Monday, 9 November 2015

My Reading Taste | Listography

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I'm gearing myself up for a quiet evening in, complete with Dexter season 2 (gotta get that annual re-watch in) and a big bowl of soup, but I thought I would come on here, a day later than my usual Wednesday and Sunday schedule, and share with you a list, a brain fart if you will, of my reading taste. This post was inspired by Vanessa at chboskyy - subscribe to her because she's great. These are some of the things that draw me to books - leave me your list in the comments below so I can see if I missed anything out! Also, feel free to leave me recommendations based on the following requirements. 

roadtrips - long, descriptive, road trips
post-apocalyptic worlds far removed from my own
anything post-apocalyptic, actually
Gothic tales of misty moors and weather-beaten people
oblique short stories 
difficult or taboo subjects
fucked up female protagonists
fucked up protagonists, in general
poems by the sea 
anything dark and brooding 
patti smith, just...yeah
books that look at mental health
tales of the South
magical realism, on occasion
intense platonic friendships
coming of age tales with witty little bastards at the helm
the forest as the home
sibling bonds
bold and bright trade paperbacks
serial killers, psychopaths and sociopaths
women that don't want anyone's help
books that look at identity and 'the self'
characters in remote places
'make u think' poetry
big books that chart a characters lifetime
thrillers that are actually good
mixed media or contemporary forms
narratives about grief that make me cri evrytiem

What does your reading taste look like? 

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Thursday, 5 November 2015

The Butterfly House | Adventures with Bee

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My Mum is obsessed with butterflies to the point where it's sort of unnerving. Much to my disdain, Mum had a couple of vouchers for the North Somerset Butterfly House to use up and so, on the last day of the season, an hour before closing, we decided to spend an hour at the 'secret paradise in the heart of the Westcountry'....might use that in my Twitter bio. 

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I say 'much to my disdain' because, if I'm honest, my experiences of butterfly houses prior to this one hadn't been particularly positive. Around five years ago, on our way back from a Spandau Ballet gig, Mum insisted that we stop off at the UK's largest butterfly farm in Stratford-upon-Avon and, my God, it was terrifying! Butterflies are beautiful, sure, tranquil, yes, but when they're flying at you, or sat on you, in large volumes they're the worst. Long story short, it was all too much and my best friend and I will never forget clinging onto one another screaming, bleary-eyed, in the middle of a boiling hot conservatory. Thankfully, my experience at this particularly butterfly house was much more chilled out. 

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Bar a couple of families here and there, we had full reign of the place. We sat on benches (big thumbs up to attractions with a good share of benches) and watched the butterflies feed on rotting bananas, noting how Christmas-present-ribbon-like their tongues are. There was a great selection of butterflies - lots of different shapes, colours and sizes - all equally fascinating. The terrapins were also a great source of entertainment - snapping at one another whenever they had the chance. There were also a few stick insects to look at (as seen above). Having been likened to a stick insect on many occasion, thanks lanky frame, it was weird to see them right in front of me. Elusive stick-like bastards! Mum was, admittedly, a little upset that none of the butterflies landed on her, unlike at Stratford, but we both agreed that it was wonderfully peaceful. You could definitely take a notebook in there and sit and write for a while if you could stand the heat. 

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After sweating out my body weight, we decided to pick ourselves up and head home (but not before picking up The Very Hungry Caterpillar bookmarks for 50p each in the gift shop - what a snip!!!). The Butterfly House is now closed until March 2016 but I would recommend it to those in the immediate area, particularly those with littles. It's small but it was still enjoyable and there's a café next door that I am told does really good cake. What more do you want?! 

What adventures have you been on recently? Check out some of my other adventures with Bee.


Sunday, 1 November 2015

20 Creative Prompts for creative writing, photography, art & blog posts: November 2015 | Creativity with Bee

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I don't want to jump the gun, as it were, but I am currently in such a good place creatively. The other morning I wrote and submitted two poems to Severine, an online literary and art journal, on the topic of wanderlust. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that one of my submissions ends up in the finished issue. If you'd like to submit your own art / poetry / creative non-fiction / short fiction, head over to their website for more information! 

As if that wasn't enough spontaneity for one week, I decided the following day to write a poem to submit to The Poetry Society's National Poetry Competition - despite the fact that I only had a couple of days left to do so. I have no idea what possessed me but I sat at my laptop and transformed an old poem of mine (an ode to Robert Smith nonetheless) into something completely new and something that I felt worthy of recognition  -- even if it's just me recognising that I can write and it's what I want to do until I'm six feet under. I felt horrendous the following day - my joints ached,  my cognitive abilities were non-existent and I could barely move - but I'm proud of myself for taking part. November will, hopefully, be another creatively productive month. I was intending to do Nanowrimo to make progress on my post-apocalyptic collection of prose and poetry but I'm actually leaning towards using the month to create some sort of poetry chapbook. The other morning I woke up thinking in poetry and I want to monopolize on that. We'll see - maybe I'll work on both. If you're thinking about participating in Nanowrimo, or just thinking about beginning a new creative project, you should watch Leena's video on finally giving a fuck. Let me know what projects you're currently working on below! 

If you're new here, you may not know that I have a creative prompt series where every month I share some words or ideas to help inspire your future creative works. These prompts are extremely vague for a reason; I want you to be able to use them for whatever you see fit: for stories, pieces of art, a series of photographs, ideas for blog posts, whatever takes your fancy! Take them literally or have a bit of fun with them. It's up to you. 

20 CREATIVE PROMPTS  for creative writing, blog posts, photography & art 

1  firework                                                                                    11•  onwards
2•  toothpaste                                                                                12•  rust 
3•  leaf                                                                                             13   beep
4  brainwashed                                                                           14   ability
5  blind                                                                                          15•  heritage
6  windows                                                                                   16•  body 
7•  picnic                                                                                        17•  laughter
8•  ache                                                                                          18•  cradle
9•  privilege                                                                                   19•  wallpaper
10•  dull                                                                                         20•  stop 

Will you be using any of this month's prompts? What projects are you working on lately?

Why not check out my other posts on creativity?


Wednesday, 28 October 2015

H is for Happy: Things That Make Me Happy | Listography

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quiet mornings 
introducing friends to tv shows i adore & them loving them back
jam on toast cut into quarters
thinking in poetry
paisley, always
comic book panels
california nights 
spontaneously rising to the challenge
going with my gut instinct and it being the right call
days where my passion is 10x stronger than my fear
'hello darkness, my old friend
lets play videos 
best friends who go out of their way for our friendship 
woody's soft little ears
when titles, or lines and such, find me 
reading sylvia to celebrate her birthday
out of the blue catch up texts
open windows
submitting work I feel proud of 
those fleeting moments where I allow myself to dream or aspire
putting pen to paper

H is for Happy is my long running blog series that houses list upon list of the things that make me happy. 

What things have made you feel happy today? 

Read through my H is for Happy archive.