SPOOKY HAPPENINGS

Dear Emma,

So it is the week of Halloween – please see here just in case you don’t know how incredibly excited I am for this holiday – and I thought that to get everyone in the mood for spooks, I could tell you some of the rather ghostly things that have happened to me over the years.

  1. When I was around nine years old, I went to a log cabin with my Brownie pack for a weekend away. We got there, and because it was a pretty old building in the middle of the forest, we instantly decided it was haunted. So we got out our disposable cameras (we were so technologically advanced) and began photographing everything that we saw that was vaguely suspicious. I remember several things, including some red lights that looked like eyes and some writing that was scrawled on the side of a shed. We were such little detectives.
  2. This wasn’t really a case of genuine spookiness, but when we were on our Duke of Edinburgh expedition we were discussing The Blair Witch Project for ages and we thought it would be an amazing idea to put some sticks in the formation outside our friends tents. Needless to say hilarity ensued because they were absolutely terrified.
  3. Funnily enough actually, on the same expedition we were walking through a forest and we were talking about various creepy things and then my friend’s phone started ringing and scared us so much. Did I mention that her ringtone was a demonic baby’s laughter? Yeah, so we were all suitably freaked out for a while.
  4. I was at a sleepover where we had just been telling ghost stories, and one of my friends was asleep in an armchair and had been for several hours. She was still sleeping, but she suddenly rose up from the chair and went “Uhhhhhhhhhhh” with her hair covering her forehead and we all screamed. Okay, it wasn’t that scary, but we were already freaked out by that point.

So these are some of the things that have happened to me in the past few years. I’d love to hear some of your spooky happenings, leave them in the comments!

Love from,

XXX

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Longing for a Career on the West End

Dear Emma,

So I went to London last weekend to see Wicked on the West End (for the fourth time haha) which doesn’t get any less amazing the more times I see it: love that show.

And then for the past week I’ve been listening and singing to just about every musical you can think of. Right now it’s Matilda. That’s a good one too. I love the fact that they have such perfect British diction, it’s so fun to sing along to.

I love musicals and theatre and performing, and to be honest, if there’s one role on the West End that I would be absolutely over the moon to play, it’s Elphaba from Wicked. I don’t know why, but she is without a doubt the character that I connect the most to. She’s quiet, bookish, really bad at relationships and most importantly, she can’t dance! We are literally soul sisters. Apart from the fact that she’s green and I’m not.

Also, I love the music from Wicked. I mean, who wouldn’t want to belt out Defying Gravity while being suspended in the air with a cape as big as a ten-person tent streaming out behind you? Right?! All of the songs that Elphaba sings are incredible. Performing them all would literally be a dream come true.

I used to go to a performing arts academy every week for two years, which was incredibly exhausting but also absolutely amazing at the same time. It was right in the middle of London, and we used to get the best visitors. They would come to us from whatever show was on the West End at the moment and then give us a masterclass: we would learn songs, dance routines, little bits of acting, etc, and then when we weren’t doing that we had three hours of singing, acting and dancing. I literally felt like I was in Fame.

Sadly I had to quit that, because it was really hard to get to London every week, but every time I go to London and see a show, a rather large part of me goes, damn, I wish I was still there. It was just great fun.

I don’t want a massive long run as a character. I just want to play Elphaba once. Just one show. Is that too much to ask?

Love from,

XXX

Listless

Dear Emma,

I don’t really know how I’m feeling today. I guess that the best way I could describe it is that I can’t describe it.

I’m currently sat in my room with way too many things to do and nowhere near enough time or motivation to do them. Also I appear to be in one of those moods where I get frustrated a lot by small things.

It’s also rather self-deprecating, this mood I’m in. I don’t know, I guess I just feel rather inadequate at the moment. I know that a lot of people that I know right now are happy with their life and their relationships. I can’t say that yet. I don’t feel like I’m capable of being a very good friend at the moment.

I mean, nothing bad has happened. I actually had a great day yesterday: is this me coming down off a high? Is it me being a bit dejected all of a sudden? Normally I just blame this kind of crap on hormones and general teenagey stuff.

Also feeling a bit lonely. Even though I’m in a house full of people, it’s the time where everyone is off doing their own thing, mine being writing some random depressing crap on a computer screen.

Listless! That would be the word I’m looking for.

listless
ˈlɪs(t)ləs/
adjective
adjective: listless
  1. (of a person or their manner) lacking energy or enthusiasm.

Definitely don’t have any energy or enthusiasm right now. Not to mention the fact that the internet isn’t cooperating with me by suddenly crashing, making this the third time I’ve written this post.

Oh well, there’s not much I can do, is there? I should probably snap out of it. I will have by tomorrow. Sorry for that mess of a post, my depressing rambles probably aren’t what everyone wants to hear right now. But thanks for reading.

Love from,

XXX

Why I love Autumn

Dear Emma,

It’s Autumn!!! Actually it has been autumn for a while now (where did September even go) but I’m celebrating now.

I love autumn. To be fair, I love all of the seasons for different reasons (that may or may not have been an unintentional rhyme oops) but whenever autumn comes around I get incredibly excited. 

For starters, it’s an excuse to wear fluffy jumpers, onesies, scarves, boots and all those other awesome things that you’ve stashed in the back of your wardrobe.

The days get shorter and the nights get longer, which I do like. You can cosy up in blankets by the fire by the starlight and really enjoy the warmth.

It gets cold enough to feel nice in layers and do all those exciting things like breathe “dragon breath” and see the frost on the trees but not cold enough to feel like you’re literally in Antarctica the minute you step outside the door.

Also, outside it just looks that bit more beautiful, because all the leaves are turning those beautiful coppery gold shades, making walking down the road a lot more exciting. 

Okay, this one is a bit more materialistic, but in autumn all of the shops bring out their new collections, which is always a reason to get excited.

If it’s autumn then that means it’s almost Halloween – check my previous posts if you don’t already know how excited I am for Halloween – and then it’s the runup to Christmas which is incredibly exciting. 

I feel like autumn is a good time to do a lot of baking. I love baking. Lots of inside activities to do in the autumn. Also a great time to catch up on all of your favourite TV shows. 

TV shows! Lots of them have new seasons in the autumn. 

I don’t know, autumn just happens to be one of my favourite seasons. 

Love from,

XXX

P.S. Do you ever get that thing where you say a word so many times that it kinda loses its meaning? I think that’s just happened to me with autumn. Oh well 🙂