Saturday, 13 January 2018

Quote | a goal is not always meant to be reached

Happy New Year!! I can’t believe it’s actually 2018! Not just in the normal, New Year sort of way, but because I’ve been anticipating this year for the past three. 2018 is the year I travel overseas for the first time! I’ll be heading off later this year on a year-long university exchange, which is both super exciting and completely terrifying.

Meanwhile, the New Year is also an exciting time because it’s the time of goal setting and list making, two of my greatest loves. I prefer shorter term goal periods (six months or so) because whenever I use to make year lists, it would came to November and I’d realise I put way too much on and hadn’t started nearly early enough. Having said that, if I didn’t have my exchange breaking up my year this year, I probably would make a year list AND a shorter term list because I love a good list, so the more the merrier.
I like to strike a balance between challenging but still within the realms of achievability, which can be tricky. For the next six or so months, I’m really exciting to have the time and space, thanks to my semester off, to work on a major writing project, plan my exchange, sew something and lots of other things, big and small.

2018 is going to be a productive, adventurous, exciting year!

Friday, 29 December 2017

Art Gallery of South Australia | PabloSebastianX

PabloSebastianX at the gallery was such a wonderful exhibition (it sadly closed earlier this month) and, being free-entry, I went numerous times to admire it. It featured the designs of South Australian couture designer Paul Vasileff situated among the gallery’s semi-permanent collection.

It was really wonderfully positioned throughout the gallery and I loved how they set-up the dresses in different rooms with different props that reflected the collection and interacted with the surrounding art in interesting ways.

And that’s what I loved most about this exhibition and something I really took in when I visited it for the last time: the contrast of the contemporary, romantic and otherworldly dresses with art that spanned across centuries and artistic movements and how it made me look at the dresses and art again, in a new light.

It made the whole thing more beautiful, engaging and inspiring.

Thursday, 21 December 2017

The English Review Vol. 6 | Icons of Decadence

Icons of Decadence is probably my favourite English course so far, I enjoyed the lectures, tutorials and reading list.

The Victorian Era, especially towards the turn of the century which this course focused on, was one incredibly concerned with change and the future of the race. How the Victorians challenged and tried to restabilise gender norms is of particular interest to me and all the texts on the reading list helped build a picture of the different arguments during the era.

The course really made me love the Victorian era and want to continue reading in the period. Far from being stuffy and boring, Victorian literature is just as engaging and dramatic as any modern lit. The reading list for Icons has a few really great examples (and some not so great) of Victorian literature to get stuck into…

Reading list: Women Who Did (selected short stories) ed. by Angelique Richardson, The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle, She by H. Rider Haggard, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, The Beach of Falesá by Robert Louis Stevenson, The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, Dracula by Bram Stoker, Peter and Wendy and Peter in Kensington Gardens by J.M. Barrie.
It’s nice to occasionally have a topic that you enjoy almost everything on the reading list. The only one I really didn’t like was Rider Haggard’s She, which was long and uneventful until the last quarter and, even then, was questionable in the entertaining stakes. I wasn’t fond of The Beach of Falesá either, but it had more interest in its story and subsequent tutorial discussion than She.

I loved picking up a Sherlock Holmes novel again and the Women Who Did short stories were so interesting that I’m planning on reading the others that weren’t on the list. Someone complained that they were a bit too didactic, but I couldn’t help but be drawn to the voices of women trying to alter deeply seated notions of what it was to be a woman.

And my top three novels of the course, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Dracula and Peter and Wendy. They are all deserving of a whole post of their own, there is so much to find entertaining and worthy of analysis in them. Particularly interesting to me is how they showcased ideas and ideals surrounding gender in the late-Victorian period. They also have engaging stories and characters. I highly recommend all three!

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

currently reading…Sabriel

I’m about halfway through Sabriel (Abhorsen #1) by Garth Nix and I am absolutely loving it. I’ve been wanting to read this series for a while so I hunted it down in the library when I was free from uni and really craving a good Fantasy adventure/quest novel. Fantasy is my favourite genre but it’s not one I really get to read very often for study.
I am enthralled by this novel, it is as good as I was hoping (and it’s always nice when that happens): fantastic characters, a world and magic system that is both really cool and unique, and a mysterious and well-pace plot.
It’s also really inspiring and making me think as I try to wrangle my novel idea into an actual plot. I feel like I picked this up at the perfect time.

I also recently started reading I Call Myself A Feminist, an edited series of essays, and am looking forward to getting stuck into it. It’s the second of three feminism books I bought a while ago that I’m trying to finish by the end of summer, partly so I can justify collecting more…

Friday, 24 November 2017

Fleurieu Peninsula | Day Trip

To celebrate my younger sister’s birthday, the whole family came down to Adelaide for the weekend and then we headed off to explore the Fleurieu Peninsula for the day. I didn’t realise South Australia had such a beautiful coastline!
We visited Myponga Reservoir, Ingalalla Falls, Second Valley and finished the day in Normanville with a walk (and run) along the beach, getting more wet than planned before some obligatory fish and chips.
It was so much fun to have a mini-family holiday and was a much needed rest during the super hectic end-of-semester study period. 

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