You Are Loved – A Short Story     – Creative Writing Ink Prompt January 11th You Are Loved “Do we really need to do this?” I groaned, glancing up at the team leader. She looked down at me with a sympathetic smile, but there was a certain hardness to her eyes that told me that not participating isn’t an option. “Come on, Luke. It’s really not that hard.” She scanned the list of ‘positive messages’ beside me that we were given upon arrival. Probably to make it easier for cynics like me. “How about ‘I like your smile’?” I threw her an ‘are you kidding me?’ look … Continue reading You Are Loved – A Short Story

Essay Writing Tips and Tricks

Soon I will be going into the second semester of my second year at university. Throughout my time of studying, I’ve had plenty to reflect on what works well and what does not in terms of preparing/writing assignments. As a disclaimer, though, I must mention that I’m still learning myself and I am obviously not qualified to say that this blog post will guarantee you success, and that I have spent many a night frantically writing an assignment the day before the due date. I still do (some people never learn). But all the following tips and tricks are things … Continue reading Essay Writing Tips and Tricks

A To Z Bookish Survey

I found this book tag over on The Perpetual Page-Turner’s blog ( ) and thought it might be fun to answer the questions myself, as I’m certainly someone who enjoys reading and writing these kind of blog posts. Author you’ve read the most books from: As I’m more someone who reads books based on its own merit rather than because of who wrote it, the only author I can think of is J.K. Rowling. I’ve read all seven Harry Potter books at least seven times. Best sequel ever: I’m not really sure it classified as a sequel, it’s more of … Continue reading A To Z Bookish Survey

‘Ruby’ – A Short Story

She was young, but she carried a seductive aura of intensity that added years to her age. She had been walking the streets when he first met her. He had been with his wife, of all people. They saw her on the way back from the bar, baby faced and barely fifteen. She had been with a few other girls, older girls. She carried the same tired expression as her companions, except their hollow-cheeked faces were more firmly lined with a deep-rooted misery than hers. Her ghostly blue, deep-set eyes stirred something inside him, and he believed that she could … Continue reading ‘Ruby’ – A Short Story


It was okay. Honestly, it wasn’t mind blowing, but it wasn’t bad. Not a sparkling review, but truthfully the book really didn’t sparkle for me. As a big fan of her other popular novel, Jeanne Ryan’s Charisma held a lot of promise for me. I was intrigued by the premise (a drug given to boost a person’s charm and confidence), and as I already knew I like the style in which the author writes, I thought this book would be a winner. In fact, when reading it I even became quite invested in where the story would go, until about … Continue reading CHARISMA – A Review

Books I’ve Read in 2017

At the start of this year, I set myself a 2017 reading challenge on goodreads to read 60 books this year. I don’t know why, but I thought I’d smash that, easily. Anyway, I didn’t. I read 51/60. So close yet so far. My new years resolution for 2018 is definitely to read more books (academically and for pleasure), but whether I increase my target of 60 is another matter. To reminisce on this past year, I thought it’d be fun to make a list of the books I read, and the star rating I awarded it! ★★★★★ FIVE STAR … Continue reading Books I’ve Read in 2017


Hi, I hope you all had a great Christmas! I spent mine mainly with my family whilst juggling assignment writing (always fun). However, I did find time to read for pleasure, too, so Christmas felt like Christmas. One of the books I had received was It Gets Worse by Shane Dawson, which I was EXCEPTIONALLY eager to read straight away. So I did. As most of you surely know, Shane Dawson is a very successful YouTube personality who currently has 11 million subscribers, a count that only ever goes up. Although I’ve always been aware of who he is, until … Continue reading IT GETS WORSE – A Review