I have a very special guest on the blog today: Carly Marilyn Flood, one of the most important people in my life. Since I met her at uni, Flood has become my most trusted advisor.
She’s absolutely hilarious and one of my ambitions in life is to get her to do stand-up one day. Hopefully, Flood and I will be starting our very own podcast in 2019.
Thanks to Carly for getting involved in the 2018 reviews – and for all the mega LOLs.
Do you have a favourite memory professionally from 2018?
So full disclosure I just asked over and over if I could do a review of 2018 despite not being a writer.
I write exams for a living. Like professional writing, it also involves a moment about two-thirds of the way through where you hate yourself and wonder why you do this. And a lot of editing.
I do get a peculiar sense of satisfaction when it all comes together.
And how about a favourite moment from 2018 generally?
I saw Taylor Swift live. I have been ruined for all other shows. There were 4 different sets of fireworks. 4.
Favourite book in 2018?
Normal People by Sally Rooney.
Rooney is 28 and in a 15-word sentence can fill you with joy and smash your soul and back. She is some sort of savant. I savoured every drop and physically yearned for the characters.
I also had a lot of time for Help Me! by Marianne Power. It was funny and honest and a good antidote to gorming on Instagram and forgetting most people are trying not to eat cake all of the time.
Favourite song of the year?
Apples by Lily Allen. It is a love letter, a poem, a lament, a eulogy, a confession, a story and not saccharine or self-pitying. It is sonically interesting with only her voice doing the melodic heavy lifting.
Any downsides for you in 2018?
I had my heart broken and I regret not wearing an electric blue suit to a gay wedding in Stockholm. That would have been perfect. I wore a black dress. Deep regrets.
Are you making resolutions for 2019?
To write some things. To establish a sleep routine. To not be known for saying, “Fuck, I am so tired” 17 times a day.
What are you hoping for from 2019?
A lottery win to fund a hedonistic lifestyle of an early 2000s socialite and Brexit to go away.
It would be nice to continue having ash blonde hair, I am hoping it will stay in my head.