‘Stuck on the Puzzle’- My Debut Novella!

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Hey guys!

I am very excited to finally announce the publication of my very first novella! It is available to download on Amazon Kindle (or the Kindle app on iPhone or iPad)…

I would absolutely love for you to read it and leave a review to let me know what you think!

It’s only around 5,000 words, so a short story, and only costs £1.99, so what have you got to lose, really? 😉

Give it a go!

ElectricEmily

xoxox

MY FIRST…. NOVEL???

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Hey everyone!

So, as you may already know, I have recently finished my degree in Creative Writing. I absolutely loved it and I’m already missing the weekly writing assignments. So I’ve had an idea for a Young Adult novel for about 4 years now… so I think now is the time to write it and put it out into the world! (Scaryyyyy).

I’m going to leave a lil teaser down below… let me know what you all think of the opening (please don’t be harsh), and comment below as to whether you’d like to read more. FINGER’S CROSSED!

ENJOY:

Between Me & You (working title)

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       “The night before I embarked on the biggest journey of my life, my father and I ate fajitas in silence. A-Levels, were going to be my mountain and I was the lonely mountaineer with one measly pick-axe and no map. Of course, I couldn’t tell my dad about my fears of desertion or avalanches, so I would spend every meal time racking my brains in an effort to find a topic of conversation. And often, nothing came. The sounds of chewing and swallowing filled our echoey kitchen, and that was all. That was night my dad came home from work with a brand new computer, and told me I would need it for my studies. Not only was this a huge shock, but it also gave me the feeling of exceptionally deep guilt. We were not well-off people. My dad worked twelve hour shifts, six days a week just to keep a roof over our heads and provide food for me which I didn’t eat. The furthest his education went was to the age of 15 and was purely sport-based; what did he care about my studies? I also assumed he never understood it, its importance, its pressures, its unbearable injustices.”

Massive Holiday Primark Haul (and other places…)

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Bonjour!

So, holiday season is approaching (woohoo!) and I’m literally so excited I basically splashed all my cash on holiday clothes. I convinced myself, like we all do, that “I SIMPLY HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR FOR SUMMER!” When, in reality, my clothes take up two wardrobes, one being exclusively dedicated to summer. 

Anywho! I took a little trip to the ENORMOUS Primark in Bristol and spent the entire day in there with a GIGANTIC shopping bag. So, here’s what I got:


This really cute blue and white play suit was soooo not my thang. I actually saw this on the way out of the shop, after I’d been to the fitting rooms, so I couldn’t be bothered to try it on. My mum thought it was cute, but I wasn’t so sure. Things like this never fit me and always hang off me in the wrong places. But I thought ‘screw it, I can always bring it back’, with every intention to re-visit Primark with arm-fulls of stuff to return. Anyway, it turned out to fit really well and I absolutely love it! Thought this would be ideal for evenings on holiday, when we go out to eat 🙂 Super-cute! And £13. 

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Staying on the theme of evening wear, this pink lacey net midi-skirt was love at first sight. It has a chiffon mini under skirt and looks GREAT with a plain white crop top and lots of gold bling for an evening meal. I actually thought this skirt would be ideal for a wedding that I’m going to in May as well. They also sold a gray one, but pink is more summery, right? £10 🙂

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Onto beach-wear now, the only stuff you should need for summer holidays. I was so in love with this cute lil flamingo-pattern beach dress/pool cover-up that I actually bought it in a medium, because they didn’t have a small, with every intention of altering it. (Whacking out my sewing skills, obvs). Anyway, when I went to the Plymouth store a week later, they had a small I could exchange it for. It has barely any back, so you can just shrug it on and off easily and comfortably while chilling by the pool. £5!

The bikini was a major dilemma (and his friend Colonel Catastrophe, sorry…). Being a smaller size, I have issues with bikini tops, especially non-padded ones (do people acc buy those???) Well, for some reason, the selection of padded Bimini tops is minimal. I actually bought two other bikinis before settling for this one. I think it’s sooo cute, but my major concern was that it doesn’t match the flamingo cover-up, but the people of Kos will have to forgive me. Also, I loooove how Primark sell bikini tops and bottoms separately, because who is the same size for both? No one! The top was £8, and the bottoms £5. 

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I got these shorts, high-waisted denim, ripped stylie. I love the high-waisted fit, but wasn’t too sure about the rips which were open and so high up. So, the mad sewing skills came into practice (well, my mum’s, ngl). She sewed pieces of floral fabric behind the rips, good idea, eh? And really cute. I’ll probably be wearing these shorts for most of the week. £10. 

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Onto accessories! How. Cute. Are. These. Frickin. Sandals? I can’t give you words for how much I love these sandals, all I can say is they’re The One. So colourful. So bobbly. So incredibly comfortable. I will also be wearing these all week. £14, and worth every penny. 

The second pair are a really nice goldy, brassy colour that I think will pretty much go with everything I’ve bought, even evening clothes. I don’t do heels, so these will be perfect for going out to eat and glamming up. £8. 

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Everyone needs a beach bag for holiday, and this one cost me £1.50, so what can I say? Other than its frickin awesome because it has seahorses on it. 

The sunglasses were £2 and I look like John Lennon in them, what more can I say?

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These flowery handbags are really in at the moment, and there are beautiful ones in Accessorize, but Primark have done their own version, and it’s adorable. It kind of looks like a kids handbag, but hey, that’s what I like about it… And small enough to be able to carry on day trips and around towns. A mere £7. 
Okay, I bought way more stuff in Primark but I don’t want to bore you to death. Here are some things I got from other shops, because I love them and wanted to show you!

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I a-b-solutely freaking love this co-ord. It’s from Miss Selfridge but I actually purchased this second-hand on Depop (which if you haven’t check out, you MUST). The really cute lemon pattern is perfect for summer and holidays, and the little tassels bits are sooo cute. It’s a crop top, but I like it because it’s not super-cropped and only shows a bit of tummy. I love it so much I actually bought another one with a different pattern: tropical leaves!

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Speaking of tripical leaves, this dress is basically one of those cringey Hawaiian shirts, but in dress form, and I love it. I thought this would also make a cute evening dress, nice and cool and holiday-y! This came from BooHoo and, no joke, cost £4. Bargain! 

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Again, evening dresses. This one’s a stunner, from River Island. A really nice mid-length body con, off the shoulder. Hence why the sleeves look so weird in this pic. Trust me, it looks better on! Excited to wear this one tbh! 

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ANNNNND finally (you’ll be glad to hear). I’m a lil bit paranoid about showing a bit too much flesh when I’m not too sure about the country’s, or hotel’s, etiquette. Given that some of my outfits are short shorts and cropped tops, I decided to invest in this cute lil kimono just as a cover-up for when I’m out and about. A good idea if you’re not too keen on exposing all the flesh 🙂 This one’s from Topshop, but also bought second-hand on Depop for £6, lol. 
I really hope you enjoyed reading my (mainly) Primark holiday haul, and hopefully it’s given you some inspiration today!

Happy holiday,

ElectricEmily xoxo

P.s. I’ll leave you with a picture of me trying to carry the enormous Primark bag around Bristol. Enjoy!