Illumicrate Grisha-verse Unboxing

 

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I have been waiting until a decent time before posting the unboxing of this box, to give people a chance for their boxes to arrive.

I wanted this box immediately from hearing about it on the twitter account of illumicrate, as I am a fan of anything by Leigh Bardugo, especially after hearing about the new series with the handsome Nikolai Lantsov -squeals-. I was not disappointed with the contents. There was a delay in this box shipping, due to an issue with one of the items, but when it did arrive, I felt like a kid at christmas.

So, let’s start the unboxing off with the beautiful tote bag with artwork by the amazingly talented Charlie Bowater and it is inspired by the Six of Crows duology. Charlie is an artist from the UK, and will be someone who I plan to buy artwork from in the future.

Next item is a candle by Book and Glow, and is called Midnight tales. This candle smells of pumpkin and autumn and what I imagine the cross over between autumn and winter would smell like. The candle is full size, and is gorgeous, with glittery wax on the top. It has to be one of my favourite items in the box, and it is gorgeous.

There is also a soap from Butter Bar Soapery, called Dirty hands, and is said to be as black as Kaz Brekker’s soul. I plan on using this when we eventually move into our new house, and I can make the most out of having a bath.

To go along with the pamper session with the soap is a lip balm from Literary Lip Balms called The Tailor, based around Genya, and smells lovely. I am looking forward to getting so much use out of this during the winter months.

The item that has given me the most pleasure though, is the Sun Summoner tea by T-OLOGY , as it is the item one of my cats has been after the most (I mean, cats and boxes?) and watching her get it out the box has been amusing. I have yet to try this, but I’m sure it is lovely, especially as it’s based around Alina from the shadow and bone trilogy.

However, you can’t have tea without a mug, and illumicrate have included this gorgeous enamel mug from Temporary Places. This mug is beautiful and will probably become a familiar prop in bookstagram photos.

To go with the Ketterdam design on the mug are three beautiful postcard prints by the talented Posternaut, and are designs based around the grisha-verse. The photo doesn’t do them justice because they are beautiful.

I am a big fan of socks, and knowing these are illumicrate exclusive make me all the more pleased to wear them. They are soft, and made from a thick material, and just feel like they would be the comfiest of socks.

I don’t normally like pins, as I’m always worried about losing them, but these two pins from Fable and Black are beyond beautiful. There is one from the shadow and bone trilogy, as well as one from the six of crows duology.

An item that seems to be making the rounds lately are book sleeves. This gorgeous sleeve by Sparrow + Wolf is something I didn’t know I needed. It is inspired by the three mythical amplifiers in the shadow and bone trilogy, with one side night and the other side day.

I am forever using bits of paper as book marks and dog-earing pages (seriously, if anyone comments on this I’ll pour hot tea over you) so getting a sturdy bookmark (or woodmark) is something I have been after for a long time. This design by Ink and Wonder is stunning, and will be something I will use for a long time to come.

I am also someone who writes notes and comments in books (not saying it will change now…) but for some people, a notebook is a must-have when it comes to reading and reviewing books. The exclusive notebook by Team BKMRK is based on the Language of Thorns novel, and will be something I wil fawn over for a while before using it.

Lastly was a copy of The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo. I have numerous editions of this book already, and I cannot wait to get stuck into this book. The artwork in the novel is amazing and it is just a gorgeous book. I am glad to top up my Bardugo fix before her novels about Nikolai Lantsov are published.

 

I am so glad I got this box, as there are so many bookish items I cannot wait to use, and some I will just drool over forever. Did anyone else get this box? What did you think of it?

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

Throne of Glass – A review

Okay, so earlier this week (or last, I can’t remember) I decided to brave one of the fantasy worlds created by the lovely Sarah J Maas. I dived into Throne of Glass with such high expectations, I mean, so many people like her books, so surely they must be worth reading. Plus I have most of the books so decided to put them to good use.

