on Monday. BTW I just want to say thank you to all the people who read and commented on my last post. I'm sorry I took so long to reply to your comments but I was really, really touched by them.  <3

Here's some stuff and stuff I've been listening to/feeling/doing/not doing

Tavi did a Reddit AMA yesterday and posted a link to this video. The whole thing is pretty great tbh. It's here

In the comments on my last post Kani linked me to this great image which I'm going to look at daily

Arabelle Sicardi's blog is amazing for pumping me up to Get Stuff Done. Bearing witness to her awesome rise gives me strength

As does my Kanye Playlist on my phone

Also, don't you feel like the world is simultaneously getting better and worse? I mean media is getting more diverse.  My sister and I have been commenting to each other when we watch tv about the amount of interracial couples in British adverts now.  Gay marriage is legal in the UK. People also get called out on their shit pretty quickly too now. But then Ferguson, ISIS/IS, right-wing extremism...

And after that this seems so petty and ridiculous but I'd like to say it anyway: I started a New York fund in a plastic jar. The amount in it so far is 12 pence haha. I'm dirt poor right now (COME ON STUDENT FINANCE!) but I would love to go to New York when I graduate or Chicago. To write.

Yeezy says: You have to crawl before you ball

I'm writing this on the 18th but it's gonna get published on the 19th but I've spent a very long time listening to every single song by The Strokes and remembering how much I love them.

There's a Zine Society at my uni now so looking forward to going to that.

And the 'novel' I'm writing is currently at 36,000 words.

Was reading Wayne Koestenbaum on his new glasses for Believer Mag and was thinking about my own glasses. They're large, brown and dappled with red, not designer, thick because I am very short sighted and have astigmatism.

And this is Sizzy Rocket - Morrissey and the chrorus is the chorus to There is a Light That Never Goes Out. Not gonna lie, I did think... Hmmm I wonder what Morrissey would say? But no, I can't stop listening to this hehe

[The video uploader thing isn't working anymore for me :(]

That's what I'm leaving you with. Till next time, lovelies <3


Friday, 29 August 2014

hometown heroes

Well... I haven't blogged in a while. A few reasons. One of the being anxiety. I don't know what it is but it leads to avoidance. I can't open emails or respond to comments for days, sometimes weeks on end. I had a few comments I needed to respond to on here and I just avoided the blog for ages. But I'm back again and catching up on your blogs. 

On the 12th of August I started what I hope will become the rest of my life. I woke up and wrote a thousand words and then decided I would write for an hour everyday for the rest of my life. I made a little calendar and stuck it above my bed and it's still there now. I put a big red cross through a day when I've written. I have not broken the streak yet and I hope I won't.  In the words of Fleetwood Mac: 'Never break the chain'. 

So much has been happening really. Not huge events but things like seeing old friends more frequently, reading my books for uni. This is what I have to read:

Ignore the last four books on the right hand side. They're just photobombing sort of. I'm also taking a writing course with Second City for 8 weeks which starts in two days. I love my mum. Thank you for helping me out so I could take this course <3

This is my word count so far. I don't know how but it seems like I'm writing a novel. It isn't one I ever ever intend to publish but just waking up everyday with a purpose and something to work towards is cool. Also, it's about my estate which is fun. An alternative version though. It is very heavily inspired by Exit 57, Strangers with Candy and the book Wigfield. Basically everything Amy Sedaris, Stephen Colbert and Paul Dinello have done together! It's also inspired by Night Vale and The X Files. I like weird characters, that's all. 

I feel like I have to enter a weird world every time I come to write or I have to feel a certain vibe so I've tried to make a moodboard and constantly surround myself with thing that create that creepy weird town vibe.  I went round my block to take a few pictures. I remember forever ago I said on this blog that I'd take pictures of where I live. 

1.welcome to night vale 2, 3 Todd Oldham (Wigfield) 3. Exit 57, 4. Brutalist estate 5. Exit 57 

Walking around where I lived just made me think of the hometown heroes. People who lived here too and still do. Here's a little thing. Did you know that Hackney was once voted the worst place to live in the UK? Now its a hipster hub, trendy, everybody wants to be hanging out there. its a place for creatives, i-d magazine is based here and all that jazz. Sometimes I think about the people who made it before Hackney was a place where there seemed to be opportunities, like it is now. That's why Marc Bolan's up there. He was born in Homerton, Hackney, where I was born, he went to school where I went to school, walked the streets I walk, played in the parks I played in. And is one of the greatest rock stars of all time.
There's Michael Caine, Freema Agyeman (the first black female Doctor Who companion), Paloma Faith, MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT.  I just have these thoughts as I get closer to graduation. I can do it toooo. And I will. I don't want to be famous. That's not it. I just want to do what I love as a career, that's the goal. 

