Month: January 2019

Not all Doom and Gloom

From the Feeds

This first post is about inclusivity and how easy it can be.

Next up is this novel approach to how to read Fahrenheit 451.

Next is a story about Joe Manganeillo letting his geekness hang out with pride in order to bring joy to a hospital in America.

Daily Three

1. I’ve sorted out the internet and gotten a better deal. I’ve got to wait four more days, but I can cope with that.

2. I gave the kitchen a proper good clean and made spaghetti bolognese.

3. There have been so many little things that have made me smile today; from a blogger who is offering a proof to disadvantaged teens to the Starbucks barista who let me know I was able get a free refill on my coffee. But, the biggest little joy was the fact that there is a job going as an education officer in the Beatle’s Story. Well, if that isn’t a job made for me, I don’t know what is.

No Doom, No Gloom- my Daily Three

Just the Daily Three today

1. I did lots of sorting, binning and organising. It’s a long slog, but I think I’m finally at the point where everything has a place.

2. I’ve been able to send off my carer’s application. Again, another hard slog, but its getting there.

3. I am ending the night with Desperate Housewives. Such an amazing show.

Sorry I haven’t compiled the articles today. I’ve been a little preoccupied.

Sleep well

Han x

Monday No Doom, No Gloom

From the Feeds

Solo post for today is a heartwarming story about the longest surviving kidney transplant recipient.

Daily Three

1. We now have smoke alarms

2. There was the most gorgeous toddler in Starbucks today. She came up to my table and smiled at me and giggled. There is literally nothing better than a smile.

3. My gorgeous and beautiful friend who runs a book subscription company made sure my next subscription is coming to the right address instead of being lost in London. It’s simple things like a message that makes a person a little more… Seen.

No Doom, No Gloom

From the Feeds

It’s been a busy day on my Facebook for NDNG. Perhaps I was in more of a need for it after waking up to news about an explosion in Paris. But nevertheless, here’s some of the best from the feeds.

First is Mike and his mission to end loneliness in the older generation.

Next is a concept that will be amazing and something that should be adopted nationwide, if not abused and vandalised by the general public.

Finally, just a picture I found during my scrolling. Really hit home and made me think.

Daily Three

1. I went to the Vale and had my first pork roll in what feels like forever. Comes with stuffing and crackling. What’s not to love?

2. Book Post! Got to love the book post.

3. Was a nice afternoon snuggling with the cats, while my dad slept away. Yes, the documentary on in the background was a little annoying, but on the most part I drowned it out.

No doom no gloom

From the Feeds

Just one today. A woman after my own heart, getting to express herself after a lifetime of following social norms. Just look at her face…

Daily Three

1. We’ve ran out of sugar. That might seem like a negative, but hang on with me on this. Growing up my dad would obsessively stock pile items. Some things, like toilet rolls sort of made sense; they don’t exactly go off do they?! Others were mind boggling; baked beans! We never fucking ate baked beans yet we had enough supply to feed a small army. The one that stuck the test of time was sugar. Two bags, every week. It’s quite bitter sweet to have discovered today that firstly, there’s no god damn sugar for my tea. But secondly, my dad is rather nonplussed about the whole thing.

2. I had a very dear friend suggest the above article. It was so incredibly wonderful to wake up to a message about no doom, no gloom. It’s working; it’s not just me now pausing and making a point of drawing attention to them.

3. I went to see BoRhap as a sing-a-long. I went with two sisters who hadn’t seen it and it makes me happy to know they loved it. The most heart warming part of the evening though was the final 20 minutes in which everyone in the room sang. Oh, it gave me a little, tiny taste of what it must have been like at Live Aid.

Happy Friday

Han x

No doom no gloom

From the feeds

It’s a bit of a bumper addition today.

Daily Three

Not going to lie, I feel a little low today. Nothing in particular triggered it, I’m fully medicated and it’s a little early for my PMS. It’s just something that happens occasionally; I feel like the world is a little off.

1 I made a fritatta and it was, well it looked a bit grey but that was the mushrooms. It tasted amazing and got a thumbs up from my dad.

2 I finished my third book of the year and started a book that’s in the Buffy universe.

3 Watched DS9 and it was Dr Bashir focused (sort of).

Good night

Han x

Once & Future

By Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy

“This time, Excalibur chooses her.”

I finally watched Merlin last year. Yes, the BBC version that ended forever ago. Ever since I’ve been hooked on all things Arthurian. When given details about Once & Future, I audiably gasped. This was the book I had always wanted, yet didn’t know I needed.

What I loved most of all was the fact that this was not just a straight retelling; in more ways than one. Yes, its gender bent but with the added element of reincarnation. It was something that reminded me about a play I’d seen in the Globe in which the King in charge of the Crusades was given a second chance and the oportunity not to make the same mistake twice.


Having Arthur as a woman seems a quick and easy way to put a new book out there. However, it adds so much more to the richness of the tale than that. Ari is not just a gender bent icon. She’s her own person first, with a back story to make anyone weep. She’ll steal your heart and mend your soul while giving you grief.

It’s Merlin’s arrival that brings me the most joy. He is a beautiful character and, for me, the scene stealer from his first arrival. His predicament, his old soul and waining hope is everything you need to wish you were at his side.