However, this was where my need to read the books died. I tried to give it a go, but after 24% through (on kindle) I felt bored and decided that it wasn’t worth pushing through. The book seems like it has promise, but seems rather immature? Celeana makes a big deal about her looks and being skinny and as someone who, well, isn’t, I felt like she was saying that was the only way skinny could be? I mean, Maas has a more…curvy character, but even then, I get the impression that Maas isn’t a big fan of bigger people. But that’s just my views on this point. I also get the feeling that being white is a big issue, as all the characters are white except the only one who doesn’t speak the “white” language (with her using her own language to mock people, like it’s building some distrust? I don’t know the right way to word things, but it’s one of the things that really put me off).

Secondly, what I read seems so similar to the Study series by Maria V Snyder that it just seemed unoriginal? Yelena and Valek are my favourites and I just kept thinking that Celeana and Chaol were a poor imitation of them? Also I could sense romantic relationship as soon as Celeana and Chaol were on the same page together. I just felt like it was very predictable.

Maybe I read this book at the wrong time, or I just wasn’t in the right mental state to read it, but it won’t stop me from going to her event in November in Manchester. I will also give the A court of Thorns and Roses series a try either later this year or the start of next. I am trying to keep an open mind that all of her books aren’t that boring/predictable.

Let me know how you guys found it, and if I am in the minority.

Talk soon x

 

Moxie – Jennifer Mathieu {REVIEW}

It’s common to see feminist issues in the news, or even in classrooms; such as wage pay gaps in big corporations, or schools worried about teenagers showing their bra straps. This book hopes to change this, and build a strong feminist movement in the process.

What is it about?

Vivian Carter is known as “the good girl” by her grandparents, and not the type of girl to stand up and cause a scene about things, but one day, she goes through a box from her mother’s past, and decides it is time to change. Vivian becomes fed up with the boys making inappropriate comments (make me a sandwich) and wearing sexist slogans on their t-shirts (great legs, when do they open?) just because they are the town’s football team. Whereas girls get pulled up for showing their bra straps or not being able to control their own bodies (such as breast size). So, one day, she makes a zine (not a comic!!!) and shares it around school anonymously, and things snowball from the first issue.

Characters

Vivian Carter – The kickass protagonist who stands up for what needs to be done. There were times when I didn’t like Viv, mainly when she went all gooey towards the middle of the book. I felt like I got to see her grow as a person, and I am hoping she keeps being the kickass feminist she is wanting to be.

Lucy Hernandez – Badass feminist from out of town, and my favourite character from the book. She knows that there is something wrong with the school, and cannot understand why nothing gets done, despite trying on her own to point things out.

Claudia – She originally thought that feminism was about hating men, but has come to realise that feminism is equality, and that she wants to fight for this equality. I think the character development for Claudia was probably the best out of the other characters.

Not only does this book focus on feminism, but also racism, and I think that’s something that needs to be highlighted. For example, the way young people of colour will get blamed more than their white class mates.

Just some of the quotes that stuck with me {Page numbers are taken from the ARC and may have changed in the published copy}

“…girls have to monitor their bodies and behaviours, and boys have the license and freedom to act like animals.” (p,110)

“…girls are a revolutionary soul force that can change the world for real.” (p.133)

“And you telling me not all guys are like that doesn’t really help me feel better. Because some guys are like that. A lot of them, actually.” (p.258)

“…is a guy, and he can’t ever know what it feels like to walk down a hallway and know that you’re getting judged for the size of your ass or how big your boobs are. He’ll never understand what it’s like to second guess everything you wear and how you sit and walk and stand in case it doesn’t attract the right kind of attention or worse, attracts the wrong kind. He’ll never know how scary and crazy-making it is to feel like you belong to some big Boy Monster that decides it can grab you and touch you and rank you whenever and however it wants” (p.259)

“All it is is girls supporting each other and wanting to be treated ike human beings in a world that’s always finding ways to tell them they’re not.” (p.282)

“I don’t know,” she answers. “The messed up thing is it could be almost any girl. But whoever it is, she’s telling the truth. I believe her with all my heart.” (p.301)

“I would say it was the look of someone who’s always been told he’s untouchable finally fucking realising he isn’t” (p.330)

Overall rating and feelings

I loved this book and 10/10 need to read this no matter your age, because anyone can learn from this book, and it is just amazing.

