In Shadow Selfie showcase – 4 Letters by Liz Fox.


By Liz Fox (aka Bu Bakes). 



It’s In Shadow Selfie time!! GET INVOLVED (please)!!

Hey folks,

You guys know the drill with this #InShadowSelfie thing by now, right?

Wait…what?! You don’t?! Ugh….


I joke. I joke. I joke.


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On the contrary, this is something I want to talk about all the time, so allow me to fill you in…

Twice a year, me and a group of amazing people on Twitter/Facebook/IG post pictures of our shadows…

Why a shadow?” I hear you ask.

Well, a shadow is something that is always there, but you can’t always see it — a lot like mental illness, so it felt appropriate, you know? Plus, some people aren’t comfortable with putting their face on social media, and over here, we totally get that.

“Why a picture?”

Good question. The simple answer is, a picture is easy for those who want to get involved, but aren’t quite ready to share their reasons why.  That’s not to say you can’t share. This is your picture, if you want to say why you’re posting, please feel free to do so.

“Okay. Okay… I might be persuaded. How does this thing work?”

It couldn’t be easier for you to get involved:


(Please feel free to grab and share the above image).

“You realise posting a picture of a shadow and using a hashtag isn’t going to cure mental illness, right?”

Ouch! But okay, fair point. Here’s the thing about this campaign, it’s about spreading awareness, coming together as a community, showing people that they’re not alone. I suffer with mental illness, have done for many a year. Some days, I just need to know I’m not alone, you know? I like to think these pictures are air for folks who are struggling to catch a breath.

“Cool. I want in. When do we start?”

You are the awesomest!! WE START TOMORROW!!!! And, because I have some truly amazing writer/reader friends that wanted to help with this campaign, I’ll be posting some fantastic pieces of writing on Bookish. Yep! All week I’ll be blogging beautifully crafted poems and short stories from some of my nearest and dearest.

“Are there any rules that I need to know about?”

Not “rules” exactly…


I would ask that you please keep your #InShadowSelfie pictures clean.

Don’t forget to get your friends involved!

I know weather sucks, so it’s totally okay to use lamp light to grab a selfie of your shadow.

Also, don’t forget to get your friends involved!

It does not have to be your shadow. My cats are regular participants in pictures.

Oh, and did I mention trying to get your friends involved?

“Once or twice…”

Because you should totally get them involved! The more the merrier.

“I think we go it…”

I’m just super eager to get as many folks as possible posting, so we can make this campaign visible from space…or something like that.

Okay, well, I think that’s it from me… for now….

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Please, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. You can always find me over on Twitter @Rock_andor_roll.








Not Just a Romance: Some Recommendations

Bookends and Endings

In honour of Valentine’s Day, I knew that I was going to want to write a blog post on books with romance in them. After all, it’s a day all about love, so what could be more fitting than a post full of books on the same topic? However, I wanted to add something else to this as well – so today I’m telling you about some YA books which are romances, but also have another layer to them, whether that’s discussing mental health or grief or sexuality.

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Review: Under Rose-Tainted Skies

Building Diverse Bookshelves

         ” ‘You don’t look very sick,’ the guy says as I scrawl my name in thick black letters.  It doesn’t fit nicely on the little dotted line.
‘How grossly inappropriate of you to notice,’ I reply, fighting to keep my voice even.  I’m not surprised by his comment.  It’s not the first time I’ve heard it.
As far as looking sick goes, people generally think I don’t.  I have what Dr. Reeves calls an invisible illness.”

Title: Under Rose-Tainted Skies
Author: Louise Gornall
Young Adult Contemporary Fiction ♦ 336 pages ♦ Clarion Books ♦ Published 3 January 2017

Louise Gornall’s debut novel about a young woman navigating the world of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and agoraphobia delivers a gut-punching display of the reality that approximately 5,000,000 people in the USA live with every day.   

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#InShadowSelfie — Story Showcase.



SURPRISE! So… I know I said we were done yesterday, but I super-massive black hole messed up and didn’t include the beautiful poem one of our writers submitted for the #InShadowSelfie story showcase. This, of course, needed rectifying immediately . I am so sorry for the mix up, Simmy.  Your words are wonderful and I can’t wait to share.

And so, without further delay, it gives me great pleasure to introduce…


By Simmy (Twitter/Original post):



#InShadowSelfie — Story Showcase.



And so, our week long campaign comes to a close.


I just want to say a massive thank you to all our fantastic writers for lending me their time and talent. You guys are so wonderful! I always want this campaign to reach people who are having a hard time, and once again, with absolute certainty, I can say, it did. Reminding people that they’re not alone is why we did this –why we do this. With my whole heart, thank you so much for all your help.

By TE Carter:




By J.E. Shannon (Twitter):



#InShadowSelfie — Story Showcase.



All the sads are being felt as we make our way toward the homestretch of this awesome mental health awareness campaign. It’s day six of our #InShadowSelfie Story Showcase, which means it’s time for me to introduce you guys to two more amazing writers….


By Graham Milne (Twitter):





By Simmy (Twitter):






#InShadowSelfie — Story Showcase.



We made it to the weekend, you guys! I won’t say all in one piece because I’m pretty sure I left my brain back in Tuesday, but we are here nonetheless. And Here just so happens to be day five of the #InShadowSelfie Story Showcase. Again, it’s a pleasure to welcome two amazing new writers to the blog…

By Rachel (Twitter):




By H.R. Warren (Twitter):



#InShadowSelfie– Story Showcase.




It’s day four of our #InShadowSelfie story showcase! You guys, I just gotta say a massive thank you to everyone who has taken part in our mental health awareness campaign so far. I really enjoy looking at your selfies, guys. You’re all so awesome.

Speaking of awesome, it’s an absolute pleasure to introduce our next contributor in the story showcase.


By L.D. Lapinski (Twitter):


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Welcome to day three of the #InShadowSelfie Story Showcase. I’m so delighted to welcome our next two wonderful writers.


By Berit the Polar Bear (Twitter):






By Aimee Louise (Twitter):