I am an Oxford University graduate, and I was in an abusive relationship with a narcissist Sophie* and I arrange to meet in a busy cafe in the middle of town. I’m nervous to meet her, even though I’ve met her once before. We are meeting to share our stories, stories which we hope will … Continue reading FKA twigs is right — anyone can be the victim of abuse
“Isn’t it funny how when we first moved in together we had visions of us drinking freshly squeezed orange juice and reading the papers together every Sunday?” he says. Not particularly, I think to myself, as I pack the last four years of my life into cardboard boxes. I seal them shut with parcel tape … Continue reading Newspapers and orange juice: what do you do when someone says they don’t want to marry you?
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I realised a major life goal by finishing my 80,000-word manuscript in 2020 If you asked my ten-year-old self what she wanted to be when she was older, she would’ve answered without hesitation: “I want to be an author.” Reader, let me tell you, my younger self would be proud because as of the 3 … Continue reading How I Managed to Write a Novel Alongside a Full-Time Job
If you want to stand out as a writer, you should learn too I have an English Literature degree from Oxford University, and I am an NCTJ-accredited journalist. I am a fundamentally word-oriented individual, and it’s fair to say that maths bamboozles me. And yet, I am teaching myself to code using the excellent online tutorials … Continue reading I Suck At Maths But I’m Learning To Code
Even though he really wants one Published with OneZero on Medium When my partner asked for an Alexa device for Christmas, I refused to buy him one. I explained that while I ordinarily would welcome suggestions of what to get him, this year I would be ignoring his less-than-subtle hints about smart speakers, and he … Continue reading I Will Never Buy My Partner an Alexa
Our family made a collective decision a few years ago that transformed what Christmas looks like in our house completely. We decided that instead of buying each other presents either on a whim or begrudgingly complying with the vague request for ‘a new pair of slippers’, we would create a comprehensive Google Drive spreadsheet that had … Continue reading The Decision That Changed Christmas In Our Family Forever
Puberty is a minefield but the online community helped me come to terms with my sexuality Growing up, I was a massive tomboy. I wore boys clothes, I wrestled my four younger brothers, I read fantasy novels marketed at boys such as Alex Rider and Artemis Fowl and I played PC Games such as The Hobbit and various Harry Potter titles. My younger … Continue reading The Internet Helped Me Realise I Am Bi
It’s currently 1:12am. My mind is racing and although I got into bed two hours ago, my brain isn’t showing signs of switching off any time soon. So, I’ve risen restlessly from my bed to sit in front of a keyboard, my fingers exerting themselves on the keys, in the desperate hope that I will … Continue reading One Last Hurdle
It is finished. Well, sorta. I’ve never really understood the expression “weight off my shoulders” until today. This morning, sat in History learning about Charles II’s many mistresses, I let out a yelp of excitement. Covertly checking my phone underneath the desk, I see an email with the subject line ‘Your application to Oxford’. My … Continue reading Consummatum est. Sorta.