This blog started as a place for me to chronicle my journey as one of the younger Open University students. To a certain extent that is what I still do. As much as I love the degree I’m working towards (and I really do), I felt the need to diversify and incorporate a few more of my loves.

1.      Books

As a Literature student it’s pretty obvious that I love reading books… and I also love talking about books. I will read a bit of anything, because I’m always on the hunt for a new author to fall in love with! I should say right now that I do not write objective book reviews, and I do not write blurbs (I’m too afraid I’d ruin the story for everyone else). All I will give you is my opinion; I do not claim to be an expert, I just know what I like. I try to be honest and fair with everything I say, because I know how much work goes into writing a book and I don’t see the point of being unnecessarily harsh.

2.      Art

I would say art is my passion, and it’s how I stay sane. I am constantly on the hunt for inspirations, ideas and arty friends. It has taken a long time for me to build up the courage to share my own work online, but now I love it! I’ve had some great feedback from other artists, and I don’t mind the occasional harsh critique (as long as it’s constructive!)… I’m still learning after all!

3.      Food

I love reading about food, watching shows about food and most of all eating food. I cook every day, but so far this aspect of my life hasn’t crept into my blog. I’m sure it will one day, it’s inevitable. (To be honest, I just get so carried away with the making and the eating I forget to stop and take pictures.)

4.      Life

I love exploring and trying new things. In my opinion that’s the only way to find inspiration. A couple of months ago I bought myself a shiny new camera, so I like to take shots of the things I encounter along the way. Nobody has a perfect life, there’s a lot of hard stuff, a lot of sadness, but I can’t see me ever blogging about that… I like to keep things light-hearted and frivolous (I want you to want to read this…) but be warned… there may be an occasional profound moment. You may also get to join me on my constant quest for a bargain.

5.      Challenges

I may be an addict. You would think it’d be enough of a challenge to work full-time while studying towards a degree and attempting to have hobbies and a reasonable social life while blogging about randomness three times a week. But it’s not. I love taking part in challenges… art challenges, reading challenges, weight loss challenges, writing challenges… and I will definitely share these with you along the way. (And let me know if you find anything new and exciting for me to take part in). Sometimes I think I’m going to burn myself out with all the stuff I do, but I really wouldn’t have it any other way… I have too much fun!

I hope you all enjoy reading this blog as much as I enjoy writing it!

D x

9 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi D 🙂

    I’m Chloe, a fellow YSA and just thought I’d say hi!

    It looks like we’re taking the exact same modules at the moment (though I’m a feb starter for AA100 so am a bit behind)

    We will both be studying A215 and A230 in October though, feels scary doesn’t it?!

    Feeling very overwhelmed by the halfway mark of AA100 right now but thought it would be nice to chat to someone who’s an old hand at all this!

    Anyway, I am just procrastinating from the Benin bronzes now, back to my books I go!


    • Hahaa I remember those EVIL Benin bronzes!
      I hope you’re enjoying AA100, I think it was a good one to start out with, I kind of miss it now it’s all over…
      Good look with your next assignment!
      Darragh x

    • This reinforces my claims of being a crappy blogger, I’ve only just noticed this comment! Thank you so much for the nomination Jacqueline, I’ll get on it!

  2. Hi D,

    I’ve just found your blog and really like it! I’m another Young Student Blogger of the OU and have really enjoyed reading your past few entries.

    I also share the love of books and food and life! I love taking photographs too 🙂

    I’ve also done AA100, as well as DD101, AXR271, A222 and currently doing A217 (Introducing Religions), in my quest for a Humanities degree with Philosophy and Religious Studies specialisms. I haven’t read your previous entries, but will enjoy reading future ones!

    Which route are you taking with the OU?

    Hayley 🙂

  3. Hi, I’m a newbie to Art Journalling, I’m going to use Art Journalling as part of my mental health therapy, which I have a blog about. I’d love your permission to add link and reference info for my blog and on an Art Journal blog I joined where I would like to use my version of your “Soul Armour” Art Journal Activity…? Another question, how would you like it to be quoted? I have your blog link, the title at the top of the page, how would you like me to list your name or how best to list blog page?? That’s if you give permission….?

    • Of course, use anything you like. As long as you stick me name in there (Daire) and link it back to my blog post I’ll be happy! Good luck with your art journalling, I think you’re going to love it!

  4. Hi it’s me who commented on community pool! So about my favorite part, I really enjoyed reading your posts about books (so far I’ve only made it to the non-fic nov posts) and your doodles which are amazingly beautiful. I was also a literature student, french literature, and I also love drawing, so going around in your blog really inspires me and makes me happy. If someday I post my doodles on my blog it will be thanks to you! I’m still not confident to post them, though. 😀
    Sorry if my English is a bit messy, I’m from Indonesia. 🙂

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