Thoughts on ‘Her’, a Spike Jonze Film

Her is one of those multi-layered films that linger in the mind long after you’ve finished watching. On first look, it seems like a science-fiction technology centred film about a lonely man going through divorce who develops feelings for his newly purchased artificial intelligence operating system. It is all those things, but also an incredibly…

Some Thoughts on the Film ‘Power in Our Hands’

On Sunday, myself, my husband and a friend of ours (who brought it to our attention) went to a screening of ‘Power in Our Hands’ at the Phoenix Cinema in East Finchley. It explores the wealth of film footage in the BDA (British Deaf Association) archives, and the history of UK deaf culture, language, and…

January Instagram

Occasionally I take part in the Fat Mum Slim’s Photo a Day Challenge on Instagram (my handle is destinyischoice) – I’ve done a few in past years, but this year I decided to start the year off as I mean to go on when it comes to photography. I managed to complete all the days…

Short Story Preview: Feline Invasion

Happy Friday – it’s been a week of ups and downs with writing, but it’s still January and I’m determined to push on with the novel and essay writing. I can’t believe it’s already the last few days of January, but it’s been better than I thought it would be. I finished Chapter 10 of…

Netflix Spotlight

When I first joined Netflix, I didn’t think that much of it, and I’d heard a lot of contradictory things about the lack of subtitling (essential for deaf and hard of hearing people). I remember what changed my mind about it – when I realised that, actually, it is a vast improvement on any other…

Little Shadow

Even when we still had Marmalade, our ginger boy, his sister Chocolat would follow me around the house whilst most of the family went out to work. If I went upstairs to write, she would come along, and either pester me for attention or curl up and nap somewhere whilst I worked. Or she would…

Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit

Rebecca Solnit’s essays begin with the title essay, ‘Men Explain Things to Me’ which sets the tone for her collection of feminist essays. I haven’t read anything by Rebecca Solnit before, and maybe that just shows how much I need to get back in touch with feminist writing. They are interspersed with paintings by Ana…

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

The first book of the year has been on my to-be-read list for a while. I haven’t read a feminist-focused book for a while – the last one I read was either Coal to Diamonds by Beth Ditto (a memoir, not overtly feminist) or How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran, which whilst an…

The Year of Doing

One of my ‘words’ for this year is Action. Rather than going the route of ‘resolutions’, I’ve decided that goals, deadlines, and two ‘words of the year’ will help me to live well. The second word is Abundance, which I define as living in a mindset of gratitude, knowing that I have and am enough,…

The 5 Best Fiction Books of 2015

I haven’t read as much fiction as I usually read in a year, but there have been some stand-out novels and series this year. I read a few series that I’ve been meaning to read, such as A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness, and I concluded A.G. Howard’s retelling of Alice in Wonderland with…

The Year That Was

Though this year has been challenging and painful for many reasons, there are also things that have been unexpectedly beautiful, interesting, and joyful. The first part of the year, even through the grief and the depression, had moments of clarity and lessons to teach me – not just about myself, but about the world around…

The 5 Best Non-fiction Books of 2015

It’s that time of the year when I take stock of all the wonderful books I’ve read in 2015 and choose a few to highlight. I’ve read many good books this year, some of which I’ve already highlighted and written about. This list is intended to spotlight the ones that truly made a difference to…

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

I’ve read two books by Elizabeth Gilbert – Eat, Pray, Love and Committed, both of which are brilliant for different reasons. Eat, Pray, Love is a book about the exploration of self, giving yourself the space to live, think, and love. Committed is one of the most empowering books I’ve read that explores the concept…

Rising and Letting Go

This year has arguably been one of the most emotionally taxing and hardest of my life so far. When I turned thirty last December, I had high hopes for the year ahead, not realising that life had other intentions. After last year’s issues, I began the healing process then was knocked back down again with…

Ten Books About Writing and Creativity

When I first started writing again, 7 years ago, I voraciously read as many books about writing and creativity that I could get my hands on. This is a perfectly valid thing to do, both because of the encouragement you get from other writers, and also for information about craft, grammar, and general writing advice….