Chat With a Grammar Nazi Serial Killer by Ryan Suvaal Review

I received this copy for review however, all my opinions are honest.

Given that it’s such a short story I can’t really review it the way I reviewed other books on this blog and therefore I will keep my thoughts concise and straight to the point. This is a no-spoiler review!

I couldn’t help but enjoy this story for what it is: a funny, interesting dissection of the human brain and how we operate when we’ve been wronged. Throughout the story the serial killer is blunt and straight-to-the-point, she doesn’t seem remorseful at all except for the little clues of her humanity which he sprinkles during her conversation with Corrigan.

I quite enjoyed the dialogue because how straightforward it was, probably due to the interview style. I also enjoyed the prospect of the story – the dark web interview was interesting and the main character is funny and unashamed which makes for a fun to read protagonist.

Although I do find it ironic that there are quite a few spelling and grammar mistakes throughout this short story given the prospect of the plot.

Overall, I definitely recommend giving it a read!

With love,

Sonny xx

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7 Organization Tips

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          Summers used to be all about hanging out with friends, lazing around and staying up till the sunrise but now that we’re older, summers tend to go a bit differently. Personally, I like to take my time to improve myself during the long summer vacations. When I finished my GCSEs I finished an online Creative Writing course and after finishing my first year of college I gave learning Korean a try. Despite the fact that every summer I try something new, I always lose focus by the end of the holidays and in turn, I end up showing up to class in September feeling unmotivated and confused because I let the end-of-term chaos roll into the new term.

          This time around, I decided to ask myself a few questions because usually at the end of the academic year I end up very confused and tired. Some questions I asked myself are “how was the first year of university?” and “what could I do better in the second year?” and after doing some self-evaluation and reflecting on my first year of university (I made a *post* about it – you should check it out!) I came to the realization that at some point throughout the year I lost sense of my goals and how I was planning to reach them.

          In order for me to find some motivation and feel more in-tune with my goals and aspirations, I came up with a way to get myself organized again. Through following this ‘recipe’ I am able to be self-aware and proactive about the way I spend my time, the things that are going to help me reach my goals and the things that won’t. Here are seven tips for becoming a more organized person.

 

Keep a tidy work-space

          Personally, this is an important part of how I keep myself organized and focused and although I know that some people thrive off of chaos and an organized mess, I am not that person. I need my work-space, be it my desk, the dinner table or my little corner in the library, to be tidy and efficient for what I am planning to do.

Preparing the night before

          This is also very important. How many of us hear the sound of the alarm in the morning and dread getting out of bed because even though the day just started, we have a hundred and one tasks to do from the get-go. It’s no surprise that we are so overwhelmed as we are always on the go, hustling and trying to reach our goals but I believe that would be easier if we started enjoying mornings a little bit more. Therefore, I take time to prepare my meal, my clothes and my bag for the next day the night before, that way I don’t wake up and immediately feel overwhelmed.

Cluster similar tasks together

          I honestly don’t know why I didn’t think of this before when it’s such a no-brainer. Instead of jumping from one task to another (doing the dishes to studying for finals) it’s easier to just cluster together similar tasks. For example, it’s easier to answer emails, make phone calls and listen to a lecture one after another because they all involve your laptop/phone and thus you can move from one area of your to-do list to another more seamlessly.

Focus on short-term goals on your to-do lists

          It’s easier to get muddled up, confused and anxious if we overload our to-do lists with tasks that have to be done, say, next week. If it can’t be done today it shouldn’t be on today’s list because seeing so many irrelevant tasks is bound to make us anxious about not being able to tick all the boxes. By focusing on short-term goals and breaking down our to-do lists in a practical manner we’ll feel less unmotivated and beat-down at the end of the day.

Plan Journeys

          This is important not only because nobody likes people who are always late but also because ‘the early bird gets the worm’. I can clearly and proudly say that I have NEVER been late to anything in my life and this is partly due to my anxiety and the fear of walking in and everyone staring at me and partly because I want to always make a good impression. On a daily basis, I make sure to arrive wherever I’m headed to at least half an hour before the set time. This allows me to work with the small inconveniences of every day, city life such as traffic, no service on the tube, etc.

Give yourself rewards for completing tasks or staying on schedule

          I think it’s safe to say that we are all only human. It’s natural to feel depleted and tired sometimes and therefore rewards are a great way to motivate yourself to keep going and to take care of yourself. I wrote a whole blog post about self-care which you can check out *here*.

Be aware of what works and why it works(metacognition) and don’t be afraid to change your time management techniques if they are not working

          When it comes to things such as the way you organize your life, it’s easy to assume that you can follow the same ‘recipe’ for the rest of your life but in reality, we are ever evolving creatures and our habits, goals and states of mind change and grow as much as we do which is why it’s critical that you review your organization/time-management techniques every so often while keeping it real with yourself. Some questions to ask yourself when doing this are “is this working for me?” and “are my techniques still relevant to my goals and my dreams?” More often than not the answer will be ‘no’ but that is the beauty of change. Allowing change to happen is important because it will give you something to work with when you’re feeling like your life isn’t going according to plan. So don’t be scared to be critical with yourself and embrace change!

