The Space Between | Writing Update

Hello, it’s been a while!

If you’ve been around a little while you may have seen me mention a project called Mouse. Mouse was a verse novel I started working on around this time last year when my agoraphobia and depression were at their worst. Well, we’re now only 25 days away from the official publication day of Mouse, now called The Space Between!

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It’s been months but I still can’t quite believe it’s being published, especially by a publisher I adore so much. Little Island Books were my very first choice, my dream publisher, so even the fact that they liked my manuscript still baffles me!

I filled this book with everything that I had. It got me through being housebound with agoraphobia, anxiety and depression. It gave me somewhere to go when I disassociated. It gave me the words to open up to the people in my life about what was happening. Writing this story, Beth’s story, helped me work my way through my own and I am so, so proud of it.

It is also very gay, which makes me very happy.

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I’m so excited, so nervous and so happy that my little book baby will be out in the world soon.

If you’d like to pre-order The Space Between you can do so here or here.

If you want to add it on goodreads, here you go!

Meg

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Today (A Diary Poem)

Today

was nice

Today was fog

and ice and

“I smell snow”

Today

was pulling the tags

off brand new slippers

Pink pajamas with

buttons

Home-made

peanut butter cups

and tea

Today was cold

Today was blankets

and extra socks

(fuzzy socks)

and red noses

Today was tears

smeared on glasses

Ice standing

little pillars

like people

on the fence

building up up up

a tiny world

Today was Team Jess

Team Logan

Team Jess

and holding hands

tight

when everything

means extra

Today was grey and

silver

“Here is slippy-”

white and

sparkling

“- Be careful”

Today

was nice

 

Make Yourself Proud | Writing Update

Hello again!

So, if you’ve been around a while you’ve probably seen me mention Mouse. Mouse is a novel I decided to work on earlier this year that then completely took over my life. Actually, I guess I kind of handed my life to it and oh thank goodness it was completely worth it. I’ve now finished Mouse. Finished! It went from a vague idea to four whole packs of sticky notes covering the windows to a messy as all heck google doc to a full on manuscript and I still kind of can’t believe I actually did it.

It was tough, my brain isn’t the most consistent or hospitable at the best of times but we rallied and I genuinely think Mouse has helped me and my mind-quirks learn to cohabitate a whole lot better. I feel so proud of Mouse and of myself and it’s the first time in a  while I feel completely Myself.

Which is good, because I’m now in entirely new territory taking a terrifying step that I didn’t actually think I’d reach. I’m working on making Mouse a thing. A thing that people could read and like or love or hate or put on a shelf and forget about. Right now Mouse is off with the lit agency of my dreams and I’m refreshing my email like it controls the air supply. I’m ready for the rejection letters and I’m ready to take notes and make changes. I thought it would be more nerve-wracking, to be honest. I usually fear failure to a ridiculous degree but with this, I feel like I can’t fail because (prepare for cheese) I’ve already won. I wrote a whole novel! In verse! A whole (maybe someday fingers crossed) book! My brain that regularly shuts down and hides managed to write a whole book. A book I’m proud of no less. I thought I would hide it away and keep it safe from anyone that could read and criticise it but instead, I want it to be read! I want opinions and notes and I want it to be the best it can be and oh my giddy, giddy aunt does it feel amazing.

I’ll keep you updated on Mouse’s journey, no doubt it’s going to be a long and rejection filled one but it’s one I’m finally ready for.

Meg

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Mermaid Thingamabooks

One of my biggest, most consuming fears is a heart-stopping, spine-tingling fear of water. As a kid I loved the sea, for a while we lived on the coast and I was completely infatuated with the ocean. I watched The Little Mermaid (and the sequel which I obsessed over and am now scared to watch in case it sucks) on a loop and dreamed of being brave enough to travel and see all of the weird and wonderful things hiding down there. But as I got older a major fear started growing. I felt it starting and developing, getting bigger and darker. Soon I couldn’t even really look at large bodies of water, boats made me want to throw up and hide under my bed and bridges were completely out of the question. I can’t even watch underwater scenes on screen without my chest starting to cave in on itself. While I’ve been assured that it’s a pretty standard effect of my strange little brand of anxiety I absolutely hate it. Aquariums? Nope. Driving close to a river? Nope. Titanic? Literally shut the hell up oh my gosh.

But besides the shaking and dizziness and chest-caving-in-feeling there is one ocean-related thing that not even the worst panic attack has been able to crack my love for. Mermaids.

I love mermaids. I love the cute ones and the evil ones and the lure-men-to-their-death ones. Mermaids are cool.

I love mermaids so much that I  have a whole wishlist of just mermaid related books. Yep. They range from kids books to YA love stories to mermaid mythology so I thought today I would share some of them with you!

The Tail of Emily Windsnap

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This is the first in a middle-grade series about a girl who has lived most of her life on a boat but never in the water. When she decides to learn to swim she discovers why her mother has kept her from the ocean her whole life. Spoiler alert: she’s a mermaid.

Every Emily Windsnap book is absolutely stunning and they sound like so much fun! I’m determined to read them all, I definitely would have swooned over this series when I was younger.

Mermaids: The Myths, Legends and Lore

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This had the potential to be a total cover buy because the second I saw it I NEEDED it. But it also sounds like a really interesting read that studies the mermaid lore of lots of different cultures.

This one is at the tippy-top of my wishlist!

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Lorali first caught my attention because the character’s names are Lorali and Rory and I am Gimore Girls trash through and through. But it also sounds like a really fun, unique read. Lorali is a mermaid who has washed up on a beach in the UK and found that it isn’t all beauty and fairytales. It promises mermaid royalty, pirates and little bit of punk and that sounds like everything I could ever want in a book.

