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Okay so I’m gonna caveat this link with the statement that some of the opinions in this article about self-publishing in order to live as a veritable nomad are laughable (traditional publishing is not dying, you utter bellend), BUT, I read this and felt semi-inspired to get back into my writing projects, so thought I’d share.

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On that, are you looking for more opportunities to spend some time focused on your writing projects? Aerogramme Writers Studio have collated this maaaaaaassive list of writing residencies and fellowships in 2017 from around the globe. BRB, applying for all the things.

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YouTube came the fuck through for me with this UNFUCKINGBELIEVABLE Hollywood Reporter roundtable with two of my husbands, Donald Glover and Lin-Manuel Miranda, PLUS Damien Chazelle (of Whiplash and La La Land directorial fame), fierce kween Issa Rae (*dies*) and everyone’s favourite dad, Jon Favreau. Holy HECK this was the best hour of my week BY FAR.

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And lastly for today, over on Junkee, Rebecca Varcoe takes a look at the disparity of experience in the arts. So much of this rings true, but, I don’t know what’s next. Lots to ponder.

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Kicking off today with this blistering piece over on Junkee about just how important intersectional feminism is ❤

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The Urban List has done up a handy (and also Expedia-sponsored) list of tips for when you’re thinking about planning your next trip overseas. Get packing!

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When I was roadtripping around England with my Mum, we stopped in Winchester for a number of reasons. One of them was to glimpse the famed Round Table of the Arthurian Legends, but as luck would have it, The Great Hall was closed the day we passed through. Good job, life. Anyway, if the words “arthurian legends” or “round table” mean nothing to you, The Conversation has enlisted Arthurian scholar Amy Brown to talk us through the basics of the stories.

For good measure, here’s the ridiculous but infinitely watchable trailer for Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur adaptation, set for release in March.

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Are you vaguely terrible with money? Perhaps you’re like me and have almost always none because shitty wage + outrageous cost of living is fucked? Here are eight tips to help you kick your year off right.

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I am literally dying with excitement about these 12 Australian films to catch in 2017. Lion was by far one of the most moving and honest things I’ve ever seen, so I can’t wait to see what else is in store for filmgoers this year.

Cool Stuff Sunday: New Years edition

Holy shit guys, we’ve finally made it! Good-fucking-bye to you, 2016; see you in the seventh circle of hell!

New year, new stuff. Have a bunch of great ways to kick off your 2017.

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Make sure you’re practicing some self-care this year. We’ve all had a shithouse time of it for the last 365 days, so pull your socks up and employ some of these tips to look after yourselves, babes ❤

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Something that wasn’t shit about 2016 was the amount of incredible literature published. The Guardian asked some of Australia’s best-loved authors for their tops picks from 2016.

On the topic of “best of 2016” lists: the 50 best podcasts, and the 10 worst movies!

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Make a resolution to get off your butt and get healthy this year? I probably did. Find your new running track in Brisbane here, take a holiday for your health here, pack better work lunches here, and if you just wanna work on yourself in the privacy and comfort of your own home, here are 5 core strengthening exercises that require only one thing: a wall.

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If you want to travel more in 2017, get reading:

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And finally, if you’ve set your sights on the dating scene, or just need some new ideas to enliven date night with your number one bae (I’m so sorry, I wrote this in 2016 and bae will definitely never appear in any future CSS posts), The Cusp have put together some super ideas that won’t empty your wallet.

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Go forth into the bright sunshine of a new year my sweet babies. You deserve it x

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Firstly, sorry for last week’s sad one-link post! I started collating my weekly finds and then conveniently just… didn’t. So anyway, enjoy this make-up post ❤

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I find prison an incredibly interesting environment from an outside perspective, and recently, Buzzfeed partnered with the Howard League for Penal Reform to publish inmate diaries from one day in September this year. Interesting to read just how boring it can be.

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Thinking of packing up shop and moving overseas? I know I am. Check out these handy tips over at The Cusp on doing it without fucking up!

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My cousin Mal recently took a trip back to Tanna Island to discover more about our ancestor, Tommy, and his trip from Tanna to Queensland back in the 1800s. He found some incredible things out, including the fact Tommy wasn’t blackbirded as we had long suspected, but in fact desperately wanted to get off the island. #themoreyouknow

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How is this even real? *cries*

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Okay so apparently there are people who can’t visualise things in their mind. These people are called aphantasiacs, and one of them has written this amazing insight into discovering he had it. Humans are so weird and I absolutely love it.

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The Hamilton Mixtape is gonna drop real soon, and I’m dying with anticipation, but in the meantime, I’m spending every available moment on Lin-Manuel’s soundcloud account. It’s an incredible insight into his writing process. One of the most mind-blowing tracks (aside from the haunting demo of Satisfied) is this early draft of My Shot, complete with extended HERCULES MULLIGANNNNNNN (soz had to) verse:

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Looking to travel somewhere there are fewer crowds or less tourists to combat in queues at beautiful landmarks? NatGeo have put out a great list of 10 places that need more travellers. A couple of spots out of left field, but Armenia looks pretty freaking lovely, and I’ve always wanted to see Nepal.

