In a Perfect World…

I saw an interesting conversation on Facebook recently, in which people were invited to consider what they would do with their lives if they weren’t bound by social conventions or problems. Many of the women’s answers revolved around feeling safe enough to go out at night and simply enjoy the peace and tranquillity of that…

Nature Photography: Winter Recedes

This may be a little premature, but I’m calling it nonetheless: winter is showing signs of receding. I say this in the knowledge that a number of major snow and ice forecasts – akin to last year’s Beast From the East one – have been bandied about lately (though whether they will actually come to…

Wildlife Rehab With KAF: One of the Best Decisions I’ve Ever Made

This August, I started volunteering with Kildare Animal Foundation (KAF)’s Wildlife Unit – I was inspired by the incredible dedication of a close friend who had been a regular volunteer there for several months – and it has proven to be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I’ve learned so much about animal…

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…

‘Your Solace’ (a Poem)

You never believed that solace was in sight:It’s not our way, your conscience said.Our way isThe path of fortitude. Our way isEver-sacrificingEver-selfless,Ever ready to place ourselvesInto the line of fireAnd never complain of burns. We are the rockThat stands still always:The solaceThe strengthThe shelterFor those who cannot stand alone. You never believed that your solace…

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…

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…