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Mental health has been a big buzzword throughout the 20th century, but why out of any other timeline in history has it seemed to destroy so many millennials’ lives within the past decade?

Stories of depression, and anxiety especially have ricocheted through our generation and have left many of us socially inept — including myself. I have had a lot of experience with both of these invisible illnesses; depression crippling me for nearly two years, I spent most of my life inside, stuck in my chair under a veil of…


Short story

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The eyes are her most striking feature, inset into her deeply, bigger than they were ever expected to be. The colour of conkers, ripe chestnuts — reflecting no light, only devouring it. Lashes like unruly brush; thick and long, framing the deep curves of her sockets. They enchant, as they lay luring, dragging you inwardly — beckoning.

An unusual face to her, her nose short, and a prominent chin like those before her, with hair that never really grew like the others, fine, cut above her ears that were also larger than expected. She wasn’t particularly tall for…


Can you get by with Fiction, or is it all just about Self-Help?

Trying to be a better writer takes time and practice, the first 99% of what we create understandably is probably garbage. I haven’t been writing on Medium for long, I discovered the platform in March of 2021, I was frantic with excitement because I finally found a place to truly be myself, I could write without paying attention to followers, or niches, and I could write whatever I desired. …


And we only have 8 years left.

Maybe this is all down to the fact that I have an unhealthy relationship with the dystopia genre. It’s not very often that I wake up late, in a sweat after a full night of living through the apocalypse, I have three very young children, it’s rare I get sleep at all. …


Which one is better for your artwork?

It has long since been a dream of mine to become a full time artist; dungarees laden with dried up paint, crusty paint palettes, canvases littered everywhere, because traits like that are what make artists, artists right? Not so much in our culture, nowadays artists very rarely paint — weird considering that’s what we’re meant to be doing. Instead we are filing our taxes, monitoring our websites and consistently posting to our many social media handles. …


And a few of my favourites

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There’s something about the dystopian genre that really speaks to me, beyond the suffering and torturing of people, beyond the injustice and totalitarianism, it’s the imagination of the people that create these post-apocalyptic glances into the future, showing us just enough of what goes on inside their askew minds, that help forge some of the most chilling, and terrifying possible pathways man could take.

I have watched, and read many dystopian fabrications, layers upon layers of fragmented realities, each one more harrowing than the next, and during this time I’ve come to realise that…


The extreme side of alienation.

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the state or experience of being alienated.

  • (in Marxist theory) a condition of workers in a capitalist economy, resulting from a lack of identity with the products of their labour and a sense of being controlled or exploited.
  • psychiatry
    a state of depersonalization or loss of identity in which the self seems unreal, thought to be caused by difficulties in relating to society and the resulting prolonged inhibition of emotion.

This is the dictionary’s definition of a state of being that I feel everyday.

Definitions of words can vary from person to person, country to…


Can we avoid being influenced?

You wake up and make your breakfast, a smoothie bowl, acai bowl, maybe avocado on toast. Then you get dressed in clothing that is usually in style in some way, you go to wash your face, put on makeup with products. You think about breaking free whilst at work; what would you rather be doing? Maybe try your hand at making sourdough at the weekend perhaps, or think about redesigning your living space.

How many of those choices were made entirely alone, determined only by the person making them with no outside influence whatsoever? …


Social media, being niche and NFTs

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We all have our own individual, unique ideas about what we dream of becoming; famous, rich, beautiful. For me it’s artistry, I want to be an artist. I want to create.

There are many different forms of art, from digital to film making, for me it’s a little more traditional — I love to paint. But how easy is it to be an artist in such a fast paced, ever changing movement where the Apple pen rules, and you’re only allowed to paint different coloured cats?

Social Media

When it comes to creative businesses…


And why it’s damaging our art

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If you are a part of the online art community you will probably have heard of the most prized after quality all artists are aspiring to acquire; style. …

Rebecca

I’m 29, and live in the UK. Trying to make it as an artist in both traditional painting and writing in 2021. Dreaming of writing fiction and painting forever.

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