For the second time in three months, I’ve marked myself as safe during a terror incident. Here is why I’d do so again. … More Marked As Safe
Is all this hard work really what I want? I suspect a lot of twenty-somethings have asked something similar at one time or another – at uni, in careerland, whilst scraping mould from the shower curtain. For example, it might be the question that pops into your head one Friday evening when you’ve had a … More Anything but Ordinary: twenty-something ambition explained with Disney
I’m no expert in public speaking but in prepping for the launch of Comms For Good, I had to persuade my brain that taking to the stage wouldn’t end in my imminent demise. SO here are the things that I found helped me. Maybe they’ll help you too. … More Public speaking won’t kill you (probably)
Let The Dead Speak by Jane Casey Unpicking her twistiest crime scene yet, Maeve Kerrigan is back – and she’s had a promotion. At the end of 2015, the book I wanted to read didn’t seem to exist. There seemed to be a lack of crime novels with ambitious young heroines as protagonists, though there were … More Book Review: Let The Dead Speak, Jane Casey’s Twistiest Mystery Yet
Get shit done. As a mantra, I don’t imagine my granny would approve. But it’s seen me through deadlines, races, awkward meetings, breakups, and pretty much my entire twenty-something life. More thousands of words to write than hours in the day? Get shit done. No sleep, surviving on coffee, horrible “real-life” workload? Get shit done. Want to stay in … More A Cup Of Get Sh*t Done
A fear that teachers or colleagues will realise you have no real grasp on the work.
A snake of insecurity that means you can’t comprehend how you deserve to be part of a friendship circle.
A shiver of apprehension every time you have to present something because of a belief that your ideas or results can’t possibly be enough.
Or – as in my case – a cold, constant voice in the back of your head telling you that you are not really a writer, that you’ve been fooling everyone and one day they’ll turn on you because of it.
Oh yes, it’s time to talk Impostor Syndrome.
Culinary disaster, that’s me in a nutshell. Or at least it was. Until I hit my twenties, I was the sort of person who could burn soup. One time I tried to make a Moroccan chicken dish for a bunch of friends and my mum had to take over in order to save the house … More HelloFresh vs Gousto: A Fake Foodie Review
Dot Matrix by Jack Binding – a darkly amusing revenge story with a spooky twist that’s perfect as the year creeps into winter. … More Horror, Horror, Horror: Dot Matrix by Jack Binding
For anyone who has ever struggled with their mental health – or who knows some who has – Walking On Custard is an absolute must-read. In a recent Q&A with the author himself, we discussed this stunning book and what he’s up to next. … More Walking On Custard: An Interview With Neil Hughes
Matilda is one of my favourite literary heroines – strong-minded, smart, sassy, an enthusiast in life. And Roald Dahl’s novel, other than being the rebellious nerd’s handbook to growing up good, has a very special message I don’t think any other makes quite so brilliantly: books are magic (uniquely, portably so) and they give us power – super powers – that we barely notice.
Here are my musings upon that, with some ideas for how we can become Real Life Superheroes. … More 7 Reasons Literacy is a Superpower