Remember I’m one of those mental people that likes to write two blogs? Yeah, well I’ve now decided to enter one of them into the Marie Claire Blog Awards*.
My other blog – The Fashion Lover – has been going for about two years now. It started as writing about all the pretty things I had seen in shops, and has evolved to a “what I’m wearing, what they’re wearing, what’s going on in the world of fashion, what can you get on the highstreet” type… er… thing.
So… I’m writing a fantasy novel, holding up a job, I have two Facebook pages, two Twitter pages, two blogs and a social life. I occasionally feel like I have a split personality!
But it seems to work well, because of all you wonderful people reading my blog, I know that I’m not completely nuts… or not alone anyway. I get so much enjoyment out of writing these blogs thanks to you lovely lot… though I will say that the blogs are about my two favourite past-times, so they started as completely selfish ramblings!
Back to the split personality bit. Writing and fashion don’t necessarily come hand in hand, and I often get a bit bewildered flicking back and forth between the two subjects so much. I love to snuggle up in flannel pyjamas and fluffy slippers with a mug of tea (duh) and write and read and geek out to my heart’s content. But I also like to dress up in beautiful clothes and do my make-up and hair and go out in public, knowing that people are admiring what I’m wearing. I like to go shopping in Topshop and Warehouse and River Island as much as I love huddling in a bookshop.
So it takes me a while to switch off from the public, fashionable me to become the fantasy author me. Though they are both equally me. For years, I was almost ashamed to admit how much of a geek I really am. I love my sci-fi TV series and books. I love having surreal conversations using wordplay to create “Slugger O’Toole” into a slug-keeping Tory in a tweed jacket (true story).
When I was a teen, I could never reveal that side to people – I had to gossip about reality TV and celebrities and shoes and never delve deeper than what’s the latest from Eastenders. Now, don’t get me wrong, I absolutely adore that too (not Eastenders though). But I love both, and I’m not one or the other.
I became happier with this double-me in university. I admitted to myself that I was a writer, but refused to give up the clothes. And now, here I am – back and forth between the two, with two Facebook pages, two Twitter pages and two blogs.
Am I mental?
But you lot are reading it, so I can’t be doing it all wrong!
*This is a not-so subtle hint asking for your support!