Ch-ch-ch-changes: 2016, the story of a quarter-life breakthrough

It’s that time of the year again. Everything tastes of change – the air, the breeze, the extra shot of espresso in the morning. There’s something about the shift through autumn into winter that puts the year in perspective. And as 2016 moves to its close, I figure it’s time to look back at everything that’s happened.

Prepare for some oversharing. And some cheese. And some gifs. As per. … More Ch-ch-ch-changes: 2016, the story of a quarter-life breakthrough

7 Reasons Literacy is a Superpower

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

Writing, Fintech & Multipotential Lives

I am not trying to sell you a new job (although we are hiring if you’re awesome and want to work with me) but this blog does ask you to examine your idea of “careerism”. If you stop half way, you may suffer from the following symptoms: confusion, anxiety, nausea, uncontrollable weeping and intense itchiness of the feet. If you do experience any of these, don’t worry, it’ll pass once you get off your butt and change your stars. … More Writing, Fintech & Multipotential Lives

Book Review: OK so I read The Game by Neil Strauss

  The Game by Neil Strauss They say “Don’t hate the player, hate The Game.” But after reading Strauss’ Number One Best Seller, it’s clear the player’s got problems too   When I’ve had a tipple too many, I have a habit of buying everything on my Amazon wishlist. Sometimes I catch it in time to cancel … More Book Review: OK so I read The Game by Neil Strauss

7 Imaginative But Most Peculiar Novels About Death

Originally posted on Death & the Maiden:
Writer, blogger and self proclaimed word-nerd Harriet Allner, presents the first in a series of special posts for Death & the Maiden that explore death in literature. This week’s novels take various questions about human life and death, exploring them in interesting, challenging ways. Examining how we construct horrors and hopes…

No Taboo, No Problem: Writing about Controversial Topics

Tuesday, 7.30pm, logging on to twitter. I’m leaving work, passing elegant Georgian houses-turned-offices, cutting through leafy squares full of exhausted suits, smiling when I run into someone with a friendly dog that doesn’t care that it’s London and talking to strangers just isn’t the done thing. There’s something about that time of the day: the shackles … More No Taboo, No Problem: Writing about Controversial Topics