Fluffy socks, a cup of tea and a warm blanket.
So little, but so much.
A kind word, a friendly smile, a touch of love.
Fresh coffee, a crisp towel and a sprig of lavender.

Creature comforts = comfortable creatures.
Happy creatures, happy life.

Empty hallways, empty workspace, empty pubs.

Empty wallets, empty hopes, empty gloomy winter days.

A dash of spring, a white glimpse of first snowdrops.


The sun is out, but the people are still in hiding.

Also known as “why nuclear power plants are necessary”.

Here’s something that has been pissing me off for a while now — and yes, I just noticed that I tend to start my sustainability posts with a bit of a rant, so apparently if you want to push my buttons, ask me about green energy production. My engineering knowledge is often both a curse and a blessing and in this post I’ll try to explain why.

First off, let’s get some basics on energy production: electricity is not freely available in nature, so we must produce it from some other form of energy in order to use it to…

Imagine yourself walking down a bright, too cheerful turquoise corridor. It’s wide and it’s oddly boxy, as if the walls and the ceiling were perfectly, sharply perpendicular to each other in a way that defies imagination.

Imagine your steps echoing off the perfectly smooth turquoise walls with an odd, too loud thumping sound. Thump…Thump…Thump…Thump…Thump…

Thump. Breathe in. Thump. Breathe out. Thump

Just as you synchronise your breathing to the thumping of your footsteps, you realise it’s not your steps that are making the sound. It’s too loud, too rhythmical, too foreign.

Your steps quicken, your breath skips a bit, your…

Please excuse the crass, but this needs to be said.

Ever since December started, we’ve all been bombarded with “a year in review”, “the positive things of 2020”, “let’s focus on the bright side” or even “how 2020 was in fact the best year of our lives” posts online. While December is always the time for looking back and reviewing the things that have happened to us over the year, this year the fake positive hype is on steroids and it’s gotten so toxic it’s choking. So, here’s my rather more honest and hopefully more helpful goodbye to 2020.

2020 was a sh*t year.

There, I’ve said it and it needs to be said. There’s…

The other night I had a dream.

I fell asleep to the sound of your breathing and woke up to a gloomy winter morning. I stretched out my tired muscles and my body, strung out from the lack of sleep. Lack of sleep… Didn’t I just fall asleep? Why can’t I get any sleep?

Walking out the door to work, the world seemed more grey and bleak than usual. …

Food for thought: let’s talk about environmental guilt, systemic change, and individual action.

Photo by Author.

In today’s world of eco-fads, greenwashing, flight shaming, illogical zero waste advice, and plastic-free crusades, sustainability is becoming an increasingly elusive term, often confused with buying fancy zero waste gadgets or living in a cave in order to have no carbon footprint, which is starting to more than slightly annoy me. So, let’s go back to the basics and try to think a bit before answering the title question:

Sustainability and climate change

Sustainability as a word is defined as “the ability to be sustained/supported”. The word has been appropriated by environmentalists to denote existing in such a way, that we are able to…

Expectations, ambitions, wishes, wants, needs.

Clutter, clutter, clean up.

Your mind is a living space, not a storage.

First published on erraticengineeress.blog

Sometimes when I get a random surge of creativity, I write short impressionist poems/thoughts. As an avid reader, I’ve always wanted to write my own book, so I’ve decided to take a little step in that direction this year and make my first ebook! I’ve been sitting on it for a while now, but today is my 26th birthday, so I figured it was a good time to gather the courage and publish it. In a way, it a birthday gift to myself. …

We’ve reached our last submission for the 4th and last weekly word, HIDE, yesterday. October and the official Inktober challenge are over, and so is our publication, for now. It might return at a later date or for the next Inktober, but at the moment we (and probably also you) need a break from creativity. :)

Both of us would like to sincerely thank all of you who participated with your creative submissions and made this publication happen, all of you who came to check it out, to read, see and listen to all the drawings, stories, digital art, poems…

Petra @Erratic Engineeress

Curious mechanical engineer, Tribology PhD student and a passionate traveller who still believes in dragons and goodness. Blog: erraticengineeress.blog

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