On depression and creativity

Depressed person thinking. Photo by StuartMiles/Freerange Stock.

Earlier this month, Sydney-based professional dancer and YouTuber Damian Parker, aka HeyoDamo, posted a vlog he describes as “a mildly light hearted look at a very serious issue”. It’s basically a visual representation of his personal experience with depression and you can watch it below. (Damo is quite fond of profanities though, so don’t watch […]

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October 23rd, 2016

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Libraries and why they matter

Why libraries? Photo by Tom Grandy / Freerange Stock.

One of the best things my parents ever did for me was to read to me. Despite not being voracious readers themselves, they still recognised how important it was for me. Another wonderful gift they gave me was to take me to the library every three weeks. It cemented my love of books and stories, […]

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August 28th, 2016

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Fish Live in Trees, animated flash fiction

Fish Live in Trees (created with Plotagon)

A few years ago, I was going through my old notebooks from primary school when I found the words “Did you know that fish live in trees?” printed at the top of one of the pages. I would’ve been about Year 5 (aged 9 or 10) when I wrote that down, so I can’t be […]

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On coffee and writing

On coffee and writing

I’ve often seen a writer defined (on the interwebz) as someone who turns caffeine into words. For a long time, I couldn’t relate to this. I drank coffee as often as I drank alcohol, which was virtually never. I hated the bitter taste. I also rarely drank energy drinks because doing so gave me what […]

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May 30th, 2016

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Wearing my heart on my sleeve

Stack of books, rose, ink pot and quill tattoo by Dayne

I say words to this effect a lot, but I’ve been pretty poor with my blogging commitments lately. Although I have been ghostwriting blog posts for clients, so it hasn’t been a complete productivity fail. In terms of my actual writing, I’ve mainly been trying to get my novel ready for submission. I made some […]

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April 21st, 2016

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Talking about self-harm and self-injury #SIAD

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A little over a year ago — in the lead-up to Self-Injury Awareness Day (March 1) — I wrote a blog post called Breaking the silence on self-injury. In February this year, I was asked by some of my classmates about the meaning of the orange awareness ribbon tattooed on my wrist. It was the […]

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March 1st, 2016

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Goodbye 2015, hello 2016!

It's 2016! Happy New Year!

If you’re reading this, you’ve made it into 2016. Here’s to happiness and exciting new beginnings. 🙂 My 2015 in review Despite falling into a bit of a holiday depression towards the end of the year, 2015 was actually pretty good to me — particularly from a writing perspective. I finished the first draft of […]

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Fighting depression during the holiday season

The festive season can be depressing. Photo by Adamophoto/Freerange Stock.

It’s called the festive season, and you go around saying things like “Merry Christmas” and “Happy Holidays” to each other. But the truth is, the holidays can be downright depressing, even if you’re not clinically depressed. And to make matters worse, you’re expected to plaster a smile on your face for days at a time […]

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December 22nd, 2015

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10 thoughts on Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie poster

As you’ve probably heard, Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens just came out. As a Star Wars fan who went by the pseudonym Kenobi in high school and now has Princess Leia tattooed on her thigh, I was counting down the days until I finally got to see this highly anticipated movie at […]

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December 17th, 2015

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