FairyLoot Unboxing November 2016 • Royals And Rogues

I just published my third video on my YouTube channel, but it’s the first one where I’ve shown my face so that’s new! I’m hoping to work on my channel in 2017 but I’ll publish one or two by the end of the year just to get things going.

I recently cancelled my Owlcrate subscription so that I could try out FairyLoot (I couldn’t justify buying both at the same time!). I went for FairyLoot because I couldn’t believe the amount of items included in each box and their high quality. I was with Owlcrate for almost a year before I cancelled and I noticed that I just wasn’t that excited when my boxes came anymore. And I’m a person who REALLY loves getting mail! The quality of the products seemed to decline; perhaps that’s just me, but it’s something I noticed.

Cutting to the chase, I’m really glad that I subscribed. In this month’s box, I got a Queen of Books mug which was designed exclusively for FairyLoot and themed tea (earl grey) was also included with some little filters. I don’t usually use loose tea leaves but I’m excited to give it a go! The last time I drank earl grey was when I worked in a comic store when I was 14 and my boss bought it for me to try. Maybe it’ll be nostalgic!

I also got a gorgeous black and gold Calipha pocket mirror which was another exclusive item inspired by The Wrath and The Dawn duology, and a Queen of Terrasen notepad. It was apparently hand lettered by Alexis Lampley and the design was inspired by the Throne of Glass series. I always bring a notebook with me when I head out and this pretty little one is the perfect size for my handbag!

There was also an item inspired by the featured book, Nemesis by Anna Banks, which features carnivorous mermaids, war, romance and an energy source called spectorium, which is what inspired the item included. It’s a purple soap in the shape of crystals. I thought that taking the featured book and its world into consideration was a really nice touch.

A signed bookplate, author letter and parani sketch were included as well as two art prints inspired by Red Queen. Not a bad haul!

Check out my full unboxing video below: 

All in all, I’m really impressed with the box and I’m definitely staying signed up for the foreseeable future!

If you’re interested in this box, check out their website here, but be warned: there’s a waiting list so prepare yourself for a bit of a wait.

Finished, Not Perfect • Writing A Novel

A video by Jake Parker had a viral moment a few days ago, and many people on my Facebook timeline were sharing and talking about it. The message of the video really resonated with me, and it’s something that a writer or an artist or anyone pursuing their dream needs to hear from time to time: Just finish it. It doesn’t have to be perfect. 

It’s one of the most important things that a creator can learn, and this is especially true for writers. Every first draft stinks, every first draft is rife with imperfection and dodgy dialogue, every first draft needs layers of other drafts before it is worthy of being published. Deep down writers know this but it’s so hard to remember it every day.

When you’re stuck on that middle chapter and thinking of giving up, don’t. Pick up your pen again or open that Word document and power through, even if you think what you’re writing is worse than crap. You got this.

Do yourself a favour and check out the video below:

March Reading Journal • Chilling out and reading

I’ve decided to try and put together a monthly video journal of what I’ve been reading and writing (possibly a bit too ambitious for me, but we’ll see). Although I’ve been reading mostly graphic novels this month, I did fit in a couple of actual books as well and some of them are featured along with Revolution Papers in honour of the Easter Rising celebrations.

I’ve also started to bullet journal (or attempt to at least) and, for someone who desperately wants to be organised but can never manage it, hopefully it’ll be something I stick to.

If you’re interested in taking a look, click on the video below!

What have you been reading about this month? Let me know in the comments!

Video • March Owlcrate Unboxing – ‘Writer’s Block’ Theme

I’ll upload a full review soon but for now I put together my first YouTube video of me chilling out with the items I received in March’s Owlcrate box.

This is definitely my favourite box so far and it’s also my favourite theme, ‘writer’s block’. The team at Owlcrate really did a fantastic job this month.

Check out what I got in the video below: