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Stella Hervey Birrell

When I was about eighteen

lots of people starting talking

about a book they had read.

‘It’s totally about you, Stella!’

They would say.

And I would be like

What? A total fuck up

like I am?

 

I can’t remember

where I got my first copy

or where I read it

or what I was doing at the time.

But I have read it so often

since then

that I know it all

off by heart.

bookweekdare

Words and phrases

from the book

remain in my vocabulary

‘happiness is … the pursuit

of attainable goals.’

‘I am going to cancel

and spend the evening

eating doughnuts

in a cardigan

with egg on it.’

‘Humph.’

Sentences structured without all words.

One of my favourite reviews

of my own novel,

said it was like ‘a younger version

of Bridget Jones.’

Which was

v. good.

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About atinylife140

This is the website and blog of tinylifer Stella Hervey Birrell. I'm a writer living in East Lothian, Scotland. My first novel, How Many Wrongs make a Mr Right? was published in 2016. I wanted to start a blog that wouldn’t encroach much into anyone’s day, with a nod to Twitter’s use of brevity as a USP (I use 140 words per post, they insist on 140 characters per post). In the blog, I want to mostly focus on the little things, the ones that lift us, keep us going on the difficult days. The visuals will also be deliberately simple: a post-it note with an illustration in pencil (Stella HB, you see?). Thanks for reading!
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