• Personal

    The Sunshine Blogger Quiz

    What did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be an author. As a child, I loved reading fantasy – Tolkien, Eddings, McCaffrey – and that love has continued into adulthood. I love having a new world to explore, which is the same thing I adore about sci fi, and I always dreamt of creating something along the lines of Middle Earth. Paradoxically, the books I did get published are sci fi and the closest I got to fantasy was paranormal. How did you meet your partner? We met at college. We were on the same course and he always says that the first thing he…

  • Outings

    The Duck House at Vaudeville Theatre

    It’s almost four years since H and I drove the 209 miles down to London to catch Ben Miller star in The Duck House; a comedy set in the political turmoil of the expenses crisis. I’d bought the tickets as an anniversary present, choosing the very last showing on Saturday 29 March 2014 – if you’re going to a comedy play, you do the last night. Always. Because the script gets thrown out the window and everything that can go wrong tends to and it’s the best thing ever. My sides hurt from laughing so much. Not going to lie, my driving need to see The Duck House was Ben playing the…

  • #FandomFriday

    #FandomFriday | Primeval

    Airing between 2007 – 2011, Primeval was a sci-fi show that was set in present day UK and had a very simple (at first) premise – the UK was having a rash of temporal anomalies that connected back to various prehistoric eras, which were then investigated by a small team comprising of Professor Nick Cutter (Douglas Henshall), Stephen Hart (James Murray), Connor Temple (Andrew-Lee Potts) and Abby Maitland (Hannah Spearritt.)

  • Thoughts

    Merry Commercialised Celebratory Event!

    Early September, and us parents pack our kids off to school with a sigh of relief that normality is returning. But we’ve barely drawn our breath when It starts. Glittery cards begin appearing on the shelves. Tubs of Celebrations and Heroes are stacked near the supermarket entrance. Forget winter – Christmas is coming, and every store wants you to know about it.

  • Mental Health

    Where Do I Go From Here?

    If that wasn’t enough to get the Buffy song stuck in your head, here’s a gif I’m feeling Spike; enough, I’m done. I’ve not written fiction in three weeks. This isn’t particularly unusual and I’ve had dry spells before, but this feels different. As in I-don’t-even-want-to-write-fanfic different. Nothing is sparking my imagination. Not reading, not watching TV, not trawling Tumblr for my favourite ‘ships. There’s absolutely bugger all in my tank. Am I depressed? I don’t think so, though it can be hard to tell. But I’m embracing other creative outlets, especially crochet, where the ideas are coming thick and fast. So maybe I’m just done writing? Can I be…

  • Outings

    Bolton Comic Con

    Today, me and Mel meandered over to the Macron Stadium for Bolton Comic Con. I’ve done a few conventions now, so I know what I’m about – small bag for phone, purse and tissues, comfy footwear, and light clothing because con halls get hot. Or not. OMG, it was so cold! I swear the air con was on. I’m not sure whether the heating was down to stadium staff or the con organisers, but either way, it’s not good to leave your GoH freezing. It was less Andrew Lee Potts and more Andrew Lee Popsicle. He was very sweet, though, and eager to chat given the lack of morning rush.…

  • Thoughts

    #PassOnPlastic and Ableism

    I want to say first that I agree 100% that we need to reduce our plastic consumption for the environmental well-being of our planet. I am in no way arguing that plastic pollution isn’t important. We’ve all seen photos of birds, animals and fish caught up in beer can rings, fishing net, etc. However, as I was browsing the #PassOnPlastic hashtag I saw a couple of people raising “unnecessary” packaging for pre-cut fruit and vegetables. Whether it’s ready-sliced or peeled, these things aren’t for “lazy” people – they’re for those with limited mobility in their hands, wrists and/or arms. Yes, more abled people will maximise on the availability and grab, especially if…

  • Textile Thursdays

    Textile Thursday | Felt Needle Case

    This week at Start, we made felt needle cases. The project was supposed to have lasted two weeks but what can I say, I’m a quick study. 😀 I did plan to have more embroidery on the front of my case, but once I found this gorgeous butterfly applique, I changed my mind. I think anything more would have distracted from its beauty. The interior felt matches the butterfly’s colour and then I found a length of decorated netting trim. The dark blue flowers are a close match to the cover, and the trim ties into the natural theme. I finished the case at home and managed to find embroidery…