Monday, 29 January 2018

Tiny everyday body lovin' tips.

I recently got to be a guest on the marvellous podcast hosted by two Australian book-loving boss ladies, Better Words. My first podcast! It was a very exciting experience, and a real honour. Caitlin and Michelle talked to me about books (obviously), my travels, my blog, more books, freelance work, sex, and more books. I could have chatted with them forever! 
You can find the episode here, and the notes here. Be sure to check out and subscribe to the podcast on whatever platform you use!

One of my favourite questions I was posed when the angelic BW gals were interviewing me was about my body positivity. Michelle and Caitlin asked how I came to be so outspoken about loving my body, and if I had any tips for others who were struggling with finding that positivity in their own skin. In response to this, I, ermm….kinda rambled about my own journey, and gave hardly any helpful tips for others. Safe to say I’m furious with myself, and will be rectifying that now with this post, in which I’ll be giving out actual, practical, helpful and gentle tips for building up your body confidence and comfort! 

(Photo: Erin Veness)

Friday, 26 January 2018

'The Unpredictability of Being Human', by Linni Ingemundsen: Blog Tour & Guest Piece.

You readers may have seen on here recently that I read a wonderful selection of YA, all with incredibly strong voices. This book, 'The Unpredictability of Being Human', was definitely one of the absolute best of that bunch. 





'Meet Malin, a fourteen-year-old who sees the world differently. Malin knows she couldn’t change much about her life, even if she got to play God. Her dad would still yell all the time – especially as Malin is still friends with Hanna, the girl she met shoplifting. Her mum would still say a glass of wine is good for her heart – and Mum needs it, with Malin’s brother, Sigve, getting into trouble all the time. 
If she were God for a day, Malin wouldn’t imagine changing much. Because stuff's okay, mostly. And if He could fix the world, wouldn't he have done it already?
And Malin would still be Malin. Because she can’t be anybody else.

Friday, 19 January 2018

'Second Best Friend' & Writing Real Life Fiction, starring Non Pratt.

You lovely readers all know about my insane, borderline obsessive love for all things bookish. But under that - okay, let's be honest - obsession umbrella, there are smaller but equally important loves. Certain authors, and publishers, whom I will always have an extra soft spot for - and admiration aplenty, too. 

What I'm trying to say in this messy, over-excited intro is: get ready for some gushing. You've been warned. 




Non Pratt is one of my all-time favourite UKYA authors. Her debut, 'Trouble', was one of the first YA novels I read, while at uni (when I really should have been reading, y'know, my 'set texts' or something?), then I inhaled 'Remix' not long after. It was a tough call, but up until now my favourite Non read was 'Unboxed', closely followed by 'Truth or Dare', which came out last year while I was interning at Walker Books (meaning I got a proof just before sending the rest out to my fellow bloggers, mwahahaha!).

Well, now 'Second Best Friend' is out in the world and let me tell you, readers, you are in for a treat. 

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

34.

My name is Grace. 

I cannot stand parsley, like physically cannot ingest it. I have now discovered jackfruit, and I love it. I always have to clear away cups on cafe tables. I look so much better with a tan. Tinder pisses me off and bores me. I want to properly learn tarot. I hate being the centre of attention, but I handle it quite well if I have to. Seeing Poussey's smiling face hurts my heart now. I carry a minimum of 4 lipsticks in my bag, every day. When I was very young, I was so good at playing cards and chess; played long games of each with my grandparents most weekends. My tummy scar is healing nicely, now. I never wear black (but would, for #timesup). 
I start counselling this week, and I cannot wait. I've been in Australia for 9 weeks, and have just got home. I wrote postcards to my GP and neurosurgeon while I was out there. As I write this, I am recovering from jet lag and excitedly planning my attack on 2018. 

My lovely friend Emma recently passed away, not quite a week into this new year, and 3 days before her 30th birthday. Brain cancer finally beat her. Her family are raising money in her memory, and you can donate here. If you can't spare any pennies, please share the page. 


Monday, 15 January 2018

Grace's Great Voyage Down Under, Week 9: last-minutes, souvenirs, and goodbyes.

