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Killer Book | Daily Prompt: Bookworm

Published June 16, 2013 by carlyjellis

Tell us about the last book you read (Why did you choose it? Would you recommend it?). To go further, write a post based on its subject matter.

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I have a real, some what perhaps morbid interest in criminal psychology, in particular reading about serial killers, learning about the psychology behind their thinking, the why’s and what for’s. Sometimes no explanations can be found for why these people behave how they do and commit such heinous crimes as they do, but I am interested in reading about what certain psychologists believe are the reasoning’s and methods behind the madness.

The last book I read was indeed a book based on my interest of this. It is called ‘A History of British Serial Killing’ by Professor David Wilson. I chose this book because not only did it deal with this particular subject matter but also it is written by a man who is believed to be one of the best, if not the best criminal psychologist in the UK. I have read a lot of his books over the years, seen his documentaries on television and listened to him during interviews when discussing these matters. I also follow him on Twitter haha.

This book was fascinating and whilst it is primarily dealing with British serial killers, the thoughts about these can be applied to many serial killer cases throughout the history of the world. The book itself deals with not only the more famous cases of British serial killers, but also deals with the lesser known cases too. The details of the crimes themselves are dealt with, with respect and thought and do not go into too many gory details, instead this books focuses more on the actual victims of the crimes, names of people who often get forgotten about, and also the psychological aspect of these crimes, why they happened, what could have been the catalyst to begin these murderous episodes and what, in the authors mind, drove these people to continue with their crimes until they got caught. This books addresses the question of nature vs nurture, a question very often linked to these kind of crimes and not very easily answered, arguments can be given on both sides, which Professor David Wilson explores and helps the reader to understand some reasoning behind the crime.

I honestly cannot recommend this book enough to anybody who has an interest in this subject matter or an interest in wanting to learn more about the human psyche, particularly as this book has been written by an expert in this field. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and no doubt will be reading again in the near future as I was literally struggling to put it down.


article-2096423-0D5E8CC100000578-408_306x423 Professor David Wilson

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Just Listening | Daily Prompt: Singin’ in the Rain

Published June 16, 2013 by carlyjellis

Safe inside, toasty warm, while water pitter-patters on the roof… describe your perfect, rainy afternoon.

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The middle of November, a brisk north easterly wind is blowing and along with it comes the rain, big, fat raindrops hitting the windows of the house, hearing them bounce off the rooftop making their own melody. From the comfort found indoors we listen to the rain and wind. Another log is put on the fire and we can feel it’s warmth whilst curled up together on the sofa, a blanket wrapped around our bodies. The cups of hot chocolate sit on the table, the steam rising off them, too hot to drink just yet. We sit together simply talking about our hopes and our dreams, our wants and desires. No distractions, no interruptions, just the sound of the rain, the wind and the roaring fire. We kiss and we cuddle, enjoying the simplicity of a perfect rainy afternoon together.


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I Nominate My Bezzie | Daily Prompt: Person of the Year

Published June 13, 2013 by carlyjellis

You’re asked to nominate someone for TIME’s Person of the Year. Who would it be, and why?

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The person I would nominate for TIME’s Person of the Year is not famous and comes from my everyday life but to me he is the stand out person of the year and I don’t know what I would have done without him. He is of course my best friend and platonic soul mate, Matthew.

We have known each other for what seems like forever, lost touch for a number of years but have come back together bigger and stronger than ever before. We share laughter and tears, ups and downs. We support each other and are always there for each other with a listening ear or a glass of alcohol 🙂

Matthew has been a rock to me and has helped me through some difficult, emotional times, has been my shoulder to cry on when I needed it and has given me a kick up the backside when also needed. Just like a best friend should do.

You honestly could not wish to meet a more caring, considerate, thoughtful and fun gentleman to spend your time with. I am thankful everyday for having such a good friend like Matthew in my life & I hope to spend many more years as his partner in crime 🙂


P.S: When he reads this he will probably be sick!! hahaha



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Independent | Daily Prompt: Take Care

Published June 12, 2013 by carlyjellis

When you’re unwell, do you allow others to take care of you, or do you prefer to soldier on alone? What does it take for you to ask for help?

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As somebody who happens to fall ill a good deal of the time I feel that I am very well equipped to answer this. To let you know a bit of information about me, I suffer with an autoimmune disease called Lupus which causes pain in my joints and muscles, makes me very tired a lot of the time and at times, when I encounter a bad ‘flare up’ of it, I find it incredibly difficult to move around unaided. Now the bit of background information is over with……

I’m not the kind of person who likes to ask for help when I am unwell, despite the fact that at times I really do need it. I am quite stubborn in that respect and very independent and therefore like to try and carry on as best as I can do on my own. I have lived with my condition for the last 15 years and most people I speak to about it, including family, have no real idea how it affects me and cannot understand to some degree how on the outside I can look perfectly fine, but on the inside I feel 50 years older. However, we me having young children in the house and living alone with them, I have been recently considering my options and have decided to invest in some items I can have in my house which will hopefully be able to aid me and assist me when I am having a bad episode, but where I can still retain my independence. In some respects I feel a bit strange having to buy things that are normally used by the elderly or disabled, especially at such a young age that I am, but I know that it is for the greater good. I suppose the only times that I would ever ask for help would be if I was in a position where I really was in trouble medically, not so much for myself, but for my children. My priority is them and therefore would want to make sure they were looked after.

