Farewell, Ms Fisher

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credit I didn’t know Carrie Fisher. It seems redundant to say that, really, but I’ve noticed a trend in recent months for some mouthy trolling type to pipe up whenever someone expresses sorrow at the passing of a fellow human. “Did you know her personally?” Like the only people who matter are those we’re best friends with. Like we’re only supposed to give a crap about the ones who send us a Christmas card. Carrie Fisher never…

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my biggest wins of 2016

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I’m pretty sure I’ve peaked. Given how shitty 2016 has been for the majority of folks, it seems wise to get this post down now while the positives still hold some glitter. I’m guaranteed an awful 2017 by the law of averages, I reckon. As I mentioned a few weeks back, 2016 has been kind of awesome for me on a personal level. I’m attributing that almost entirely to hard work – not luck or…

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A year of fear – an Instagram Stories challenge

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I didn’t always understand Snapchat. It took me a while to get my head around it, to be honest – wasn’t it just for sexting? Why else would the pictures need to be temporary, and users alerted to screenshots? When people starting to ask for my username in growing numbers, I just assumed I was becoming increasingly attractive. ‘Wow!‘ I thought. ‘A LOT of people want to see my boobs!‘ So you can imagine my disappointment when…

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When I Was…

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Note: I wrote this post way back in April, then never hit publish. I’m not sure why, exactly, but I suppose the subject made me a little unsure. I don’t feel unsure any more, so here it is. Better late than never? How old were you when you first felt like a woman? Ask around and you stumble across a depressing truth: for many of us, it is the first time we’re exposed to sexually-motivated…

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10 things I’ve finally forgiven myself for

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I’ve spent a lot of my 32 years trying to change. I truly believe it’s important to understand your own shortcomings, and of course we’re all trying to grow into better & happier people. However, over the last few years I’ve come to appreciate that some of my self loathing was targeted in entirely the wrong direction. Here are ten things I’ve finally forgiven myself for – so much so that I no can even…

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Autumn spider bastards

Ah, Autumn. Season of falling leaves, rosy red apples, the first frost under foot … and giant bastard spiders invading your home after dark. You know what I’m talking about. Those massive black meaty ones that are too big to fit under a teacup. Not that I’m getting close enough to try, to be honest, because what if it suddenly ran up the cup and onto my arm and into my hair to make a nest? I can’t…

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Sara-Syndrome (or possibly POTS)

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My whole life I’ve been weird. I don’t just mean socially (although, yes), but physically too – I’ve always known I am fundamentally different to other people, and admonished myself for not conforming better. For example, I am always too hot. I overheat so easily that I routinely sleep naked, with a window open, under a towel, whatever the weather. I wash my feet & ankles in cold water at the end of a day just to…

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10 ways to improve your writing

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ten mistakes you might be making in your writing Not an expert, purely observational. Well, I did study linguistics at Uni but I’ve forgotten it all, so… 1. Over-using the thesaurus. It was drilled into many of us at school to look for fancy or alternative words. While this works as a vocabulary extending tool, there’s no point in building up a mental lexicon if you never just deploy it. Often the word that comes naturally…

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Show & Tell: August in photos

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I know, I know – it’s mid-September. I got a little distracted. Here’s what with: 1. New social media profile pic, for the first time in years. Always find I prefer it when you can’t see my face too much. Do you think that’s a disadvantage when making connections online?  2. This series of sponsored posts for Citroen has challenged me as a photographer – making something as everyday as a car work within my own…

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a handful of confetti (and other wedding spoilers)

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Because it’s taking over my life right now, and my secrets are safe with you, right? The thing about a DIY wedding is it’s all details. There’s nothing but details to think about! Less than a fortnight to go until my pretty dress day! Um, I mean, until I marry my one true love… y’know. 🙊 1/ Our beautiful, beautiful invites by Tara Spencer. I’m going to have to frame one, they’re so damn pretty.…

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