Tuesday, 16 October 2018

What I got up to in recovery...

I was once again blessed with a sweet bit of recovery time recently, and when I wasn’t asleep or in horrendous pain, I got a lot done while also relaxing to the max. Here are some of my accomplishments while I was healing after my reconstruction… and I promise they get better the further you scroll… 

(Photo: Erin Veness)
(dress and earrings from JOY)

Saturday, 13 October 2018

You playin'?

Funny story, that’s really not that funny – I actually began writing this blog post in the summer last year, and have had the document sitting on my desktop, staring at me accusingly, ever since. The truth is, the urge that inspired me to write it I couldn’t hang on to, because it was so toxic and sent me into a horrible spiral. 

There has been a lot of scandal in the news in the past year, to say the least. In fact, I think the more appropriate term would be ‘a sh*t ton’. Obviously there have been a great deal of women bravely speaking out about being wronged by powerful perverted men, hideous accusations hurled around the House of Commons, and even more pay gap shockers (seriously, folks. It’s 2018. Whut?). I have felt moved by all of these things, in good ways and in bad. However, for some reason, it’s a very silly and much littler thing that’s reignited my need to write this post… 

Thursday, 11 October 2018

'Summoning her'; a creative piece.

I saw a tweet doing the rounds recently (lol, I think this is the twelfth blog post I’ve started with that little phrase) which read something like: ‘what 5 items would people have to get together in a circle to summon you?’

I took no time at all to answer with a < 280 character list, but it really felt like a creative prompt, much like my beloved ‘642 Things to Write About’ books. So, here’s a little creative piece to go with it… 

(Photo: Erin Veness)

Thursday, 4 October 2018

'Dear John: The Road to Pelindaba', by Jeff Osment; a mini review and excerpt!

Here’s something you may not have known about the mega rad brand Lush… they publish books!? And if you follow me on socials, I’m sure you’re aware they frequently host epic Lush book club events in their Soho HQ, yes? Ughh, I love those evenings. See you at the next one, maybe? 

Lush also have a record label, and are making waves right now with their new cosmetics range, as well as their new naked packaging projects. Basically, they’re kicking butt in all kinds of areas. But in this particular post, I’ll be focusing on their bookish endeavours… one in particular.

'Dear John – The Road to Pelindaba' by Jeff Osment is the incredible tale of Mark Constantine OBE, Co-Founder of Lush, and his long-lost father. Read on to get a glimpse of the amazing story... 

Monday, 1 October 2018

The 8 books I will always keep.

I’m a hoarder. I have realised this for the millionth time today, after clearing out all the boxes under my bed for the first time in years (I managed to condense six down to one!? Yay me!), and finding all sorts of trinkets and mementos that really, looking at them now, I needn’t have kept but simply couldn’t let go…

However, I will always be particularly ruthless when it comes to my book collection. I clear out my bookcase regularly, plucking novels and non fics out of my rainbow that I am sure I won’t re-read, or have never got round to reading and don’t feel I ever will. I then offer friends their picks from my piles of old proofs, and have recently started donating bags of books to my secondary school library (giving the teachers first dibs, obvs).

There are books I will always keep, though. If they’re signed by their authors, exclusive special editions or perhaps even ones I had something to do with (more on those later)… and if I’ve come across them at important times in my life. Here are a few of the books I can never part with… 

Monday, 24 September 2018

The BBC Young Writers Award, 2018; an exclusive extract.

It’s that wonderful time of year again – the BBC Young Writers’ Award is upon us! 

This is the fourth year of the wonderful award which invites all 14 – 18 year olds living in the United Kingdom to submit short stories of up to 1,000 words. The BBC Young Writers’ Award was launched as part of the tenth anniversary celebrations for the BBC National Short Story Award and aims to inspire and encourage the next generation of writers. 

The five shortlisted writers will attend the exclusive BBC Short Story Awards ceremony on 2nd of October 2018 at Cambridge University, when the winner will be announced live on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row and they will have the chance to meet high-profile authors, publishers, agents and broadcasters at the award ceremony. 

And I’ve been given a lovely job in promoting it, by sharing an exclusive excerpt of a shortlisted young author’s entry! Below, you’ll find a brilliant piece of Davina Bacon’s story, ‘Under a Deep Blue Sky’. 

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Valuable Things Having an Uneven Face Has Taught Me.

I have had a somewhat disfigured face for the past three years; a dent formed on one side, and an accompanying bulge just underneath it, after my temporalis muscle moved following my second brain op in 2015.

It’s over a fortnight since I got my face fixed by a brilliant cosmetic surgeon. In that time, I’ve seen my face change a little bit every day. Bits of it have gone from yellow to purple to grey to blue; the enormous swelling has stuck out, shrunk, and shone. I’ve had two black eyes, an irritated scalp, and crusty blood in my hair (that I am still washing out). But I’ve been trying my best to live with all these things that have come with my recovery, and I’ve even been out and about a few times since I’ve got some strength back. I’ve felt quite confident, considering. 
And I’ve learned a lot – before this latest operation, and after… 

(Photo: Erin Veness)
(dress and earrings from JOY)
(necklace from Stargazy)

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Treat your shelf! Perfect gifts and goodies for bookworms.

I realise a lot of my posts have been about books lately… oops. Sometimes I just can’t stop, okay? My bookwormishness (it’s totally a word) runs deep and often I can’t keep it under control. Fortunately for me, I know a lot of you readers and followers are also book lovers, so you’ll not only humour me when I post reviews, recs and rambles, you’ll also geek out with me and spur me on! 

I thought that in this post, I’d share some bookish bits and bobs I’ve come across online and IRL recently that I really feel need to be shouted about – and maybe even bought – by my book-loving brethren. Get your wallets out, gang... 

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