Anyhoo, how you doin?

Aida x

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Fire Up The Batmobile 'cos I gotta get outta here

Hello all

First of all, as I write this at 2 am, I'm trying not to cry (and failing) that Robin Williams is dead. It saddens me a lot more than I ever imagined it would.  Maybe because he's one of those guys that in a childish way I never imagined passing away, like I just thought he would always be there. I'm so sorry you felt you couldn't carry on anymore. Rest in peace xxx

I have absolutely no idea what I've done this week. I've been trying to be more productive everyday, giving myself to-do lists and I even went so far as to make a five-year plan which involves graduating, writing and publishing some stuff
Speaking of writing and publishing, that is something I got done this week. I finally finished my first zine. I've been working on it for almost a month now and I don't want to be self deprecating and be like oh it's terrible, because I worked so hard on it and then it makes other people think oh it is terrible. But at the same time, as a rule of being the work of a fledging writer, it is bad. It's my first zine and maybe in a year I will look back and laugh. So there. In that sentence I hopefully managed to be both self deprecating and encouraging about my own work ha.

I put the zine on etsy here. It's a fake/parody conspiracy theory magazine about illuminati handshakes which is a REAL conspiracy theory.

The song which my post title is from: Liz Phair - Fire Up The Batmobile. It's melancholic

Oh Captain, my Captain

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

No longer a teenage dirtbag (BUT I MET CONAN O'BRIEN SO I DON'T CARE)

German Worker Jacket - Army Surplus
Stray Cat Rock Tee - We-admire
Skirt - Meadham Kirchoff x Topshop

Well, that's it folks! I'm no longer a teenager. I turned 20 on the 27th July. [I'm a Leo] Hmm. The days leading up to it I had been feeling depressed. I wasn't sure what I was going to do to celebrate, or if I wanted to celebrate and I didn't know how to get people together, or who was even talking to who anymore. An old friend texted me and offered to take me to the movies so we went to see Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Actually a good movie, haha.

Then she randomly called one of our friends to come out, and then I called another, and then the first friend called another and all of a sudden what I had wanted to happen but had been scared to make happen, was happening! We were all hanging out on my birthday, at night, in a kid's playground in front of where we went to high school no less. It was a great birthday, thanks Carla!

Then on Wednesday, went for Pizza and drinks at Voodoo Rays. Had the shrooms pizza which was fucking amazing. Then walked around  for a bit before going to a pub.

But here's what I've been leading up to: Meeting Conan O'Brien.  Conan's show didn't air in the UK before 4th August but I found out through twitter that Conan was in London. Then I heard about a competition to meet him in Brick Lane, like 15 minutes from where I live! I entered, I lost. But the day before, I told my friend Carla, who I've known for sooooo long and didn't even know she loved Conan too, and we decided whether or not I won the comp, we would try and see Coco. It's not everyday one of your heroes (he's my actual hero) is in your hometown.

Conan came out. My mouth was dry, I couldn't really  breathe but I started calling out: Conan! Conan! I nearly fell backwards when I felt Carla pushing me forward. We were right in front of him, he said hi. I showed him my writing journal which has a quote by him in it, he said it was sweet and signed next to it. I told him he was my hero and he hugged me. He is very very slim and very tall and very freckled. I think I actually told him I love him. wow. Yes. I think I did. And now I'm blogging this. And I want to be a professional writer! haha. but oh well. I have a bad memory. I don't want to forget this and this is how I remember things.
[EDIT: It is not a blur. I remember almost all of it but I have deleted some of this part because it is very very detailed and mushy and hysterical and I want to have a career!! And also this post was written in a semi daze] Then we took a selfie on my iphone. Oh yeah I forgot and lol there was like a second where I was just staring at him and he was looking at me and then stupidly i was like: OMG, I want to die. [What AM I??!] He said: aww don't die. [But seriously, what the hell am I?]
It's a bit of a blur from there  nope it isn't] I was almost in tears and semi hysterical. But...

Conan O'Brien is my hero. (David Bowie, Tavi also)

I know this seems so fangirly but yeah I am a fangirl. Being a fan of things got me writing. My first ever script was a doctor who script. 

So yeah. My teenage years are gone but I don't mind so much anymore. I'm looking forward to the future and my last year of university, and writing a LOT. Speaking of:
I wrote a thing for Amelia's Wocthatsme mag here: