I’ve come down with something. An illness. I’m heavy footed, easily distracted, my brain feels like it’s stuffed to the brim with cotton wool and I’m walking around in a cloud of confusion. I don’t know where I caught it from or how to get rid of it.
This writers block, it is occurring to me, is a lot like the flu.
So I’m waiting for this bout of writers illness to pass and while I’m not creating anything even slightly note-worthy (apart from my grocery list but that’s not exactly a riveting read, or even a page turner. Literally) I thought why not share the intriguing and artistic magic created by those who obviously aren’t suffering.
Social media and the internet are contantly bombarding me with links, videos, articles ect ect and I spend so much time (more than I’m willing to admit) trawling through the internet ingesting such things.
This will be a weekly column where I will list a few of the worldly wonderful interviews, riveting reads, emotion-evoking videos and my general favs of the week.
(and if you don’t believe I’m suffering from writers block I think my title is as legit as any medical certificate)
I’m not sure where it originated from but yesterday I this video shared by ‘Upworthy’ was doing the viral rounds on Facebook. It gave me goose bumps. If you only watch only one video today (seriously who can stop at one? They are like m&ms) – watch this one.
Love has no labels or limits. Love is love
- (Audio) Books
It’s only in the last few months that I have become a podcast convert. A podcast lover. Something I never thought I would be. It’s kind of like how I used to self righteously proclaim to anyone who would listen that I would NEVER read a book on one of those fan-dangle kindle thing-a-ma-jigs. It’s just not the same. It’s not authentic. It’s not right. Now not only do I have more books than I can count stored on my iPad, I actually haven’t read a hard copy novel in months. Oh how the high and mighty have fallen.
One night I was getting frustrated at my tired, heavy eyes for betraying me (I wasn’t ready to put my
book iPad down) so I decided to download an audio book.
Annnnd I love it. Essentially I can read a book without giving up my eyes and hands. I can wash up and read. I can drive and read. I can complete my morning cardio, while you guessed it – reading!
As a self confessed book whore this is an extremely exciting development.
(On a slightly pointless side note: I refuse to read magazine’s on my iPad. A glossy is a glossy. Its magic is in its actual physical copy. Just a small pointless fact which makes me feel a little better about my aforementioned betrayal.)
- Get behind…
As International Women’s Day draws closer it gives the nation a chance to really reflect on where we are at with gender equality.
HeForShe is a movement for gender equality that aims to “bring together one half of humanity in support of the other half of humanity, for the benefit of all”.
UN Women started this campaign in hopes to encourage and involve men in taking action against inequalities faced by women and girls all over the world. You can share this link (http://www.heforshe.org) with your dad, boyfriend group of male friends, or more broadly on your Facebook and Twitter.
In my endeavour to become a writer and like those women I admire in the literary and media world, I’ve been doing a lot of ‘research’. One website I am loving this week is journalist and author, Sarah Ayoub’s.
(you can find her blog here: http://sarahayoub.com)
It’s her little space on the world wide web where she shares her writing, tips and tricks as well as her interviews with other authors. I love her writing style and the website is sparkly yet it’s not an eye-sore, it’s elegant in a way the reminds me of a bubbly champagne (Mmmm a glass of friday champagne…).
That’s it for my first ‘Fangirl Friday’, feel free to comment below on any really-freaking-awesome things you’ve come across this week. Or let me know what you think of the ones I mentioned. Enjoy your weekend!