I’m Glad My Mom Died: A Book Review of Jennette McCurdy’s Masterpiece
It’s been just over a month since Jennette McCurdy’s book ‘I’m Glad My Mom Died’ was released, and I don’t think it’s been talked about enough. I honestly think that there are a few reasons for this, not the least of which is that this book is hard to read. The book contains references to mental illness, psychological and sexual abuse, and is genuinely uncomfortable in its bluntness at times. But it is also a genuinely unforgettable read.
The story of Lucky Penny is one that maybe a lot of people wouldn't want to hear. Most stories about dogs are about how good they are - Red Dog, Bolt, A Dog's Purpose - all movies about man's best friend. But this story about Lucky Penny challenges our ideas of what makes a 'good dog'. My partner has referred to her as 'one of those dogs that you just know would drink from the toilet bowl'. I couldn't agree more.
The Consequences of Oxygen Deprivation and the Existential Crises that Occur After Being Adrift in Space for Far Too Long
Nobody can hear a scream in the vacuum of space, or so they say. What am I talking about? I know that nobody can hear a scream in the vacuum of space - I'm in the vacuum of space and I have been screaming for what feels like enough time for the universe to implode and then explode back out again. Big bang, number two. That would be fantastic right now, really. Just my luck if the universe came to a halt with its incessant expanding and began the process all over again.
the Somerton Man has been identified and i'm still unsure what to think about it
The mysterious case of the Somerton Man has captured the imaginations of millions of people worldwide with its fascinating twists and turns for decades and, following the increase in internet interest and advances in DNA testing, the case may have finally been solved. Honestly, this case has everything: an unidentified man, a baffling note, the suggestion of links to secret-agent assassination. It's a case that has been left unsolved for 70 years and now it's looking like we might get the answers we were looking for - starting with the man's name.
Hello, Hello, Hello
A little while ago - as in, probably too long ago to still be thinking about it - I read a postmodernist novel called Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert. The point of mentioning this book here is not to discuss the plot, but there is a concept that is impressed upon the readers of the book that has stayed with me since I read it and this is the concept of a mediocre life.
Tiktok is starting to make me think I have undiagnosed ADHD
I, like everyone my (undisclosed) age, downloaded Tiktok as a bit of a joke. It was something that people younger than me were into and the general concensus was that it was a little weird dancing to pop songs and posting the videos unsolicited on the clock app. Now, like a lot of people (I assume), I have a mild addiction to watching the quirky 30 second videos that I can scroll through on my phone. Sure, the dancing videos can be a little cringey, but it's all in good fun. I don't make any content, so I'm not here to judge anyone else.
There weren't always dragons in the Valley. There weren't always dragons. But there was always the Valley. The Elders told tales of the old world beyond the buried cave at the base of the Valley. The old world where all of the creatures of this world first crawled through. From the pit of darkness that we scuttled and slid from on our battered hands and knees until we came to this world of our salvation.
- Runner-Up in Mother's Day Confessions Challenge
An Open Letter to Share My RegretRunner-Up in Mother's Day Confessions Challenge
Dear Mum, I don't have a secret for you. I never kept anything from you except maybe - I never snuck out of the house to meet a boy - although, I planned how I would do it if I could. I never drank anything but water and cordial. Not until 6 months after I legally could did I ever take even a sip. Even soft drink that you didn't approve, I stayed away from, I trusted your judgement. I never let anyone pressure me into anything. I never did any of the "bad" things.
The Emotional Stages of Moving Interstate
Moving south to a regional area has been a goal of mine for years. My hometown isn't a big city, and it's not near a big city, but living in a big city was never the goal. The goal was to move away to somewhere like my home town that was also just not my hometown.