Feel free to check out some other moxie girls:

Becky

Lauren

Amy

Lauren

Review: Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore

Brief synopsis

The Nomeolvides women (grandmothers, mothers, and daughters) are able to grow flowers from their fingertips and make the men they love disappear. All of this changes when a boy appears from the ground, and a member of the Briar family arrives with no warning. The story is full of magic and women and mystery and is a book I want to live in. 

Characters

The characters are amazing. The grandmothers (Flor, Magnolia, Liria, Lila, and Mimosa), the aunts (Hortensia, Iris, Jacinta, and Azucena) and daughters (Estrella, Gloria, Dalia, Calla, and Azalea) are strong women who have kept the Nomeolvides family strong and I am just glad to see a matriarchal family in a book as it is something rare to see. The family may be a family, but McLemore has made each and every character individual which gives me future hope for female characters. I especially like how they all produce different flowers depending on their names and it just adds even more mystery to La Pradera. 

Bay. My little queer bean. This book oozes queer representation. Both lesbian, gay, bisexual and pansexual and I am ready for more books like this. To me, Bay is an androgynous (maybe trans?) female who looks badass in a dress and in a suit. I adore her so much and I need a friend like Bay in my life. Bay handles everything so well, especially when she nearly lost it all due to the mystery family member. I just want a book entirely of Bay. 

Fel. I have so many feelings about Fel that I don’t really know how to write about them coherently. Fel is deep and brave and strong and just everything I look for in a male character. But he isn’t one of the major characters (at least to me) and I thought it was quite special, as a queer female, to see the characters who represent me being the main characters. 

Representation

Oh god, what doesn’t this book represent? It screams Mexican/Spanish representation. And black representation (highlighting racial issues regarding white people treating black people like s**t but I’d like to know what people of colour think?). And class issues and the differences in how rich and poor people view clothes and food. And I want to scream from the trees about the LGBTQIIAP+ rep. Lesbian kisses. Young lesbians. Old lesbians. A gay brother. Old and young bisexuals and pansexuals. Androgynous females. This book has everything queer. (Well almost but it’s a good step in the right direction)!!!
There is just so much more I want to say but can’t write it coherently and in a good way, so this review is probably shocking so I apologise in advance. 

This book is out October 2017 and I recommend it to everyone. I received this book from netgalley in return for an honest review (which I’m sorry about the state of it).

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!

 

Yes, let’s talk stress!

I’ve had a pretty busy month. I’ve been completing uni assignments (two more and then I’ve finished year 1!), preparing and attending YALC (as well as trying my best to cope with London transport/people), and then returning to work, finishing this week with a week of CAMHS training.

For those who don’t know, CAMHS is the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, and I help teenagers get better mentally. The past week has been very interesting, but very long, as I was in work the friday, saturday, and sunday beforehand, and I am just looking forward to a day off really. Training has made us think about the past of our kids, potential personality disorders (PDs), transgender issues, eating disorders, and so many other topics that I wanted to do another week of training. The instructor was also so interesting and got all of us involved, but I am however looking forward to getting back to normal.

What I do find difficult, as I have been so so so run-down and exhausted with appointments and socialising, and all the stuff that I’ve mentioned previously, that if it wasn’t for my medication I would probably have spent the last week in bed recovering. Honestly, I don’t know how I’ve kept going, but cancelling plans for next week so that I can actually get some alone time is the best decision I’ve made so far.

When you’re depressed or struggling, or just feel stressed because you have a lot on, everyone is quick to offer tips to reduce stress. Like going for a walk or drinking water, or taking some time to meditate, but what they don’t do is tell you how to fit everything in.