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Continuing with the travel thing, now that I’m itching to get on a plane again now, here are some practical tips to saving your hard-earned cash for your next trip, thanks to my pal Tofu Traveler. I really am going to have to say goodbye to Apple Music, aren’t I?

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Silverchair is one of the best bands to come out of Australia probably ever, and I was stoked to find Triple J have done a huge retrospective on the J Files podcast. Catch the episode–featuring a pretty in-depth chat between The Doctor and Daniel Johns, and the accompanying four-chapter breakdown. Epic.

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As a lifelong Potterhead, it’s been interesting to watch the growth and expansion of the Potterverse since part two of The Deathly Hallows was released. This wonderful piece over on Buzzfeed really gets to the heart of how strange it feels to not be excited by more of something I have loved since I was 11. (FYI, I definitely, absolutely, unequivocally want a TV series about the Hogwarts Founders, so if someone at Netflix can run with this, that’d be super.)

With the Harry Potter franchise, it’s not an issue of quantity — it’s one of quality. The community around Harry Potter is used to being overwhelmed by material. They were revolutionary in that field, innovating what it meant to be a fan in the age of the internet, and serving as a gateway to many of what we consider the major fandoms and pop-cultural phenomena of the past decade.

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And to round off the day, here is my pal Simon Groth with the only response to Dylan’s Nobel Prize I care about. Absolutely spot on. A+. Five stars. Etc.

Cool Stuff Sunday: bumper edition

So for the first time in months, I haven’t posted for two Sundays in a row 😦 I AM SORRY LOYAL HUMANS, I was very very not alive after a major work project/event and several uni deadlines happened in the space of ten days. My gift to you is a GIGANTIC edition of Cool Stuff Sunday today, so enjoy many ridiculous things that I’ve found over the last fortnight. You’re welcome.

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I am a very annoying, affectionate person. My friends both love and hate me if we haven’t seen each other in a while, because one of the ways I express emotional reactions is by touching another human being, i.e. I will hug them for a very long time and smoosh their beautiful faces. Anyway, Mental_Floss has put together some “rules” (i really don’t know why they’re calling them rules but ok M_F, you do you) about touch, and how important it can be in alleviating some symptoms of depression.

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Speaking of it, a new study has found that depression may actually originate–at least for some people–in our immune systems. Take a look at this article over at the Sydney Morning Herald for one of the most interesting reads on neuroscience this week.

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The TOM HANKS TAKEDOWN over on Buzzfeed was amazingly gripping for a roasting of one of my faves??? Charting the rise and fall of Hanx is pretty spectacular, and so insanely in-depth that I’m left wondering if, in fact, the author has done their entire PhD on him. (Nice one if so).

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It’s November so as is my body’s wont, I’m getting itchy feet again. I’ve seen some berserk travel deals in the last month, and finally investigated what the heck an error fare is thanks to my buddy Tofu Traveler, who has some excellent tips for getting your cheap on when planning your next trip.

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R U INTROVERT? Have some tips about doing life.

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Who loves Beyonce? Me! Most of the time. If you do too, take a look at these mash-ups of Bey tunes with other excellent tunes. I’m particularly stoked with the Partition/Bitch Better Have My Money track, and the Halo/Fire Meet Gasoline mash-up is scratching at my insides, but basically these are all magnificent.

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Not part of the Beyhive?

Head over to the NME for a collection of Bowie’s isolated vocals on some of his most masterful pieces. What magic we have lost this year 😦

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An important discussion on what we need to talk about with our children when we talk about consent and body autonomy. 

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Pete Souza, the man behind the lens over the course of Barack Obama’s presidency has shared some of his favourite ever photographs of the outgoing President (jesus that’s hard to write). Wonderful, funny, heartwarming and poignant. I’m gonna miss this guy.

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Am absolutely loving my rewatch of Sailor Moon currently, and stumbled across these 15 things you might not know about good old meatball head. GET IT TOGETHER, TUXEDO MASK!

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And to take us out, here’s a thing. I saw A Monster Calls earlier in the week, and it annihilated what was left of me after a pretty huge fortnight. It was an absolutely beautiful retelling of Patrick Ness’ work, but make sure you take someone who’s going to hold your hand while you heave wracking sobs next to them.

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Arts workers famously earn fuck all money (can attest to the veracity of the statement), so ArtsHub have done us a solid and complied a list of 50 Ways to Make A Living in The Arts! Hooray!

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One of my fave movies from the last few years, Turbo Kid, is getting a flippin’ sequel guys. Oh ma gadddddd ❤ Here’s the film clip/prequel too.

ALSO, SEE TURBO KID IF YOU HAVEN’T YET.

