26 things I have learnt in my 26 years on Earth

  1. You are never too old for Harry Potter
  2. Tea does not taste any different if you add the milk before or after the water
  3. You cannot please everyone in life, so eat that avocado (I don’t like avocados).
  4. My cats are my world
  5. I am a woman and I do not want kids, and that is okay
  6. smear tests are incredibly uncomfortable but completely necessary
  7. I will never have enough books
  8. Teddy-bears are essential, and have feelings
  9. I would be happy if I never had to leave the house ever again
  10. Making your own cake/cookies means there are no calories if you eat them
  11. Not liking/wanting sex is completely normal
  12. Check those boobs. You never know when it’ll save your life
  13. Blankets. I am a blanket whore
  14. Make tea in bulk (in a flask, thermos, whatever) as it will save so much time
  15. Friends met online are real.
  16. I am panromantic asexual, and my sexuality is valid
  17. Autumn is my favourite season
  18. Rain is my favourite weather when I don’t have to work
  19. Cake can be eaten at any time
  20. You are never too young to fangirl
  21. Read what you want, not what you should
  22. Education is better when you get older
  23. The teen years are the worst years of your life. But life does get better when you also get through your 20s (or I am hoping so anyway…)
  24. Tattoos and dyed hair will not stop you getting that job
  25. Money can definitely buy happiness, and if anyone tells you it can’t has never lived without it.
  26. YOU CAN NOT BE RACIST TO WHITE PEOPLE, OR SEXIST TO MEN

It is November 14th and today I turn 26. I hope you enjoyed my mini life tips/hints or whatever.

Let me know what you’ve learned, as I would love to made a big bloggers list ❤

 

My NaNoWriMo essentials

It is almost half way through October, and NaNoWriMo is fast approaching. For those of you not familiar, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and involves writing 50,000 words over the course of 30 days, and is held during November every year. I have participated since 2014, and have yet to complete the 50,000 goal (but that isn’t stopping me from attempting!).

I have decided to create a post of my writing essentials, in case anyone else is wanting to join in this year, and doesn’t know where to begin.

  1.  A laptop. I don’t know where I would be without mine, and it is portable, unlike a computer, so can be carried anywhere. (even that coffee shop you’ve always wanted to write in).
  2.  A note book or journal and a pen. Laptops are great, but having a pen and paper at hand helps, especially when that Really Important Idea comes to you when you’re on the bus, trying to sleep, or even in the bath.
  3. A flask/thermos. If you’re like me, you forget to drink your hot beverage of choice when it is the correct temperature. I also go too long without drinking, so find that having tea on tap (sort of) helps keep me hydrated, and means I don’t have to waste time making tea that I know I’m not going to drink. If you don’t like hot drinks, then a water bottle would also come in handy.
  4.  Snacks. (see above regarding drinks). An empty stomach makes for a grumpy writer. Feed yourself and you feed your creativity. Food that is easy to prep will also come in handy.
  5.  A blanket/duvet for those days when you’ll be too busy writing to notice you’re cold. I invested in a heated blanket last year and have never looked back.
  6.  Comfortable clothes. I live with generalised anxiety, so I pretty much spend all my free time inside, so live in comfortable clothes/PJs. They make the autumn/winter more bearable, and will be easier to write in.
  7.  Something to fidget with will help when you’re struggling on that plot point or dealing with a character who doesn’t want to do what you want them to.
  8.  Portable phone charger. I have an iphone, and since updating to iOS 11, the battery has been terrible. Keeping in contact with the outside world will keep you sane, and will stop people thinking you’ve fallen off the edge of the world or calling the police when you disappear for 30 days.
  9.  Writing when watching tv shows helps me concentrate. Generally I will binge-watch a series, with Grey’s Anatomy, Supernatural, Buffy, and Charmed being some of my favourites.
  10.  Planner or Pantser, at some point in the month you’re going to acquire information about characters, scenes, and plot points. Keeping them somewhere safe will stop you searching for that one character’s favourite food that you mentioned ten chapters ago.
  11.  Optional: Reading material. 30 days is a long time to spend with the same characters, and other stories will help with inspiration, or even just to get you out of your own head for a while.
  12.  Optional: empty floor. Everything will get too much, and lying on the floor will help.
  13.  Optional: books on how to write. You’ll say you don’t need them, but when it comes to writing, and quite possibly writer’s block, you’ll think you need them to get you through. As someone who has been there and done that, I find it’s easier to get rid of that demon before the month begins, so you’ll be able to kick it to the curb before it gets to you completely.
  14.  Optional: a writing buddy. I’m extremely lucky, because there are two very special people in my life who support my writing. I am thankful that my boyfriend of 5 years has stuck with me through all my bad writing moods and writer’s block. I also have an amazing writing buddy, who is there for me when I’m struggling with a character or scene. My cats also provide constant writing company.

Feel free to drop by if you are doing NaNoWriMo and feel the novel spiralling out of control and need someone to cry with.

Talk soon x

Life events are like buses, none come for a while, and then loads come at once.

So we are seeking a dispute with our old lettings agency and the house we were previously living in. They are wanting to charge us money for repairs we shouldn’t be paying for, and this has been going on since we moved out the house in June (so 2 months), which might not seem that long, but when they owe you £920 it is a long time. We have officially (I think) put in a complaint about them, as we don’t believe they know what they have told us and what they have not. They are just useless at getting back to people as well! Being annoyed has fired me up with the email, and although I have recieved a useless reply, this fight is not over yet!

We have also been to look at a property today as we are back on the mortgage hunt. The house we went to look at earlier today is a two bedroom cottage with old beams and cute kitchen and the bath is gorgeous. I am instantly in love with it, but I think AM will take a bit of warming up to the idea. There would be a library room, which we could squeeze all the book shelves into, and all the blankets and fairy lights and it is just perfect. It’s a little small but there is just the two of us, and we can always get rid of everything we don’t need, or at least put it into storage.

I know that after all of the issues we have had, it seems silly looking forward to sorting out a mortgage, but it’s the little things that make everything worth it. Also if anyone is having any issues, I feel for you, and if you need to chat, I’m only an email away.

 

Okay, so that is the boring life stuff out the way, now let’s get down to business (to defeat, the huns…). I have finished the final installment of The Mortal Instruments series, The City of Heavenly Fire. There are a lot of book series’ that I enjoyed and became trash over, such as the morganville vampires and the raven cycle, but this series seemed to have ended rather like a slap in the face with a wet sponge. I felt like the last couple of chapters were so dry and pointless, and the epilogue was also rather dull. I expected action and adventure right up until the last page, and I think this book has let me down, compared to the rest in the series.

Will this stop me from reading The Infernal Devices or Dark Artifices? No. I will dive right into those after I have read two stand-alone contemporary books (Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu, and The Light Between Oceans by M L Stedman). I will also be reading the Throne of Glass series and A Court of Thorns and Roses series, at some point before November, as I will be going to Manchester with my girlfriends for a talk with her, as well as fitting in a re-read of the Raven Cycle books, because I will always be Ronan Lynch Trash, and if anyone remembers the Wonky Alpaca from YALC? His name is now Ronan Limp.

If you’d like to fangirl about TMI, or the raven boys, or any of the books mentioned above, then feel free to leave a comment! And if you are also going through a rough time with lettings companies, just remember to keep fighting!