a 25-year-old scrub from Sacred Heart, United Kingdom

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"Do or do not, there is no try."

Many people I know also call me Nosi. I'm an English writer who loves poetry as much as prose. 

Poetry to me is a beautiful, traditional way of expressing your emotions, it's made all the more original and thoughtful by the images used to invoke them. Splashing abstract nouns onto a page or simply using clichés just doesn't cut it, it's an insult to your poem and yourself. That's what I've found anyway!

With prose I love creating worlds and stories and writing them onto the page the way I want them to be. In prose, unlike most forms of media, we are given free reign to embellish on situations, to explore the world, what makes the characters tick and create and bring it all to life in another persons imagination.

So you see, I, like many others, love writing.

My Poem(s):

Spirit of London - An elegy in tribute to those that died in the 7th July bombings of 2005.

My NaNoWriMo:

A Rose of Two Colours - A High Fantasy novel set in part of a troubled Kingdom. The novel focuses around several major characters who must find their way in a war-torn country. (got to over 57,000 words but remains unfinished)
The Steed of Always Winter - A Sequel to ARoTC. Set at around the same time, this novel is centred around a different set of major characters facing their own troubles. (got to over 10,000 words but remains unfinished)

I've come to the end of my studying at Manchester Metropolitan University, where I've been doing an English and Creative Writing degree. I've loved every second, even the hard bits. 
I was so psyched to go there since Carol Ann Duffy and Simon Armitage both worked there, the tutors have done a lot to improve me as a writer. Whilst you can never be "taught" how to write, it has been a great place to learn tricky grammatical things and also fantastic for getting a truly critical eye on your work.

Poetry anthologies I recently read and would recommend:

Carol Ann Duffy, World's Wife
Simon Armitage, Kid, Out of the Blue, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Michael Roberts-Symmons The Half-Healed 
Jean Sprackland, Tilt 

I'm a firm advocate that all media outlets can provide us with experience and inspiration for our writing. Even in a TV series, the artistry of a shot or the in depth look into characters may help to improve the way we shape our own stories, so here are some I recommend:

Game of Thrones

I just finished reading through the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin and it is freaking amazing. There are so many things I could say about it, but so far that I've read, nobody has come close to the utter depth of character and the sheer mystery in plot as this guy has. I also love all the things by Tolkien. A truly original story filled with heartbreak can be found in The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness whilst The Light Fantastic of the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett is just a hilariously fun read. I have, for my studies, also been reading much Shakespeare: Hamlet, King Lear, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Tempest, As You Like It, Measure for Measure and Macbeth, whilst they can be an acquired taste, looking deeper, you see such human stories that it's no surprise they have lasted so long, when the plots are eternal. Finally, if you're interested in short stories, you ought to check out Neil Gaiman's Smoke and Mirrors although they can get a little adult.

I'm slowly taking steps into the world of true Geekness and I love it. I've started playing Dungeons & Dragons but want to get into the more text-based version of it. I've started playing more tabletop games, I would recommend Munchkin, Fluxx and Gloom. I have dabbled in Youtube Let's Plays, specifically Minecraft. I love Star Wars, Firefly, Battlestar Galactica, Doctor Who and wish to expand my knowledge of Sci-Fi especially. I have started a collection of Comic books but I would like to move into collecting Manga too. I adore The Avengers, The Dark Knight Trilogy and all those good stuffs. I love video games, classics such as Baldur's Gate and Neverwinter Nights and even more modern stuff such as Halo, Skyrim and the like.

Wow I've been on Protag for 3 years!
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Finally, if you link a poem on my profile, you can be sure shootin' I'll read, comment and rate it =)

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