 

          So here it is, a (long) list of my organization tips and the reasons why I think they could be helpful to you too. Thank you so much for reading and make sure to check out my last blog post which is all about my favourite books!

 

With love,

Sonny xx

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Get to Know Me Tag

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          As a new blogger, I still feel a bit awkward and weird trying to find my blogging voice (or whatever) and figuring this website out so I thought, what better way to get more comfortable with the platform and potential readers other than a ‘Get to Know me Tag’. Here are twenty questions I found here.

          What is your name?

My name is Sonia but everybody and their mother calls me Sonny. I also go by Peachy online.

          What is your height?

I haven’t measured myself in ages but last time I checked I was about 163cm tall or 5’3”.

          What is your zodiac sign?

I am a proud Capricorn (sun sign) and my moon sign is Sagittarius. My ascendant sign is Aries and my descendant sign is Libra.

          Cats or dogs?

I love all animals (except bugs, I CANNOT stand bugs) including cats and dogs but I have to be honest and say that cats will always be my favourites when it comes to pets. They are just so majestic and self-assured and they are very, very loving and sweet when they care about you. My cat does this thing every single night where he comes for kisses (he smushes his face against mine over and over again) and we have to hug and cuddle until he’s satisfied and it is honestly the sweetest thing ever.  

          Favourite school subject?

I found it a bit hard to pick one since I have many interests and I sincerely enjoyed school but I would have to say English Literature (duh). Some other school subjects that I love are Creative Writing and History.

          Favourite food?

I’m vegetarian (and I’m super picky) so most of the time I have to be really creative with my food but I would have to say either pasta or pizza.

          Favourite TV show?

Ohhh, I could go on and on about this for ages. In fact, I might just make a separate blog post about this because I am such a TV show addict. But to answer the question, I have two favourite TV shows which are Dexter and Grey’s Anatomy.

          Favourite actor & actress?

Oh man, I love Sandra Oh and Ellen Pompeo so much. Their onscreen chemistry is amazing and as actresses they are absolutely phenomenal and they deserve the world.

          What is your biggest fear?

Besides spiders and heights? Failure.

          Tea or coffee?

Coffee all the way! In truth, I drink way too much caffeine and tea makes me nauseous.

          Your bad habit?

Procrastination, I think, is my worst habit. I think a lot of people have this bad habit and this can come from a number of different reasons including social media, anxiety and lack of motivation. For me, procrastination is something I have been trying really hard to get rid of but alas, I haven’t yet.

          What is your favourite holiday?

Halloween! Autumn is my favourite season ever – I like the colours of the leaves, I like the crisp, cold weather, the rain, the fashion and the overall cosiness of this season and so it should come as no surprise that my favourite holiday ever is Halloween. I usually stay in, watch horror movies, drink hot chocolate and eat popcorn.

          If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

New York or Tokyo! I grew up as a city girl with the hustle and bustle of the city all around me so that is how I thrive and therefore I think New York and Tokyo would be perfect for me and how I envision my future.

          What is your lucky number?

The number 8 is my lucky number and I think I got that idea when I was eleven or twelve and I was flipping through a teen magazine. I remember going to the horoscope page and in the Capricorn section is said that a Capricorn’s lucky number is 8 and 2 but I was more drawn to 8.  

          Are you allergic to anything?

To be fair, I am not actually sure if I am allergic to sunflower seeds but I do think I am developing an allergy to them.

          Last person to call you & last person you texted?

The last person to call me was my mother and the last person to text me was one of my closest friends.

          Last thing you bought?

A stylus for my chromebook (big investment and really poor results, 10/10 would NOT recommend)

          Last TV show you watched?

I’ve been re-watching Grey’s Anatomy (my poor Omelia heart *sobs*).

            Can you cook?

Somewhat? I am no chef and there are certain things in the kitchen that I probably shouldn’t touch but I can feed myself and make it fun.

          If you could play any musical instrument, which one would it be?

The drums but since I have absolutely no rhythm and the dexterity of a two year old that doesn’t seem like a good idea.

 

          Here it is, twenty questions and answers about who I am and my interests that I hope would make integrating myself into this community a bit of an easier process or even just making my blog feel more homely. Also, check out my last blog post which is all about my desk setup. Thank you for reading!

 

With love,

Sonny xx

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The Questions:

1. What is your name?

2. What is your height?

3. What is your zodiac sign?

4. Cats or dogs?

5. Favourite school subject?

6. Favourite food?

7. Favourite TV show?

8. Favourite actor & actress?

9. What is your biggest fear?

10. Tea or coffee?

11. Your bad habit?

12. What is your favourite holiday?

13. If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

14. What is your lucky number?

15. Are you allergic to anything?

16. Last person to call you & last person you texted?

17. Last thing you bought?

18. Last TV show you watched?

19. Can you cook?

20. If you could play any musical instrument, which one would it be?