Overwhelm: 5 ways to manage stress

Reading Time: 4 minutes “Overwhelm” seems like it’s becoming a bit of a new buzzword for the wellbeing / mindfulness vocabulary. For me, it most often manifests as procrastination: I simply can’t get started because it seems like there’s so much to do, I don’t know where best to focus first. Or, just as often, it’s when I realise I’m doing something desperately searching for ‘fun’ because I feel like I have so much to do I spend all my time on ‘serious’ things. So Sophie Cliff’s latest blog resonated with me, and I’ve been thinking about some of the strategies I have used …

How to revise for mock exams

Reading Time: 5 minutes Whether you call them mock exams or trial exams (nothing reassures you it’s low-stakes like calling it a trial, right?!), whether they’re before Christmas or after, chances are if you’re a GCSE or  A-Level student you’ll have practice exams coming up soon. And in many schools, you’ll have them a couple of times a year. Mock exams. The full experience of walking into a hall, finding your seat number, remembering to bring a clear pencil case and water bottle in case you’ve scribbled some physics formulae on the inside. They can be hard and they can be stressful. But they …

Christmas presents for readers on #smallbizsatuk

Reading Time: 4 minutes Today is #SmallBizSatUK, an opportunity to talk about some of the great things that small businesses are doing around the country. And, as Christmas is coming up quickly (eek!) I thought I’d put together a list of some of the literary inspired gifts that I’ve either received or bought as gifts. I love supporting small independent business especially at this time of year when there’s so many craft fairs local to me here in West Yorkshire, and think it’s really important to try to balance where I buy from, especially gifts for others. Plus I can usually be pretty sure that …

Who’s in your top ten secondary characters?

Reading Time: 5 minutes I saw this idea for a post on Helena Fairfax’s blog – she’s a local writer, I think, and I’ve read her stuff for a little while. It got me thinking: most of my favourite characters aren’t always the protagonist. For me, a secondary character isn’t the primary character or their antagonist – they’re someone who’s an adjunct to the main action, another character who’s got something in their own right that’s memorable and interesting, and they help you as a reader/viewer learn more about the main character. Particularly in series, which I love because you sink into a character for so …

2 weeks post-corneal graft

Reading Time: 5 minutes As it’s Thursday, it’s now two weeks since I had a corneal graft, and thought I’d just do a bit of a quick update on what’s happened since. Headlines – it’s going well. There’s a bit of improvement so far and more to come over the next year! The surgery The actual surgery itself takes about two hours under general anaesthetic, and that’s probably the most anxious part for me. I’ve had a couple of anaesthetics for other things, and always find it quite stressful but the anaesthetist was absolutely lovely, really reassuring and warm and friendly, which is such …