A little over a month ago, I pitched a feature story to a website that I’m a fan of, Hello Giggles. It’s a women’s lifestyle website with plenty of interesting, first-person stories about the highs and lows of life for women of my general demographic, mixed with op-ed style pieces about current affairs that relate to women, and lighter, fun, humorous articles reminiscent of Buzzfeed (but with more depth). Anyway, I really like the site, and as an aspiring writer seeking a little bit of exposure, I was over the moon when they agreed to publish it.
Despite my impending Internet fame and glory, however, I couldn’t really tell many people about it – because I didn’t want them to read it. The story I sent to Hello Giggles was about what it’s like to have your first kiss in your twenties. Continue reading
In July this year, a US tech startup called MicroCHIPS announced their latest product in development: a contraceptive microchip. The tiny chip would provide birth control for up to 16 years and – the best part – could be turned on and off via remote control.
Strangely (or predictably?), the immediate response to this news was suspicion. Suspicion that the device could be easily hacked.
I don’t know, when I read the news, my initial response was “where do I sign up for this, right now?” (It’s still in the development and trials stages, so it’s still very unavailable at this stage.)
You see, I think this sounds fantastic. Fantastic for so many reasons. Continue reading
At the end of July, I decided that I would stop buying new clothes for a full year, subject to one or two exceptions. I have not been doing as well on this challenge as I had hoped and I am unimpressed with myself.
In the interest of full transparency, here’s a list of my failures so far. Continue reading