Maybe it’s because I’m behind, and I just can’t seem to catch up. Maybe it’s because I’m not feeling my novel, even when I’m gelling well with my characters. Maybe it’s because the NaNo forums really haven’t popped off the way they used to. ….Maybe I’m just not in love with NaNo any more.   […]

NaNo Prep 1: the early planning stages

This year, prepping for National Novel Writing Month has been a struggle. The semester’s over but I’m exhausted, and I don’t want to plan a 50,000 word novel. I just want to sleep. I’m not really a plotter at the best of times. I tried a couple of years ago, and the result was a […]

And just like that, my Honours year is nearly over. The last push is meant to break you down. It’s meant to be tough, it’s meant to be panic and late nights and exhaustion. We’re tired enough already, and it’s just getting harder. A few weeks ago I was getting emails from the postgrad advisors […]

He rapped his knuckles against the side of his glass. His nerves were getting the better of him. Scraps of apologies flitted around in his head, but he couldn’t make anything coherent from them. Nothing that she would accept. It had been seventeen years. Who was she now? Someone beautiful? Angry? Could she be someone […]

They say if you need something done, give it to a busy person. There are, I think, two types of “busy person”. One is the type who makes sure they stay busy; they always have three things on the go, they move around a lot during the day, they have a house covered in post-its […]

  Toynbee idea in movie 2001 resurrect dead plan Jupiter Everyone is entitled to their own mythology.   Set your rhetorical devices, and keep them charged.   Max Headroom – I still see the X   They built a complex and marvellous Machine in Bletchley Park Out to where their overlord is announcing things on […]

I feel like all my life I’ve been searching for something that challenges me in the right way. I like university, but third year level papers left me feeling a bit like I was pushing up against the walls. Like there was something on the other side I couldn’t reach. When I was a kid, […]

  Many dreams and darkness into uncounted minutes It’s hard to stay here counting missed medications I find some comfort in the night but I wake up with the guilt of not sleeping   It’s hard to stay here                                              counting missed medications and chapters read, episodes watched moments of a life not lived   I […]

My planning system for 2018

If you want to get something done, you have to plan it, and as a self-proclaimed stationery strumpet, analogue planners fulfil my desire to mess around with paper and pens (and washi tape and coloured pencils and stickers and…) This year my planning system is threefold. My every day carry (EDC) is a hobonichi techo, […]

2017 was a tough year. I think we can all agree on that. My aunt asked me today how my year was and I didn’t know how to respond without making some kind of velociraptor screech. But good news! It’s nearly over. After the drawn-out period of mourning that was 2016, the surrealist nightmare of […]