One of my courses at university involves creative writing, but following a variety of constraints as followed by the Oulipo group. These might include not using a certain letter (Georges Perec succeeded in writing an entire novel in French without the letter ‘e’) or replacing the noun from a source text, with the 7th succeeding noun in a dictionary, producing a translation of sorts. This week it was dictionary definitions, and I chose the opening sequence from Girl, Interrupted as my source text. The English language is truly wonderful (as are google definitions).
I have also made a new youtube video if you want to check it out (yes it’s a product of procrastination)
Susanna: [narrating] Have you ever confused a dream with life? Or stolen something when you have the cash? Have you ever been blue? Or thought your train moving while sitting still? Maybe I was just crazy. Maybe it was the 60′s. Or maybe I was just a girl… interrupted.
Have you ever caused someone to become bewildered or perplexed, made more complex or less easy to understand, a series of thoughts, images, and sensations occurring in a person’s mind during sleep, with the condition that distinguishes animals and plants from inorganic matter, including the capacity for growth, reproduction, functional? Or taken another person’s property without permission or legal right and without intending to return it, dishonestly passed off as one’s own, something when you have the money in coins or notes, as distinct from checks, money orders, or credit? Have you ever been of a colour intermediate between green and violet, as of the sky or sea on a sunny day? Or had a particular opinion, belief, or idea about someone or your train going in a specified direction or manner while adopting or being in a position which one’s weight is supported by one’s buttocks rather than one’s feet and one’s back is upright still? Maybe I was just mentally deranged especially as manifested in a wild or aggressive way. Maybe it was the decade from 1960 to 1969. Or maybe I was just a female child, a person’s daughter… broken, discontinued, hindered.
Posted by leila loves on February 3, 2013
I feel overindulged. Spoilt. I feel like I should be demanding hip hop horses and a sweet 16 (missed the boat by several years but regression can occur on demand). I have been so lucky.
Sometimes I catch myself gazing into the face of my shiny new iPhone, and then realise I look like a narcissistic prat checking out my reflection. This is the problem with smart phones. They are addictive. I have become obsessed with Instagram (follow me on http://instagram.com/leilalook/ ). Unhealthy. So Good.
Oh. And London’s been pretty damn good-looking and photogenic recently.
Anyways. Here are the recent products.
Snow just makes London look so much cleaner!
This (woman?) was hanging out in the park at the bottom of my road, rocking the naked with leaves look. It was too hard to resist
Always so impressed with the creations I find on street corners
Can’t stop listening to this either. Her voice in particular is so enchanting:
Posted by leila loves on January 30, 2013
Happy 2013 everyone!
The GREAT news is that I FINALLY have replaced my dear camera. Well, more accurately, Father Christmas in the shape of my mom has! Nothing fancy. The slightly nicer version of the Canon Powershot I had before. Enough difference for me to still be fiddling around with settings.
Here’s one of the first shots I took (that weren’t blurred New Year’s Eve snaps!)
And in case you were wondering. One of my new year’s revolutions is to post more here and on my youtube!
Posted by leila loves on January 6, 2013
At the end of the road near my university, is a beautiful park which everyday I walk past, and since October have been following the rapid changes in the leaves. Finally today I remembered (not so loved) camera and took a few pictures, just to try capture the broad spectrum of oranges and reds that have dappled the trees.
Just as I walked into the park I realised that the two trees at the other end created this rather wonderful impression!
- I just loved this little window of green shuttered by the fallen and soon to fall leaves.
Posted by leila loves on November 14, 2012
Without a camera that I like using, and without the funds for a new one, I have once again returned to the other procrastinating art: music making. I was meant to be writing an essay, but you know how it is when you’ve heard a good song…
Posted by leila loves on November 11, 2012
Unfortunately for me, my camera was stolen at the end of my holiday in Florence (just a little shout out, if anyone has found a Canon powershot in SpaceElectronic in August…?).
Even more unfortunately for me, all my photos of all the beautiful places I visited and loved are no more.
To this day it’s the photos I am more sorry about.
In the back of a suitcase I found my old camera so I am able to document my slightly less eventful but still oh-so-lovely visit to the Scottish West Coast and Isles.
Posted by leila loves on September 27, 2012
Excuse my abandonment of this blog. This time I have a good excuse.
I have no home. And my laptop’s broken.
At this rate I’ll be on the Jeremy Kyle show in a matter of weeks. So to entertain you, I have a limited selection of photos of miscellaneous objects I’ve discovered on my homeless travels.
I also have a video of one of my song’s I recorded with a friend, in a yurt, shortly before not having a yurt or a house.
Posted by leila loves on August 2, 2012
Recently I have been obsessing over acapella arrangements of songs, especially since one of my friends seems to have attained youtube stardom with his cover of Stevie Wonder’s ‘Isn’t She Lovely’.
So I’ve picked out a couple of my favourite arrangements on acapella…
(This is just insane! Such a good song and love his voice).
Here are some more of my friends doing their acapella thing. Short but beautiful
In conclusion, it is safe to say, that for myself at the least, the voice is the most beautiful, versatile and pleasing instrument. ENJOY!
Posted by leila loves on July 14, 2012
please check it out whilst I find pretty things to take photos of and wait for the rain and clouds to clear enough for a decent sunset!
Posted by leila loves on July 9, 2012
Right now I am meant to be revising. Instead I am procrastinating.
Yesterday I discovered the masterful and addictive app ‘snapseed’. So very very dangerous.
However I have enclosed a selection of my creations so far. All original photos.
My other primary form of distraction had been music making and I have finally invested in a soundcloud account onto which I have uploaded two songs. Give them a listen
Posted by leila loves on June 5, 2012