Why Is This Girl Sick With Envy, New To Sex and High On Mischief?

Skinny Chris Love is like bath bubbles. Tender moments shine as they float, then pop without warning. “Could someone in your family be harbouring a secret?” was the question Detective Pritchard asked me less than a week after the accident. I’d just turned seventeen. My answer, spoken with teenage contempt, was, “What the fuck do…

The Best Regrets: An Exploration Of Freedom, Fear and Feeling Good

“You were what you were and you are what you are. Fuck that regrets bullshit.” ― Irvine Welsh, Porno What do you regret? Tough question isn’t it? Most people find this one pretty difficult to answer, at least up front. It takes a while to figure out what your regrets are or, if they’re very…

What Happens To A Bad Day When You Sneak In A Book

Is there a more wonderful feeling than relaxing in a comfortable chair nursing a cup of warm tea holding open a book you’re really enjoying knowing you’ve got a nice hot bath running and a soft bed layered with fresh sheets waiting for you to climb into? Maybe later, after another half-hour’s read in bed,…

My Social Media Life At Its Best

About five years ago I famously* said, “Social media is about as social as sitting alone in front of a computer screen clicking hopefully on the enticing faces of people you’d kill grannies to be friends with, but who turn out to be entirely imaginary or secretly evil.” Five years on, and after several rounds…

Fun, Daring, Exploration: Why Stop the Things You Love?

Nothing could have broken the spell. Time stood still. Reality seemed to pause. The world was only two carpet tiles wide and I was enraptured by everything in it. My small fingers gripped the cool, smooth metal of my favourite wet-black toy Corvette with the lipstick-red plastic seats. Intensely eyeing the steadily turning wheels, I…