Let’s take last week for example (31st July to 6th August)

Monday I spent the entire day completing my university assignment

Tuesday I was working 7:00am-7:30pm (not getting out on time…)

Wednesday I woke up about 11ish and then left the house to go and have coffee with my friend (travelling 2ish hours to bury) and then went to Manchester for a book signing, not getting back until late

Thursday there was the meeting with the bank at 9:30 and then cleaning the house for the landlord coming round and introducing himself (which we didnt stop until early afternoon) with a tesco shop arriving between 4-5

Friday I was on training, finished about 4, then went to collect my prescription from bolton and made my way back to Bury when Andrew picked me up around 6ish

Saturday + Sunday I was working 7:00am-7:30pm (not getting out on time…)

Monday – Friday (this week) ending training at 4:00pmish and getting home just after 6:00pmish.

Tomorrow we will be tidying the house in the morning because the house is needing some TLC as neither of us have had the spoons to do the dishes, do washing, tidy up (AM is pretty good as he sorts out the food etc). I would love to finish writing/editing my book, but I don’t have the spoons. I would love to start knitting, but again, spoons. There is so much I feel like I am missing out on because I don’t have the energy, time, or spoons. I am just so very tired.

So, if anyone can tell me where I can incorporate all these “self-care” techniques and ways to reduce stress, that would be excellent, because apart from reading my book on the bus home, or for my break when I’m on shift, there are no real methods I have. I know people say it in a joking way, but I honestly feel like a permanently exhausted pigeon who keeps getting made to fly but doesn’t have the energy. Plus my boyfriends ex girlfriend has managed to find him on twitter, and it’s like, I’m so unbelievably comfortable in my relationship but the autistic spoons I need to use to understand her stalkerish behaviour makes me want to gouge my eyes out. Just?!?!?!WHY?!?!?!

To end on a positive note, I nearly missed my bus stop the other day because I am finally on CoHF (yay for finding the matching cover/size!) and I am not ready. Some really sick part of me wants to see Simon and Jace together, and Magnus and Alec together, and Maia and Clary together. I just want them all to be gay and happy. It was kind of awkward though, because the day after, there was a scene between two of the male characters and there was this old lady sat next to me, and I was wondering what she would think if she ended up reading my book on the sly. (No judgement here, as I’m always checking out other people’s books’)

Pre-YALC and YALC day 1

Okay, so yesterday (thursday) I arrived in London, and at first I didn’t think I would be able to do this; be in London on my own, as I had a panic attack before getting on the tube from Euston because there were people everywhere. But I eventually told myself I just had to go up an escalator, and after that, I knew I could do it. Also, why are escalators so high up? like major anxiety about falling forward/backwards. The underground wasn’t made for people with anxiety. Add to that the potential anxiety that comes from being underground (roof caving in, out-of-control trains etc etc.)

However, I made it to the hotel safely and honestly felt so glad I made it after all. Thursday involved a trip to Camden, and then to china town with Lauren, Amy, and Becky, and I really have missed these girls! (Plus Lauren’s boyfriend). The chinese food was good despite taking ages to find a buffet! In the end we went to Hong Kong Buffet!

YALC DAY ONE – FRIDAY 28TH JULY

Today was so so so busy – from getting to the arena early-ish, to running after ARCs, I am definitely going to have sore feet for a while after. But from the moment I left the hotel, I felt happy; happy to be amongst fellow book lovers like myself! And today, everyone was so so friendly, and started conversations easily. It was such a good experience, and I was so glad to get the 3 day ticket!

Our plans didn’t turn out how we had thought, as we planned for talks, but that didn’t happen. Plus we made a new friend – Lauren! (A different Lauren) She is so lovely and we wandered round the stalls this morning, pretty much talking like old friends. There was plenty of room to sit around, with beanbags in one area, which were surprisingly difficult to get out of…

These are some of my favourite pictures from today:

I am already dreading the train back home, as I am wondering where everything is going to fit…

These are some of the amazing authors I met today; Laura Lam, Karen M McManus, Samantha Shannon, Lauren James, and Alwyn Hamilton.

But here are the goodies I got today!

ARCs – Samplers – Badges/Swag – Bags – Postcards/Notecards/Bookmarks

I am really excited to find out what tomorrow brings!

To be continued…

YALC WEEK!!!

