Mental health: Anxiety

I have anxiety. There, I’ve said it. A mild form no doubt compared to most people. But it still affects my life. It still stops me saying yes to things because it is a break in my schedule, my routine, and heaven forbid that I get behind on those jobs that only make sense to me.

I wasn’t certain I wanted to go to uni. I got swept up, went…and hated it. I dropped out after a term and crashed hard into depression. I lost two dress sizes because I wasn’t eating and I couldn’t engage with anything.

After a year, I made the decision to return. A different uni and a different course, one that embraced my passions. Starting my Film and Writing degree was the best decision I’ve made.

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Book Review: Revenger by Alastair Reynolds

Revenger 1

Synopsis: The galaxy has seen great empires rise and fall. Planets have shattered and been remade. Amongst the ruins of alien civilizations, building our own from the rubble, humanity still thrives.

And there are vast fortunes to be made, if you know where to find them.

Captain Rackamore and his crew do. It’s their business to find the tiny, enigmatic worlds which have been hidden away, booby-trapped, surrounded by layers of protection–and to crack them open for the ancient relics and barely-remembered technologies inside. But while they ply their risky trade with integrity, not everyone is so scrupulous.

Adrana and Fura Ness are the newest members of Rackamore’s crew, signed on to save their family from bankruptcy. Only Rackamore has enemies, and there might be more waiting for them in space than adventure and fortune: the fabled and feared Bosa Sennen in particular.

Revenger is a science fiction adventure story set in the rubble of our solar system in the dark, distant future–a tale of space pirates, buried treasure, and phantom weapons, of unspeakable hazards and single-minded heroism and of vengeance…

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Television Review: The Shannara Chronicles, Season 2

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Synopsis: A heart-broken Wil attempts to move on with his life as he trains to become a healer while Eretria has found a new family and a love of her own.

A new threat arises though: the Crimson, determined to eradicate magic from the Four Lands through whatever means necessary. King Ander seeks an alliance with humans, hoping to put aside old differences.

Bandon is set on raising the Warlock Lord and Allanon must do whatever is in his power to stop him. Even if that means risking Wil and Mareth – Allanon’s new-found daughter with powerful magic of her own.

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Up and Coming: June

Up and Coming

I’m pulling my exhausted self together to write this post because I’m trying to be productive and achieving more during the week.

You can just sense my enthusiasm, can’t you?

Nah, I’m kidding!

I’m still on a blogging buzz at the moment and am making the most of it while I can. That’s why I’m pushing myself.

I might have also promised myself a writing day on Sunday if I get everything else achieved during the week and my target at the moment is three posts a week. It works as good motivation.

So here we go!

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Book Review: The Wildflowers by Harriet Evans

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Synopsis: Tony and Althea Wilde. Glamorous, argumentative … adulterous to the core.

They were my parents, actors known by everyone. They gave our lives love and colour in a house by the sea – the house that sheltered my orphaned father when he was a boy.

But the summer Mads arrived changed everything. She too had been abandoned and my father understood why. We Wildflowers took her in.

My father was my hero, he gave us a golden childhood, but the past was always going to catch up with him … it comes for us all, sooner or later.

This is my story. I am Cordelia Wilde. A singer without a voice. A daughter without a father. Let me take you inside.

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Film Review: The Greatest Showman

The Greatest Showman


Synopsis: Hugh Jackman leads an all-star cast in this bold and original musical filled with infectious showstopping performances that will bring you to your feet time and time again. Inspired by the story of P.T. Barnum (Jackman) and celebrating the birth of show business, the film follows the visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerising spectacle. This inspirational film also stars Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson and Zendaya.



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My Name in TBR Book Tag

Book Tags

Hmm, I really need to make myself a new graphic for the book tags posts, this one is really old and certainly doesn’t fit in with my colour scheme…

Sorry! Random thoughts aside now! It’s that time of month for a book tag again!

This time, it wasn’t a quick Q&A session with myself. It was a significant amount of time staring at my TBR pile and realising that I a) have a lot of repeated letters in my blog name and b) have a V in my name. I was severely lacking books beginning with a V.

I saw this post on The Awkward Book Blogger and thought it sounded great fun.

Here’s my attempt:

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