the world of interning

The Devil Wears Prada while somewhat realistic, is still far too glamourous

To get a job in the media, you need more than just a degree, in fact, sometimes you don’t need a degree at all, you need experience. Why? Because just like in The Devil Wears Prada “a million girls would kill for this job”, though it’s not exclusive to just women. If you think work experience and interning is “beneath you” and you think you will be fine with just a degree, then good luck, because there are thousands out there willing to work for free for the chance that they may someday land a job in the media. I know, because I was one of them. Read More


bye bye, birdy?

Originally published on KiKi & Tea.


Though I like to think of myself as being informed about politics, the truth is there is quite a lot that I don’t know about our political system and there is even less that I know about US politics. As we draw even closer to the next United States presidential election, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have been filling the news channels and news websites with their pledges and what they will do as President of the United States of America. I don’t know much about what they stand for because, as ignorant as this is, I don’t get a vote, so I feel that it doesn’t REALLY matter who I support as I don’t get a say. But after the first presidential debate last week, even though Romney clearly won, I found myself rooting for Obama. Despite the fact that I once referred to Romney as trustworthy, when I heard that he wants to get rid of PBS, I took issue. Read More

interview with deborah o’brien

Deborah O’Brien, author of “Mr Chen’s Emporium”

As most of you would know, I was lucky enough to be sent a copy of Mr Chen’s Emporium, the debut novel of Australian writer Deborah O’Brien by Random House Australia to review, which you can read here. What you may not know is that part of being sent the book and taking part in a ‘blog tour’, I had the opportunity to interview Deborah about the book. The interview didn’t happen in person, it happened through email, but I loved the answers to her questions and I’m extremely excited to read more of her work. Quite simply, Deborah is a delight. I find myself identifying with her quite a lot, not only in how she writes, but what she writes. I am strongly driven by grief and loss and through reading Mr Chen’s Emporium and interviewing Deborah, it is obvious that it is an influencing factor in her writing. I also identify strongly with character-writing over plot-writing. Keep reading to see the interview.  Read More