Very Good Lives–J.K. Rowling

Sometimes I feel the need to curl up in J.K. Rowling’s writing like a security blanket. Harry Potter is obviously my favourite book series, even though I promised not to read it for five years after the movies were over I still broke that promise to myself and snuck them in a few times when I was stuck in a book rut and needed to break out.

I grew up with them and learned how to be a kind and clever person. So it only seems natural that in a transitional phase of my life, where I don’t know where I’m going, what I’m doing, who I want to remain, what I want to do with my life, and generally growing up from my 20s into my 30s, that I need her.

And this time she was making a very valid point:

Failure is good.

Failure IS an option.


Failure helps you learn more than success sometimes. And it’s not shameful or something you need to guilt yourself over.

This was a speech she had written for graduates at Harvard, and while it’s short, she makes you feel better if all you’ve ever felt you’ve done is fail. Or at least have a day where you feel like that’s all you’ve done and you are trapped in your own cry factory and BooHoo Festival.

Everyone needs to read this when they are feel stuck or like a failure or like their lives aren’t going anywhere.

She always puts things in perspective in a smart and articulate way that speaks to real people.

Curl up in her words, it’ll make you feel better, I promise.

Jo always has my back.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince–J.K. Rowling

Were you under the impression that I would stop reviewing these?

I laugh at your naïveté!

I was reading this while being trapped in the land of Trainspotting, my brain was in shambles, my spirit was low and I couldn’t find a book in sight that could hold my attention for more than thirty seconds. I put down probably six books before I picked this one back up. It seemed fitting since the last time a book (and I think it was still Trainspotting) busted up my noodle I turned to Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

C.S. Lewis once said “It is a good rule after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between.” I think that’s a good idea, but since I have a reading list that outstretches my lifespan I don’t always listen to that advice.

But man oh man was he right this time. Reading Harry Potter is that feeling of coming home after a long hard day. That feeling of being curled up in front of a movie with hot chocolate. That feeling of being snuggled up with your pets. That soul filling feeling of complete and utter calmness that I get from meditation, singing, and painting all in one.

I’m over selling this again, aren’t I?

HP and HBP may be sad, we lose a beloved character and the wizarding world is in turmoil, but it’s still home and I’m always glad to be back.


Healing Practices

As you know, my brain has been broken since I read Trainspotting. I think it was a little broken before that actually, I was too excited about going home for a bit that I couldn’t concentrate on one thing at all. I put down like four books, Trainspotting was the only one that was interesting to me at the time and then that just crushed my soul.

So, as everyone should do when they are having trouble getting back into reading, I started reading an old favourite : Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

It’s been a real joy to see all my old friends again! (Yes. I consider them my friends and family. I’m allowed to do that because I’m awesome.)

My brain is healing…but my heart is sick. Because I know what is going to happen in the next few chapters. I’m reaching the end, you see. I stayed up so late reading it (the sign of a truly amazing book even if you’ve read it a thousand times. It can still suck you in for hours making you shrug off the need for sleep.) and I’ve reached the point where things are about to get real.

Real Sirius, if you will. (Play on words! My favourite!)

Now I’m debating whether I would like to completely debilitate myself for the rest of the day or if I should stop now, leave things where they lie. Pretend that Sirius lived happily ever after and nothing bad ever happens again to my trio.

…who are we kidding. I’m going to spend the next few hours bawling.

Constant vigilance!

Laser Beam Leg

Yesterday I had the pleasure of having my first laser removal treatment for my tattoo. Being a fickle S.O.B. I’ve decided to remove some of it in order to add onto it.

Here’s the thing, people warn you that it hurts. Like reeeaaaally hurts. Hurts more than when you got the tattoo. What they don’t tell you is that it hurts like being hit by the fires of Mount Doom. I seriously had to hold my legs down because they were trying to escape of their own volition and/or trying to kick the poor girl who was laser beaming me.

Then on the third spot of her doing this (right between the eye. seriously.) I pulled back in order to clock her. Involuntarily of course. It was pure self preservation! She was hurting me, I would hurt her. Although punching is not nearly as painful as a laser. Obviously. (I hope you read that in Snape’s voice because that’s how I intended it. In fact, read everything from now on as though Alan Rickman is talking to you.)

This was all in a five minute span. Just so you are aware.

SO, I’m making a list of things that I think would be pretty on par with what I think it feels like, just in case you are ever thinking about it:

1)Being Viserys in Game of Thrones when Khal Drogo dumps the molten hot gold on his head. And thus killing him.

2)Becoming a vampire. Looks pretty painful.

3)Turning into a werewolf. I mean, your bones are shifting. Come on.

4) Frodo being poisoned by Shelob.

5)Being burnt with a thousand cigars in a concentrated area. And the cigars are covered in gasoline. And lava.

6)Being hit by Cyclops laser eyes. (Obvious)

7) Quirrel dying in Harry Potter.

8)Being under the Crucio spell. (Which ironically I was wearing my Crucio ring at the time!)

9)When Hermione is being cut into by Bellatrix.

10)How your heart feels when Fred dies.

Okay, I’m going to stop because this made me sad about Harry Potter out of nowhere.

Can’t wait for the next few sessions in a couple of months! (Not.)

Constant vigilance! (11 When Barty Crouch Jr is coming out of the Polyjuice potion haha Couldn’t resist.)