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Monotonous Miniscule Blogging Mojo Moan and MEETING A HERO

Monotonous Miniscule Blogging Mojo Moan and MEETING A HERO Posted on 20/06/20166 Comments
Ahoy, hello! My name is Jenny. I am a thirty-something human female from Manchester in the north of England. I enjoy rainy days and sad songs, custard donuts and salt & pepper chips and beer, lentil dhal and fried okra, X-Files and Twin Peaks, fierce fat heroines and mental health advocates, dogs and cats and otters and a very special beirdo. To paraphrase Sylvia Plath: "I blog because there is a voice within me that insists on writing lots of ridiculous chuff".

Hello blog friends near and far. I am here! I live! This particular round of bloggers’-block took me by surprise. I’ve had a bit of an Internet-hiatus (of sorts) overall. I even got BEHIND ON INSTAGRAM. You guyz, that is pretty rare.

Starting my amazing new job has been an adjustment. Lots to absorb and process. My brain’s been feeling a bit overloaded. I want to really throw myself into this role with a great organisation. Lot of great people and opportunities. But boy if I’m not flagging by 4pm! (And indeed by Thursday, the 4pm of the working week……)

My exhaustion has been reaching new heights just lately though, so I’m back off to the doctor in a week or so. I want to get my B12 checked again, in case it’s already plummeted since February, and the glandular fever test would be good too; at least if I know the reason why I’m feeling so wiped out all the time, I can develop a plan of action!

C and Vulpe have both been super duper understanding while I’ve been supine on the bed/couch, trying not to sleep more than about 15 hours in every 24……

I did manage to stay out past my bedtime at the beginning of this month though. I went to a reading by my NUMBER ONE FAT-PERSON HERO Lindy West in Manchester, as part of a book launch tour for Shrill.

This was particularly special to me, since Lindy more or less pulled me into the world of body positivity (fat positivity); a HUGE change in my life. As I try to make my Big Fat Vegan Zine project more visible, I also make myself more visible as a fat person, and one who is trying to live as unapologetically as possible. Via a Q&A session, Lindy gave me her express permission to sass-block anyone who trolls me for this project. Too often I think we feel we are responsible for educating others about our ’cause’, but that takes a lot of time, energy and emotional investment, and it’s okay instead to seek out or try to create a space where folks can safely share their stories and appreciate the empathetic healing that can result. Thank you Lindy! <3

Speaking of zines, I attended the absolutely super-tastic Northwest Zine Fest in Manchester on Saturday. It took place at Islington Mill, and vegan-friendly caterers Sidney St Cafe were serving up really delicious grub.

The ‘What Are Zines Anyway?’ guide is FABULOUS and produced (for free) by zinester Cherry Styles.

I’m trying hard to muster not only my blogging mojo at the moment, but to drag myself out of this fatigue-slump overall! I’m hoping very much that the doctor can guide me on what might be up with my feeble-self this time around. My mood is chipper, but my body/mind are not playing ball. I hope you are all doing swell and enjoying this lovely, damp summer we’re having!

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  1. OMG Lindy West!!!! That picture is too cool. I just finished her book yesterday and I highlighted so many things. It’s definitely one I’ll be re-reading and recommending. She’s so rad!

  2. Also, apologies! My Lindy excitement got the best of me and I forgot to say that I totally understand why you’ve been taking a writing break! Starting a new job is tough (so much info to absorb!) and with your exhaustion issues on-top of that it’s amazing that you’ve been out hitting up zine fairs and book readings!

  3. Hope you get some answers from the doc. The zinefair sounds great. I went a few years ago when it was at Victoria Baths and loved it. How exciting to meet a hero too!

  4. I hope you find out what might be causing some exhaustion. I hope it is just some mental exhaustion from all the new information at your work instead of some sort of medical problem. At least you’ll get into a rhythm at work and it becomes less taxing. Good luck at the doctors.

  5. Goodness, I hope you feel better soon and have a chance to get some rest! I’ve been taking some of those sublingual extra strength b12 pills and they seem to be working for me, but I know some people need the shots (I actually have a vegetarian friend who has to take the shots no matter what – she has some sort of problem that keeps her from using B12, even if she eats animal products). The Zine event looked awesome! Kind of like being transported back to the time of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood ;).

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