You can see the rest of my mermaid-y wishlist (all 20!) here!

If you know of any I should add to my list please let me know!

Meg

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Bookish Wish List

This morning didn’t exactly go to plan. Instead of productivity and a trip to the secondhand bookstore I ended up with a raging headache, a mini panic attack and a lot of free time. I don’t know about you but when I’m feeling down there’s only one thing to do: waste hours and hours looking at all of the cute stuff I can’t have! Here are some of the adorable bookish things I’ve had heart-eyes for this morning.

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Archive Got the Power Dress | Modcloth

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Mermaid for Each Other Bookends | Modcloth (Photo Credit)

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Bookish Throw Pillows | BookWorm Boutique

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Wall Tapestry | Bookworm Boutique

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The Restricted Section – Harry Potter Inspired Candle | The Melting Library

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Peter Pan Locket | MalteseMagpi

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Unicorns: The Myths, Legends & Lore | Book Depository

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Just Read mug | Evie Seo

Meg

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What I’ve Been Reading | Week 5

This weeks wrap up is going to have a looong intro, you’ve been warned!

To anyone who doesn’t live in my cute little house this week would have seemed completely unremarkable. But if you were to look a little closer you’d see that this week might have been the most remarkable thanks to a lot of little seemingly-unremarkable but actually extremely remarkable things. This week I pushed myself to my very limits and found out something pretty unexpected: they’re a lot further than I thought.

My puppy, George, has changed my life so much it’s hard to believe he’s only been here a few months. When we first got him I could barely take him out to pee without panicking but as the weeks went on and I fell more and more in love with that tiny ginger face everything got easier and easier. I could take him out to pee then I could take him to the end of our lane then to the end of the next lane then all the way down our sweet little estate. As he grew and needed to go farther I grew and learned that I could do it for him. Then this week arrived and brought a new challenge, could I do it without him? While he was off at his puppy group (they go to forests and beaches and play together it’s adorable) I did something I haven’t done in months.

I went out alone.

It was terrifying, I shook a lot and forgot how lungs are supposed to work a couple of times but I did it. I made it all the way to my favourite coffee place then my latte and I camped out in the bookshop until my nerves had calmed enough to walk home. I did it. When George came home we both passed out on the couch for an hour or two, entirely tuckered.

I left the house alone twice more this week, going further each time. It’s been difficult and exhausting but I did it. And of course, books helped!

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51TgWSjAtOLEverytime I left the house I listened to an audiobook the whole time, it gave me something to focus on when oxygen and gravity were being elusive and wonky. The book I’ve been listening to is The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks and oh my goodness I love it.

I’ve been completely addicted to the show The Shannara Chronicles and haven’t been able to get my hands on the books but I’m actually a little glad because the audiobook is wonderful. It’s so immersive, the fast paced story is completely captivating and the world is one of the most interesting I’ve come across.

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Yep, I’m still reading Outlander.

I’ve been trudging my my way through this book for weeks but after a little break last week I actually made some progress over the last few days. Miraculous, I know.

I’m now half way through and have developed an overwhelming need to protect Jamie. After hating Frank so much I’m genuinely enjoying learning more about Jamie, he’s a wonderful character. The history is really interesting and I’m liking Claire more and more so there’s hope yet!

new.png513Cj5dTxWL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_ With a high fantasy audiobook and the beast that is Outlander on the go I felt like I needed something light, fluffy and easy to turn to when my brain just needed to chill for a while. So I’ve been reading Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer. The premise of the book is a lot of fun, what if the characters in books kept on living their lives after you closed the book? And what if you fell in love with one of them?

It’s a light YA read that is a little trope-y and a tad too cringey here and there but had I read it as a 14 year old I would have been obsessed.

So that’s what I’ve been reading this week! If you missed last week’s January wrap up you can see that here.

What have you been reading this week?

Meg

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A Bookish Day in Derry

I love where I live more than I ever thought possible. Moving here was a desperate sleep deprived at 5am decision but remains one of the best we’ve ever made. So much has improved so drastically and the things that couldn’t be fixed so easily now actually have a chance. There’s only one problem with this beautiful little town…a devastating lack of bookshops.

We have two small and under-stocked newsagent type book shops that I’m super grateful for but I miss that bookshop feel. The smell, the quiet and the comfort. I could spend all day in a bookshop, which is saying a lot considering how little I leave the house!

Recently our very best bestie bean Weezy came to visit for the weekend and we went on an adventure to Derry. Derry is only 20 or so minutes from my town but I’d never been before so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Turns out Derry is pretty great, it’s a lovely city with an absolute ton of cool antique and vintage shops, gorgeous architecture and bookshops so cute you’d move in if they’d let you. My anxiety makes new places difficult and I get very stressed very easily but the little city had such a friendly feeling and warm atmosphere that I was able to really enjoy myself.

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The first bookshop we visited was called Foyle Books and was in the cuter-than-you-can-even-imagine craft village. Every inch of every wall was covered in books and the floor was scattered with boxes that held even more. The shelves were so high that the tops shelves were just a blur to tiny 5-foot-nothing me!

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The next bookshop was called Little Acorns and it might be the most adorable one I’ve ever set foot in. It takes up one big corner of The Yellow Yard, a shop that has everything you never knew you needed like eclectic old records, bright yellow type-writers and old fur coats. It was full to the brim, practically overflowing with new and old books, bookish gifts and art. The kids section was covered in twinkling fairy lights and so full of colour I imagine one glance would brighten even the grumpiest of grumps.

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We popped into the gigantic Easons and Primark too and I picked up a couple of books I didn’t need and a pair of very sparkly shoes I definitely didn’t need.

If you want to see more of our bookish day in Derry it’s all in my new video!

Meg

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