Hello friends, just a quick message today about some thoughts I’ve been having. This year has been so inspiring for me. I’ve met some amazing human beings here. You are all so talented, kind, and humble. It gives me hope for my future.
I’m really close to 250 followers when this time last year I had around 10. I can’t wait for 2019 I have so many new things coming for you all, so many fresh ideas, concepts, and stories.
I’ll be updating you properly in January on all the fun things you’ll be able to expect. Until then I want to thank you all for your unending support and kindness. To all my loyal followers who like everything I write, from the bottom of my heart, thank you.
Welcome back to Moon Interviews my friends. This month I sat down to talk with Berlin-based artist Connor Kilkelly. Born and raised here in the old country (Ireland), Connor moved to Berlin to pursue a music career.
We talk about loads of things. His debut album, ‘The Prick & The Petal,‘ is in post-production, and is out in the spring of 2019. We talked about the music scene in Berlin, and what inspired him to seek out music in the first place, and we had giggles about the music genres we love.
Kilkelly writes really great music and his info can be found here:
Hello friends, any fellow Harry Potter fans on here? I myself am a Ravenclaw, which makes sense in certain aspects of my personality. However if I were a blend of two houses I would be a Huffleclaw (Ravenpuff?) for sure.
I was thinking the other day about Hogwarts houses, and obviously, no one fits into their house completely, but I thought it would be fun to go through the traits of the house according to Pottermore and see how well I do fit.
“Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw,
If you’ve a ready mind,
Where those of wit and Learning,
Will always find their kind.”
– The Sorting Hat
So we will start with the colours of the house which is blue and bronze. (They were blue and silver in the movies I’m afraid). My favourite colour is blue so it was truly meant to be. Not really much to say about the colour bronze though, but it’s meant to represent the wings of the house animal which is an eagle. Blue was chosen to represent the sky and bronze for eagle feathers.
Speaking of the house animal, I love birbs (yes birbs) and the eagle is a majestic bird. It represents broader vision and strength of mind and heart. I think this reflects who I am as a person. As a writer, I can see beyond the conventional and have been blessed with an overactive imagination. The strength of the mind and heart is also something which I feel I have. I may not be physically strong but I know I’m mentally strong, and I love freely.
According to Rowling all the houses represent or correlate to one of the four elements, which creates balance when they are together. Ravenclaw is related to the element of air… I’m sure there is a quiz for this hold on.
So I got water…
Ravenclaw prizes wit, learning & wisdom. Other traits include; intelligence, creativity, originality, individuality, and acceptance.
Wit: Le’Boo says his favourite thing about me is my sense of humor.
Learning: I love learning, I’m doing a PhD, I’ll have completed 9 years of university when I’m done.
Wisdom: Mmmm I suppose I’m wise beyond my years, but I definitely don’t know everything. In fact the more I learn the more I realise it’s impossible to know everything.
Intelligence: People think I’m smart…
Creativity: Well this I agree with I’m a writer but I also draw/paint/write music etc…
Originality: Aren’t we all?
Individuality: Again yes I would say so. I’ve found my path through life to be tough as I don’t like to do things conventionally, and people often distrust me or find this weird.
Acceptance: Unless you’re being a complete a$#wipe to other people I don’t mind what you choose for your own life. You do you, friend.
“Wit beyond measures is man’s greatest treasure.”
– Etched on Rowena Ravenclaw’s diadem.
Some interesting thoughts.
According to legend, Rowena Ravenclaw’s diadem was meant to increase the intelligence of the wearer.
An eagle-shaped door knocker asks you riddles before you can enter the Ravenclaw common room, and while this sounds amusing at first, imagine coming back after a long day studying in the library?
“Ravenclaws tend to be curious about the world and pay attention to the world around them. Ravenclaws are known to be logical and rational.” – Fandom Wikia
Professor McGonagall and Hermione Granger were both almost Ravenclaws, but ultimately the hat decided on Gryffindor.
Clearly, Luna Lovegood was one of the best characters in the series, and she was a clever, albeit strange Ravenclaw.
So shout out your house below in the comments. I want to see the Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, and Slytherin homies! Also where are my fellow Ravenclaws? If you don’t know your house yet that’s ok, I’ve linked Pottermore below. Go treat yourself to the sorting ceremony.
10 books I read or possibly re-read this year that I loved.
