Life Update

Hello, it’s been too long. So the best way to start this blog post would be to not draw attention to the fact that I’ve neglected it, but at the same time, it only warrants a Life Update because of that very fact, so here we are. Let’s say, I just took a break from…

My Guide to Fiction Writing

I’ve been getting back into writing fiction. I’m currently editing the novella I wrote for my dissertation, and it’s going well. I’m adding and improving and feeling generally good about the process. But I know it took a long time and a lot of hard work to get to this point, and it’s often difficult…

Mindfulness and memory loss 

I’ve been reading a lot about mindfulness recently for my final uni project, and one thing I’ve learnt is that to-do lists are a no no. Anyone who knows me knows that I love a good to-do list, but it’s not just down to that satisfying feeling of ticking an item off the list…it’s down…

Anxiety and Social Media

I’m in the habit of checking Twitter to see what the highest trending hashtags are, and this morning I discovered that today is #SocialMediaDay. As a trainee journalist, my first reaction is to think about what the media can do with this. It’s a very meta hashtag, in that most of us are on social…

Anxiety and Vlogging

When I was younger, Youtube was for watching funny cat videos, endless music videos (particularly by My Chemical Romance) and the occasional ‘ghost’ video. The first Youtuber I ever got into was Shane Dawson, but these days I almost exclusively watch Dan Howell and Phil Lester. Their level of entertainment is all I really want…

One day, two magazines

March was nothing less than a strange, surreal month and one that I didn’t see coming. A lot of it is a blur, and I can’t quite believe I’ve somehow made it into April. The month has got off to a great start, I’m feeling optimistic and (mostly) on top of things. During March, my…

Blackout Poetry

Last year I discovered the ‘blackout poetry‘ side of Instagram, and have had an inner desire to give it a go ever since. If you don’t know what blackout poetry is, it’s basically when you get a book (ideally falling apart, in bad condition, or a spare copy) and you take the existing words on…

Exposure

Shaking, I move away. One step at a time, but only backwards. I stare, then I close my eyes. I turn away, I walk. My mind wonders what I left behind but I tell myself I don’t care. I don’t care. “What you don’t know can’t hurt you.” I’m still believing that one. Some things…

Time Anxiety

Recently I got into a conversation about anxiety and art therapy. When I say art therapy, I’m talking mostly about adult colouring books, or creative books that try and help the owner of it reach a state of mindfulness. I know for a fact I’m not alone when I say: art therapy makes me even…

My hopes for 2017

This year has started well mentally, probably because I’m in denial of all the things that would make my lose my mind if I focused on them. Although I have been preparing for exams, I’ve been allowing myself to concentrate more on what I want outside/alongside of my studies. I’m going to compile a few…

My Writing Journey (Part 3)

Now that we’re at the start of a new year, it seems only right to wrap up this series with the final word on my writing journey so far. But first, if you haven’t read them already, go and read Part 1 and Part 2. So, we left with me declaring how INTENSE my journalism…

180 Thoughts and Counting… 

As I write this, my head hurts. That’s because I’m tired, but sometimes my head hurts because I can’t think, and sometimes it hurts because I think too much. Somewhere along the lines, I need to get these thoughts out of my system so I can think clearly again. I do this by writing them…