The Great Divide

So, I logged on to wordpress today for some inspiration, I don’t like to let a month pass without blogging, and I was met by this question from The Daily Prompt. I invite you to take part also also and link back to the original.

When reading for fun, do you usually choose fiction or non-fiction? Do you have an idea why you prefer one over the other?

I almost always choose fiction. My weakness and unfortunately my most commonly read books are contemporary fiction novels, paperbacks. I recently realised I have about four boxes of them in my (parents’) attic and although they will never be worth lots of money or look very impressive on my future fantasy bookshelves, they are words and stories that have kept me company and helped me along they way in life.

I often think I need to read more classics, or big statement books, sometimes I feel out of my depth when discussing books seriously, over wine, but reading is reading and I might get there someday. I’m only 25. Yes, only. Shut up.

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I know it’s a cliché but I think I love fiction for escapism. Even now. Especially now. I’m applying for jobs or feeling guilty for not. I’m considering moving back to my university city as my sister’s got a fancy hospital job. Since Saturday night I have been devouring Gone Girl the ‘Thriller of the Year’ from 2012 by Gillian Flynn. It’s mostly to get it finished before my movie buff boyfriend wants to see the film, and censorship in case there are horrible rapes or something that I’d rather not see thank you very much. It’s addictive and I am loving escaping into it. I don’t know if I have read this type of book written by a woman before. It’s a clever story and a refreshing angle!

However, I think I like non-fiction more than I realise. On a fun night out with my Journalism course last year, I got into a conversation with one of they guys who said he usually reads non-fiction. I kind of said I never do, but I do enjoy a good biography and I got carried away talking about Letters of Note (Or Correspondence deserving of a wider audience)  compiled by Shaun Usher or the PostSecret books. So maybe I do.

But at the end of the day my little bookworm’s soul loves a good story and the best ones appeal to my creative side and make me want to create something as beautiful, and encourage me not to let go of that dream! A fat novel, tea and chocolate are usually a good treat and tonic for me. So fiction it is, what about you?

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

Thank you very much to my good friend Miss G at Time to Talk Beauty for the nomination AND the snail mail package all in the one day. I am consistently amazed at her dedicated daily blogs about all kinds of beauty related treats and treatment. We met through blogging and became friends on twitter and met up a year ago and haven’t looked back!  Delighted to have been nominated, not least to get me blogging again.



The rules:

– Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site.

– Put the award logo on your blog.

– Answer the ten questions they have set you.

– Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer.

– Nominate up to ten new people.


Miss G’s Questions for me:

1. Why did you start blogging?

As a reader, I found blogs endlessly exciting and interesting. It’s just reading in a digital kinda way. I also got a great sense of connection and community from blogging. I wanted to scratch my eternal writing itch and be a part of that community.

2. What is your number one beauty product?

Hmm. I’m really not one for beauty products but maybe tinted moisturiser/Garnier BB Cream. I can deal with only that if I have to and it’s my base for any make up I do wear.

3. What do you spend more time on before a night out; hair or make-up?

Probably hair as I’m not great at either but I have a make up routine at least. My hair is a bit wavy and frizzy so it does need some work. You will usually find me persuading my sister or Mammy to plait it or fix it some way for me.

4. Who are your fashion and beauty heroines / muses?

I actually have no idea. Um. I loved Chantry’s character in the recent great ‘What If’ film, she was played by Zoe Kazan (Who kinda looks like Zooey Deschanel). I like a cutsey dress sense. And natural make up. 

5. If you have a favourite film, what is it and why?

Maybe I should reassess, but I think it’s ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ it’s just a love story, two people meant to be together no matter what crazy stuff they do. In a presumably futuristic world they impulsively ‘erase’ the other from the memory. It needs to be watched at least twice. Wonderful cast and incredibly clever story.

6. What is the best shampoo you’ve ever used?

Probably that ‘spensive Aussie stuff. I love the smell of it! 

7. What is your favourite city?

I’m going to say Edinburgh… Just to stay in Miss G’s good books. The film ‘Midnight in Paris’ makes me crave to see Paris sometime, maybe that would change my mind??

8. False lashes, mascara, or both?

Mascara. Don’t have the patience and dedication for false lashes. I had them once for a wedding and I liked the effect though!

9. What is the best lip balm you’ve used?

I used to love the Body Shop ones when I was younger. In the colourful tubs. Mandarin flavour!

10. What is your current mood?

Hopeful. The best way to be. 

My Nominees

Butterflies and Roses

Girl in the Gloaming

Paper and Salt

Lupus in Flight

Little Grey Box


My questions for them:

1. Do you have a make up must-have?

2. How are you at ‘doing hair’ ? Tips?

3. What is the last book you read?

4. What is your favourite dessert?

5. What’s the last song lyric to strike a chord with you?

6. Who would play you in a film about your life?

7. Do you think the theatre is still relevant?

8. What does blogging mean to you?

9. Is social media a blessing or a curse?

10. A telling question, ultimately is what you do for a living important?

Alternative CV – A creative writer type

Craving creativity.

A trained journalist with a degree in English and a little bit of Philosophy.

Passion for books and reading and words. A logophile.

A love of listening to people’s stories.

Social media bug arising from a desire to connect and reach out to people.

11 GCSES with a smattering of starred A’s.

3 solid A Levels.

A need to avoid retail.

Six years experience in a busy Opticians which was customer orientated, retail and reception and more.

A hard worker, a friendly face, a good team-mate.

A keen learner, a curious discover, creative minded.

Appreciator of beautiful things. Clean designs.

Fan of old fashioned snail mail for correspondence.

Volunteered happily at children’s book festivals ( a volunteer manager!) and children’s summer schemes.

Six months placement experience at a busy local newspaper. Plenty of by lines I could show you.

An award for excellence in Journalism.

Three years solid creative blogging.

Genuine person with a lot to give!

Confidence newly blossomed in the last few years.

Give me Journalism. Give me publishing. Give me a book review job. Give me means to write a novel. I might break my retail rule to sell books for now. The wishy washy Arts have my heart.

Let me use my strengths and loves to earn a wage and be dignified. Allow me to grow and find my way and feel fulfilled.

Half tongue in cheek. Half serious. Get in touch allusive UK creative head hunters!

References available on request. Also normal CVs.

Picture from here.

Picture from here.



Derry, Ireland