How retail changing rooms are deliberately designed to destroy your self-esteem.

You wander into a clothing store and spot something on the rack, picturing how amazing you’ll look it. You stride to the changing room to try it on. You close the curtain, take your clothes off, catch sight of your reflection in the mirror and it happens.

You are no longer a human woman. You have somehow transformed into a giant pudding beast with lumps and bumps in places you never knew existed. You turn around and look at your rump, which now resembles an aggressive strawberry with mutant crater dimples, your thighs look like demented wobble beasts. Your stomach…


No excuses. Write the thing.

I don’t want to hear your excuses, If you want to write the thing, write the thing. Do the fucking work.

Writing is hard, for a given value of hard. It’s hard in the sense of vulnerability, in the sense of creating something from your imagination, in the sense of putting in the hours to pick apart your own work to find errors, in the sense of taking criticism like an adult, sifting through the good advice, throwing out the bad.

If writing is suffering for you, then you would probably be suffering anyway. Either stop writing — I can…


Taking a moment to celebrate a person who made a great song, truly amazing.

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Sometimes knowing the work that’s gone into an artistic project — be it a song, book, movie, live naked art extravaganza — makes you view it differently and this was certainly the case when I watched the movie 20 Ft from Stardom. I grew up with the Rolling Stones on the radio almost constantly, and when you’re a country kid on a school bus — doing an hour trip either way every day — you hear a lot of repeats. …


Why we need this band more than ever right now…

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Picture this, it’s day ten of being stuck in your home with people you normally like, but they’re starting to do things that completely get on your tits (like chewing… breathing… maybe even just existing.) The newspapers are predicting all kinds of apocalypse, you’re really craving a freakin’ kebab, but the kebab place is shut (or is that just me?), and then this song comes back into your life. And suddenly everything is wonderful again. Kitchen dancing reigns supreme!

If you didn’t know, these guys are still going and every single album is as good as the last. They…


The rule guaranteed to prevent you getting office side-eye…

We’ve all been there. One minute we’re innocently minding our own business, trying to process the fact that we’re alive and there is a day ahead of us… and then it arrives. It may be a message, it may be an email, rarely it’s a letter. But whatever form it comes in, the sender has forgotten that the exclamation mark should be used judiciously and with caution. Instead of a ‘Hello,’ you see a ‘Hello!!!!’ It only goes downhill from there.

Every second sentence is appended with not one, but two or more items of punctuation signalling extreme emotional arousal…


The two rules I live by that keep me safe while traveling the world

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This one’s so simple that I won’t take up much of your time, but if you follow these two rules, they could save you time, money and potentially your health.

I travel continuously, visiting a new country almost every twenty-one days. Before that I was an international expat who lived in some of the world’s most conservative countries. Over the years, I’ve avoided numerous life-threatening, unpleasant and uncomfortable situations because I follow the advice given by two separate people in Saudi Arabia. The first was from an Iranian oil industry executive. …


So, so much…

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As someone who travels continuously and who frequently house-sits, I have one primary concern about my next destination that has nothing to do with airports, visa requirements or political upheaval — they tend to sort themselves out. No, the one burning question I have before arriving at a new place is:

What’s the sleeping situation? Specifically, what’s the pillow situation?

Pillows are important. They facilitate sleep, and sleep is a wondrous thing.

Pillows are important. They facilitate sleep, and sleep is a wondrous thing. Whether you’re a side sleeper, back sleeper or front sleeper, the quality of…


Hint: There are a lot of rude jokes, laughter and swearing…

On paper, Tony and I are the last people you’d imagine in a writing partnership. We’re polar opposites, but we’re twenty years into our relationship and have been writing romantic comedy for ten.

He’s an engineer who recently spent his time troubleshooting for international oil and gas corporations. He had a liberal middle-class suburban upbringing with all the perks that came with it, including overseas holidays, going to the theatre, the cinema and attending after-school activities. His parents drove a nice car and they lived in the same house his entire childhood. It’s the stuff of an eighties sitcom.

I…


How befriending people from different generations can give you a whole new perspective on your craft and your life.

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I spent a childhood in small country towns in outback Australia, raised by parents who made sure we attended church every week. These towns were tiny, our church congregations were even tinier, and there weren’t always kids my age to play with. If I wanted anyone to spend time with, I had to learn to befriend people of different ages.

Years later, this skill in making friends served me well when I moved to an expatriate compound in Saudi Arabia and realised that I was fifteen-to-thirty years younger than almost everyone else. I wrote my first novel during this time…


What happens when a house sit goes wrong…

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When I sat down with my husband, Tony and discussed the possibility of housesitting globally, we knew we’d have both amazing and not-so-amazing experiences. We were both well-traveled with our share of dubious and dramatic stories under our belt. Being chased down the road by men throwing rocks in Khobar, Saudi Arabia? Check. Having my drink spiked in a nightclub in Phuket? Yep. Arriving at an AirBnb in Scotland to find that it could have been from the set of Deliverance, complete with a fish-cleanin’, gun totin’ Scottish red-neck in cammo gear…

Evie Snow

Evie Snow is a best-selling fiction and travel writer who roams the world, endlessly curious. www.eviesnow.net

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