Poem: Hardcore self-love

I stand in front of the full length mirror, naked. I breathe in, deeply – the breath I’ve not allowed myself all day. I caress the swell of my belly, the rough cellulite on my butt and thighs, my hairy arms and legs. I trace each scar – seen and unseen, each memory. And I…

Poem: The recklessness of life

The recklessness of life, Its wild, flamboyant beauty, Startles her in the stillness. The wind, brazenly caressing the magnolia petals, The raw yet fragile power of small green shoots, Burrowing up through the earth – determined to live. A cat, lazily washing its face in the midday sun, A blue tit dancing coquettishly among the…

A long awaited update – body positivity walk

So, I’m sure my 5 or so followers are all really preoccupied with what I’ve been up to lately and whether or not I’m OK, right?! 😉 Well, I am! OK, that is. A little stressed, a lot busy, and if we’re being honest also quite a bit proud. As I’ve alluded to in previous…

Book review: Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch

5/5 stars As with Body Positive Power, I think this is a very important book that anyone who struggles with weight, food and/or body image can benefit hugely from reading. It is an anti-diet book, but it does not promote being unhealthy. Rather, the basic principle of the book is making peace with food, and…

Book review: How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

3/5 stars Audible version, narrated by Mark Meadows It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything as I’ve been working on finishing my very first draft of my own novel (which I did last Sunday, yay!) and I tend to read less when I’m writing intensely, plus I’ve been rereading Harry Potter which I don’t…

Book review: The Young Elites by Marie Lu

3/5 stars So I’ll start by saying that this review in particular comes down to personal preference and that I feel like the story warrants a higher rating, I just didn’t really care for it personally. I probably should just give up on YA fantasy as there are just SO many books out there in…

Book review: Monkeys with Typewriters by Scarlett Thomas

4/5 stars I’ve actually had this for a couple of years as I read that a writer I like (I forget whom)  used it and recommended it. And honestly, how can you not love that title? For me it will always be associated with that scene in HHG where Ford and Arthur have just been…

Book review: Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson

Audible version, narrated by Eva Kaminsky 3/5 stars. Trigger/HSP warning: there are some lines from the killer about what he considers doing to a cat, which was disturbing, but the cat is not hurt. Kate Priddy has suffered from anxiety all her life, and about 5 years before the story starts, a traumatic event happens…