Hello fellow bookworms, time for another book blog boosterama. I adore books, have I mentioned that? I’m trying to read 80 (non-academic) books this year and so far I have made it to 64. I’m a little behind, however I read like a crazy mo-fo over Christmas so I think I’ll make it. 😉
I’ll try to go spoiler free but some of these books are older… so… spoiling may happen. Some of these books appeared in a previous post, but I needed to include them because I loved them so much!
These are in order unlike some of my other posts so you guys can argue with me in the comments if you disagree, I love a good debate. 😊
10. ‘Brave,’ – Rose McGowan.
This book made me both heartbroken for and proud of Rose McGowan. Her tough upbringing would have made most people hardened and silent. She instead directs her energies towards art as transformation. This is a very important book not just for woman, but for all oppressed humans. Bravo to Brave. You can check her out on Instagram. She’s doing cathartic things there at the moment.
9. ‘Furiously Happy,’ – Jenny Lawson.
Friends I read this book in less than a day because I couldn’t put it down. I forwent sleep, and in exchange, I was rewarded with laughter. Jenny Lawson reminds us that our mental illnesses are not our masters, the blame should not lie within, and we can break free. We can work hard to combat our demons, and in the meantime be furiously happy! By the way, the raccoon on the front is a taxidermy owned by the author. Oh yes.
8. ‘The Alchemist,’ – Paulo Coehlo.
When I bought this book, I was skeptical, because I had not heard one bad review from anyone. They were all correct, it was absolutely amazing. It will give you a strange feeling. If you have not read this you need to. This is my second time reading it, it’s healing.
7. ‘The Princess’ Diarist,’ – Carrie Fisher.
Get this on audiobook from audible, trust me. It’s worth it to hear Carrie Fisher tell her age-old tale, in her uniquely hilarious voice. Her wonderful daughter Billie Lourd also reads a section as Fisher’s ‘younger self.’ So sweet and at the same time, sad. I miss her so much. RIP Carrie Fisher.
6. ‘The Haunting Of Hill House,’ – Shirley Jackson.
So this came out on Netflix as a new series and in true Jaycee fashion, I had to read the book before I watched the show. Well, now I’m scared to watch the show! When I say she’s a horror legend, believe me.
5. ‘Americanah,’ – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
This book is Poetry. It’s even better served as an audiobook. I listened to Adjoa Andoh’s narration and it was fantastic. Read this book, but if you can listen to it as well. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I looked forward to my morning and evening commutes so I could hear more about the lives of Ifemelu and Obinze.
4. ‘Cosmos,’ – Carl Sagan
I adored this book. Although it was written nearly 40 years ago, it still feels as fresh and uplifting as ever. You need to read this book, it will change your perspective on our wonderful universe. It inspired so many people including some of my personal favourites, Professor Brian Cox and Neil Degrasse Tyson. “I have loved the stars too fondly, to be fearful of the night.”
3. ‘The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon,’ – Stephen King.
I have read many many Stephen King books and he has never disappointed me. With this book, he actually surprised me. He kept his supernatural element as an undercurrent to the book, while the true strength of human nature came in the form of a young girl, who wanted to survive. This story will grip you while putting you right there in the forest with her.
2. ‘The History Of Bees,’ – Maja Lunde.
What a wonderful book. Also what a harrowing message. Lunde tells the story of our world if our bees began to disappear tomorrow. We get a story told through three different very perspectives, yet we feel their pain as though it were our own. Lunde tells us what scientists have been trying to convey for years now. If we don’t look after our bees, the world will be a very different place.
1. ‘We Have Always Lived In A Castle,’ – Shirley Jackson.
Having truly enjoyed and been scared by ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ I had a book hangover when it was over. Io I thought I would give more Jackson’s work a try, to alleviate the pain of finishing a great book. This one was unbelievable and my favourite book I’ve read in 2018. I can’t believe I only discovered Jackson now, as a huge fan of horror I thought I’d read it all until I read ‘We Have Always Lived In A Castle.’ Check it out, my friends.
Ok my lovey loves that’s all for today. Sorry, it’s a bit short but I have an ongoing project that had a deadline. If it works out I will be able to let you in on it. If it doesn’t well it will fall into the annals of the internet, buried under memes and
Today I’d like to highlight some YouTube channels that are under 500,000, even under 100,000. There are many I love but these are 7 that come to mind.
