Friday, 1 May 2015

An Introduction

When life and work feel unmanageably busy and you're disillusioned with blogging, what's a girl to do? Why, sign up again to Blog Every Day In May: that's a sensible decision, right?! I already know there is no way, not a chance in hell, I'll manage to blog every single day, but I figured I'd give it a go and hopefully recover my blogging mojo in the process. I completed both #BEDM and #BEDN in 2013 and made so many great new blog friends that, even if I fail miserably, it seemed worth a try.

The topic today is 'Introduce Yourself' so, for both new readers and old, here a few things you may not know about me.

1. Although I'm now a teacher, my past jobs have included travel agent, barmaid, book seller, legal secretary, and club promoter.

2. My hair has been every colour from pink to blue but for the past few years I've settled on red. However, I'm a natural blonde under all the dye.

3. My absolute favourite place on earth is Portland, Oregon. With my bed running a very close second.

4. I read voraciously (I managed nineteen books in April). Check out my books tag to see some recent reviews.

5. I'm a body positive, queer, trans inclusionary, intersectional feminist.

6. My go-to film when I'm feeling sad is the high school cross-dressing soccer comedy She's The Man. It's not great cinema, granted, but it makes me very happy. I wish I could say my movie taste is more highbrow when I'm not miserable, but that would be a massive lie.

7. I have a weird aversion to tension: I can't watch anything vaguely scary or even something that's just dramatically tense. As a result, a lot of popular TV shows are out. Midsomer Murders is about as tense as I can handle. Strangely, tension in a book is fine.

8. If I could only eat one food for the rest of my life? Easy: pizza.

9. My partner and I are childless by choice. I love working with kids, I just don't want any of our own. I wrote a bit about this here.

10. My mum is a lesbian; she came out when I was 15.


  1. Good luck with BEDM 2015!

  2. 19 books is very impressive!

  3. "I must be mad..." are my thought exactly about BEDM, but it's such good fun that I couldn't resist!

  4. Sharon Robinson2 May 2015 at 08:14

    Good luck with the challenge.I don't think i could do it again...but i shall be folliwing folks progress.I have the exact problem with tension on screen but not books! I spend a lot of tv progs going out the room every few minutes and driving the boyfriend mad.:b

  5. Haha, yep! I've been struggling with writing anything more than book reviews and photo-heavy posts (what I bought, what I made, what I did type things) so I'm looking forward to using the prompts to write more.

  6. I have the Easter holidays to thank for that total, I read almost a book a day!

  7. Thanks - I think I'll need it!

  8. Great challenge, you're the second one I've read so it's catching on! I have my Mom visiting for two weeks from Monday so I can't see myself getting involved unfortunately. I love Portland too, one of my best mates from college lives there :-) I try to sneakily watch "She's the Man" when it's on too, also that one where Colin Firth is that same actress's secret dad, forget what it's called! Guilty pleasures are good for the soul! :-)

  9. I have such a hectic month at work and am also away for the last week of May, so I'm not sure how successful I'll be but I'm going to give it a go anyway!

  10. I Ryan want to go to Portland, I only ever hear v.good things. Dang, I've never seen She's the Man, clearly need to right that wrong! I'm with you on the pizza. Good luck with BEDM - rather me than you (my posting has been so sporadic of late) but I'm looking forward to all your updates obvs :)

  11. That should say *really. Damn autocorrect

  12. You've inspired me to try #bedm! Pizza is a solid choice xx

  13. Hi
    Great to read these facts, I did NOT know you had done all those jobs!
    Oh and thanks for the comment- weird, you've disappeared from my list!!x

  14. Alex Heighton4 May 2015 at 10:25

    Known you for (I think) 8 years, had no idea you were blonde when on default settings.