Body Positivity And The Women Living It

The other week, I was having one of my pre-shower body scans (you know the ones, when you stand in front of the mirror gazing at your nakedness and identifying all of the unsavoury parts until the mirror steams up so much that – sigh – thank god, it’s gone) when I had a thought….

Why Are All The Terrible People At The Airport When I Am?

In one of his plays, Jean Paul Sartre said that “hell is other people”. I know, as surely as I know my own little finger, that Jean Paul Sartre was musing on airports. There is something about an airport security queue, or a long, panicked walk to the correct terminal, that seems to bring out…

Being out on submission…

Back in December, when I had finished a round of edits with my agent and was desperately trying to fill the waiting void and prevent myself from becoming a pestering nuisance/psychopath, I wrote about my agent-finding journey.┬áThe post went down well, and people seemed to appreciate the tiny sliver of insight I could provide into…

The Time an Egg Exploded

Before we begin, I feel I should clarify a few things: I consider myself a person of average intelligence, with perhaps a small deficit in common sense. I would argue that my boyfriend (Stef) is of similar intelligence, with a few extra points in his favour on the common sense scale. I studied Home Economics…

Granny Hobbies

Recently I’ve been noticing a shift in the way people relax and have fun. It’s not a monumental sea change, but there’s an undercurrent of long-overlooked hobbies trying to push their way to the surface – and nobody’s trying to stop them. In fact, we’re embracing the old and shunning the new more and more…

Superstition

Unless you’re a complete cynic, you probably have at least one element of superstitiousness in your day-to-day life. Not walking under ladders, encouraging birds to shit on your head so you’ll get that promotion, or hiding in your room for days because a black cat trotted in front of you on your way to the…

My Agent-Finding Journey

Before I started querying agents, I read up on everything anyone had ever written on the subject. Stories from successful authors, articles written by agents themselves and blog posts from writers who’d just landed their dream representative. It was addictive. But it was also really, really inconsistent. Nobody’s journey seemed to be the same! No…