Before we do though I would like to mention our fellow blogger Steven Colbourne. He has a YouTube channel and he will be putting up some interesting stuff there in the coming months so let’s go support him!
So without further ado, I shall begin in no particular order:
You may have noticed my sustainability journey and this Lady was recommended to me by my sister-in-law. I watched her videos from start to finish and her evolution gave me hope for myself. She was into dyeing her hair, makeup, fashion… and she made it work. Now in fairness, she lives in London so some of her habits/hacks are harder for me. However, she is charming and very easy to learn from.
This is such an amazing story channel. I only recently discovered it and I got obsessed. I watched all of their videos in like 2 days. If you are interested in spooky stories or unexplained mysteries then these guys are for you. I can’t believe they don’t have more views/subscribers.
This adorable channel discusses YouTube ‘drama & gossip’ in a fresh way. It’s not speculative wherein you come away with the same information. This channel challenges itself by adding clips/thoughts from professionals such as doctors, scientists, and philosophers. Plus it’s cute.
My fellow Edgelord Fraser, better known as INabber on the interwebs. Another YouTube gossip channel (what have I become), but hear me out! This guy tells jokes! Just trust me he’s a funny guy, give him a try.
Muchelle B is a lifestyle blogger I love. She has such interesting take on productivity coupled with self-care. Her videos are visually entertaining and her tagline is ‘living life intentionally.’ Genuinely that’s advice I think we could all do with.
My buds! Well, I like to think we’re buds because these guys are too relatable. Like the way they converse is just what it’s like in my head. Their podcasts somehow manage to intrigue and tickle me simultaneously. If you like podcasts they are everywhere you find podcasts. Also, they’ve done fantastic readings of SCP’s from the SCP website that’s well worth a listen.
Finally, the incomparable, the beautiful, the brilliant Spankie Valentine, AKA Swoop. This girl had a YouTube channel that had 600,000 subscribers, then a YouTube algorithmic anomaly destroyed it overnight. She then picked herself up, dusted herself off, and created SWOOP.
She made a video about mental health that won an award at the 2018 Buffer Festival. She’s fun, she’s fab, she’s full of life and she needs your subscription!
My friends before we begin how many of you have tattoos or harbor ambitions of getting tattoos? Please let me know in the comments below I would love to know.
I made a YouTube video to accompany this because it was too difficult to take photos of my tattoos without showing off too much. Can’t have my noods leaked to the internet. 😂
You can also find my tattoo artist @TattooHeroesDublin on Facebook and @tattoo_heroes on Instagram.
So if you’re ever in Ireland or live here. I couldn’t recommend them more!
I got my first tattoo at 19 with my best friend. I got a very simple Chinese symbol and she got a really cool bowler hat. I thought that maybe I would get 2 or 3 more. However, over the next 9 years, I’ve gotten 10 and counting… I’m booked in for a new one as my Christmas present from Le’Boo!
My most recent tattoo I got with 2 friends and Le’Boo. We all got the same one, and he was the last person I’d ever expect to get a tattoo. For reals. Yet we went and got them together.
So I’ll start with my very first tattoo which was the Chinese symbol for strength. I don’t think I have a picture of when I had it first, so the picture I have is from today, so it’s a bit faded to be honest. Although this was a small tattooo, it was on my rib cage and was rather painful. At the time when it was happening, I was like, “why are you doing this to yourself? Ahhhhhhh.”
Next up was my Egyptian hieroglyph the eye of Horus. Honestly, this one was a piece of cake, I genuinely nodded off on the table. It was on my ankle and I guess there is more muscle there for padding.
Then I went back to the rib cage because I’m insane! When I started getting tattoos I wanted to be able to hide them if necessary. over the years I’ve gotten them in places that I deemed ‘safe.’ Now I’m like nah! However until then they went in hidden places, hence my return to the rib cage. I love this one it’s the rose from Beauty and The Beast, and I intend on getting more onto it in the future. For now, it’s pretty.
Next up was my biggest tattoo to date. I was having an anxiety dream over and over. I was climbing a rope in complete darkness and there was something trying to catch me. Something that was humanoid but not human. My tattoo artist Pat listened as I explained this to him, and what he drew was above my expectations.
Then I got a small pineapple behind my ear. However not just any pineapple! The pineapple from the ASDF movies on the YouTube. “I’m depressed!” “Suddenly, Pineapples!” “That didn’t help at all!” Check them out below.