Radio silence is a real thing when you are dealing with a new job, your mental health, and juggling an online Master’s degree. I just don’t have the spoons to keep up with everything online. I am sorry, and I am trying to be a better blogger, but it is taking time.

So, in better news, YALC is this weekend and I leave for London on Thursday and I am so excited. However, the only book I have read in preparation is Strange the dreamer (major book hangover after reading it) and I am super excited to be meeting Laini Taylor again.I’m hoping that it won’t be such a big problem, because most of the time I will be fangirling anyway.

I am also going with such a lovely group of ladies, and it is all of our first times going to a book convention, and I am excited to be surrounded by even more bookworms (super excited!!) and making more bookish friends. It will be such a good experience and I am hoping my anxiety doesn’t let me miss out on too much, as I want to make the most of it while I’m there.

The main authors I am wanting to meet are:

Laini Taylor

Melinda Salisbury

V E Schwab (maybe especially with her negative ace rep)

Cat Doyle

Teri Terry

Lauren James

Laura Lam

Joanne Harris

Laura Lam

Non Pratt

Patrick Ness

and probably loads more authors that I have simply forgotten. I am looking forward to the suffragette event and other events and stalls and just soaking all the bookish stuff in, like it’ll be so good for my mental health.

I think the thing I am most worried about is the journey from Manchester to London and leaving the cats. But I’ve got this. I plan on taking uni work with me, as my assignment is slowly coming up to the due date (2nd august) and I’ve got the essay question left, but having the journals printed will be much more useful.

I am struggling to figure out on everything I need to pack – clothes, books, tech, other essentials etc. I am just worried that I will forget a book I would like to get signed, or my medication, or my laptop charger.

But if you see me there, come say hi! I want to meet as many people as my anxiety will let me. ❤

YALC Prep

Moving has happened and we are back to having wifi! I am so glad that we have all managed to stick together, as being apart from my babes just wasn’t an option. I have also started the induction for my new job, and I am loving it! I went to the ward I was going to be working on and everyone (staff and some patients) seem lovely and I just need to get this MAPA training out the way and then I can get stuck in! My only sticky point is the travelling, but it is almost 2 hours where I am able to read, and I have powered through books these past two weeks.

Anyway, let’s get down to business (to defeat, the huns). so it is almost a month until YALC and I am completely unprepared. I haven’t read any of the books that I wanted to because I have stupidly started the mortal instruments series (however I am on book 4, and should be on book 5 by the end of today at least due to it finally raining!!! woo. Autumn baby and proud!).

I have made a list of all the authors I would like to meet, as well as those who are my top priority. I am looking forward to having a meet up with three special ladies whom I am YALC-ing with (Lauren, Amy and Bec), as well as hopefully meeting lots of other YALC bloggers.

I have made a list of everything that I will be taking; such as:

a variety of clothing e.g. summer, winter etc, as well as comfy as sin pajamas, because you’d be stupid if you thought I wasn’t going to have a lazy PJ day at one point.

books I want signed; series I want signed

camera, laptop etc

meds and toiletries

comfy shoes

I will be booking my train when I get paid at the end of this month, so will be having a variety of tickets, and hotel booking stuff

travel plans; a list of buses and underground trains

shops I want to visit while I am there e.g. indie book shops, quirky shops etc.

places I want to visit e.g. kew gardens and maybe some wiccan places too etc.

a notebook for writing vibes due to my wip being based around that area of London, and one for mental self-care due to being on my own and stuff

Spotty, my number 1

and probably a lot of other stuff as well, so I will be taking a small suitcase as well as a number of bags. Definitely going to feel like I am travelling for more than 4 nights (5 days).

I am however extremely excited to be meeting Laini Taylor again, as well as Mel Salisbury, and I am most excited to be out in the world on my own. My anxiety disorder has sort of kept me close to home and close to my boyfriend, and I honestly feel like this trip is me sticking my middle finger up at it.

no doubt I will be posting here more frequently due to internet, and if you are going to YALC, you should definitely drop by and say hi!

 

Stay safe x