Lauren’s Progress


1. Read a new book every month.

January: The Last Letter from Your Lover by Jojo Moyes

February: Fish Change Direction in Cold Weather by Pierre Szalowski, How We Met by Katy Regan

March: Delirium, Pandemonium and Requiem by Lauren OliverFor One More Day by Mitch Albom

April: The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom, The Camomile by Catherine Carswell, proofread three books on placement, halfway through Trackman by Catriona Child

May: If You’re Reading This, I’m Already Dead by Andrew Nicoll, The Humans by Matt Haig

June: The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence, Unsaid Things (McFly autobiography), The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

July: Perfect by Rachel Joyce, The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness

August: Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker, The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton, Me salvó una lágrima by Angèle Lieby, His Father’s Son by Tony Black

September: Watch Over Me by Daniela Sacerdoti, The Good Mayor by Andrew Nicoll, an exciting new manuscript on work experience, Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner, several manuscripts on work experience

October: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, The Moment by Claire Dyer, The Gilbert Collection by the SYP

November: The Stranger’s Child by Alan Hollinghurst, How to Fall in Love by Cecelia Ahern

December: Penguin’s Poems for Life selected by Laura Barber, One Hundred Names by Cecelia Ahern, The First Last Kiss by Ali Harris, How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss

2. Write a dissertation.

Choose topic – check.

Start research – check.

Start primary research – check.

Writing. Less than a month WEEK to go!

Finished! (And passed!)

3. Learn to cook a three-course meal, and throw a dinner party to prove it.


Vegetable lasagne

Malteser cake


4. Keep up this blog.


5. Visit fifty new places (could be towns, tourist attractions, even just restaurants).

1. Dunfermline Palace

2. Earl’s Court, London

3. Queen’s Theatre, London

4. Apartment 29, Glasgow

5. The Blackbird, Edinburgh

6. Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh

7. The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh

8. The Bell Inn and Slughorn’s ‘house’, Chippenham

9. The Roman Baths, Bath

10. Sally Lunn’s, Bath

11. Gloucester Cathedral

12. Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow

13. La Barantine, Edinburgh

14. Falko, Edinburgh

15. Restaurant that shall remain unnamed, Don’t Go There

16. Tea Jenny’s, Falkirk

17. Edinburgh International Book Festival, Charlotte Square

18. Browns, Edinburgh

19. Hard Rock Café, London

20. Harry Potter Studio Tour, Watford

21. Royal Albert Hall, London

22. National Gallery (shop…), London

23. Giraffe Stop, King’s Cross station, London

24. Bar Kohl, Edinburgh

25. Johnston’s, Falkirk

26. Supercube, Edinburgh

27. Mimi’s Bakehouse, Leith

28. Frankenstein, Edinburgh

29. Black and White Publishing, Leith

30. Mercat Ghost Tours, Edinburgh

31. Landmark Press, Carrbridge

32. Holyrood 9A, Edinburgh

33. Origano, Leith

34. Milnes Bar, Edinburgh

35. Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh

36. Adventure Golf, Dunfermline

37. Edinburgh Castle

38. Scotch Whisky Experience, Edinburgh

39. Star Flyer, Edinburgh Christmas market

40. Jake’s Place, Edinburgh

41. Opium, Edinburgh

42. Why Not, Edinburgh

43. The Hippodrome, Bo’ness

44. Loopy Lorna’s, Edinburgh

45. Looking Glass Books, Edinburgh

46. Nando’s

47. Landmark Centre, Carrbridge

48. Dunfermline Abbey

49. Kingsholm Stadium

50. Usher Hall, Edinburgh

7. Wear my white dress.


8. Learn some Italian.

Mi chiamo Lauren. Io sono scozzese. Non parlo italiano. Ho ventitré ventiquattro anni. Mia sorella si chiama Hayley. Io studio ‘publishing’. (Sì.) Quinto piano. Otto e mezzo. Spaghetti carbonara. A cappella [and other musical terms]. (Yes, I’m scraping the barrel here.)

10. Collect seven books signed by the author.

1. Bedlam, Christopher Brookmyre

2. Far Rockaway, Charlie Fletcher

3. The Fault in Our Stars, John Green

4. If You’re Reading This, I’m Already Dead, Andrew Nicoll

5. The Humans, Matt Haig!

6. The Fields, Kevin Maher

7. His Father’s Son, Tony Black

8. Egghead, Bo Burnham

11. Take myself out of my comfort zone once a month.

January: went to the Highlands to stay by myself for a week for a placement

February: took on Rights Manager role at uni. Will have to obtain copyright or we produce no book!

March: did a presentation at work in French. With half-an-hour’s notice.

April: World Book Night

May: did nothing. Will cheat with this later in year.

June: left house without makeup and drove without driving shoes. Oh yes.

July: looked after the dog by myself.

August: posted a poem I was unsure about?

September: this was a terrible goal to set.

October: online dating.

November: had a mini makeover.

12. Post a piece of my creative writing here.

Here’s to Student Life

I Put My Dream into a Box

13. Record something that made me happy, something that was lucky or something that I’m grateful for every day.

Still going!


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