Lesson of the day: Every bathroom needs a locked door.

Lesson of the day: Every bathroom needs a locked door.

Today I want to share a lesson I’ve learned since moving in with Dave and his family: Every bathroom needs a locked door.

I know, I know. That seems like common sense. But just in case you were thinking of moving into a house without, let me tell you from experience that it is not a good idea.

Up until last week, I lived in a house with no bathroom lock. And the only reason that changed was due to my multiple traumatic run-ins with other members of Dave’s family. Let me explain.

Dave’s house has one bathroom. This bathroom has no lock. It has a thin rectangular window above the door which is helpful in determining if the light is on, but that’s it. And it’s generally left shut even when no one is using it because they don’t want the bird to fly in there and shit everywhere or fly out one of the windows that are usually cracked open.

Since moving in, I’ve used four main indicators to determine whether or not it’s safe for me to enter the bathroom:

  1. Is the door open or shut? It’s typically shut, but if it’s open I can generally assume that it’s empty.
  2. Is the light on or off? If it’s on, someone is likely to be in there.
  3. Do I hear anything? Obviously if there’s water running then I should come back at a later time.
  4. Does anyone respond to my knock? If no one does, the coast should be clear.

Of course, things are never that easy though.

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Nimona, the graphic novel I wish I created.

Nimona, the graphic novel I wish I created.

If I were to write a graphic novel (and I just might someday!) you can almost guarantee it will include villains, mythical beasts, and a good amount of silliness.

Taking that into consideration, it’s absolutely no surprise that I absolutely love Noelle Stevenson’s Nimona. Just look at this blurb:

Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism!
Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are.

Villains? Yes.
Mythical beasts? Does a shapeshift who turns into a dragon count? Yes.
Silliness? THE NAME OF HIS NEMESIS IS GOLDENLOIN. YES YES YES.

I mean, it’s everything I could ever want from a story. I love it so much I’m almost mad that it even exists. 

Of course, I know that that might not be enough for everyone else to decide to read this book, so let me also highlight a couple of other great things about this graphic novel.

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My favourite place for a guilty pleasure

My favourite place for a guilty pleasure

Can I tell you one of my guilty pleasures? (Honestly, it’s something that I really enjoy doing but can make me feel like such a shit person. A true guilty pleasure.)

Sometimes I enjoy going to the zoo.

I know, I know. Zoos aren’t great. Animals shouldn’t be trapped for our viewing pleasure. They shouldn’t be forced to breed or do tricks or any of that nonsense. But oh how I love being able to actually get a glimpse of some of the amazing wild creatures that exist in our world up close and personal.

Luckily, I have finally found an animal park here in the UK which allows me to get my animal fix without feeling like so much of a twat: Howletts Animal Park.

Howletts is the smaller of the two animal parks belonging to the Aspinall Foundation. And while the other park, Port Lympne, is a bit more flashy with safari trucks and luxury hotel rooms, I think Howletts is the better of the two. And today I’m going to tell you why I love it so.

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Five tips on being a happy, healthy creator

Five tips on being a happy, healthy creator

I am a part of GESSO, a small online community for bloggers who create, and as a member I have chosen to take part in the Gesso: Primed Creatives Blogging Challenge. This year-long challenge requires you to complete a list of blog prompts of your choosing and I’m aiming for the Silver Award which requires one contribution per week (but will more realistically achieve the Bronze Award).

1: Happy Creativity.What are your thoughts/beliefs/tips for being a happy, healthy creative?

Ooh, what a fun discussion topic. I have five tips that I think contribute greatly to my happiness as a creative that I’d like to share. I’m curious to see if you agree with them!

But first, let me preface this post by saying my choice of creativity (illustration) is currently limited to hobby status. I feel like that has a huge impact on how I think as a creative because I’m not relying on this profession to provide me with an income and therefore have a lot of freedom when it comes to what and when I create. As a result, these tips are directed more towards casual creators like myself rather than the professionals.

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A move towards the bright and bold

A move towards the bright and bold

I am a part of GESSO, a small online community for bloggers who create, and as a member I have chosen to take part in the Gesso: Primed Creatives Blogging Challenge. This year-long challenge requires you to complete a list of blog prompts of your choosing and I’m aiming for the Silver Award which requires one contribution per week but will more realistically achieve the Bronze Award.

19: Latest work 1. Update us on your latest work.

As this is my first “latest work” post, I thought it would be nice to reflect on my recent work from the past three months as a whole. By presenting my pieces over that length of time, it’s easier to highlight what my focuses were while creating and pinpoint the obvious changes that took place as the months progressed.

I hope you find it as interesting as I do!

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