In case you missed my posts so far in this series, I'll reiterate the key point I cannot seem to say often enough: I am not a travel blogger. 

However, I really want to share some things about my recent travels. 

I’ve decided to write posts in the future about my trips to various Other Places – but not necessarily the way a seasoned traveller and blogger might. I’m going to write about specific things, moments; some will exist in a big compilation post while others may stand alone. For instance, if I had an especially magical dinner date, or discovered a secret spot nobody had told me about, or even just had a conversation with a native (of which I have already had many, in Australia!), then that might exist in its own post.

Friday, 12 January 2018

Grace's Great Voyage Down Under, Week 8: the penultimate.

In case you missed my posts so far in this series, I'll reiterate the key point I cannot seem to say often enough: I am not becoming a legit travel blogger. 

I’ve just decided to write the odd post about my trips to various Other Places – but not necessarily the way a seasoned traveller and blogger might. I’m going to write about specific things, moments; some will exist in a big compilation post while others may stand alone. For instance, if I had an especially magical dinner date, or discovered a secret spot nobody had told me about, or even just had a conversation with a native (of which I have already had many, in Australia!), then that might exist in its own post.

** I'm starting to feel extra good about writing these posts, because recently all my family keep bringing up our previous trips to this country, sharing the many most wonderful memories; adventures to this place and that, dinners or coffee dates here, here and here, friends we never get to see any more...and I'm getting quite panicked because I only remember maybe 1/3 of the things they mention. My memory isn't what it once was (wonder why), and being super aware and reluctantly accepting of that sad fact these days means I've had to also consider that someday I may be a little blurry when recalling this trip. But I'll always have these posts. **

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

'exes'.

This started as a small part of another post (which I’m sure will appear in full, eventually) but as I wrote it, and the words spilled out hard and fast until they filled a whole page, I realised...it’s a post on its own. I was nervous to share it, but then realised I had to. So, here goes…

I keep getting involved with men who only seem to be finished with their ‘exes’. I write that ‘exes’ because they’re not, really. Are they? I mean, these guys will still be in touch with these former partners; working together, meeting up for coffee dates or cheap dinners ‘just as friends’, or actually still together, but totally casually, ‘no big deal’…

Monday, 8 January 2018

Things I did in 2017.

I've already written about my 2017 on the blog. And I interspersed that enormous link-riddled post with a few headlines in my personal life; went on a nice date, had major bowel surgery, came out to Australia, etc. etc...but I have since realised those little highlights don't really do my year justice. I mean yes, it was mostly shit, but there were some bright spots. No really, there were. 

Let's have a look at them, shall we? 
In no particular order, here are Some Mostly Good Things I Did in 2017!


(Photo: Erin Veness)

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Grace's Great Voyage Down Under, Week 7: Merry Christmas, and everything else.

In case you missed my posts so far in this series, I'll reiterate the key point I cannot seem to say often enough: I am not a travel blogger. 

However, I really want to share some things about my recent travels. 

I’ve decided to write posts in the future about my trips to various Other Places – but not necessarily the way a seasoned traveller and blogger might. I’m going to write about specific things, moments; some will exist in a big compilation post while others may stand alone. For instance, if I had an especially magical dinner date, or discovered a secret spot nobody had told me about, or even just had a conversation with a native (of which I have already had many, in Australia!), then that might exist in its own post.


We four; the team.

Friday, 5 January 2018

I am more than my scars. (My Huff Post piece)

So, idk if you heard, but I wrote something for the Huffington Post Lifestyle section back at the beginning of November (perfectly timed for my lecture at Winch on blogging and how far it can get you!) about my body, my illnesses, and my scars. I am now a blogger for the site, and intend to write more pieces for them in 2018. They also very kindly let me know when they first approached me to write for their EveryBody category that I could cross-post; anything I share on there I can take from here, and vice versa. So of course I thought I'd share my first piece for them here, in my happy little corner of the internet. 

For those of you who didn't see the post on HP, you can find it right here. Or, y'know, just scroll down...

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