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…

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…

Preparing for Autumn and Reigniting the Creative Spark

It has been quite a while since I posted, thanks to life, work, and most significantly, a general sense of creative drought within my life. Today, I’m choosing to break the silence by writing about … well, creative drought. Given that my last post discussed literal drought, a distinct theme seems to be emerging here……

Solstice: the Radiance of Full Daylight

“Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence. Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance. Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence. Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.” ― Yoko Ono Having waxed lyrical about my attitude to seasonal changes a number of times on this blog, it would be remiss of me not to…

When Animals Have to Say Goodbye

A while ago, I wrote about the much-loved Internet celebrity Esther the Wonder Pig and a few of her friends. Among them was a gorgeous pit bull-type dog named Shelby. She was the unofficial “mother” figure of Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary (HEEFS), who eagerly welcomed all new arrivals with unconditional acceptance and love. On…

Creative Writing – ‘Stuff Happened’ (Part Two)

This is the second instalment of a short story I wrote called Stuff Happened. The first part can be viewed here. UPDATE 20th May 2018 – the third part can be read here. Stuff Happened: Part Two The sound of the passing traffic is slightly overwhelming. Bébhinn cautiously gets out of the Jeep, assisted by…

Creative Writing – ‘Stuff Happened’ (Part One)

I’ve been thinking of posting some of my creative writing work on this blog for a while, so today I’m going to go for it. This is the first instalment of a short story called Stuff Happened, which has been percolating in my head for some time now. I hope you enjoy it! UPDATE 7th…

Heatwave Happiness: Trees, Sun and Swan Butts

I meant to write another blog post at the end of last week, but shortly after I had written my last post, all sitting-in-front-of-a-computer-related plans were abruptly postponed due to the arrival of a miraculous, beautiful heatwave that hit Ireland. I have written about my seasonal mood changes on this site a few times before….