(Last-Minute) Planning for Nanowrimo 2018

Let’s have some real Nanowrimo honesty first of all, shall we? I didn’t start planning until the 24th October. I didn’t even know what I was writing until then. All I knew? Was that I wanted to write in first person. That was genuinely the only thing I was set on. I was waffling about […]

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Inspiration, Purpose, and Progress

One of the things that really pushed me to develop this blog further was, early on, a couple of messages from people telling me that hearing my stories was an inspiration to them. Then, as the weeks went by, and those weeks turned into months, I fell into the habit of just churning all this […]

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Coats and Cupboards

Dear Mummy and Daddy,   Last Christmas you gave me a coat. It was the most expensive coat that I’d ever owned – I know this because you left the tags on, incase I didn’t like it and needed to take it back. The thing is, I loved it. I really did. But I was […]

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Small Content Update: Bye YouTube, Hello Twitch!

You might (or might not!) be aware the for the past four months, I’ve been making YouTube music videos and uploading them once a week. This has been really fun and I’ve had some lovely feedback from it. Unfortunately it’s not really sustainable – or rather, to improve it properly, I would need to invest […]

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Female Anger in Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey

“I didn’t fall,” Kassandra yells, spitting the words out, “you fucking threw me!” There are a lot of things that are brilliant about Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, the latest in the long-running series. I have never played an Assassin’s Creed game before – I don’t like playing games as a male protagonist. So when it was […]

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On Female Friendship, and its Absence

I am 31-years-old, and I am terrified of women. The thing is, I’m not specifically terrified of women – I’ve just ended up that way. What I’m actually terrified of is failing. This means that I am, in turn, afraid of competition. I also spent a sizeable amount of my life being bullied (not, as […]

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Wonky

when I was a child, or maybe a teenager I spent several weeks on the waiting list to see an orthodontist about my wonky teeth. somewhere along this journey, near the end, I think I called their office. I told them to cancel it. I didn’t want to be the kid with braces. my parents […]

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Anxiety, disability, and labels

If you google ‘is anxiety a disability’, you get an awful lot of ‘maybe’ here in the UK. The majority of is-this-a-disability gating is handled by the Department of Work and Pensions, who caretake our disability benefit. It is, many websites mention, quite tricky to get disability benefit for mental illness (or Personal Independence Payment […]

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Reading Challenges – An Unsung Hero?

What do you think of when you think of reading challenges? Before I started one, I thought of the people who would challenge themselves to read 100+ books in a year. I used to be one of those people; in fact I used to be capable of reading over 300 books in a year, because […]

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A Way Out

There is a girl running down the street on a calm and placid day. “Hey,” you call, “what are you running for? The sun is out and it’s quiet.” She doesn’t stop, but you run with her, catch up with her panting breaths. “If I keep running, they won’t catch me.” She lifts a finger […]

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