My Post-#NaNoWriMo Reflections

The wild, often frustrating, yet incredibly mind-expanding experience that was #NaNoWriMo: what can I say about it? Now that it’s December and the dust has settled, I look back on the whole thing with an enormous sense of gratitude. I’m so happy that I took on this challenge and saw it through to the bitter…

#NaNoWriMo: How I’m Maintaining My Momentum

A week ago today, I embarked on the wild ride that is NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month. This annual writing odyssey – during which participants challenge themselves to finish the entire first draft of a novel in just one month – occurs every November. I’ve known about this formidable challenge for a couple of years,…

Fear Vanquished: My Learner Driver Experience So Far

🎃🕷 This Hallowe’en, I have finally begun to shed my intense fear of driving. 🚗🚘 In September, I started learning how to drive. I am 28 years old. I was legally allowed to learn how to drive a full decade ago, but I put it off for so long because driving was never a skill that…

Embracing the Beauty of the Colder Months

I’ve always been a fiend for summer – as I have made abundantly clear on this blog, time and time again. Few things delight me more than flashy, extravagant displays of fully developed flowers in all of their glory, or of dense green foliage covering every tree in sight: drinking in the abundant offerings of…

A Search for Fairies in Co. Kerry

This post is all about the amazing fairy trail on the grounds of the Parknasilla Resort in Sneem, Co. Kerry. It is one of many such trails in Ireland. I visited the picturesque town of Sneem the weekend before last, along with my family, to celebrate my grandmother’s 90th birthday. Our unexpected detour to the…

Glendalough: a Photographic Chronicle

I’m currently reflecting on a trip I took to Glendalough, Co. Wicklow, last week. Glendalough is a truly beautiful place: filled with gorgeous evergreen trees, ample deposits of granite and quartz, an impressive number of feral goats, and huge, towering rocks that shimmer with mica. Prior to my visit last week, I hadn’t been there…

The Trouble With Numbers: Overcoming My Fear of Maths

I don’t think I have ever previously discussed my hearing aids, or my hearing disability more generally, on this blog. The devices have been an intrinsic part of my everyday life ever since I was diagnosed with hearing loss as a child. They seem utterly normal – even boring – to me, so I don’t…

September: Our Final Burst of Sunshine

September. It’s that time of year again: when children go back to school and summer fades away. In my little corner of the world, however, we’ve been enjoying a few blessed days of sunshine recently. I will let those days pass before I allow myself to concede that summer is indeed over. It’s the last…

Characters Have a Mind of Their Own! Plus: ‘2070’ Continued

Today, I’m reflecting on the strategies I’ve been using to combat writer’s block and continuing my 2070 story. Writers’ block is a difficult thing to overcome, but speaking from my own personal experience of dealing with the beast, I’ve noticed that certain things can be done to alleviate it. My own writers’ block usually arises…

Positive Bisexual Representation: Alex Kelly and Callie Torres

Following the recent furore over the casting of the straight actor Jack Whitehall as Disney’s first openly gay character, I have been reflecting on the general issue of LGBT+ representation in the media. I feel that things have absolutely improved in that regard since I was a teenager. To cite one example, just the other…