Welcome to the first edition of my weekly Friday Five posts!
Every Friday I am going to tell you about five things I have been loving this week, which may be a book, an event, a website, an image… basically anything that I have enjoyed, coveted, experienced that makes me feel excited and all gooey inside.
Anyway, here we go, here is this week’s Friday Five!
This characterchure by Aloha Lola Cards
The lovely Claire at Aloha Lola Cards drew this super cute and playful characterchure of me using my Twitter profile photo and I absolutely love it. It was drawn really quickly and it absolutely made my morning! I want this to be my profile picture forever now, cartoon Caz is much better than the real Caz.
I had a little look at her Etsy shop and she does a range of characterchure-based gifts that I really recommend. I haven’t been paid to say any of this by the way, I am just really impressed! Think I’ll be getting a couple for Christmas presents this year. Thank you, Claire!
Watching The Leftovers
The Leftovers is my favourite thing on TV right now. I had a feeling I would like it as soon as I heard that it was created by Damon Lindelof (Lost) and Tom Perrotta (Little Children) AND featured one of my biggest girl-crushes Liv Tyler. It was a bit of a slow burner, but I soon became hooked and this is my favourite thing to watch every week.
Damon Lindelof is a master of creating mystery while focusing heavily on character development, something he demonstrated in Lost, which I also love. I don’t want to spoil anything, so if you haven’t seen The Leftovers yet I highly recommend you give it a try. Immediately.
Diamond Live Lounge, Doncaster
The Diamond Live Lounge is Doncaster’s newest gig venue, and I really love it. Doncaster is my hometown and I usually have to travel to Sheffield or Leeds to see gigs, so it is fantastic to have a venue so close to my doorstep. (Literally, I live down the road).
This week I saw Space at Diamond Live Lounge, and it was one of the best gigs I’ve ever been to. If you don’t know, Space was a Britpop band who had hits with songs such as ‘Female of the Species’ and ‘Avenging Angels’.
The venue is a converted church which gives the place a great atmosphere, and you can buy ‘two pint’ pints, which gets a thumbs-up in my book. I’ll be visiting the venue again next month to see Joe Carnall Jr, and I am very excited that The Crookes are playing there on my birthday next year!
This song by GAPS
And this quote by Jean Rhys
“All of writing is a huge lake. There are great rivers that feed the lake, like Tolstoy or Dostoyevsky. And then there are mere trickles, like Jean Rhys. All that matters is feeding the lake. I don’t matter. The lake matters. You must keep feeding the lake.”