See You On The Other Side Of The Crow Moon

This past week hasn't been especially easy. (I'm really not happy with how much of a struggle this year has been thus far. It seems I'm pretty much always starting a post telling you about how difficult life is.) Mid-week, I was plagued, yet again, with severe health anxieties that had a detrimental effect on… Continue reading See You On The Other Side Of The Crow Moon

The Kid Who Loved The Dark – The Groke

If, like me, you grew up in the 90s, it's more than likely you watched Moomin, the Japanese-Finnish-Dutch animation television series, also known as 'Moominvalley,' 'Tales from Moominvalley,' and 'Adventures from Moominvalley.' And it's likely you had a favourite character. My favourite happened to be the Groke. Up until a few years ago, my knowledge… Continue reading The Kid Who Loved The Dark – The Groke

Reading In The Dark – The Books I Read In February

February feels like it happened a thousand years ago. I was supposed to get this post up last week, while my memory of February's reading journey had yet to be dimmed by my currently shoddy memory. But writing it was taking energy I didn't have to give, so it's been sat in my drafts until… Continue reading Reading In The Dark – The Books I Read In February

Carry The Fire – Some Quotes For Those Who Write

I am in a peculiar and uncomfortable headspace at the moment and it's making writing poetry difficult. A few weeks ago, after a particularly rough writing day where I produced a poem that better identifies as drivel, I found myself overwhelmed by and then trapped with the idea that every poem I'd write from then… Continue reading Carry The Fire – Some Quotes For Those Who Write

The Kid Who Loved The Dark – The Black Rabbit Of Inlé

I've been re-watching the scenes from the 1978 film Watership Down which feature the Black Rabbit of Inlé. (You can find them buried at the bottom of this post if you'd like to watch them too.) I wanted to find out if they still brought about the same feelings of foreboding as those I found… Continue reading The Kid Who Loved The Dark – The Black Rabbit Of Inlé

My (Mostly) Wretched Week

The first week of March was (mostly) wretched. Things started going wrong when the tragic reality of Brexit and the loss of freedom of movement descended over me like the heaviest, darkest, most miserable cloud imaginable. I’d been thinking about Brexit matters and how they affect me for a while, but up until last week,… Continue reading My (Mostly) Wretched Week

February Reflections – My Self-Care Challenge

The new month started as beautifully as it possibly could have – with a heavy mist shrouding the sun, but I was glad when Winter bit my face with sharp-as-fuck teeth. It's not happy with the idea of surrendering to Spring, despite not showing up much for the past three months it was supposed to… Continue reading February Reflections – My Self-Care Challenge

In These Last Days Of Winter – International Polar Bear Day

I missed 2019's International Polar Bear Day because my life at the time was imploding. I missed 2020's International Polar Bear Day because I was too depressed to open my eyes. I feel desperately sad about the decline of the world's polar bear population. As reports about bears needing to swim staggeringly long distances to… Continue reading In These Last Days Of Winter – International Polar Bear Day

In These Last Days Of Winter – The Big Freeze

Up until around three this afternoon, Friday had been all uphill. I was fed up and my thoughts were revolving around the pizza in the freezer and not the poem I was trying to scratch down on paper. I left my poem mid line, went to check my emails and found an unexpected gift -… Continue reading In These Last Days Of Winter – The Big Freeze

In These Last Days Of Winter – Snowdrops

Last week, the snowdrops in the garden were hunkered down as if sleeping. Today though, I noticed their heads were lifted and they appeared wide awake. Despite looking as fragile as could be, snowdrops are extremely hardy and one of the very first spring bulbs to pierce snow cover - the leaf at the top… Continue reading In These Last Days Of Winter – Snowdrops