Small moments 6

The blank page can be a daunting thing – so daunting in fact, that it paralyses and prevents any writing from being done. So I’m putting an end to it by sharing some small moments with you. Postmodern, literary fiction in the form of thoughts, feeling, sentences, but most importantly, words on the page. 

Give me something to lose
And I’ll try not to cry
As I walk through the wilderness
And watch life pass me by

Give me something to lose
And I’ll fight so much harder this time
To take your hits and your kicks
And wear each blow like a marker divine

Give me something to lose
And I’ll hold it so very tight
As I turn both cheeks, whisper sweet lies
And tell myself it will all be alright

So please, just give me something
(I need something)

It’s the little things: Sunday blues

wine & candle

Do you get the Sunday afternoon blues? You know that moment when you realise the weekend is over, you didn’t do half of the things on your list, you spent maybe a little bit too long in bed, and you wish you had another day before heading back to work? The Sunday blues have been hitting me hard lately, although I have been trying to make the most of each weekend.

This weekend I visited the Night Noodle Markets in the Perth Cultural Centre – they’re there until the 29th March and I’d definitely recommend checking them out! Delicious food and cider while the sun is setting on a beautiful autumn day – what more could you wish for?

And for now, why not make the most of the dying hours of Sunday and fall down the rabbit hole with these links from the best of the webs.

mack pugalier

The little things I’ve loved lately: 

My bestest girlfriends who have been in my life for so long ~ New friends who make me feel as if I’ve known them for years ~ Walks by the river and lake ~ Hula hooping ~ The Gaslight Anthem ~ Naan bread ~ My doge, even if he does drive me insane sometimes ~ My kittty, who has been unwell and needed lots of extra cuddles ~ Planning for my birthday (the big 3-0!) ~ Friendly bartenders ~ Starting a good book after pushing through to finish a terrible one ~

Links I love: 

“We should be happy and excited not jealous and spiteful when we get to see a glimpse into other people’s lives, countries, and cultures. We shouldn’t be wishing to see something bad happen just to prove their life isn’t as perfect as we’ve convinced ourselves it is.”

  • On being a girl’s girl – it means being on the same team and looking after each other, because “a rising tide raises all ships”

I hope Monday is kind to you tomorrow!

Small moments 5

The blank page can be a daunting thing – so daunting in fact, that it paralyses and prevents any writing from being done. So I’m putting an end to it by sharing some small moments with you. Postmodern, literary fiction in the form of thoughts, feeling, sentences, but most importantly, words on the page. 

Hearts break and that is inevitable

But you were not gentle

And when you left, you did not look back

(Thank you)

Small moments 4

The blank page can be a daunting thing – so daunting in fact, that it paralyses and prevents any writing from being done. So I’m putting an end to it by sharing some small moments with you. Postmodern, literary fiction in the form of thoughts, feeling, sentences, but most importantly, words on the page. 

The only real difference between us is our understanding of sadness.

It’s the little things: new digs

skulls and books

I can’t believe it’s already March! This year is going so fast – but it’s been jam packed so far, so I don’t really mind. As you may have noticed from my reviews, I was lucky enough to get to see quite a few Fringe World shows this year, which made for a fun but busy few weeks. So what else? I moved house a couple of weeks ago, said goodbye to one of my closest friends who has moved to England, got my new half arm tattoo finished up, gave myself a crazy concussion and spent close to a week in bed with constant headaches as a result (and you can see my black eyes in the photos below), caught up with old friends, made some new friends, and lots of unpacking! (By the way, are you following me on Instagram – if not you totally should, to see what all of these things have been about, plus lots of photos of my boys Mack and Elliot.)

I’m yet to get my new internet connection sorted out (because these things are never as easy as they should be!) but I only have a handful of boxes left to unpack, so I’dd say all in all things are looking pretty good. As it’s been awhile since my last link roundup, I’ve got a whole lot of goodies to share with you – enjoy falling down the rabbit hole!

skull and crosstales mack and elliot

The little things I’ve loved lately:
The Pleasure Garden ~ Everything about my new home ( dishwasher, a big shower, air con, no leaking roof, no stinky wet carpets…should I go on??) ~ Everyone who helped me pack, move, unpack and get settled in my new place ~ Chocolate peanut butter baked oatmeal ~ Listening to Epicure’s Goodbye Girl album over and over ~ Writing ~ Spiced rum ~ Decorating and organising ~ Cute homemade cupcakes ~ Not having a barking dog living next door to me anymore! ~ Reading in bed with my boys ~ Unpacking and discovering things I’d forgotten all about ~ Reminiscing a bunch of my friends starts celebrating their 30th birthdays (mine is only a few weeks away…eep!) ~ Listening to Florence, Lana, PJ, Fiona, Halestorm, Tegan and Sara, Kate, Bif Naked, The Distillers, The Jezabels and Schvendes in celebration of International Women’s Day

The pleasure garden

The links I’ve loved:

“Did you know that not everyone who has depression is also sad? Did you know that being sad is not a prerequisite for depression? And beyond that, did you know that being depressed — even if you do have sadness as a symptom — doesn’t always mean not being able to experience happiness?

