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So, these last few weeks have been very active with regards to the to do list, as well as the fact I have a fair few months left to complete all of them.

I hadn’t set out putting aside times when I could achieve each one; I figured they would just arrive, as did the situation of the completion of my number 16 – Take someone/Go on a date!

This all came about rather quickly, there have actually been two dates (with the same person) who I started talking to (I hate to admit it) on our favourite social networking site, facebook, a few weeks ago.

This lovely date, who is a student in my town, works at a local supermarket, in fact, this is where I saw her for the first time and where we had only exchanged a few words. For this reason I originally wanted to go on a first date to somewhere it’d be easy to start talking properly, like go to a bar or something (with the involvement of some dutch courage).

It turned out we ended up going to the cinema, a cliche I know, but as we live in Tractor Town it took an hour to get to the cinema; this could’ve been awkward and filled with long, silent, wordless moments replaced by turning the volume up on the radio, but instead was full of funny, interesting and engaging conversation. I was very much relieved.

I sometimes frown upon ‘dates’ to the cinema, as it’s hard to get to talk to whoever you go with, but this was brilliant, we criticised each other on which adverts attracted us to the new releases, quietly discussed which genre of film is the best and not only that (I don’t know if it sounds odd) but, she had the best laugh ever. I’m glad we watched a cheesy rom-com with the odd funny moment, because, quite frankly I’ve never really seen someone laugh so unselfconsciously, like no one else was there, and it was so captivating. And completely contagious.

On the way home the conversation was still flowing, there were a thousand questions, and just as many answers and as we got back into T Town, I thought about what such a lovely night I’d had.


Get my travel foreign travel on – Anywhere out of the country, for at least a month.

Get my UK travel on – Get around this little country, see all the cool things that are here. On sunny days.

Buy my own car – I recently passed my driving test, and I want to be able to say ‘I bought that car.’ I don’t know why.

Work out which ONE friend I could travel with – It’s always good to have company that you don’t want to kill. And three’s a crowd.

Move away from Tractor Town – For good.

Stop drinking so much – It doesn’t suit me.

Look after my teenage skin – I only have 6 months of blemishes left, right?

Look after my hands – My nails are dull and I have countless scars from grazes and accidents from the past, they could look better.

Read more – I love books but I watch films all the time, I’m going to watch less, read more.

Go swimming – I love swimming, but I’m too self conscious for a swimming costume… On to number eleven…

Be confident! – I might be a ‘cuddly’ person, but I’m happy in my skin. I need to show it more.

Take my bike out of the garage – And get on it.

Find a new job – Where I say ‘wow’ every day. And possibly include travelling, long shot?

Carry a bag around with me – My pockets are always too full, and that’s annoyed me for years.

Take more photos – I miss the things I’ve seen. I’ll carry my camera in my new bag.

Take someone/go on a real date – I think it’s a dying tradition.

Eat more fruit and veg – I never cook good food any more.

Attract more attention to my music – Play gigs, post on forums, get contacts.

Meet new people – From all over the world, the country, anywhere.

Try my best to do 20 things on my list before 21st July 2011!


My name is Lucy Honour Ruby Spraggan and I was born on the 21st July 1991, making me approximately 19 years and 6 months old. Written like that it makes me feel awfully young, although, in the last year I’ve done far more than I ever expected, making me feel a lot older (or more ‘grown up’) then I really am. I was born in Canterbury, Kent, and spent the first part of my life there. I was brought up with my 2 brothers and my Sister by my Mum, who is the real writer in the family.

I don’t remember much of living in Kent, even though I lived there for around 10 years; which I just realised is more than half of my life. My real life started when we  moved to Buxton, Derbyshire; Tractor Town. Here I was given a guitar, quite a lot of freedom and the experiences which influenced me to write my first songs, which is what I do now – write and perform music. (As well as pulling pints here and there and writing the odd paragraph.)

I went to Buxton Community School, where I wasn’t the most desirable student, but learned a lot of lessons thankfully scraped some good GCSE results and went on to college, where I did a BTEC National in Public Services.

I’ve played at festivals since I was quite young, and in 2009 I played my first Pride; this was a signature event. Manchester Pride was where GayDays Orlando spotted my music, the immediately asked me to fly to Orlando to their summer 10′ festival, I quickly obliged.

So, I saved some money and made a plan, 3 months of playing music in America. Anywhere and everywhere. On my travels I managed to get through 23 States, meet some amazing people, fall in love with love of my life, walk in the Grand Canyon with her and see some views i will never forget; and I’ve never been the same since. My next move was applying for a 6 month visa, to get back to the States, to my American sweetheart, to play more shows and fulfil more dreams which, by the swift punch of a stamp, was declined. I’m not bitter, honest…

So, since then, give or take a few months gets us to right about… now.

Right now is a difficult one for me, I don’t really know whether I’m coming or going; if I need to settle down and earn some money, or run for the horizon and spend what I do have. I imagine, or hope, a lot of people feel/felt this way at my age.