Posted in Intro, Mental Health Talk

Getting to know me

It’s been a long, long time since I posted anything that wasn’t film themed. I can honestly say it’s because I’ve been completely uninspired for the best part of the year with no sign of my creative mojo returning. However, I do want to be better so I thought I’d work on my About me to see if that stirred anything up.

We’ll see about that but I thought I’d give you a little bio and take inspiration from five questions, the answers to which you’ve no doubt always wanted to know. Here goes:


I’m a forty-something, chunky tattooed woman who lives for horror movies and all things pitch black, emphasis on the supernatural and true crime (I know, groundbreaking). I live just outside Brighton in a tiny, messy house with my husband, our dog Gypsy (the love of my life) and our cat Mittens. I’m also a step mum to an 18-year-old and aunt to a beautiful nephew called Max. We also have a new niece or nephew in the oven, which I’m so excited about. I can’t wait to meet them.

When I’m not at work I enjoy reading, movies, listening to podcasts and hanging out. I’m happiest when I can nap in the afternoon and I love local graffiti. I’m a total homebody, which has been exacerbated by the lockdown but was true before that. Honestly, it doesn’t take a lot to make me happy.

To the question portion! Lifted from the internet.

What is my purpose in life?

Beats me, though the film Soul made me feel like not having a defined purpose but just living is enough. I want people to remember me as being funny and kind (if not devilishly good-looking and whip smart), so I guess I strive to be an okay person. Decent but not a boring goody two-shoes.

Weirdly enough I’ve always felt like something substantial would reveal itself to be the meaning of my existence, but I’m still waiting. As a very anxious person, I find it hard to envisage what my future holds but I remain hopeful that there’ll be a sign when it’s time.

Midsommar (2019)

Would I rather watch: action, romance, fantasy, or horror?

Surprising absolutely nobody – horror all the way. The nastier the better. Actually, there are sub-genres I’d rather avoid (torture porn) but I’m partial to schlocky B-movies – if it features a shark, even better – and I love found footage, home invasion and anything supernatural.

Some of my all-time favourites are Candyman (1992), Midsommar, Hellraiser, Suspiria (2018) and the Paranormal Activity franchise. And Lake Mungo is one of the legit scariest films I’ve ever seen.

If I could change anything about myself, what would it be?

I need to fight the urge to list “everything”. I won’t because I’m trying to work on not pulling myself apart. I think I’ll go for wishing I was more sure of myself. I apologise and take responsibility for things I shouldn’t and it’s so boring. I hate to see this quality on other people, but it’s definitely one of mine too.

Okay, maybe I wish my hair was in better condition but since I’ve fried it with hair colour changes every two weeks I guess I need to do the work to repair it.

PSH & Divine

Who inspires me?

Pretty much every one of the women I know inspires me. My mum is the greatest person I know – she’s very wise, funny and so interesting, having lived a very cool life in several different countries. And, I continue to love and admire the late Philip Seymour Hoffman and Divine. Both would be my dream dinner party guests.

How do I view my own personal history?

I think about this a lot and I’ve come to the conclusion that I have lots of regrets, but given the chance I wouldn’t change them. Even the worst ones. They’ve lead me to exactly where I need to be and because of them my life is so much better. I know what I don’t want to put up with anymore. I also know my worth, or perhaps more accurately, I’m most of the way there.

I’ve also had an interesting life, I’ve travelled and I’ve made many friends across the world – I feel so lucky for those opportunities. The only thing I lament is some of the friendships that have faltered – this hasn’t happened often thankfully, and I wouldn’t necessarily go back and fix them, but I do miss those people.

I’ve also been incredibly brave in my life, for finally getting out of a mentally abusive relationship. I also lived alone in a new city and followed my heart when it was time. That makes me a badass in my own eyes.

Photo by me, Brighton (2022)

And finally, a list of the things I love the most in this world:

  • Tattoos
  • Horror movies/books
  • Stephen King
  • Naps
  • Getting my nails done
  • Freshly washed hair
  • Personal space
  • Animal Crossing New Horizons
  • The Cure
  • Sarcastic people
  • My nephew
  • Gypsy the dog
  • Ru Paul’s Drag Race
  • Shark movies and shark paraphernalia
  • Twin Peaks
  • Podcasts
  • Autumn
  • The Pink Panther Snipes Again
  • Melanie Lynsky (and Yellowjackets)

How are you?



40-something shark movie enthusiast and horror fan.

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