As we watch the world grinding to a halt in the midst of a global pandemic, I've started this series exploring the ways in which the COVID-19 coronavirus is changing our lives - possibly forever.
Missing Friends at Different Ends of the Earth
How living the expat life affected my ability to maintain relationships. On a family holiday in New York, sometime around 2004, my Dad broke the news to my Sister and I that he had accepted a job offer in Bahrain. Having never heard of it, I asked him where it was: “It’s a small island... Continue Reading →
Last weekend I lost my Grandmother - affectionately known as 'Nanny' to us Grandchildren. I wrote this over the course of the last week, as everything unfolded. ARRIVAL We shuffle our food nervously Waiting for the gate to be called Sipping wine slowly We sit impatiently on the runway Waiting for the plane to take... Continue Reading →
Hello world: Social Media, Technology & Switching Off
I left Facebook months ago in an attempt to gain back some control - of my emotions as well as my actions, as it is the former that guides the latter - which had become an increasingly ephemeral presence in my life. Freed from the clutches of shallow techno-fantacism, I experienced a brief period of... Continue Reading →
'Jaded', a poem by Liam McMillan.
Perfectionism: Setting Myself up for Failure
How setting myself unrealistic goals has hindered progress. It happens every January: After the hedonistic Christmas period has left me feeling deflated emotionally, and inflated physically, I sit down to write my New Year’s resolutions, or as I call it the "Do More" list. More out of a misplaced sense of guilt, (and a dash... Continue Reading →
The Boy on the Hill
The Boy on the Hill - A Poem by Liam McMillan
Book Club: April 2018
Since I've been reading a lot more this year I thought I would start a feature on what I've read recently, what I'm currently reading, and what I'll be reading soon. I'm always up for recommendations and book swaps so feel free to message me or chat in the comments section! Read: Conversations with Friends... Continue Reading →
Alcohol, Sobriety and Perfectionism.
Lessons learned from being sober (and subsequently not).
Musings on Death (and other irrational fears).
I awake in the night as the fear swoops down and clutches my chest, breath stolen as they draw closer, words turning to ash in my mouth. Paralysed beneath sheets I am fixated on ephemeral movements in the shadows; they have come for me again. The cold smoke of their limbs wrap around me and... Continue Reading →