Gwen and the knights are stunningly original and powerfully rich in prophesy and lolyalty. You couldn’t have a story without them. Each character is given development, humour and heart.


The story is hot, sexy and unapologicetcally cool. Representation is accounted for, not in some PC checkbox excercise but something so very organic and meaningful. No one is given a label without purpose. Correction, no one is given a label. Gender and sexuality is so freely represented and commented upon that it will keep me, and any reader, happy for many months to come.

The only thing that makes me more intregied is the books final act reveal that will very much change how this organic social structure is considered in the sequel. Something I am very excited to get to.


The writing is flawlessly engaging. Drama, emotion and action are all presented in smooth and clear ways that will have the reader begging for the follow up the second they finish this first installment.

The 10 O’Clock No Doom, No Gloom

From the feed

First up is a metro post about a 107 year old man who is still cutting hair; making him the oldest barber.

Second is a post I shared earlier today about a marvelous interaction between Chris Evans, Robert D Jnr and Mark Ruffalo.

Finally, we’re going to skim past the vegan part in the post and just giggle at the bit about cigarettes having beaver butt juice in them (although, I will admit that it was funnier when I thought it said courgettes). Just reread that line, regress your brain and giggle away.

Daily Three

1 I got the house to myself for a few hours. Hannah of old would use that time to watch films, stretch out on the couch. Nope, today I cleaned and enjoyed (sort of) every minute of it. Mainly because I’m trying to get the house back into the condition my mum was proud of.

2 I made this amazing mash out of sweet and regular potato, onion and wholegrain mustard. It didn’t quite go with the fish that we had, but you know; learning curve.

3 I love emails. I love communication. Today I’ve have some lovely chats with people today; from my twitter community, friend’s old and new and even some publishers. Just wonderful how different things seem when you get the modern equivalent to a letter.

Good night

Han x

The 10 O’Clock No Doom, No Gloom

From the Feeds

First off is this adorable post which sees a photographer setting up a real life Sylvania Family in his back garden.

Second up is the news about amazing Hamilton writer Lin-Manuel Miranda and other creatives from the award winning play who bought a drama book shop in order to stop it from closing.

Final no doom, no gloom of the day is an uplifting post from Bradford which announces a new documentary about a young female cricket team.

Daily Three

1 I feel happy. I know that’s not an event or something tangible, but damn it’s a feeling I don’t notice without it being triggered. It’s nice to have that feeling of happy without anything specific causing it.

2 second day Scouse for lunch. Just brilliant.

3 Every day the house gets tidier. The washing is almost all done and my things are almost all packed away. Then… I’ll have nothing to distract me from writing.

Good night

Han x

The 10 O’Clock No Doom, No Gloom

From the Feeds

First up is this post that has an adopt, don’t shop message at its heart. It’s lovely to see a cat that would normally be over looked given a home.

This second post is from the wonderful buzzfeed who have compiled 17 good deeds that will leave you feeling uplifted.

Daily Three

1. I woke up to discover that BoRhap and the beautiful Rami Malek have won Golden Globes. It bodes well for Rami, and the film, being at the very least being nominated for the OSCARS. I’m hoping this means i’ll get to see the amazing Joe Mazzello on the red carpet in yet another hot suit.

2. I made Scouse. I made a big fat pan of Scouse; it smelt amazing, it tasted amazing… and I watched an episode of ’You’ while I did it too.

3. I spent a few hours in Starbucks. I got my filter coffee and settled down and got some work done. I was doing really well… Until the place got busy.

Bonus. I took time to go through my photos today and it meant I found some lovely pictures of Casca and Cassius:

Good night

Han x

If there’s a meme- Depression and the Impossible Task

Not so much a meme today, but it doesn’t stop it being an important part of depression that needs to be spoken about more. What Rebecca Hanson and Noah Berman highlight in this Wokesloth article and twitter feed is a ineffable symptom, trigger and, sometimes, cause of depression.

It’s true when Rebecca states that depression is an asshole. It’s not as simple as one particular thing becomes impossible. Each time I slip into an episode, a different, seemingly east task, becomes as climbing Mount Everest with an iron lung. Even worse, to outsiders it just appears that we’re lazy.

My impossible tasks have ranged from cleaning dishes, washing my hair and removing nail varnish. All very simple tasks, but even the thought of tackling them utilises so much energy, it’s always put off until ‘tomorrow’. Then you beat yourself up about it, to the point of exhaustion and the whole thing circles around again.

The most dangerous of impossible tasks for me always came when I was running low of medication. My depression and anxiety (Gollum) would tell me I wasn’t worthy enough to be graced with time off for a doctors appointment. My body told me it wouldn’t cope with a trip after work. So it remained as a ‘tomorrow’ task until I needed my medication ‘yesterday’.

It’s not an easy thing to overcome. Living alone, I was able to put some impossible tasks aside and pick them up when I was ready. Dry shampoo and mastering the braided plait helped with others. The medication was a whole different animal and once that suggested there were more problems than my depression. Safe to say, with all the apps available and a change of location, I shouldn’t find that too much of a problem again.

The only support I can give outside what appears in the article is that I’m here if you need me, be kind to each other and, most importantly, be kind to yourself.

Love always

Han x