How Do You Do It?!


The inevitable end to my day.

Forgive me blogosphere, for I have sinned! It has been 15 days since my last post. I am actually quite appalled at my inability to multitask. As you may already know from this post, I recently rejoined the workforce after a six-month-mental-health-related hiatus. I just worked twelve 9-hour days in a row, and at the end of each shift I thought to myself “I MUST put up a new post when I get home”. I would stride in the door, full of purpose and brimming with groundbreaking literary material that I couldn’t wait to share with you all. Ok, maybe not groundbreaking, but just…just…. just go with it, ok?! This is my blog and I’ll exaggerate if I want to. All the time. Like literally every sentence will be exaggerated. Ok, maybe not every sentence, that’s a slight exaggeration. ANYWAY LET’S MOVE ON. Continue reading


A Week of News & Buckets of Gratitude!

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You are all the sunshine in my day!

Hey my lovelies! I’ve been a bit of a WordPress slacker this week, so I’m sorry for taking so long to respond to your lovely comments and catch up on all your wonderful posts!

Three things have happened this week which have contributed to my AWOL-ness (hey, it’s a word. Shush.), so I thought I’d share them with you here. This is a pretty random post but I just want to give an explanation so you don’t think I’ve been ignoring you! There’s someone I’d like to personally thank at the end of this post, so be sure to check that out. Continue reading

Dragon’s Loyalty Award

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My thanks once again go to the ever delightful QuirkyVictorian for this award, and I’m sorry it took me this long to respond to your nomination! Go and check out Chloe’s blog if you haven’t – I promise you won’t regret it. She is 100% included in my most loyal commentors, but as she has already participated the award I will leave her off my list of nominees. You are heart-nominated Chloe! (I’m making heart nominations a thing. Heart-nomming is so in this season).

Wait, that sounds like eating a heart. Maybe not heart-nomming. You know what I meeeeeean! ANYWAY. Let’s move on. Continue reading

An Anecdotal Apology


Even this snail is appalled by my slowness.

My dearest dears. I owe so many of you an apology, because I have just been reading through all of my posts (modest, I know), and realised how many comments I haven’t replied to. I am so mad at myself and I feel so ungrateful, considering that you’ve taken the time from your day to comment on my waffling! I have called this post “anecdotal apology” because I do soooort of have a reason for this… not an excuse, just an amusing habit of mine that I thought I would share in the hope it makes you hate me a bit less. Continue reading

Sunday Night Scribble

Two posts in one day – yikes! This one will be short, I promise. Here’s a rough plan for another character in my (very very VERY amateur and very very VERY far away from being an actual book) children’s book. In case you haven’t already gathered from literally every other blog post I’ve ever written, I freaking love cats. Like, too much. I can’t walk down a street without stopping to pet every single cat I see. It’s a curse.

With that in mind, here’s a rough doodle of the evil cat living next door to my protagonist:

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3 Days, 3 Quotes: Day 3

For my final day of this tag, I’ve chosen a lyric from Moulin Rouge, one of my favourite musicals. This quote means a lot to me because I truly believe that the meaning of life is in the relationships we have with others. I took the picture below in Cascais, Portugal, and I think it really supports the meaning of this quote. The people look so tiny and insignificant in a huge landscape but they are all spending time together enjoying each other’s company – echoing the fact that we are all tiiiiiiny specks in the great wide universe, but we matter because of who we are to each other. WOW THAT TOOK A DEEP TURN, sorry guys… It’s a blimming quote challenge, not a philosophical essay, steady on Francesca!

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3 Days, 3 Quotes: Day 2

Hello again my dears! I am just scraping in on day 2 with five minutes until midnight – I was woken up this morning by my house shaking from a magnitude 5.2 earthquake, and have been a bit anxious ever since and therefore not very productive! But I promise not to waste 600 words before getting to the point today. Here is my favourite quote from one of my favourite films of all time – The History Boys. My best friend and I “studied” for our history scholarship exam in high school by watching this film on repeat while stuffing our faces with pancakes. Needless to say, neither of us passed, but I still think we were the true winners that day. Here is the glorious quote, in GIF form for extra gloriousness (kindly take your red scribbly underline elsewhere you dastardly spell-check, this is my blog and I shall decide whether “gloriousness” is a word, not you. Rude).

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3 Days, 3 Quotes: Day 1

Thank you once again to the wonderful  QuirkyVictorian for tagging me in this challenge – you always rescue me just when I think I’ve run out of things to write about! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: if you’re not following Chloe’s blog, you’re missing out.

The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for three consecutive days
  3. Nominate three new bloggers each day.

Let’s get right to it!


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For my first quote it was only fitting to choose something from my favourite book. However, it wasn’t always my favourite. When I was eight, my town’s library hosted a “dinosaur dig” in an effort to encourage more young people to read. A giant sandpit was constructed in the local schoolyard, and was set upon by hordes of grubby children, clutching plastic trowels and shovels, greedily digging with the hope of uncovering a dinosaur fossil. Continue reading

The Blogger Recognition Award


Thank you so much QuirkyVictorian for the nomination and for giving me something to write about today! People, if you’re not already following her blog, you’re missing out. (Over)Analysing Literature was the very first blog I followed and I’m so glad I did. Chloe’s writing is creative, engaging, honest, often hilarious and always interesting – go check her out! Continue reading

Sunday Night Scribble

13140492_10153981875111154_684462076_nHello again my dears! I thought I’d do something new and make Sunday a day for sharing my (extremely basic) doodles – and for you to share yours if you feel so inclined! Today is Mother’s Day in New Zealand, and my mum and I spent the afternoon dabbling in watercolour paints, trying to be artists. “Trying” is the key word here – the reality of the situation was that I somehow failed to make purple by mixing blue and red. I mixed and mixed and mixed and ended up with a sludgy, brown slop. I legitimately can’t even manage basic primary colour mixing. A four-year-old would have done a better job. Continue reading