Who are you?
My name is Emily for some, Emilie for others. A ’96 baby who was born and raised in the Basque Country (Spain), I migrated to England in 2012 and have been living there ever since, currently based in the lovely city of Brighton. I’m Black, with an ethnic and cultural background from Central Africa, West Africa and the Latin Caribbean. Raised as a Catholic, I’m still religious to some extent. And, I’m very much queer.
Best and worst qualities?
I would define myself as introverted with a serious demeanour and with social withdrawal tendencies, though I am somewhat nice, dreamy, and warm in familiar spaces. I can be a perfectionist, at times overly proud. I’m (a-lot-more-than) a tad sensitive, and I’m also occasionally funny (I hope so for the sake of my friends!). I will let you decide which of these are good or bad qualities.
Any interests or hobbies?
Writing above all (discussed below). I’m also a certified bookworm and music lover. Books and comics shaped my childhood and tweenhood, whilst music defined my teen years. My preferred literary genres are historical romance and postcolonial theory, and my favourite music genres are rock, soul, indie-folk and alt-pop. In addition, I enjoy cooking (and eating of course), photography (nothing too professional) and basketball (though I played at a competitive level for nearly 10 years, I’m below average at it).
Favourite TV/web series? Top five films?
I like watching an array of crime dramas, comedies and sci-fi/fantasy TV series. If I had to pick my preferred ones, these would be Bones (the ultimate fave!), The Office [U.S.] (the funniest!), Sense8 (forever mad about its cancellation!), and How I Met Your Mother (problematic fave!). I’m also into comic book adaptations, as I really enjoy The Umbrella Academy, Doom Patrol, Titans [DCU], and the MCU series (justice for Daredevil, Jessica Jones & The Punisher; big fan of Agents of S.H.I.E.LD., Runaways and Cloak & Dagger!). I love comic book films too: CA: The Winter Soldier and Logan are my favourite ones.
When comes to my top 5 films, I would choose The Pursuit of Happyness, Lady Bird, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Still looking for the fourth and fifth.
What do you do for a living?
As a graduate in International Development, I’m pursuing a master in Social Anthropology. Both are subjects with which I have a love-hate relationship. While my university studies have always been interdisciplinary, my main areas of interest are political economy and political ecology. At some point, I would like to do a PhD in order to become a researcher, my career goal, although I’m unsure if academia is for me. I would rather be a researcher for an NGO, an international institution or a local community organisation.
Outside my studies, I normally work and volunteer in social, environmental and/or climate projects and organisations.
Now the key question: What’s this blog about?
Pure self-indulgence. It is a personal blog in which I share whatever I feel like sharing, from creative work to travelling experiences. Writing has always been my passion (cliché, I know), something between a hobby and a career for me: I don’t want to dedicate my whole life to it, but I like to share (most of) my works with others. I started writing in primary school, making poems, short stories and novellas. Now I also create songs, scripts/plays, essay and novels.
Without doubt, fictional prose is my preferred type of literature to write. Indeed, my current most precious projects are a juvenile fantasy series and a coming-of-age series. The former is being edited and improved, as I originally wrote it when I was a preteen, while the later is being revamped and finalised, after I stopped sharing it in Wattpad in 2016-2017.
Okay, but why do you blog, why do you write?
I’m a very creative and reflective person with a very vivid and active mind. Writing has always been a self-care, self-control and therapeutic practice for me, not so much to escape from my complicated life but to make sense of it. Besides, due to a speech disorder and anxiety, I’m not a good speaker. So, when you read my blog or/and my original works, you learn about who I am and about how I think much more than when I speak.
So, is this all about you?
Yes and no. You probably should just follow this blog to learn all about this ordinary girl with nerdy and creative tendencies who is working towards being a self-published writer and a researcher!