Hold my hand

“Standing in a crowded room” – sheesh. Nothing like six months of behavioural conditioning and anxiety to make something that seemed so natural seem so damn strange. Early on, I watched movies and got upset because the characters weren’t keeping their distance. It was so weird. Now, I wonder what the hangups are that weContinue reading “Hold my hand”

A horse with no name

I’m really looking forward to going on an adventure. I officially felt incredibly cooped yesterday. I’ve been going through waves of coping better and then worse by turn. I am sure I am not the only one, and this turns into a bit of a maudlin reflection on being a badly-behaved little moaner, so ifContinue reading “A horse with no name”

Creep: Bardcore edition

So, my excellent sister-in-law sent me a very excellent bardcore song a while ago. What a wonderful genre of internet weirdness that you kind of have to just let wash over yourself, absorb, go ‘that was weird, let’s listen to more!’. I mean, I was a good target for this, considering I spent two yearsContinue reading “Creep: Bardcore edition”

Project Songbird: Week 4

So I’ve been writing this for a little over a month, including various notes scribbled in notebooks, plot points scoped out in MS Excel, and the Scrivener project I wrote on the trial for twenty-something days before coughing up for the full version. This week, my aim was to keep it ticking over, but takeContinue reading “Project Songbird: Week 4”

Book Review: Lydia Syson’s Mr Peacock’s Possessions

So I’ve been keeping up pretty well with a reasonable reading rate over the past few weeks, reading to devour some books, and nibbling at others (looking at you, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell.) Lydia Syson’s Mr Peacock’s Possessions was book three out of my box of stories that I ordered – a cover thatContinue reading “Book Review: Lydia Syson’s Mr Peacock’s Possessions”

New York Girls

It’s Friday! There is frosty-cold beer in my glass, and pizza in the oven. It’s a good time to be alive! I’ve found another foot-stomping folky jig, complete with some strings and group chorus. The weather has finally cooled down to a more moderate, British take on summer – no longer quite as sweltering, butContinue reading “New York Girls”

Walking on the waves

“An island in the sunlightLaughter in the rainA whisky in the darknessIt all feels just the same.” What a delightful folky Scottish vibe. I must make more of a habit of bringing in a bit more folky kind of stuff into my regular rotation, because I like it a lot, and well, it always putsContinue reading “Walking on the waves”

Learn Me Right

Brave is a delightfully atmospheric movie. I really enjoy it, and I think that while it isn’t necessarily the best in terms of its narrative structure, I like that it has a butt-kicking princess who is determined to be the master of her own fate (but ultimately learns that her family is important to her,Continue reading “Learn Me Right”