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Fancy a trip through the English countryside? (Yes is the only correct answer to that btw). Take a squiz at these beautiful Austen-esque accommodation options over at Verily and get planning. I am beside myself in love with the Northanger Abbey Suffolk priory and need to live there yesterday.

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Taika Waititi is one of my favourite human beings on the planet, and this interview is a prime example of why. Creative nomad. Just. MARRY ME ALREADY.

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Feminist reads! Added these to my TBR list, and would like to add Unspeakable Things by Laurie Penny to the mix.

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Normally I get a bit huffy seeing articles about travelling as a single female, but there are quite a few places in this AWOL list that I’m keen to head to, so thought I’d share for the babes flying solo ❤

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It’s been a bit of a rough week this week after Lionel Shriver opened Brisbane Writer’s Festival with a divisive address on identity, cultural appropriation and the right to write last Thursday. There was a lot of hurt caused, and words exchanged, and a ‘right of reply’ pop-up session held at the festival. So it’s been intense. This article on Medium written by Ana Thomas is an incredible exploration of cultural appropriation in the fashion industry, but the points carry over to general life.

That blind entitlement is the foundation in which a person’s defense can begin to grow and also find a distorted justification, when confronted. Oftentimes when someone is called out for appropriation by the community from which they’re stealing — they take offense and go on the defense. Responding aggressively or decidedly taking an uninvolved stance through passive language.

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So apparently scientists have been researching fertilisation and KABLAMMO we may be able to fertilise pseudo-embryos if this experiment on mice is anything to go by… ~weird science~

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I can’t say I’m the world’s biggest South Park fan. I’ve seen a handful of episodes over the years and–for the most part–enjoyed them. But I’ve never been swayed enough to sit down purposefully and watch it, unless you count those times when my mother watched it religiously every week (100% not a lie). Anyway. There’s a really great oral history of South Park making the rounds on The Hollywood Reporter, and I read it gleefully. So you probs should too.

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We are nearing the close of Brisbane Writer’s Festival, and I can’t believe it’s nearly over for another year! Yesterday I had the chance to interview the bloody marvellous Kirsty Eagar, who’s written probably my fave New Adult romance of 2016, Summer Skin. Set in Brisbane at The University of Queensland, Kirsty’s written a sexy, fun novel that takes a look at hookup culture, and the perverse ways social media dictates out interactions. Clementine Ford called it “the feminist love story girls have been waiting for” so you know it’s gonna be a fab read. Anyway, two feminist water babies talking romance? Yeah, I had a pretty excellent time at our session. Today I wanted to spruik Kirsty and her works (Summer Skin is her fourth novel), because she is awesome and you should definitely be reading her books. The end.

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Wanna see some awesome historical photographs taken in Paris? Head over to The Local and feast your eyes on these 15 magnificent images. I am completely in love with the bizarre leg heater (number 10), and why would you not do swimming training in a pool (7)?

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Continuing my Hamobsession, I am eagerly awaiting The Hamilton Mixtape (as are many!). To get you pumped up for its release, take a quick look behind the scenes with Tariq Trotter in this interview over at Entertainment Weekly.

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I’m all about people being happy, feeling good and loving themselves. It’s sometimes such a tough gig, but it matters so much to be able to look in a mirror and feel more than apathy. Over at the Greatist, Susie Moore gives us 13 things to ditch for happiness. Gotta say that a lot of these are primo joy-inducers, so get on it, babes.

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Ever heard of Teleport? This berserk website (link goes to AWOL for instructions etc) takes your financial situation, your travel preferences, and ideal rental requirements to magic an algorithm into telling you the best cities in the whole world for you to live. My top 3 were Prague, Vienna and Berlin so apparently I’m off to Europe, but secretly I’m gunning for my fifth best match, Edinburgh 😀 Take a look at the site and tell me your Top 3 cities in the comments!

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I really needed this laugh today. Thank you everyone.

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Over at AWOL, Kate McCabe has put together an hilarious and hugely accurate list about the differences between long- and short-term travellers. Laughed so hard at the references to Excel, of which I am 100% guilty. I can’t say I agree about TripAdvisor though…

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As if I was capable of not dying over this news: DID YOU SONSABITCHES KNOW LESLIE ODOM JR (aka the OG Aaron Burr on Broadway’s Hamilton) WAS IN AN EPISODE OF GILMORE GIRLS? I didn’t because I hate GG, but I’ve been forced to watch it by friends who love it and I literally just watched the episode where he was Rory’s journo adversary and basically has he always been A. Burr or have I passed out and hallucinated too much I CAN’T BREEEEEEEEEATHE RIGHT NOW *dies*

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I really dig what the guys over at The Cusp do. Sometimes, I get a nice surprise by seeing my friend’s name in a byline. On Thursday night I clicked through to this awesome article on switching out items in different areas of your life when budgeting is a priority, and lo, there is my buddy and primo human, Lauren, sparkling as usual. Go and get some finance tips!

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Been obsessed with this powerhouse tune for a few weeks now after seeing Demi perform on Ellen. Dayum, man. Those pipes.