On period dramas: corsets, culture and the stories we tell

I think through some reasons we love a good period drama, including the glitz, glam and romance, while also considering some more problematic elements of period dramas, and why the stories we tell matter.

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”

Podcasts: on being late to the media party

In February this year, I found some podcasts to listen to on my way to and from work. Also earlier this year (or maybe towards the end of last year), I started watching several Youtube channels a lot more frequently. These are forms of media that pretty much everyone in my generation takes for granted,Continue reading “Podcasts: on being late to the media party”

Sometimes, writing just isn’t interesting

One of the things I have learned from previous paid writing gigs is that sometimes, it is just not interesting. Sometimes, it is like pulling nails. Or, if you want a less gruesome metaphor, like trying to thread a needle with black thread in the dark. Or maybe it’s like folding the laundry, and thenContinue reading “Sometimes, writing just isn’t interesting”

Mystery boxes, immunity challenges and pressure tests: oh my!

At the end of 2018, I started watching Masterchef Australia. I don’t really know why it took me so long to start, but it was the re-ignition of my love for food and cooking, and since then, I’ve watched all but I think three seasons (Season 1, 3 and 4) – mostly because I couldn’tContinue reading “Mystery boxes, immunity challenges and pressure tests: oh my!”

Success! I guess…?

I’ve been thinking about the meaning of success a lot, having just had another birthday – certainly a different one to what I was expecting as my first birthday in the UK. I have also been thinking about success because I have recently undertaken some personal agility coaching from the wonderful Jenna Hills. In Jenna’sContinue reading “Success! I guess…?”