I think a good way to tell if you care about Christmas is if you have a loving family (of birth or chosen) to share it with. Christmas is supposedly the time you spend with your loved ones. So that’s probably why I stopped caring about Christmas a while ago. However. Last year, something happened that drastically changed my relationship with one side of my family. Being a child of divorce, it’s never been strange to me that Christmas has always been a segregated affair for me. Christmas Eve, Day and Boxing Day was spent with my mum’s side, while…


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In case you’ve been living under some form of rock over the past decade, I’ll be generous and explain. Jenna Marbles is a YouTuber/entertainer who is something of a long runner of the channel, known for her whimsical humour and weird content. Or at least, she was. Last week, Jenna Marbles released a video entitled “A Message”, announcing that she was retiring — perhaps permanently — from YouTube, thanks to allegations over her past videos being problematic. Like many, I was very upset by the news. Jenna Marbles is a figure who has been held up numerous times as being…


I lie beneath him, my body cold and stiff. My legs are inert, arms thrown above my head. The ‘special’ underwear I purchased only a few weeks ago doesn’t feel so sexy and special now - they feel like cheap wrappings. Disposable, to be ripped and thrown away. Did he see through my façade from the start, or does he only notice what lies right under him? He smiles at me, a lopsided grin that I once found charming, yet now there’s something in it that chills me to my core. A canine tooth pokes his bottom lip. He is…


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From an early age, I wanted to be a writer. I knew this because I was always writing stories, first in my own head and then on paper. People would call me a daydreamer, say I was away with the fairies, my head in the clouds. It seemed like I was always in two places at once, the present and playing the narrator. I obsessively haunt bookshops and libraries, trying to find my next amazing book to read, to get inspiration for more stories and ideas. It seemed only natural to me that I try to make a career out…


“You’re lonely,” he said.

Thelma jumped, startled. She might not have even heard his voice over the thumping dance music, but it was just at that moment where there was a temporary lull between songs. He stood nearby, his head slightly tilted. Thelma glanced behind her, his words ricocheting in her mind — she wasn’t sure what was more surprising, what he’d said or that he’d noticed and bothered to relay this observation to her at all. He was good looking, tall and thin with artfully spiky hair, but something about him struck her as unsettling. …


In recent years, Autism Spectrum Disorder has been given more and more spotlight in the world of Mental Health and emerged in mainstream media. However, even with these leaps and strides towards understanding the condition, there’s still a long way to go before we know exactly what we’re dealing with. So, here are some things I have learned after being officially diagnosed:

  1. It is perfectly fine to know your own limits.

By this, I don’t mean that you should give up on doing things because you or other people don’t think you can do it. But what it does mean…

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