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The Empty Boat Down Ternham Way
I've always preferred running outdoors. It gives you the feeling of going somewhere, even if it's nowhere in particular. You secretly hope to discover something new. There's a canal that cuts through Ternham way. It's fringed by far reaching trees that seem to peer at their own liquid reflections when the water's still, even as they move with the breeze. The dirt path lining it was the perfect running route.
The Island, the Notebook and the Dead Man's Jacket
Day 1: So...not sure how to start this really. 'Dear Diary' feels like some little girl wrote it and 'Dear whoever's reading this, 'cos if I didn't give it to you you've probably tripped over my corpse already', feels excessive. I'll just write then. Nothing else to do. I hope I won't regret picking you. I'm talking to this book here in my hands by the way. Don't know if I'm much of a writer but I'll give it my best shot. Guess I should explain myself a bit.
The Badass Queen Playlist
So you might have seen my other playlist that was about boycotting Valentine's Day by focusing on yourself in a feel good way. Well, this playlist is all about showing your middle finger to the whole institution by finding power in your singledom. And whilst I know the guys have their own problems and pressures associated with this dreaded day, this one goes out specifically to my ladies. To remind you that YOU are the main character. YOU are the badass queen of your kingdom.
The Welcome to Dating Yourself Playlist
We all know that Valentine's day was a holiday invented by a card company (Hallmark). OK maybe not invented per se, but certainly pushed by them for profit. Nonetheless so many of us are drawn in by the red heart promise of romance or at least chocolate that it affords us. I am not innocent, I pandered to it just like everyone else, in what I reassured myself was a more relaxed and nonchalant way. But it's happened, my first single Valentine's day in over 2 years, no longer a day I'll be acknowledging.
The Breakup that Finally Made Me Get Help
I'll start by saying that this was not an easy article for me to write and it took me some time to work up the courage. In the end I felt like the struggles I am facing should be talked about, because it's a story many might relate to in secret. Maybe by sharing my own journey and showcasing my demons, I can inspire those who need it, to confront their own mental health issues too. This article is about a fresh start, something accessible to us all and something that comes first from looking inwards.
The Owl's Warning to the Lovers
An owl hooted as if to warn me of something. The sound of it echoed in my mind a moment after. It seemed to melt into the dusk that was quickly descending, as if to call back the fading light or else hurry it on. I looked around, from dappled branch to canopy, wondering if I might be able to catch a glimpse of this most elusive of birds. What kind of owl would it be? A barn owl perhaps or...Who was I kidding? As if I'd ever seen one before, let alone distinguished between the types.
DON'T Prove Them Wrong. Prove Yourself RIGHT
My dad is a very wise man. He's taught me , in essence, everything I know about discipline and pursuing success. Something that really made an impact on me was a comment he made just recently. It was something I felt worth sharing, because it was in response to a mindset so common among those of us pursuing our goals. This applies to any challenge you may face in life, anything you set out to achieve. It targets the cornerstone of a lot of motivational material out there.
Dear Lockdown, Thank you for Saving my Life
Dear Lockdown, I must admit that when I first heard about you, my instinct and reaction was fear. I felt it in the pit of my stomach then rise up into my throat. But that fear was more centered on what brought you to us, the ferryman of death, Covid-19. You were but a passenger, you yourself, I didn't fear necessarily. In truth I didn't really know what to think, but I decided that if I had any choice in the matter, I would try to make you a friend instead of a foe.