Selfies are gratuitous and shameless This post is part of my efforts to answer the following question: how honest should I be about my chronic illness? I am already aware that the answer to this question is varied and depends almost entirely on which individual I’m dealing with at any given time. For example, you … Continue reading Chronic Illness: How Honest is Too Honest?
Pictured: Me, at my Masters graduation recently. Proof of my achievements and my good moods. Spoiler alert: this title is ridiculous and of course, not true. Except that it is. Well, maybe a little. (FYI anyone else out there who is disabled/chronically ill, please tell me you get where I’m going with this). Anyone who … Continue reading Does Chronic Illness Make Me A Bad Person?
Ted was walking home after his shift at the pub late one night when he found it. Lying next to the dirt road was ancient, battered wooden chest that was on its side, the lid open. Curiosity got the better of his tired mind which was still full of the sounds of drunken laughter, and … Continue reading Untitled (Deliberately) Bad Fantasy Short Story
Peeking over my laptop in triumph of submitting my dissertation On Friday 6th September, I finished and submitted my Masters dissertation. Not just any dissertation – a dissertation on The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien. It was the final piece of work to be submitted at the end of a wonderful year studying Fantasy Literature (with … Continue reading On Finishing a Fantasy Masters (and other ramblings)
Taken today after my armpit was sliced & diced Disclaimer: this blog post is short and a bit of a rant. Today, I had an abscess on my right armpit lanced and drained at the hospital. After being on antibiotics for 5 days with no improvement, the best course of action to get rid of … Continue reading It Never Ends: Ulcerative Colitis and Secondary Health Problems
I’ve had an idea for a Fantastic story since I was 14 years old. I’ve had Ulcerative Colitis since I was 11 years old. At the age of 22, I have only just begun to consider the possibility of combining my considerable knowledge of those two things and giving my main character a chronic illness … Continue reading Musings on Disease, Disability and Giving my Main Character a Shitting Disease
First and foremost, this post is a love letter to Animal Crossing. Aside from any (half-arsed) academic thoughts I may present on this video game series, I need to make it clear that I have completely adored every Animal Crossing game I have ever played; it is my go-to game. Therefore, while I will attempt … Continue reading Animal Crossing: New Leaf as a Fantasy Game
For anyone who has perhaps stumbled across this blog and isn’t entirely sure of what I do, allow me to explain. I am a student on the MLitt Fantasy Literature course at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. Prior to this, I gained my Honours degree in English from the University of Strathclyde, also in Scotland. … Continue reading Why I Chose To Study Fantasy Literature
I think many people would agree that the fundamental nature of any chronic illness is unpredictable. This is certainly the case for Ulcerative Colitis, which is a chronic lifelong illness for which there is no cure and can only be treated with medication or surgery. While there are many aspects to this illness that I … Continue reading My Life Wouldn’t Be Better With A Stoma
I feel I owe an explanation for the title of this blog. This is an idea that has been floating around in my mind for quite some time, it is only now that my classes for my MLitt degree have come to an end that I find I have the time to sit down and … Continue reading An Introduction to Half-Arsed Academia