Category: List

  • 2020 resolutions I might actually stick to

    Last year I shared a bunch of resolutions I intended to utterly fail at – and that felt great. Failure is a part of trying, and dealing with chronic fatigue makes me that much more likely to fail, since my daily health is so unpredictable. Acknowledging that I’d probably fail at most goals I set in […]

  • 19 reasons books make the best gifts

    Books are rectangle-shaped, and nothing’s easier to gift wrap than a rectangle. Giving someone a book makes you seem smart and attractive. You can find a book on literally any topic, including Cooking on Your Car Engine, snakey biographies, and Crafting with Cat Hair. No time to wrap? Books fit well in gift bags. Every […]

  • Looking to buy mermaids in Melbourne?

    Walking through the Melbourne CBD, I passed a shopfront that had a plastic (I assume) skeleton posed inside one of the glass doors. The skeleton peered out, with its hand on the handle, like it was about to stroll onto the street. The shop billed itself as a purveyor of “scientific curiosities”. I went in […]

  • Ten (more) best podcasts

    Last year I recommended ten podcasts I love. This year I’m still spending a ludicrous amount of time lying down, which means I’m still listening to a lot of podcasts. Chronic fatigue has basically turned me into a podcast curation service. Here’s ten more I’m sure you’ll enjoy. The Shrink Next Door This six-episode series […]

  • Resolutions I sincerely plan to achieve in 2019

    At the start of 2018, I often struggled to leave my apartment due to the severity of my chronic fatigue. So for the first time in my adult life, I set no resolutions or goals for the year. It was weird. Because not only do I normally set resolutions and goals, I am also one […]

  • 2018: The reading year in review

    One of the few positives of putting most of my life on hiatus due to illness is that I’ve actually had more time for reading. I’ve always loved reading. I used to walk home from school with an open book, looking up only before crossing the street, and even then only if I wasn’t at […]

  • The Unicorn and other stories

    By now I’m sure you’ve read my thriller novella, My Name Is Revenge, and are desperately looking around for more of my fiction writing. You’re in luck! I’ve had a number of short fiction works published this year, including some flash fiction, and most of it you can read online for free from these fine […]

  • Serial killers, zombies, cults and genocide: ten podcasts to love

    It’s been a year since I was diagnosed with post-infective fatigue syndrome, and about two years since the symptoms first began. In that time, I’ve spent a lot of hours on the couch/in bed, feeling frustrated and trying to remind myself that resting is recovering. Before I was diagnosed, I watched a lot of TV. I’ve […]

  • Symptomatology A-Z

    The spookiest thing about chronic fatigue is that science doesn’t understand it. As one of my doctors explained, no branch of medicine ‘owns’ this cluster of illnesses yet. In other words, they don’t know where the problem originates in the body. Maybe it’s caused by inflammation in the brain. Maybe it’s a gut flora issue. […]