Every time I don’t like how I look, I strike a pose and take a photo

The embarrassed, self-deprecating Brit in me does not want to write this post. The woman who's fed up with hating her own body because it doesn't subscribe in every way to the standard model of beauty, does. I recently wrote about how I'm making a real effort to accept my body after a lifetime of…

Knowing Nada – a short story

The black streets of Zagreb were shiny with rain. Above the traffic, the noise, the movement, almost-frozen raindrops ricocheted off the grand building facades. Their silhouettes reared up against the dead black sky as tall as the cliffs that marked the edge of the island Ana Horvat called home. But unlike her beloved coastline, these…

A lesson in failure from a champion paper airplane maker

I recently pitched for a scriptwriting project scripting videos for a massive YouTuber to broaden my skillset and earn some extra money. Unfortunately I wasn't successful, so I've repurposed my sample scripts as blog posts so they don't go entirely to waste. Here's one of them - about failure, funnily enough. I hope you enjoy…

How I’m learning to accept my body, flabby bits and all

Throughout this blog's lifetime I've tried several different diets with a mission to excavate through my belly flab and unearth a long-hidden abdominal muscle or two. Why???? Because I'm vulnerable to the images of beauty that bombard women. As free-thinking, open-minded and decently-read as I like to think I am, I tapped into those insideous…

If not now, then when? Wednesday wisdom from my oracle deck

There's this song I love by a Cornish band (featuring Ben Howard) called 'Portland'. It's a beautiful song; if you're into music that makes you feel all your feelings, I recommend finding it on YouTube or Spotify and having a listen. Mickey Smith's voice is hard to decipher but there's one lyric that stands out,…

6 mundane things I learned today

1. Somewhat like lizards and snakes, British people come to life in the sun. After months of hibernation slouching from bed to desk and back again, everyone in the entire country went for a walk on the South Downs today in Hawaiian boardshorts and no shirts, with tinny music blasting cheerfully from their phones. 2.…

Fine, eat animals if you must but don’t support factory farming

Some time at the end of 2018, I ate my last piece of bacon. Never again in my life would a piece of delicious fried flesh pass between my lips...and do I have any regrets? Only that I didn't do it sooner. Vegetarianism came to me quite late (I was 28 when I finally made…

Thanks for being one of 200+ people following whalebeings! Here’s some art I made just for you

A few days ago I received a celebratory message from WordPress telling me I'd surpassed 200 followers on my blog after just two months of going live. That's more people than I could shake a stick at! Not that I would ever shake a stick at you of course (side note: this saying comes from…