The Vacation Void and What I’m Filling It With

Now that it’s the Oxford vac, I have the chance to slow down a little. Breathe. But that feeling is actually quite overwhelming; for the past 8 weeks, it’s been go go go and then suddenly, one day… it’s over. You can plan your own days, your own reading (or at least the order of it), and there are no deadlines for at least 4 weeks.

So what inevitably seems to happen is that for the first week, I pretty much end up being a couch potato. Netflix, Sims 4, films, books (in English!)… these are what I fill my days with. Oh, and lie-ins, of course!

However, this time around, I have also been doing some other, more exciting things. On Tuesday, I went indoor sky diving in Milton Keynes. On Thursday, I went bowling. On Friday, ice skating. And on Saturday, I helped my mum to run a fundraising ‘Beetle Drive’ event that she had organised. And then I went to Lowestoft to stay with a friend. Eesh. It’s been busy.

Something less adventurous, yet still exciting (at least to me), that I have been doing a lot recently is creating blackout poetry. For those of you who don’t know what this is: it’s a form of ‘appropriation art’ where you black out words on a book page or a news article in such a way that the ones you leave become a poem.

Here are few that I’m particularly pleased with:

This is my friend Ollie’s favourite 🙂

So yeah! It’s really fun and I would definitely encourage you to give it a try. The book that I’ve been using is The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers, but of course you can use anything with text on to create blackout poetry. The only thing I will say is that markers seem to run out so quickly! Paint might be a good way to go. I’ve also seen some really cool blackout poems on the internet where people have made amazing pictures incorporating the words. I think that’s what I’m going to do in order to level up..

Have a great day, and see you soon, reader!

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