New Ventures

Sometimes, my inspiration comes in spades. Most of the time, it just drips through here and there. The rest of the time it hides under the covers, lacking the self-confidence to admit it’s there.

Or that’s how I feel about my creativity, anyway. Sometimes I can write 10,000 words in a week. Sometimes I struggle to reach 100. Sometimes I have ideas coming at me left, right, and centre. Sometimes I have to desperately go searching to find just one. But lately, I’ve felt like some of the ideas I have, I’m trying to put into the wrong format – so I’m deciding to try something new.

In the past, I’d only really look for inspiration with the end goal of writing books. I still do that, I’m still writing a book and I want to write and publish many more in the future, but the way I look at my ideas and creativity has changed. When I started my blog, it was only because I felt like if I could set myself the challenge of writing something and uploading it twice a week, every week, I would get myself back to the person I had been a year earlier – more creative, more determined. I’d been going through a bad time.

I didn’t really anticipate the way it would change my ideas and the inspiration that came to me – instead of only occasionally stumbling across some meaty idea that I could cultivate and nurture and develop into a novel, I began to get smaller ideas. Maybe it would be a single thought, an observation or something similar. Some of these I’ve written and not published for you guys to see yet, but I will do in future.

Now, though, I feel like I need another option. I love my blog and can’t imagine not uploading twice a week anymore, just as I love having my larger projects, but there’s room for something else – room to keep random sentences that occur to me, lines I can’t shake but don’t know what to do with. I’ve never been one for poetry, but then something else seemed to fit perfectly – writing lyrics.

I am a pianist, though I’m definitely not a singer, and I have studied music theory in the past. Theoretically, I should have everything I need to write melodies and lyrics. I want to try it, at least. It was partially for this reason that I’ve got my old keyboard, the one I started playing when I was seven and desperate to learn the piano, out of the loft and am planning to take to university. I’ve never tried to write music or lyrics before, but it might be fun. I don’t know what I’ll do with them – maybe they’ll never see the light of day – but I want to venture into it and see what comes out.

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French Toast 3 Ways

I’ve been cooking for a couple of years now, and I like to occasionally experiment with things and see how they turn out, because really, there aren’t many rules to cooking. (Baking, however, is another matter entirely. Don’t mess with that, it goes awfully wrong as me and my mother have both found out.) Something I like every once in a while is French toast for breakfast, and after a few experiments, I figured out my three favourite ways to make it, so I thought I’d share them with you!

Generally, the basic recipe is pretty standard, I just add things in when I feel like changing it up. For one person, I generally:

  • Whisk together:
    • 2 eggs
    • Tiny splash of milk
    • A little Himalayan pink salt (but normal table salt will do)
  • Soak the bread in the egg mixture
  • Melt some butter in the pan
  • Fry until cooked

… and here’s three ways I change it up!

French Toast: The Parsley Edition

I’m gonna throw it out there – I really like parsley. It’s a gentle herb, but it’s one of my favourites and just adds a little something to French toast as well as making it look a little funnier. I actually have frozen chopped parsley I got from the supermarket so it’s always on hand and stays fresh, which I’ve found is super convenient, so I just shake a bit out, probably about one or two teaspoons’ worth, once I’ve whisked the eggs and then stir them in before soaking the bread and putting it in the pan to cook.

French Toast: The Philadelphia Edition

As someone who hates yoghurt with a passion, can’t stomach cream, and has never liked milk, cheese has always been my go-to source of calcium. Philadelphia soft cheese is pretty high on the list of favourites for me, and I love having it in sandwiches and in scrambled eggs/omelettes (you should totally try both of those, by the way – a salmon and philadelphia omelette is so good), so having it with eggy bread seemed like a logical thing to try. I either put a thin spread of it on the bread as soon as it’s done, or sometimes trying to melt it on top of the bread once you’ve turned it over and are waiting for the underside to be done is fun.

French Toast: The Condiments Edition

This is truly back to basics; I love any form of French toast with ketchup. And sometimes with barbecue sauce. (Not at the same time, that would be truly weird.) Brown sauce is good too.

So there you have it, my three favourite ways of having eggy bread. I’ve also tried it with chives, which my parents like, but I’m not so keen on it. Let me know in the comments if you do anything different!

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I’M GOING TO UNI!

Like thousands of others, I got my A Level results on Thursday – and I got into university! I’m so beyond happy about this, I’ve wanted to go to uni since I knew what it was, and it was such a relief not to go through clearing, which I was convinced I would have to. I didn’t get quite what I wanted – I got BCC, which was below both of my uni offers – but I was accepted by my insurance uni anyway, which was such a relief. I’m kind of apathetic about my actual results because it’s stunning how much the government has messed with the humanities subjects to stop top grades coming through, and they’ve messed with the Class of 2016 for five years now. I’m disillusioned.

But either way, I’m going to be studying joint honours English and History, which just sounds so perfect to me. I mean, I posted a few weeks ago about preparing for uni but now it’s all certain and I know which one I’m going to, and everything’s just so much closer now!

As it turns out, my Freshers’ week starts mid-September (I’d anticipated slightly later than that, because my firm choice had been late September) which means I’ve officially got under a month to go! I’ve still got a lot to sort out, but I met someone at the applicant day I went to months ago and I’m hoping we’ll end up in the same flat (there was a thing in the accommodation application that lets you ask for that). Turns out you have to get tickets for loads of freshers’ events and whatever, and I’m so confused about these, there’s so much to choose.

It seems there’s also a tonne of things to read, there’s so many documents they send you, and I’m still waiting for them to release the timetable for freshers’ week, but the whole of Friday I was just grinning – it took a day for me to kind of have everything sink in, because there was a lot in the way of confusion and phone calls and initial uncertainty on Thursday – and I know I’m just going to love it. I’ve barely stopped smiling since.

Apparently there’s loads of things no-one tells you and you pretty much end up finding out for yourself, like the sheer amount of things you have to do or apply for or buy or join or find out the meaning of. I’ve got a new uni email that they gave me and I had no idea how to log into it for about a day and a half, before I finally figured it out. And then there’s all the societies and students unions and I’m wondering about if they have a university newspaper and how I could get involved with that.

I’m completely over the moon about starting university, I’ve felt so stuck for so long now while I trawled through my final years of secondary school and sixth form, and now I finally feel like I’m getting somewhere and I can really get started with the things I want to do. I have my move-in date, I should find out where I’ll be living within the next few days… and my uni even has contacts with some of the companies I’d really like to intern with, it’s so perfect. I’m not even really that disappointed I didn’t get into my first choice uni because really, both of them were amazing, and like I said, I’ve already got a new friend at this one.

So, while I sit here with my School of the Arts pin badge they gave me in January for the applicants day pinned to my top, I’m gonna continue perusing all my forms and booklets and continue making my lists of things I want to do/get before I go, because I’ve barely even considered things to personalise my dorm room like posters etc., and I guess I’ll see you on Thursday! And don’t forget to check out all my social media accounts (the excitement was definitely clear on my twitter the past few days haha), they all have the same username, thekatybennett. I’m on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Snapchat!

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