The A – Z of Me

I’ve seen this tag floating around on the blogosphere for a while now, so I thought I’d give it a go. I do try to inject a bit of my own personality into my posts anyway, but I’m not one to pass up a chance to talk all about my favourite subject (myself) for a wee while.


A: Animals. I really love animals. So much so that at the end of my three years at university, I was awarded the unofficial ‘RSPCA Recognition Award For Selfless Devotion and Appreciation of Furry Four-Legged Creatures. I’m a crazy cat lady in the making, but I can’t resist shouting “DOG!” if I pass one on the street, and honestly, anything with pit-pat paws or a dinky wet nose will get me squealing like a little (very cute) piglet.

B: Books. I have a tricky, love-hate relationship with books. I’ve always been a reader and I pride myself on that fact; during my childhood, there wasn’t a time when I wouldn’t be in the middle of some story or other. I’ve always wanted to be an author in my own right, but both reading and writing took a back seat while I studied my degree, which was, ironically, in Creative Writing and English Literature.

C: Cats. See Figure A. Cats are my favourite. I have one of my own called Merlin. He is a one-year-old black Bombay (I often get confused and say he’s a Burmese, but he’s definitely a Bombay), and he is the light of my life.

D: Dressing up. I’m one of those people who puts waaay too much effort into fancy-dress. If I wasn’t crippled with anxiety, I probably would have liked to try my hand at acting. As it is, though, I normally just stick to Halloween!

E: Eating. Ah, my first love.

F: Friendship. I count myself very lucky to have such wonderful friendships. There isn’t much within reason that I wouldn’t do for the people I care about, and I know I speak the truth when I say my babes have got my back.

G: Garlic bread. If it’s true that ~God~ created the heavens and the earth in six days, he surely created garlic bread on the seventh.

H: Harry Potter. I’ve always been a huge fan of all things Harry Potter, and with the exception of receiving no Hogwarts acceptance letter on my 11th birthday, my love has never wavered. I could talk about the series, both book and film, for hours, and a number of my best friendships have been built solely on a mutual appreciation for that world. I even wrote one of my final pieces at university about it!

Waiting in line to see Deathly Hallows Part 2!

I: It’s Kind of a Funny Story. This book, written by Ned Vizzini, was a godsend for me when I was a teenager. I read it at a very poignant time in my life, when my mental health was on a bit a lot of a downward slope, and it helped me to rationalise and understand what was happening and how I felt about it. It also gave my mum an insight to what I was experiencing. It’s still a very important book to me today, and I think it should be on everybody’s TBR.

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J: Juliet. I was named after the midwife who delivered me through a very difficult birth, and all my life, people have had one of two reactions when I introduce myself. The first is, “Oh, like in the play?” or variations thereof (lads in particular favour this one and often introduce themselves as Romeo in return. Yawn), and the second is, “Wow, that’s such a pretty name!” which is a lot nicer to hear!

K: Kingston-Upon-Hull. This is where I spent three very important years of my life whilst studying at The University of Hull. My degree was in Creative Writing and English, but the most life-changing, character-building thing about my time here was the experience. I made so many friends and overcame so many obstacles, and I definitely feel like I learnt more than what was simply on the curriculum.

L: Leo. The person I love most in the whole entire world.

M: Makeup. Goes without saying, really. I mean, I wouldn’t dedicate an entire blog to something I don’t care about, would I? Something that started as necessity has become something I really love.

N: Names. As a writer, I have a bit of a thing about names. I like researching what they mean and where they come from. When I create a character, quite often naming them is the hardest part, because it has to mean something, however detached. As a result, I have several baby-naming apps on my iPad, and I’ve got a battered old book on my shelf as well. Slightly weird for a twenty-two year old woman who as of yet has no intention of having children, but there you go!

O: Ocean. My happy place is on nestled into the rock face next to Goodrington beach in Devon, with a good book and a flask of Earl Grey; I remember being exactly there very vividly when I was about sixteen for so long my mum had to come and find me to make sure I was okay. I love being by the seaside, I’d live there if I could, and try to make excuses to visit my dad as much as possible seeing as he lives right on the Cornish coast.

P: Patriarchy. As in: ‘smash the-‘. I feel very strongly about past and present gender issues, and one of my proudest moments in life was when I was described as a scary feminist. I’m definitely one of those people who will pick up on anything remotely or intrinsically misogynistic and take the opportunity to incite discussion about it; I know it’s obnoxious, it’s one of my worst habits, but it’s also part of who I am and I’m proud of it.

Q: Quizzes. You know when you scroll through Buzzfeed and you see those ridiculous personality quizzes and think, “Who even takes these quizzes?” Guilty!

R: Raspberry. My favourite fruit and colour.

