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JJ Barnes

JJ Barnes writes about parenting, feminism, current affairs and writing

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Getting over my performance anxiety… sort of.

I don’t like to use terms related to mental health issues lightly. I don’t think liking things clean should be called OCD, I don’t think being a bit glum is Depression. With this in mind, I won’t say I have a definite PHOBIA of acting, but I will say that when I was an extra in the background of one

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You tell artists to get a real job, but you’re glad they don’t. So stop it.

I’m a writer. It’s all I’ve ever wanted to be. I want to write and tell stories, I want to turn that writing and those stories into books, films and television. And I’m working really hard, every day, to make that happen. And, finally, I’m starting to get somewhere. So much so that people in my life are starting to,

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Am I risking my daughter’s safety to help her follow her dream?

Sometimes our children will love things and want things that we know are bad for them. We guide them, advise them, keep them as safe as possible because we love them and its our job. But what if they want something that is good for them in so many ways, but carries a risk that makes you feel sick. What

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Returning to the Bloggersphere

I began blogging in 2012, right after the birth of my first daughter. Whilst I had technically been writing both articles and stories for many years before the blog, my audience had been almost entirely made up of my mother. Writing a blog was the first time I truly felt like I could call myself a writer. I was finally