I’m not too proud to admit I turned to the internet for inspiration this week. It’s not that I don’t have my own ideas or experiences to chat about but sometimes it’s good to branch out a little and take your lead from someone else. Hence this little bad boy, which was actually fun to fill in. I found it via a blog called A Grande Life. Continue reading “A to Z of Advice”
Blogging has been sparse since the wonderful #blogtober wrapped up and I don’t really like that, so I’m setting myself some writing goals for the next couple of months.
November is half done of course so I’ve been slack as usual but it’s never too late to pull it together. I’ve got plans for #blogmas too, my own take on bloggers fave #vlogmas. Continue reading “Plan B”
Blogtober 2018 – Round Up
Not my finest Blogtober but it wasn’t a complete disaster by any stretch. I managed 28/31 posts and that’s okay with me. I had two Halloween parties and lots of other October engagements, what’s a gal to do?
I do really love writing a post every day though, it really inspires me to think outside the box when it comes to content and the Halloween theme is delightful. I’m already psyched for next year.
Here’s what I came up with:
- Late Night Lady DJ
- Autumn Projects
- Veronica (Film) Review
- America Horror Story Rewatch
- Autumn Book Recommendation: The Little Stranger
- Autumn Bucket List
- 3 Contemporary Horrors
- The Scariest Tale of All
- Patchwork (Film) Review
- American Horror Story Rewatch: Part 2
- Final Girl Friday: Helen Lyle, Candyman (1992)
- Autumn TV Recommendation: The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell
- Horror F(r)iends
- The Monday Feeling
- Scream Queen Girl Gang (Modern Edition)
- Ouija: Origin of Evil (Film) Review
- 3 Witchy Horrors
- Final Girl Friday: Sara, Creep 2
- Autumn TV Recommendation: Haunted
- Autumn TV Recommendation: The Haunting of Hill House
- Fall Anthems
- You Can’t Handle the Tooth
- Horror & Anxiety
- Spooky Podcasts
- Final Girl Friday: Laurie Strode, Rob Zombie’s Halloween I & II
- Autumn TV Recommendation: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
- The Most Assassinated Woman in the World (Film) Review
It’s been real. Thanks for reading and commenting.
Until next time!
I’ve got some annual leave this week. While I’ve made a few plans – dinner with a friend, cinema, tattoo on Thursday – let’s not pretend I’m not spending the majority of it on the sofa with The Handmaid’s Tale and various films, while my tea kettle works over time.
My intention is to also blog as much as I can because it’s one of the first things neglected when I’m busy or not feeling it.
While I was considering what on Earth to talk about, I landed on the idea of raiding my Drafts folder and running with some of those unfulfilled ideas, there are hundreds of them. Some are just one word titles too, like ‘Confidence’. Cryptic, huh?
I wonder what I was thinking when I made the effort of label that post, with no further comment? No matter, let’s see what I can do with them this week, shall we?
What does your week look like?
This week I’m digging:
Marcella Backland left the Metropolitan Police for the sake of her family, only to have her husband leave her. She returns to her job on the murder squad, investigating a case that seems disturbingly familiar to her.
Fucking hell. This show is great, Anna Friel is brilliant and men are the worst, obviously.
There are a lot of characters to keep track of and therefore a lot of suspects but it’s a compelling British crime thriller that keeps you on the edge. Particularly Marcella herself who could be good, could be bad but regardless is still someone you’re totally on-board with at all times.
Moleskine® Film Journal
I was recently given this amazingly thoughtful gift by my friend, Damon for my birthday. (Picture above, not mine).
The film journal is part of the Passion Journal range that allows you to log information about your hobbies (there’s wine, gardening, books). I’d already decided that keeping a log of the films we watch for the podcast was what I wanted to do – you know, actually writing down the name of actors and directors could do wonders for content. So this came at the best time. Here you can record comments on the films, give them a rating out of 5 stars, etc. It’s very cool.
Thanks again, Damon!
Speaking of the podcast, after a December hiatus James and I are back in the studio. If by studio, I mean James’ front room, on the sofa (which is what I definitely mean).
I’ve really missed having the structure of watching films to talk about and having the podcast as my main (with this blog) creative outlet. You sometimes don’t realise how much you love and need these things until you stop doing them, even temporarily.
So we’re back in the game, determined to tighten things up and be more organised. I’m going to be better about taking notes (see above) – and I can’t wait to get stuck in.
The Women of the Golden Globes
Goddesses, the lot of them. And yes, I could say a lot more than that but what have I got worth adding? Let them speak for themselves.
What are you digging this week?
Stop! (Blogtober) Time 🛑
It’s that time of the year again. Yes, the best season of all, Autumn – and the impending arrival of magical Halloween – but also Blogtober, the month in which I aim to blog every day without fail.
We’ll see how that goes but I’m going to try. I feel like I’ve got a piece of myself back after a hazy and somewhat melancholy Summer, and there’s lots to say about some of the changes I’ve made in my life so if you’re game then I am too. Starting tomorrow there will be a post from me for the next 31 days. Lucky, lucky you!
I’m hungover AF after Friday drinks so I’ll leave this post here for today – and catch you tomorrow.
