Life, Writing

View from a Hotel

The hotel we were booked into was one of many guesthouses and B&Bs settled along the Llandudno's picturesque promenade. They sit side-by-side with cheery, welcoming, sometimes humourous names, a terraced line of beckoning hospitality. In the late evening sun, many rows of windows reflect the pastel skies over the sea; people walk dogs on the… Continue reading View from a Hotel

Books, Commentary, Essay (ish), Writing

End Hufflepuff Pride! *

Everybody in the Harry Potter fandom has a Hogwarts House. It's just fandom law at this point, right? The sorting hat ritual within the story is the fundamental beginning of Harry's transition into the world of magic; he (and the other new students) are officially given a place and a role within the school, which… Continue reading End Hufflepuff Pride! *

Life, Mental Health, Self-Development, Writing

Into the Deep Waters to the Maw of the Beast

Trigger Warning: This post is about my experiences with depression. IF YOU ARE STRUGGLING WITH SUICIDAL THOUGHTS OR THINK YOU MIGHT HARM YOURSELF OR OTHERS PLEASE CALL A CRISIS CENTRE, YOUR LOCAL EMERGENCY LINE OR LOCAL MENTAL HEALTH TEAM IMMEDIATELY.  “It seemed to be a sort of monster, or symbol representing a monster, of a… Continue reading Into the Deep Waters to the Maw of the Beast


A Letter to My Husband on our First Anniversary

Dear Husband, This time last year we were preparing for one of the most important days of our lives. I didn't know then, in the midst of my incredible excitement and anticipation, that it would actually be the beginning of a busy and challenging year. I write this on the eve of our Paper Anniversary,… Continue reading A Letter to My Husband on our First Anniversary


The Day the Heat Returned

There are times when I forget and take for granted the everyday conveniences of life, which many before me and living in the same space and time as me, have not had the luxury of owning. For example, whenever I'm sick and just wishing to feel better, I'll promise myself and the Universe around me,… Continue reading The Day the Heat Returned

Books, Life, Uncategorized

Happy 20 Years of Potter!

In which we get nostalgic for the Boy who Lived by talking about the way he changed my life.  I got married in April. That's not the important part. Due to my husband's job, we couldn't get the time for a formal honeymoon. Instead, we only had a weekend. We spent that at the Warner… Continue reading Happy 20 Years of Potter!