“And then the dreams break into a million tiny pieces. The dream dies. Which leaves you with a choice: you can settle for reality, or you can go off, like a fool, and dream another dream.”

Skull of the week: 

skull lamp

 

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This one is for the sensitive souls

Skull and Crosstales bunny ears

This one is for the sensitive souls
The girls who wear their bruises on their lips
The women who grasp the burden of feeling too much (and loving more)
The broken hearts that will never fully heal.

This, right here, is for the ones whose eyes’ lament the smallest cruelties
Who fight for justice in a hundred small ways
Who feel both the weight of the world
And its unbearable lightness.

This is for the ones whose hearts are broken by careless comments
And the ones who spend too much time reading between the lines
For the girls and the grown women who do take it to heart
And who will always wonder why.

This is for the sweetest of sweethearts
Who give and give and go out of their way
The ones who understand the language of the waves, the wind
And welcome the silence the darkness brings

This is for the ones who need to be told
“Do not go quietly into the night.”

This one is for you, for me, for us.
Believe me when I say, you are seen and you are heard
You make a difference in a thousand little ways
And the world needs you just the way you are.

Fringe World 2015: The Freak and the Showgirl Greatest T.I.T.S. (Totally Inclusive Theatrical Spectacular)

The Freak and the Showgirl

The gorgeous Julie Atlas Muz, who holds the titles of Miss Coney Island and Miss Exotic World, told the audience right at the start of The Freak and the Showgirl Greatest T.I.T.S that things were about to get f*cking crazy – and she was not wrong!

I said it on the night right after seeing the show, and I’ll say it again – you haven’t done Fringe Festival if you haven’t seen The Freak and The Showgirl. Combining song, dance, nudity, comedy, freak show, strip show, more nudity, booze, political incorrectness and vaudeville, this show is what the festival is all about: pushing boundaries, blurring lines, incredible amounts of laughter, an audience craning forward on the edge of their seats, and an underlying messages of acceptance and radical self love.

The showgirl (Julie) and husband Mat Fraser (the freak) put on one hell of a show that was absolutely buzzing with energy and bursting with originality.

The duo opened the show with a lively dance number that let us all know just what to expect, before getting up close and personal with the audience. Mat Frazer – actor (American Horror Story: Freak Show), artist, writer and musician – kicked things off with a frank and open discussion of the ‘elephant in the room’ in as he talked about phocomelia (a condition which causes ‘seal-like’ arms, in his case as a result of his mother taking the morning sickness drug Thalidomide during pregnancy). Equal parts funny and heart-warming, he talked about the relationship between disability and entertainment, showcasing a clever wit, subversive lack of political correctness, and a playful sideshow style.

The Freak and the Showgirl Greatest TITS

Julie kicked things off with a twist on the ‘sexy cop’ routine, showing us she could bump and grind with the best of the best, pushing the boundaries in a way that felt completely true to character.

After a tribute to friend and disability advocate Stellar Young, the pair launch into a vibrant whirlwind of performances: a look into the history of freaks and sideshows; a hilarious ukulele number; a video of a singing vagina that left the audience in turns squirming uncomfortably in their seats and howling with laughter; a terribly accented homage to Australian culture, complete with a half-naked tap dance to Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport (and a perfect dig at both Rolf Harris and Tony Abbot);  and an unbelievable naked interpretive dance number that left me wondering just how they get away with what they do.

Without a shred of shame, self-consciousness or anything other than total acceptance, Julie and Mat gave us their all, and this is what makes them really stand out from the crowd. Because spectacle and theatrics aside, the lasting impression left by this show is of two people who are incredibly comfortable with their bodies and their sexualities – The Freak and the Showgirl was a true a celebration of the glorious reality of humanity, imperfections and all.

(Tonight’s show was the pair’s last in Perth, but you might be able to catch Julie and Mat at Adelaide Fringe – check out their Facebook page for all the details, and make sure you have a chat and buy some merch after the show, because they’re both incredibly lovely and friendly).

Skull and Crossstales Freak and Showgirl

 *I was given free tickets to this show in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.