PS. Anyone else care to join me in this? 🎃 🦇 👻
Blogtober 2016 – Round Up
31 whole posts in 31 days, not too shabby. A couple of times I posted twice on one day to make up for missing a deadline but all in all I’m happy with this achievement, and my first Blogtober.
If you fancy a catch up, I’ve put everything together in one handy list!
- Handing in my #onewomanbookclub Membership Card
- We Could Be Heroes #3: Barb Holland *
- The Silenced (Film) Review
- October’s Pledge for Buns of Steel
- Amanda Knox (Film) Review
- Describe Yourself in 3 Horror Characters *
- Here’s to the Fucking Weekend
- Love & Marriage
- Happy Gilmores *
- Berberian Sound Studio (Film) Review
- Clown & Out
- A Horror Movie Questionnaire
- My Own Best Friend
- What I’m Digging: My Autumn Wish List
- Pontypool (Film) Review
- The Tenant (Film) Review
- Old & Gold
- The Girl on the Train (Film) Review
- Ta Ta For Now, Emily Gilmore *
- Hands Off My Pussy
- Express Yourself
- Nightbreed (Film) Review
- The Girl With the Prison Tattoos
- The Final Girl *
- Another Horror Movie Questionnaire
- Big Screen Girl Gang *
- Halloween Hijinks
- Candyman (Film) Review: Halloween Special *
- I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives in the House (Film) Review
I’ve starred my favourite posts to write and read back.
Did you participate in Blogtober? How did you get on? ❤
I’m not even sure that, a) Blogtober is even a real thing or b) I can deal with the cutesiness of the word ‘Blogtober’ (too close to the vomit-worthy ‘Vlogging’ for my taste) but.
But I’m all too aware of neglecting my most important creative space for shiny new projects (and procrastination) so thought I would try to blog here every day in the month of October. EEK. I have a few drafts half-finished in my folder and some posts might be more inspiring than others but that’s what I’m aiming for.
Feel free to join me in this if you want to! I know, none of us have much spare time to throw around but I do like the idea of sticking to a plan and I think that might be exactly what I need right now. And if I have a few buddies along for the ride all the better.
So, see you again tomorrow then! This weekend I’ll give you a recap on how badly I did on my Summer reading challenge and more! Expect a Blog Collab movie review on Monday as usual, because that totally counts as a Blogtober post too.
Happy Friday all! ❤
Life Without Blogs
Your life without a computer: what does it look like? Via The Daily Post (January 27th 2016)
My life without a computer would be a lot slower but I’d probably sleep better.
I’d watch less films and I wouldn’t know anything new-wise very quickly as I never read a newspaper and seldom watch the news. Wrong or right, Twitter tends to be my go-to headline generator (then the BBC News website for the deets).
I’d survive though because if all computers and handheld devices suddenly imploded, what choice would I have?
It’s not so hard to remember my life without a device permanently strapped to my hand. Believe it or not I didn’t really get into texting until about 2000, which admittedly is now sixteen years ago – and ‘Smart’ phones were a long way off then. Facebook wasn’t even a thing until 4 years later.
Thems were simpler times. No #selfies, no Instagram or Twitter, blogs were about but were only just begun (in style of The Carpenters). I went out then, drank and obsessed over boys – and then if I liked a boy I would have to exchange numbers and call him. UGH.
If I didn’t have the internet, my phone, my laptop to entertain me, would I be doing those things now? I don’t think so. Call it an age thing but I’m happy to be ensconced on a Friday night and if not with my techy bits then the television and a good book. I’d still try to avoid the phone.
Would I ‘create’ more? Perhaps. I always need to have something in my hands while I relax, that’s just how I roll. Would I knit/cross stitch or draw? Who knows.
Things have changed so much and I don’t personally want them to go back to the way they were. Sure, we could all do with having time off the grid but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with moving in the same direction as technology.
It baffles me when people of my generation and older struggle with social media, or actively avoid it. I love new apps and new stupid crazes. I love a phone upgrade.
Most of all I love my blog and I wonder truthfully where I would have been without it all these years. Sometimes it doesn’t bear thinking about.
What are your thoughts? ❤
People can be really huffy about resolutions and I get it when we’re bombarded as soon as Boxing Day is over with spam emails from Weight Watchers and gym groups. But I kind of like them myself.
I feel like I’m quite a pro-active kind of chap when I want to be and I respond well to being held accountable, even if it’s just to an old Blog post, written and viewed only by myself.
So I am the kind of person who thinks about resolutions and goals as the NY starts undulating toward us. Of course I’ve already set some goals but I’ve been thinking of some more. Here they are:
- I will not say anything derogatory about my body in 2016 – Verrry challenging but I’m going to try because I deserve this and so does every woman of every size, shape, etc
- I will buy and keep a sketch book close to me, and find a drawing style – I don’t think I have any talent in this arena but that’s okay, I’m at a point in my life where I can happily accept that just because I’m shit at something, it doesn’t mean I shouldn’t do it
- I will be more direct and less apologetic – No explanation needed
- I will not doubt my skills at work no matter how I am made to feel – I’m a paranoid android from 9-5, this needs to change
- I will read the classics I have not yet read – There are a lot. I’m really looking forward to this one
- I will up my selfie game – IMPORTANT
Right. Happy New Year all, I’m off to achieve some of these bad boys. Starting with… maybe buying a sketch book?