Introduce Yourself

Today’s assignment: write and publish a “who I am and why I’m here” post.
Via The Daily Post’s Blogging 101 program (14th September 2014)

It feels a little funny to be writing an introduction since this blog isn’t brand new and most of you know a little bit about me already. But I’ve signed up for this as a ‘creative fresh start’ so I’m game.

I’m Christa and I started A Voluptuous Mind because I wanted a place where I could showcase my writing without worrying about upsetting anybody. I’m not convinced I’m the best writer in the world but I do think I have potential and I wanted to be able to explore it without having to worry about who I’ve slagged off at work, or anywhere else for that matter (not that I do, you understand).

In fact, work had a lot to do with my new blog. I started a new job in February, as a Marketing Assistant for the company I had been with for over two years. Although it might not be where I am meant to be forever, I am proud that I started by answering complaint calls and then worked my way upwards (or sideways, depending on how you look at it).

My role has been interesting and again I am pleased that I have been able to wrap it around myself and mould it into something more fulfilling than it was originally intended to be. I think so anyway. Where I expected to be just an Admin Girl (nothing wrong with that, I love Admin), I’ve ended up putting myself forward as the department copy writer and being more involved in the production side of the business.

Sure I don’t have a proper title (yet) but I am getting the experience and that’s what I am focusing on now. So when it started to become clear that I would like to be doing something with my writing, professionally, I thought about having a clean blog that I could give to my bosses, or share publicly, without fear of what would come back to bite me on the arse.

(I allow myself to swear and say ‘arse’ as I feel it’s expressive and a valid form of language, I just try to keep it to a minimum so my mother doesn’t bollock me too much).

However, I feel I should say here that I’ve been doing quite a few writing exercises over the last month, which have brought out personal things I thought I had buried long ago. I’ve been honest to a fault about a lot of past experiences, which may render the plan to share this blog with my bosses a little ambitious. I’m not sure my manager wants to hear about the time I lost my virginity in Thornton Heath.

I chose the name of my blog because I wanted something that was all ‘me’ but also vaguely intellectual (pseudo, one might argue). I think ‘voluptuous’ is a pretty accurate way to describe me.

I like the way the word is spelt, the way it looks and is balanced; and I love the fact that it hints at a broad and rich waste ground of ideas. Plus it was inspired by A Beautiful Mind which hopefully suggests that I am much more than I first appear to be, much like the protagonist in the film.

I write because I genuinely enjoy crafting words into something bold and beautiful (hopefully). I think about everything I write as much as possible, even my work emails are little works of art (as far as I’m concerned). I do judge people on their grammar (silently, nobody likes a smart arse) but I’m not perfect, especially when tired and tip tapping on an Android keyboard.

That’s me really. I love reading, films and painting my nails. I love my friends but am a hermit at heart. I’m married to the greatest man and I have a nine-year-old stepson. I definitely watch too much Netflix.

I love food and eating (hence ‘voluptuous’), am on the eternal search for the perfect handbag and I blog too much about old boyfriends, because they haven given me such great material.

Welcome to A Voluptuous Mind!



Welcome to A Voluptuous Mind! Hopefully you will like what you read here and will decide to visit on a regular basis.

This page is currently a work in progress, a more ‘public’ blog that I can share with more people; an honest and creative landscape to share thoughts, fears and things that I dig.

Some of you already know me so don’t need any sort of introduction but for anybody who doesn’t, a small foreword.

I’m Mrs Bee (Bass). I live and work in Brighton and ‘work hard’, in my 98-year-old Grandfather’s eyes (“Do you work hard?”, “Yes, Gramps, you taught me to work hard”, “Jolly good”).

I love Matthew McConaughey, good grammar, strong tea, Chuck Bass, Breaking Bad, nineties music, Game of Thrones and doing absolutely nothing on the weekends if possible.

I am not a fan of Usher, people who spit in the street, people who stop directly in front of you when you are walking for no good reason, repeating myself, (I said repeating myself), bad puns, Mariah Carey, chipped nail polish or being rushed.

My biggest love beyond my family and my husband is film. There is no genre that I don’t like, but my favourite is Horror (Texas Chainsaw/Rob Zombie). I have a special place in my heart for Danny Trejo, Jason Statham and Nicolas Cage (in no particular order).

My Favourite Film of All Time toss-up is between (honestly) Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope or True Romance. My favourite novel is A Confederacy of Dunces.

And I love beards. Big beards, small beards, I just love beards.

Stick around if you want to, I’ll be here. Just kicking my feet and thinking about some of those things, and other things besides.

Welcome to my blog.