Things to read on the bus


Today I was going to write a totally emo post about how hard it is to be a writer, maker and a blogger in Australia. But I decided that would be interesting to ZERO people and that was probably best written in my diary and hidden under my bed. So INSTEAD I thought I would tell you about a few ace things I’ve seen around the traps lately, in case they seem interesting to you too. That’s WAY better than emo ramblings right? I think so. I do.

1 : Netflix are about to screen a new series starring Winona Ryder! I’m really excited about this and I know I’m not alone in my Winona fangirl-ness. It’s called Stranger Things and is apparently a ‘supernatural thriller’.  IMDB says: “When a young boy disappears, his mother must confront terrifying forces in order to get him back.”  It’s due on Netflix on July 15th – apparently across all territories, so Australians don’t have to wait and fret. (Found via Bust)

2. Writer Zena Alkayat and artist Nina Cosford have created a gorgeous illustrated biography of Jane Austen. It looks amazing and I am going to buy myself a copy. This book is part of a series of similarly beautiful and illustrated life stories. The others explore the lives of Coco Chanel, Virginia Woolf and Frida Kahlo.  I THINK these might be fresh editions of an existing series. Regardless, the books look ace. (Found via Brain Pickings)

3. I read this updated report about the little boy and the gorilla and felt it gave a realistic insight into how this tragic event played out. I am so glad the little guy made it out of there. How terrified he must have been. Poor gorilla dude. Sometimes things play out in ways that are just the worst, but we can learn the best stuff from the crappest things, I reckon.

4. If you love pop culture like I do, you might love listening to this! Two smart and funny journalists discuss all the things we love… it’s kind of like an audio program in the spirit of Leigh and Annabel’s show, I guess… ALTHOUGH there are some ace non-highbrow nostalgic-riddled films and shows discussed. Anyhow, this is a cute ep to start with. It features some Gilmore Girls critique/discussion and lots of talk about TV mums.

5. Lena Dunham is casting off her apology addiction.  (This decade in social commentary is surely going to be summed up with a picture of Lena Dunham.)

6. Which Outlander character are you?! Gosh. How good is Outlander? I never want to stop watching it. If you are a total Outlander tragic like me, you can take the quiz and revel in your Outlanderishness. (I got Clare!)

7. Make coffee and walnut cakes. They look like the PERFECT size and I want one for breakfast please.

8. Rude words alert. Bracing content alert. Angry alert. : But honestly, if you are having a bad day, this very snarky Facebook page might cheer you up. Don’t be mad at me if you are offended. I warned you!

9. There’s a REDDIT about GOMI? Who knew?! I won’t link to it here, but Google if that sounds good to you. It’s so meta to have a snark site about a snark site. It’s hurting my brain!

10. If you’re looking for a fancy villa in Canggu, Bali, then this might tickle your fancy!  I would like to go there some day. And eat pastries from Monsieur Spoon…. and sip Bintang…. and order in Nasi Goreng… (Found via My Scandinavian Home)

11. Let’s buy this place? (Also found via My Scandinavian Home)

12. If you are in Ballarat – there is an ace, friendly and super social crochet group waiting for you! Maybe you wanna go and hook with them?!

13. If you are a stitch-y type in or near Bendigo – Craft Alive needs you to help them make quilts as part of a Quilt-a-thon to benefit kids living with cancer. If you are not in Bendigo, you can still help. Details here. Quick sticks!

14. I’m reading this lady’s book and I love it.


Happy reading! That was so much better than emo, existentialist ramblings, right?

I hope your day is ace!!!

See you back here soon!


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  • Sara
    June 13, 2016 at 7:53 PM

    Hi Pip.
    Those Coffee cakes look delish! thanks for the heads up.
    Here’s one for you – the hob nob recipe in last months Gourmet Traveller – they are the best at making all the people happy!

  • Rachael
    June 6, 2016 at 11:24 AM

    Pip, you’re always so positive and chirpy…. So I would think it’s completely ok for you to do an emo post everynow and then. Emo posts are raw , honest and informative; still so much to enjoy, relate to and gain from in my pins.

    I know how good is Outlander?! I’ve reached the end of the available series on Netflix. Dying to know when the next series will be out!!!

  • Isabel
    June 5, 2016 at 2:38 PM

    Nice one Pip. It is bloody hard to be a writer, blogger and maker in Australia – maybe anywhere in the world? But we out here appreciate what you’re doing. I devoured all of Dani Shapiro’s books in the last year and loved them all, I think her memoir was my fave. I love learning about people’s stories, warts and all, especially the family baggage stuff and how people work through that. On the topic of negativity, I’ve found myself about to write a whingey whiney blog post quite often lately, and each time stopped myself. Maybe some things are best dealt with in the good old diary, or talked about with friends. Anyway. Happy winter to you Pip, and keep doing what you’re doing xx

  • Kate @ One Small Life
    June 5, 2016 at 2:01 PM

    Um yeah, these are all great interesting things. But I still really want to read that emo post that’s under your bed. x

  • Akaleistar
    June 3, 2016 at 9:17 AM

    The illustrated biography of Jane Austen sounds awesome!

  • Carolyn
    June 2, 2016 at 9:51 PM

    How good is Dani Shapiro’s book? I think it’s applicable to creative endeavours in general, not just writing. And I love Annabel and Leigh, so mayb I’ll need to give the pop podcast a go – Lorelai and Seina, what more could you want?

  • Ang
    June 2, 2016 at 7:24 PM

    Oh Pip! What a totally fabulous and eclectic list of reading loveliness! I particularly love your reference to Outlander – Speaking of tragic, I made an Outlander cake and took it to work today!! I put a pic on insta and tagged you so you could see it – hope you like it! I also love the look of Mary Berry’s coffee walnut cakes (So love Mary B!) I think they will be perfect for some weekend baking! Cheers + have a lovely weekend xx

  • Donna Bridges
    June 2, 2016 at 4:22 PM

    Im really liking the look of those illustrated biographies in fact I might need to buy them for my Art History studying youngest Miss Possum (but only so I can borrow them) . I’m having a find my groove kind of week it’s seventies music and old photos for me.

  • Robyna
    June 2, 2016 at 12:28 PM

    I think perhaps more than zero people would be interested, but I understand the desire to publish positivity. The whole gorilla story is so tragic but it’s certainly been interesting watching the social media commentary unfold. Lots of perfect people out there, it seems. Will check out all the other lovely things you suggest.

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