Poetry Corner – Smoke Alarm

Hey guys, its Katherine! I was rummaging through my old files and I found this piece I wrote way back in year 9 when we did our anti-smoking campaigns. I thought it was quite nice to share it with you all. Updates for my new series on my time in writers house coming soon xx

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I BLAME LAKOFF: a woman’s view on language inequality

Before getting into the main article I want to clarify that this was written as one of my practise papers in A level English Language and not all of the views are my own personal opinions and were expressed to show a directed opinion in my mock exam. I achieved 30/40 marks in this question and was really happy with the outcome of this paper. I hope you enjoy this example answer from the 2016 AS English Language paper 2.  (more…)

Writing – My actual GCSE answer 36/40

Hey, it’s Katherine. So I got a level 8 in my English language GCSE. I was so happy when my English teacher decided she wanted to recall my paper so that it could be used as an example piece. I got 36/40 for this question: 23/24 for content and 13/16 for grammar. I have changed a couple of grammatical errors that I spotted but other then that and a word I had to guess at because it was covered by the examiners marking, it is completely unchanged. I couldn’t find the same image that the exam board used but the image is a pretty close to the tone of the original image and to the tone of my writing. I am so proud of this piece of work and hope you enjoy or that this is helpful to you if you are studying for your GCSEs.

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What is your mission? Jan 1 – Q & A a day

Hey, it’s Katherine! Sorry about the whole long-time-no-see thing. It’s been a bit mental the past couple of months and I thought I was getting back on track but apparently not. Oh well, you’re going to be seeing a lot more of me now.

I have been meaning to post more and share more stuff about myself and who I am as an individual and I thought that a really nice way of doing this would be with one of those 5-year Q and A journals. I don’t think I’ll be doing these questions for five years but we can start with one and see where we go.

1st January – What is your mission?

I have a couple of different missions going on at the moment so I’ll explain them all.

Writing

I want to write a lot more and create more content for this website and to expand my work for the Kingdoms of Ardor so that I am able to share more of that world with you. I want to become more dedicated to sticking to a tighter schedule and writing on demand rather than just when inspiration hits me.

Control

At some point, I’ll do a bullet journal walk-through and you can look at my page for my word of the year. This year I have chosen to have control as my word of the year. My life has gotten very complicated and quite out of hand recently and this year I want to be able to take back control of everything I am doing. I’m sort of splitting it down into more manageable section by having words of the month as well. January’s is organisation as this is a key area that helps you to stay on top of everything else.

God

This will probably sound quite cliche really. I am trying to get closer to God and my own spirituality and understand Christianity a lot more. I have a bible reading guide and I want to be reading the bible every day and learning to understand the word of God. I think like quite a lot of people, I have had a particularly rocky relationship with God and with Jesus. I am sort of trying to fix that. I plan on getting rebaptised at some point this year. I was christened as a child but a lot has happened since then and I think that some reaffirmation would be helpful.

School

I am in my first year of A levels and need to learn how to stay on top of everything and actually learn how to revise and work on myself as a student. I have always been fairly smart so throughout my GCSEs I didn’t need to try very hard to achieve the grades I did. A Levels is a totally different ball game and I need to really work a lot harder to get where I want to be.

Okay, guys and girls, that’s it for my missions this year. Let me know if you have any particular goals or missions for this year in the comments x

Until tomorrow x Katherine x

Poetry Corner – What do words mean?

Hey guys, it’s Katherine. This is one of the poems I talked about in my previous post My experience with Young Writers. This is the more recently written of the two and covers an important message I feel should be shared. I was so incredibly thrilled when the letter came saying I had been published in the ‘teenage voices’ anthology. Be sure to check them out https://www.youngwriters.co.uk/. I am going to start regularly posting my own poetry as encouragement to myself to improve my craft. For the first couple of posts, it will be work that I have already written and want to share. If there are any topics you would like me to write about send me a message, whether it be any tips and tricks or themes for poems you want me to write. Anyway… on to the poetry!

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