Great Get Together Goes Global #MoreInCommon

Guest and Reblogs!

Just popping in to share this post, as it follows so nicely from ‘The Forgiving Woman’. This is a very thoughtful way of bringing the blogging community together, and it’s such a beautiful piece of writing – how could I resist? I’m sure Rowena would appreciate you leaving your comments on her blog and sharing this with your own communities too. Enjoy everyone ❤

PS. I left my answers in the comments on Rowena’s blog if you’d like to see mine!

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Lately, I’ve been feeling quite overwhelmed by the latest terror attacks in the UK, which as we all know too well, are simply the latest chapters in a much longer story. Despite believing in the power of the pen to overcome the sword and in the power of the individual to change the world, or at least influence the world around them, I am starting to doubt. These attacks are so random and unpredictable and the victims ordinary people…it’s all becoming quite impossible to fathom.

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For those of you who have been following my blog for some time, you’ll know that I’ve been part of a global blogging group 1000 Voices for Compassion, which started up after the attacks on Paris. However, I’d already been speaking out against terrorism  following the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 in the Ukraine and the Lindt Cafe Siege in Sydney. Journalists covering…

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Peace

Philosophy

Hello everybody,

How are we all? Enjoying the sun? 

Sorry for no written post last night. Sometimes Wednesday is my only opportunity to create as far as evenings go and I was really in the mood to film. Having the confidence to sit and talk to a camera comes a lot rarer to me than filming my blogs or fictions so I hope you understand. Jumping on the opportunity was a must! To make up for it, here is that video for your Thursday entertainment:

 

I will post again as usual on Saturday evening. 

It’s gonna be a revieeeew.

 

Take care of yourselves everyone,

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Ps. If you are viewing my blog and wondering what the f*ck happened to the design… I am experimenting and hope to have a completely redesigned blog by the end of July. Just bare with me – it’s gonna be so worth it!

The WORD on Brighton Dining

Diary, Lifestyle, Reviews

As mentioned in my last post, when I was in Brighton I ate a LOT of food at some really great places! It’s no secret that I lurve food, and even though this isn’t my usual genre of posting – my blog is all about my personal style (of life I guess!). If you were desperate to learn something from this post about writing; it would be to remain adventurous. Try new things! But, for those of you who just popped by to see some pictures of amazing food, please continue reading:

Closing May’s Chapter

Diary, Lifestyle

It’s so nice to sit now and type out my May chapter, after having looked forward to it for much over a week. Finally, and especially in comparison to April, I have faced a month where blogging feels like a habit. And not a bad one. It has been a month where I have been able to both find inspiration without becoming stressed and spend time on my blog every day without losing sleep. Now, as part of my day, I feel I have harmony with the Blogosphere.

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Generally, too, I have been much more involved with the community aspect. As you may know I have been taking part in Mahriya’s (My Bookish Life’s) recent Typewriter project/challenge. We have already completed the first two tasks which you can view on her blog. I’m having a lot of fun and it’s been a good exercise to keep the inspiration flowing – it hasn’t been super easy so far in a really good way! I can’t emphasise enough how important the community is to a blogger. Still in my 7 months of blogging I have not seen anyone who hasn’t been supportive of anyone else – basically we’re all very good at if you don’t have anything nice to comment, don’t comment! If no other incentive for you to reach out to other bloggers, it does improve your *stats* too…

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My main excitement and happiness for May came just last weekend. I took a trip to Brighton just for a day and a half, but I had wanted to go for so long it felt amazing to finally do so. Mostly I wanted to go because that’s where a lot of my favourite bloggers are – I didn’t intend to meet any of them (and I didn’t) – I just wanted to see all the fuss! Honestly speaking, it wasn’t what I expected from seeing vlogs / reading posts. Actually I would go as far to say I was a little disappointed. Nevertheless we explored the town and in the end I am in LOVE with it. Of course, being the highlight, I have vlogged my trip for the video of my May Chapter so I won’t spoil the details now. But, what I will say is Brighton taught me a very valuable lesson – just because it looks perfect from a distance, doesn’t mean it will be perfect close up, and that’s OK because perfection doesn’t necessarily = happiness. Even the smallest things can bring mountains of joy. My only small regret is that I didn’t dive in enough, but there’s always a next time!

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 Speaking of diving in, I did try *too* many restaurants while I was in Brighton. I was thinking I would share some in a separate post as I know a few of you are foodies! Let me know if you’d like that.

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Wow, the end of May. Here goes – I will see you in June for more adventures!

 

Lots of love,

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Spring Thoughts

Diary, Inspiration, Philosophy

As the temperature is rising and the Summer is approaching, I thought it would be nice just to reflect on the Spring we have had. Tomorrow I will be heading to Brighton which I feel marks the beginning of my Summer adventures – of course this will be featured in my May chapter (stay tuned!). For now, here is some *artsy* photos I took this month containing quotes to sum up my Spring:

I will also just drop this here for your viewing pleasure – and a little bit more insight!

Until the last day of May, take care everyone

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Finding your writing voice

Blogging/Writing Tips

It’s been a while since I offered everyone some writing advice; but I think if you have been following for some time you will have realised my creativity is CRAZY. Even though I vow to play on every thought that comes to me – they’re like bullet trains. If I don’t catch them in a heartbeat they will have been replaced. Really, it’s a very tiring process.

Today, I thought I would *try to* provide some inspiration into creating your own unique style of writing.

Writing – and especially blogging – is a very personal experience. Regardless of this, a lot of people appreciate the fine art which forces us to write in a particular form. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, because reading becomes much easier when it’s uniform – everyone is *reading from the same page*. BUT it can make us monotonous. Therefore, writing is about finding balance: using everything you know about English, and forgetting everything you know about English (or whichever language!).

 

My three tips to write uniquely?

  • Write how you would speak – if your writing doesn’t sound right when said out loud, it won’t sound right at all!
  • Leave editing until the end – if you edit as you go along, you’ll lose the structure and coherency of what you’re trying to say. Instead of a flowing piece of speech, the writing becomes a list of facts.
  • Don’t be afraid to make your writing appeal to more than just the listening sense – when I write on my blog, I like to use random edits such as making words bold, underlined and italic and more. Even though this helps emphasise the first point, I also think it’s visually appealing (to me anyway!). Especially with blogging, you can also use your design to play on other senses, if you write in a specific genre.

I hope you found these quick bullets useful. What other advice would you give to someone looking to find their own writing voice? Add your say (or link your post if you have written about a similar topic) in the comments.

 Until next time,

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In the Warm Dark of Night

Inspiration, Poems, Storybook

At the end of this blog post is a link to an open creativity blogging challenge – any support is appreciated!

It’s been a while since I uploaded something creative from myself. The following is a small poem I thought of perhaps a couple of weeks ago now, when I was struggling to sleep. I realised I was just trying to make time go slower before I had to work in the morning and was filled with stress. However, you should never sacrifice sleep (I’m so sorry my beautiful bed)! It’s definitely one of the most peaceful things to do. 

Closing April’s chapter

Diary, Lifestyle

I think April was a bit of an odd month for my blog. Nothing really seems to have tied down recently and it has left me wondering what kind of blogger am I anyway?! A lot has definitely changed since I started – aside from the fact I still don’t really know what I’m doing… and I think this month has really made me realise just how many blogs are out there.

Life is like a cup of coffee

Blogging/Writing Tips, Diary, Inspiration, Philosophy

For the first time in a while I have sat at my blog just to write about something I love. No planning necessary and no pressure to be witty or wise. If you consider me either of these things anyway! Tonight all I wanted was a coffee. It’s not been a bad day or anything like that – I just wanted it real bad.