I mentioned in a 2014 recap post that I had a short story accepted for publication by a literary magazine. Having been asked by everyone around me, “Are you proud? Because you should be.” I thought that I should let myself really be proud and give it a short post to itself. Preemptive apologies for this festival of self-love. Continue reading

Who You Writing For?

My blogging attempts in 2014 were quite abysmal and though I knew that my input to MittensKittens was minimal, I didn’t feel any nagging motivation to do something about it. Something I read during one of my blog-reading moments was a line somebody included in a post (if this was you, please tell me, I have of course forgotten the source) that basically stated that you’re either writing for other bloggers or for readers in general. That stuck with me.  Continue reading

2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

How to Care for a New Bonsai?


I really love owning little plants. I have since I was a child and we used to go to the annual church fete where I would inevitably purchase a plant for 20 cents from a nun. They always died. See, I don’t have a green thumb at all, not even a tinge of khaki. Try as I might I can’t keep plant life alive.

But this Christmas I received this adorable Bonsai tree as a gift, complete with little ceramic panda for decoration. And I certainly don’t want this tree to die, because as Pete chanted on Round the Twist, “I’m in love I’m in love I’m in love with a tree!” Well, not literally.

So, aside from poring over my little instructions on care sheet the little old Japanese lady provided us with, I’d like to hear some tips from people who’ve grown their own.

Comment below anything you think would be helpful for caring for my own little Bonsai and I’ll be appreciative!

Hope you’ve all had marvelous holidays, I know I did. The ham was plentiful.

Minor Incident, Still Has Consequences

You cannot fully understand something until it has happened to you. Even then, you’ll never be able to exactly replicate another’s experience. It was the end of last week that I came – almost, save for a pane of glass – face to face with a man hellbent on getting his own way. The incident was minor, but it left me thinking about how victims of serious random attacks who continue living their lives are absolute heroes.  Continue reading

Mine By Extension

Obviously, confining cats to one backyard is a chore. I’m not sure if you’ve ever owned a cat, but if you have then it’s pretty clear as soon as they learn to climb the fence that they are going to be spending some time visiting the neighbours you never have. I came home one night at 2am in a taxi and was dropped on the opposite side of the street to my house when I heard a meow; looking over the opposing neighbours fence my cat was crouching, looking extremely guilty. I’ll have none of that “cats-don’t-make-facial-expressions” nonsense. They totally do.  Continue reading

25 Great Pieces of Life Advice From Literature

Originally posted on Flavorwire:

Everyone could use a bit of advice now and then. But what if you’re the type who eschews all human contact and prefers to converse only with characters in your books? Well, er, then even they might not be able to help you. All kidding aside, as any avid reader will know, many of the great works of literature are filled with wisdom, which you could do worse than to take to heart — especially in these back-to-school weeks, a time when a little extra advice can always help. So after the jump you will find a few nuggets of humanhood as doled out by literary (read: fictional!) characters who know a thing or two. Don’t see your favorite on here? Add it to the common pool of wisdom in the comments.

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When Life Mimics Comedy

Today, I saw a moth in the bath and with a start, I realised I should go and get my camera to take a photo. I simply wanted to post a photo of a moth in a bath so I could use the IT Crowd’s joke, “Trapped! Like a moth, in a bath.” as the caption to garner a few laughs. Moss goes on to suggest that moths could use tiny ladders to escape baths.

Unfortunately, in my time again, the moth then subsequently drowned before I could even leave to get my phone and I couldn’t help but realise that the moth would have survived if he had of in fact, had a ladder.

(This actually happened in January, but it’s been so long since I posted anything for ya’ll that I thought I’d bring this up on here. It’s probably the best thing that ever happened to me. Though, not the best thing for the moth.)

Hope you’ve all been mighty fine.