How To Be A “Good Writer” (Based On Eighteen Years Of Trying)

“Do you ever feel like writing… is just too damn hard? Sign up to my £3,000 a month subscription pack and I’ll send leaflets, great advice AND magical little elves that’ll do your work for you to your doorstep! Oh, and you’ll earn BILLIONS OF POUNDS! EVERY DAY! It’s easy!” … Yes, that’s bullshit. I was playing the…

Why is Crazy Taxi’s Axel so attractive?

The festive holidays always make me think of games. As we throw up the tree (literally “throw” – it looks more like a glitterati dinosaur vomited all over it than a carefully put-together and beloved decoration) and set out the presents, my mind touches upon our other shared routines – principally, eating crackers and cheese (with size…

Personal evaluation: theories about why I write constantly

All I do is write. This seems obvious to the naked eye, but my rather clothed eye didn’t see it until I slapped today’s schedule in front of it, which transpired roughly as follows:  4:30 AM wakeup time. Groaned for about 30 minutes. 5 AM. Instead of going back to sleep/reading/playing Tetris ‘til my eyes…

8 things you HAVE to do in Budapest that no-one tells you

Very recently, I had the pleasure of visiting Budapest with my lovely friend (and fortune magnet), Jas.   Budapest was kind to us. We saw a lot, learned a lot – and by the end, both fairly felt like we had always been there – and, more to the point, that we’d accumulated plenty of…

Things I can no longer do now that I am 23

For some years, now (maybe five or six), I have had real issues with the concept of ‘time’. I: Always worry there’s never enough; Always worry that I’ve wasted too much; Always worry that I might DIE TOMORROW (dark) and never get to do all the things I want to do. I’ll be honest –…

How to look super hot all the time: a totally serious shortlist

It occurs to me that, as a female blogger, I am probably in the very small minority of those who have never given you my beauty advice, or talked about makeup, or hair, or anything beauty-related whatsoever (pretty much). In fact, I just peeked through this blog and 50% of it is rambling about travel/food/film/feminism-related…

Impactful People – #4

I have always known, to an extent, that you don’t need to speak the same language as someone to connect with them. Largely I know this because I am shit at languages, but half of my family is French. I was a very slow learner picking up francais growing up, but I visited my grandparents…

Impactful People – #3

I was very, very small. The cubicle walls were very, very tall. That was the entire issue, really. The contrast of those facts. The difference in-between. Small people never have it easy. Particularly small people who are kids, and pretty weak by proxy. I couldn’t get the lock to open no matter how hard I…

Impactful People – #1

I was flying back from Japan. It was October. I was coming back on my own. I don’t really mind flying, but I don’t love it, either. However, a determination to visit other countries trumps the somewhat uncomfortable feeling of being miles and miles in the air, in my view. So I deal with it. But I don’t…