However, conversely, a few years ago I suffered with depression and again, was adamant that I was not going to ask for help, in fairness to begin with I wouldn’t admit to myself that there was a problem but when I realised that things weren’t right I tried, as I always do to handle things on my own. When that didn’t work, I begrudgingly started talking to my boyfriend about how I was feeling, then my family and due to all of their love, support and encouragement I asked for help at my GP’s. It was there that I was referred to a counsellor and was able to talk through my issues and problems, which did help me. I have not been to see a counsellor in a while, but whilst I would not say that I am cured, I am in a much better place within myself and my own mind now, than what I have ever been. I have become a stronger person and whilst I still get the odd down days, I have learned to cope with them and now look forward to my future as opposed to dreading each new day as it arrives. And all of that is down to asking for help.

For me, personally, whilst asking for help has indeed helped me at times with my mental issues, I don’t think that I would ask for help with my physical well-being, unless it was an emergency. I have learned to live with my illness and find that I can better control it and handle the bad times with it if I am left alone to do it and not be constantly made a fuss of. As I said before as long as my children are looked after and taken care of during those periods of time that I am unable to do it physically, that is all that matters to me.

I am sorry if I have bored people with this post and to be honest this is a bit more of a personal post than I usually like to write but felt that there were some things that I needed and wanted to say. I hope you have not fallen asleep whilst reading anyway haha 🙂


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Departure From The Norm | Daily Prompt: The Normal

Published June 9, 2013 by carlyjellis

Is being “normal” — whatever that means to you — a good thing, or a bad thing? Neither?

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I for one detest the word normal. There is no such thing as normal when it comes to people and personalities. What is normal to one person could be completely alien to another. Normal, is neither a good thing or a bad thing, it is whatever makes you feel happy living your life.

When you look up the word normal in the dictionary, it simply says….”Conforming to the standard or common type”. But, again, what is the standard or common type? Who determines what normal is? The media, politicians, educators, psychologists, our friends, our families. The list could go on and on with regards to who determines what is normal and what is not… their opinion anyway.

Normal should not be a word used in today’s society, now conforming, that is a word that could very easily be used in it’s place. Certain people in society do conform to what others deem to be normal. A large proportion of society, in the UK anyway are law abiding citizens, we conform to the normal of not breaking the law and being a good society.

Conversely, there are many people within society today who believe that to be normal you have to have a ‘straight’ sexuality and be thin with regards to body type. Thankfully there are many people out there who do not conform to this normal, myself included and I for one, would not want to live in a society where people did.

I say, be yourself, love yourself and never try to be what society deems as normal. Just simply be the person you were meant to be 🙂

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Dazed & Confused | Daily Prompt: Never

Published June 5, 2013 by carlyjellis

Tell us about a thing you’ll never write about.

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Well what a strange thing to ask in the first place, if you answer it means that you have in point of fact written about the thing you would never write about….all of this is a bit too confusing for a Wednesday in my opinion. Daily prompts like this should be reserved for the weekend when you’ve had one too many drinks and then end up not only telling people what you would never write about, but also go into great detail about why you wouldn’t, therefore telling everyone everything in some kind of mad drunken rant.

Not sure now, if I sound drunk or simply confused….but I swear I have not touched a drop today, this is simply the nonsense in my head, spilling out onto the screen in typed form….maybe, possibly this is what I should never write about?

In all seriousness though, if I were to list a couple of things that I would never write about, then I guess they would be these….

1. Very personal things….or if I did, it would be so cleverly disguised that you would never know it was me I was speaking about.

2. Computer Games….I have no interest in playing them or even worse, watching somebody else play them, what a boring way to spend your time.

3. What I Did Last Summer….Don’t fancy being terrorised by some mad fisherman serial killer, thank you very much 😉

You see….now I have written down what I said I would never write about….oh never mind…I’m off to rest my tired little head before it explodes!!


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Where’s My Prescription? | Daily Prompt: Red Pill, Blue Pill

Published June 4, 2013 by carlyjellis

If you could get all the nutrition you needed in a day with a pill — no worrying about what to eat, no food preparation — would you do it?

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Slightly torn by this question….on the one hand as a little bit of a larger lady, the thought of being able to eat what I want but having a pill to not care what it is and having all the nutrition I need seems like the best invention ever, especially considering that I can never stick to a diet & can sometimes be lazy when it comes to cooking….problem solved with a magic pill.

However, on the other hand, I do sometimes enjoy the whole cooking experience, making a nice meal from scratch, changing recipes or creating new ones, adding the wrong ingredient by accident but it still tasting good or sometimes better.

I suppose it would depend on what kind of mood I was in but if I’m being totally honest….I think the pill wins…haha 🙂


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