Monday, 30 July 2018

What am I doing with my life?! (Thoughts on my 25th birthday)

In a lot of ways, I am extremely proud of my generation. 

We are braver, louder and more creative than the one before us; we teach them important principles and aren't afraid to shout about our political views, in the hope that someday they will come round to our way of thinking. We also grew up with bookish wonders such as His Dark Materials, Doctor Who and Harry Potter, and I truly believe that if we hadn’t, printed books may not be thriving as they are today. We helped bring the spectrum of sexuality out from the darkened basement and into the public eye, and the term ‘sex-positive’ became a common expression (although annoyingly, its meaning can often get twisted). And despite growing up with our parents and teachers warning us of the many dangers online (and this was before ‘Catfish’ came out) we still went out into cyberspace and found not just an army of like-minded, supportive friends and a plethora of fandoms, but also... ourselves. Oh, and we also made the internet a job! These days, the biggest companies hire social media managers and digital execs, bloggers and vloggers are seen as valuable for sponsored content purposes, and indie businesses are thriving thanks to their tweets and Instagram profiles. This is because we have helped the online world grow and become a brilliant space for ambitious creatives, driven business people and everyone in between. 

(Photo: Erin Veness)

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Kinky Boots, 24/07/2018; a review.

I saw ‘Kinky Boots’ at the Adelphi Theatre, London, last night…


Okay, now that’s out of my system, let’s crack on with the review! 

Monday, 23 July 2018

Drunk in love.

Being drunk affects us all in different ways, and induces all sorts of behaviour. Some people text their exes. Some play dares or attempt risky stunts. And some order obscene amounts of junk food in the taxi on their way home – then pass out on their sofa before the Deliveroo man turns up. 

I’ll admit, I did all of the above a good few times, while I was at uni – and I will always use the excuse that I was letting off steam while studying hard and finding my way in life, k? cool  but in recent years I’ve found my drunken activities have been much less dramatic and destructive, and more...loving!? 

(Photo: Erin Veness)

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Recent Reads - holiday edition!

FYI, me titling this a ‘holiday edition’ literally means: I went on holiday, and that thing happened when I read quite a few books in just a few days, and it was magical. 

I not only got through a whole load of new books (‘new’ here meaning: had been sitting on my bookshelves for any time from a week to a year, unread) and also polished off a couple I’d started before the flight out. I feel so much lighter somehow, having done an intense, week-long reading sesh, and now I'm refreshed and ready to keep the streak going at home. 

So, here's what I read while burning under the sun in Mallorca... 

Monday, 16 July 2018

Things friends have taught me.

In my life, so far, I’ve stumbled into some colleague altercations, fought my way out of unhealthy relationships, and entered unknowingly into toxic friendships. But more importantly, I have found some truly wonderful and wise friends. 

I have wanted to write this post for ages; it’s intended to celebrate just a few of the aforementioned excellent friends, and maybe even impart some wisdom from them via me to you, lovely readers... 

(Photo: Erin Veness)

Friday, 13 July 2018

'Floored'; a collaborative blogging adventure!

Not too long ago an email landed in my inbox, its subject line simply saying: 'FLOORED! Stop! Collaborate and listen!' 
Well, obviously I was intrigued. Before I knew it, I'd excitedly signed up to do a collaborative blog tour to celebrate this excellent new YA in the weeks leading up to its official publication date. 

The idea is that all the blog posts link somehow, each one starting with the opening line from different chapters of the book, and of course they should run in the same order the chapters of the book do. 

We didn't have to just do creative pieces, either. The options were wide open; fiction, non-fiction, poetry, recipes, mood boards...! I thought I'd try doing poetry, but in the end this funny little story came out. 
I've met some wonderful bloggers through this; they're all listed at the bottom of this post! 

Tuesday, 10 July 2018


My name’s Grace.

My independence is so important to me, my bookshelves are a perfectly colour-coordinated mess, freaky photos are my favourite, I'm making birthday plans, the NHS has saved me many many times, 'Stardust' is one of my favourite cheer up films, I couldn't give two sh*ts about Love Island, the Drag Race result seriously disappointed me this year, I'm a happy drunk, I drive a Polo called Minty, Taylor's 'Reputation' resonates with me now more than ever, my counsellor really cares about me, I keep cool but I'm a slow burn, my face is dented and September cannot come fast enough. 

Brb, going on holiday. 

(Photo: Erin Veness)

Monday, 9 July 2018

Recent Reads: The 21st and 22nd of 2018.

I have been totally on the YA hype recently – what else is new?! – and read 2 particularly excellent novels.

(btw, I’ve realised that my numbering Recent Reads is absolutely off...oops. Let’s carry on as if it’s correct, though. Maths isn’t my strong point. I read novels behind my textbooks and doodled in my homework diary)

My most recent reads were a proof (for the official publication date, see below) and an advance final copy from a few months back. Having been sent these books in no way affects my reviews, etc., etc. 

Friday, 6 July 2018

Don't you remember?

My brain is very tired. It's fed up of being told time and time again that it's not like the others; that it's lagging behind, it's lacking, it's misbehaving, it's sick and there's an impostor inside it... 

(Photo: Erin Veness)

I'm used to hearing that my brain is in trouble. I'm totally OK with knowing it's not to be trusted. I'm working on its health, in more ways than one; regular scans and check ups for the physical sh*t, counselling for the invisible injuries. 

But still, when I'm told just how ill it is, or will be, it hurts. 

Thursday, 5 July 2018

'Circa's Peepshow', 4/07/2018; a review.

Last night, I was thrilled to see 'Circa's Peepshow' on the Southbank. I'd heard this was the hottest circus to land in the Underbelly in it's safe to say my expectations were high. 

I wasn't disappointed. This show was freaky and trippy and sexy, all at once! 

Sunday, 1 July 2018

A Greenwich geek visits its book festival!

This book geek and Greenwich lover was invited to the wonderful Greenwich Book Festival a couple of weekends ago (and has only now got around to blogging about it - oops!), and had a fabulous time in this beautiful old corner of London with bookish friends. 

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