S: Sloths. Most definitely my favourite animal. I even started a sloth-themed Tumblr a while back (which now has approximately 20,000 followers lol). It’s my dream to give one a big cuddle one day. I know they’re not the biggest cuddlers, and they have massive claws that can pierce right into your skin, but I’m not going to let that deter me.

One day away from finishing my degree. Existential crisis selfie feat. Pat and Si offering moral support lol

T: Television. I have quite a short attention span and as a result, I don’t like to watch things I haven’t seen before (problematic, I know), except in very rare cases like The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones. All I really watch is reruns of sitcoms like Friends, How I Met Your Mother, and The Big Bang Theory, which sounds really boring but really, I just like to be able to switch off for a while.

U: Unique. I’ve always been told that I’m a bit weird, and when I ask why, I am then told that I am unique, ‘you know, in a good way!’ I used to find this mildly offensive and wonder what it was about me that apparently made me so unusual, but I’ve come to realise that all it means is that I am interesting. I make people laugh and I’m not afraid of looking silly, and if that makes me weird, then so be it! It’s a long way to have come from a seventeen year old girl who was too afraid to leave the house most days.

V: Veronica Shofftstall. The writer of my all-time favourite poem, After A While.

I cut this out of the newspaper over 15 years ago and have carried it in my wallet ever since.:  

W: Writing. Being a writer isn’t easy, and sometimes I wonder how I have the audacity to call myself a writer anymore. I’m currently in the middle of a four or five year creativity slump, a block which this blog was supposed to permeate, and it’s discouraging sometimes when I realise how long it’s been since I had any original, thrilling ideas that I couldn’t wait to write about like when I was a teenager. But when it happens, it’s so exciting, and reading back something you’ve written and thinking, ‘This is great,’ is always such a fantastic feeling.

X: X-rated. In real life, I swear quite a lot (with appropriate audiences), but I try to keep it to a minimum online and end up using twee substitutes like ‘golly gosh’. So cool, right!

Y: Yuk! I’ve got that thing where you really hate things with holes in. Eurgh, even thinking about it now has got me going all queasy.

Z: Zzzzz… I don’t tend to fall asleep easily. Since I was about twelve, and even before that age sometimes, I was awake until the early hours, often not sleeping at all throughout the night, due to an inability to switch off. Now I’m working, it seems to have done a complete u-turn and I’ll find myself nodding off on the sofa like an old lady!


That was a lot harder than I thought it would be! But there we go, hopefully you will all have got to know me a bit better!

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Juliet

I'm Juliet and I'm a twenty-something Creative Writing graduate based in the U.K. with a love of books, cats, and cosmetics.

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8 Comments

  1. Super duper cute tag!!! I think I’m gonna give this a-go too!
    I loved so many letters of your answers. I’m so surprised your favorite animal is a sloth. Have you seen Zootopia the movie? I’m sure you’ll get a kick out of the sloths in that, lol.

    1. Definitely! I’d be interested to read it. And yes I have seen Zootopia, the sloths at the DMV are hilarious!!

  2. This is such a fun post! It’s so amazing that you were awarded the RSPCA award! And your cat is so adorable ☺️ I’ve always wanted to have one so I kind of feel like a crazy cat lady without the cat… haha. The story behind your name is so sweet but I can totally see it getting annoying with those awful chat-up lines 😴 Looking up names and their meanings is always exciting! My old university department just published a huge dictionary of surnames in the UK and I wish I had had the chance to work on that – it’s nice reading up about where they come from, especially some of the less common ones. I really enjoyed reading this post so thank you for sharing it! ☺️ xx

    1. The award wasn’t an official award unfortunately, it was a silly ceremony that my friends did for everyone in my group at the end of our three years together! Everyone got a jokey award based on their antics!
      Thank you, I love my cat so much! Do you think you’ll get one in the future?
      That dictionary of names sounds amazing, I find the origins so interesting to read up on.
      You’re very welcome, thank you for reading/commenting! If you do it yourself, make sure you like me!😁 xx

      1. Ahahahahaha trust me to take something literally! And hopefully one day! I’m currently living with my parents and my mum isn’t a fan of pets in the house so will have to wait til I can get my own place 😔 but I can’t imagine anything better than blogging with a little fluffy kitten on my lap! And you’re welcome! I really enjoy reading your posts ☺️ xx

        1. I’m living with my parents at the minute too but luckily my mum is as mad about cats as I am! Thank you so much, that’s always so lovely to hear! Xxx

  3. This was fun to read! I’m also all about Harry potter & loved your fav poem. Thx for sharing it bc I’ve never heard of it! It seemed a good one to remember in times of transition in life :))

    1. I discovered the poem about three years ago and it’s stuck with me ever since. It’s been very comforting at times x

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