Professional amateur writer in Perth, Western Australia. All accompanying illustrations are my own.
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Wilting in the November sun glittering through the leaves of a trendy boutique hotel courtyard in 2013, I glanced upward to meet the glare of my best friend. It was her birthday, or at least her birthday high tea, and she summoned her closest friends to make offerings to her over tiny disappointing sandwiches, liquefied cream filled cakes, and Veuve. At that point we’d been friends for 7 years, I was at the hospital the day she gave birth, she was at my mum’s funeral. …


This year in June will mark my 7th year without mum, she died in 2013 after a brief yet violent battle with multiple gastrointestinal cancers. During one of my brief daily visits, mum’s on-duty palliative care nurse turned her, brushed her hair and tried, bless them, to put her false teeth back in after they had death-rattled a little too far outside of everyone’s comfort zone. I suppose the bouffant hair and teetering falsies were keeping her going because directly after these loving touch-ups she died. With her hand in mine, while my sister who had been practically non-stop by…


Unexpected Benefits from Developing a Balanced Video Game Habit

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I am somewhat late to the game, pardon my expression, when it comes to video games. Growing up we had a Sega MasterSystem II, none of my friends did or even had alternatives so without any real context I thought we were weird, also my mum played it more than I ever did — in retrospect to escape her soul crushing depression — so I didn’t hate it or love it, it was just there and if you wanted to play it you had to convince the whole household to stop watching TV, connect the TV to the Sega with…


And Pain Management Without Opioids

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I’ve looked on in envy many times as friends have reached for codeine based medication when experiencing migraines or the flu, wondering what it could be like to take something that would effectively take the pain away and make me feel good. Unlike my friends, when I take panadeine or mersyndol (do they even make that anymore?) I come off worse for wear. My body rejects it and I end up vomiting and crying on the bathroom floor wishing my mum would come back from the dead, scrape me off the tiles, tuck me in bed, and maybe make some…


Very specific advice for people finding themselves in the noxious situation I find myself in every year.

You may have told yourself numerous times that you’re going to stop going, but here you are, making your preparations to go. Maybe booking time off work, or dialling in that potato salad recipe, maybe writing out cards, buying gifts even. Knowing what you’ve been through, you’re probably a high-functioning somewhat anxiety-riddled person who seems much stronger than what you actually feel most of the time. Once again you are accomodating the disruption, just so you can turn up and not be the person not there this year.

You know that person will be there, and you know those people


A harsh perspective on how to do weddings slightly better as told by a divorced cynic.

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Congratulations! You’re engaged, you’re drowning in a small pit of debt so you could afford the most instagrammable ring, the engagement party was a really fun migraine and your aunt’s opinions on it have shadowed every discussion you’ve had with your parents since, but at last the first bit is done and out of the way.

Finally, you can take a breath. You’ll probably need it, because here come the unrelenting questions about when the Big Day is going to be and the months of planning an event that essentially lasts no longer than 30 minutes and costs more than…


Post-Cystectomy & Endometriosis Excision

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It has been a massive 12 months. I made some huge changes, including moving much closer to the city which I’ve always wanted to do, and thanks to an incredibly fortunate situation and a supportive partner I quit my job about a month after my surgery. I have no doubt that these things, along with making small adjustments in areas of my life that were causing undue worry, have helped me physically and mentally. I’m happy to say that I have had no massive pain events since my surgery, and even though I’m praying for the day I experience an…


A short story about the time a pet cat kept returning home even though it was dead.

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I peeped over the back of the couch to see mum ruffling through the plastic bags stored in the kitchen cupboard, selecting one without much thought and heading for her slide-on shoes kept near the door. “The cat is back, I’m going to go up the road and bury it again”. I slid back down and thought about what she said briefly and continued on watching TV. The cat was killed about 5 days ago, the dogs decided it was time to get rid of it I guess and attacked it. The cat in question was mum’s favourite. Long-haired, small…


Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, Unless You Plan In Advance

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Artwork supplied by Lo

So you’ve decided to separate and get a divorce. Congratulations on taking this exciting step in your relationship. Now’s your chance to be Happy Cool Divorce Friends with your spouse, this guide will help you dismantle a marriage that has eroded to the point where you know you have to get out but the reservoir of love hasn’t completely run dry. This won’t help you at all if one of you has been caught lying, cheating, or any situation where the police or fire brigade have been called to your house — the ship has sailed for you, you need…


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Social media has given me a lot. Chiefly, it gave me my most favourite person, who is surprisingly normal, whom I now share an apartment with and love dearly. It gave me friends which became more like family. It gave me a way to purge my stress and a place to make my signature and unparalleled societal commentary. I even rolled my eyes whenever anyone I knew went on a socmed hiatus or announced their complete departure, thinking out loud that if you need to take a break from social media then you’re a big weak baby and announcing it…

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