Then I continued my Disney obsession. I’ve said before that Beauty and The Beast is my favourite disney movie, well Toy Story is my favourite Pixar movie, and Buzz Lightyear is my hero. I even named one of my cars after him.
The I went full nerd and got a Star Wars tattoo. The rebel symbol with the word hope in it.
My first Buffy tattoo (yes you read that right) was the grrr argh monster from the Mutant Enemy logo at the end of the episodes. Can’t wait to get my second one next month. 😉
Then I went for a cartoon classic The Powerpuff Girls. Although Bubbles is adorable, and Blossom is a kick ass leader, Buttercup was always my favourite. A grump, who loves rock music. What an icon.
So sweet and lame but myself and Le’Boo both have this tattoo and it’s in the same place. I know we’re so freakin’ adorable. #couplegoals. Our friends who are also a couple got the same tattoo on their rib cages.
If you haven’t checked out her blog yet please do it’s so interesting she discusses Daoism by providing a place for those interested in learning and sharing.
It a wonderful award and I’m very grateful for the nomination. It highlights and supports bloggers like myself and Ms Jade Li who are slowly growing their audience. Now it would appear that the rules are as follows:
Acknowledge the blogger that gave it to you and display the award.
Answer 11 questions that the blogger gave you.
Give 11 random thoughts about yourself.
Nominate 11 other bloggers and notify them of their nomination.
Ask your nominees 11 questions.
Now without further ado I will answer these questions.
Sunlight or moonlight? Moonlight, always.
Top 5 favorite movies? Beauty and The Beast, Toy Story, The Big Lebowski, Clueless, The Matrix.
Funniest thing you ever saw? My brother and boyfriend every day.
Best thing that ever happened to you by accident? Meeting my PhD supervisor.
Weirdest dream you ever had? I in fact dream every night and often dream of the apocalypse.
If you had 3 wishes that could come true, what would they be? Health for my family, success in my writings and more understanding in the world.
Favorite cartoon as a kid? The Weekenders.
Favorite toy as a kid? Crayons and paper.
If you could have a party with your favorite musician/group playing for it, who would you choose to play for your party? Foo Fighters.
If you could build any invention, what would it be? An automatic translator that you wear in your ear like a hearing aid.
My birthday is also a Star Wars pun: May the Fourth be with you.
My feet are so cold all the time that I always wear 2 pairs of socks every day.
When I was 11 I joined my local brass band.
I’m the tallest woman (at 5.4 ft / 1.6m) on both sides of my family.
I have green eyes, but my left eye has a brown dot. My cousin has the exact same green eyes, with the exact same brown dot.
Halloween is my Christmas.
My love came to me after 2 heartaches.
My favourite colour is blue but my favourite colour to wear is red.
My second favourite colour is green.
I love Buzz Lightyear so much I got him tattooed on my leg.
I’m letting my hair go grey.
11 QUESTIONS FOR MY NOMINEES:
1. What fruit do you dislike? 2. What genre of music are you most likely to win a Grammy for? 3. What is your worst earworm? 4. Which aminal do you most relate to? 5. What is your favourite scent? 6. If you could change your first name to anything what would it be? 7. How many countries have you visited? 8. Converse or Vans? 9. If you could meet one fictional character who would it be? 10. What is something that’s very popular but you just don’t get? 11. Halloween or Christmas?
Hello friends, I just have a stream of consciousness for you today because I don’t have time for my usual Friday post.
If you don’t know I’m doing a PhD and I have an annual review today. Although I’m nervous, I’m very excited to discuss my research. Here is a sneak peek at my presentation:
Stream of Consciousness
Stream of Consciousness
This week I reached 200 followers on this platform and I am forever grateful for each one of you. This community is supportive, creative, and completely kind. My whole life is consumed by writing and although I’m 28 years young, I only realised that 2 years ago. This platform is the place for me.
Whether I post a fictional story, a rant about traffic or simply a healing post on my mental illness, you are all wonderfully complementary.
It is people like you that make this world a healthy place for the imagination. Your simple acts of kindness whether that be a comment on my blog or something in your day to day life, is revolutionary.
If I ever make it to 500 followers I’ll do another collaborative post like my 100th follower post. Today though, all I have for you is gratitude and humility. We lift each other up, and no success is won alone.