Friday, 30 May 2014

It's what's on the inside ...

Today at work I got the urge to bake and decided on Finnish cinnamon buns. I keep forgetting how hard it is to bake from a Finnish recipe when the types of flours are all bit different here and I couldn't for example find cardamom for the dough or coarse sugar for decorating. I just had to make do!
They all came out looking very different, which is good. There's beauty in individuality and imperfection.
Some were downright rude ...
As always I thought I'd put enough filling but when they came out, I realised I hadn't. There can never be enough butter, cinnamon and sugar! When will I learn? I'm sure someone (krhm) will eat them anyway.

Hope you've started your weekend on a good note!

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Five Minutes of Fame

I know, you're mainly seeing an overexposed pile of white, but this is what my life is all about right now. In approximately three weeks my university is organising a showcase for this year's graduating play- and screenwriters. And that includes me.

We've spent much of spring choosing a suitable 5-page extract from our full-length work for the rehearsed reading. It's harder than you think. It has to make sense to the audience without being too on the nose. We've polished these extracts and are now nervously hoping the professional actors will make it sound good. (If it sounds rubbish, it's going to be down to the writing, not the acting.)

The envelopes are filled with invitations and letters to industry professionals. Even if they can't attend the actual event, it's time to let agents, literary managers, producers etc. know that we exist. We're also allowed to bring as many friends and family members as we like. Since I don't have family over here, I'm just going to hijack as many of my friends as I can. Although I'm not convinced I actually want them to be there. I'm always more nervous performing in front of people I know! And even though I'm not on stage this time, it's going to be my words being read.

Oh well, we'll all survive one way or another and mixed in with the nerves is a level of excitement. This is what I want after all, my words being read on a stage.


Sunday, 18 May 2014

A buzz in the air


This is an entry of little substance, I just wanted to celebrate that it's summer, if only for a few days. After a drab, chilly winter you could suddenly:

Have lovely meals and coffees outside (with three helicopters circling above because Arsenal won the FA cup yesterday and I live just a little bit too close to the stadium.)

Lounge in the sun on the roof terrace (with three helicopters circling above because Arsenal won the FA cup yesterday and I live just a little bit too close to the stadium).

And make a salad for dinner and still feel like you had a proper meal. (No helicopters in the kitchen, but I wouldn't be surprised if an Arsenal fan was hiding in the cupboard, still waiving that red and white flag. They're everywhere!)

I might have gone a tiny bit pink already (darn you Nordic skin) but all in all it's been a very pleasant weekend and hopefully it will continue. More sun to the people!

And congratulations Arsenal.

Sunday, 11 May 2014

What language is she singing in? ... Uhm, I think that's English?

I just wanted to congratulate the Finnish boys on their very respectable 11th place in Eurovision. You might not think it's much to celebrate, but when you come from a country that excels in getting zero points and finishing in the bottom three, this is exceptional. It's the best result since 2006 when Lordi, those hard rocking monsters, managed to baffle the world and win the whole thing. And yes, that's what all Finns actually look like. Especially in the morning.
Eurovision nibbles.
We had our own Eurovision Extravaganza at home and when it comes to Eurovision, everyone's a critic. The banter took center stage while the poor (in every sense) singers sang about important social issues like Cheesecake and not being able to grow a moustache. And there was a drinking game which really came into its own when the votes were presented. "12 points to neighbouring country?" Drink!

Hope you've had a great weekend!


Friday, 9 May 2014

Freaky Friday

I might actually be going mad ...

I spent last night on a film shoot and didn't get home until 7am. I woke up at 11am to a woman's voice outside my bedroom door. I didn't recognise her voice but she was talking to one of my flatmates. He asked her if she had everything she needed and then she finally went downstairs and left the flat. Or so I thought ...

About an hour later I asked my flatmates who the visitor had been. They gave me a look and told me nobody had visited the flat that morning. Nobody. Nobody? No. Nobody.

Did I dream it? Are they winding me up? Should I be worried? It's creepy because just the evening before I'd talked to someone about different sleep patterns and how some people have strange visions while experiencing sleep paralysis. It doesn't sound pleasant ...

Whatever happened, I'm hoping it was a one off. I'm used to hearing voices while plotting a story and developing dialogue, but this was something else. Then again, after two night shoots in a row, with less than eight hours sleep in 48 hours, my body is a bit out of synch.

On a lighter note; this afternoon's meeting with my mentor went well and things seem to be going in the right direction. It's a nice way to start the weekend.


Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Excuses Excuses


I've been absent again, I know. In some ways that's good because it means I've been busy and most of it has been fun. 

In addition to my normal temp job and some translation work, I've done quite a few days as an Extra/Supporting Artist. Whatever you choose to call yourself, it basically means you're a breathing filler in films, on TV or commercials. Sometimes you get to do exciting things and sometimes you don't, but all in all I really enjoy it. Unfortunately you're pretty much sworn to secrecy when you're booked on a production and so I can't really tell you what I've been up to. 
I'm toying with a potential idea for my next play and couldn't help ordering some research material. 
Oh and I'm also still a student which means I'm continuing to write my thesis, aka full length play. I submitted the 2nd draft last week and will be meeting my mentor on Friday to discuss it. It's very helpful and nerve-racking at the same time. Did you just say my baby has faults? How dare you!

To battle the signs of stress (twitching eyelids, random mood swings etc.) I'm trying to sleep enough, I've found my way back to the gym and I'm also baking again. The trouble with baking is that you have to eat what you make and so I'm sticking to bread and other savoury things I would normally consume. 
Great British Bake Off next?
Anywho, this was just a random explanation and excuse for why I haven't been very active in recent months, but fret not, I have a feeling summer will bring plenty of new entries.