Hello again!

I feel like I’ve executed a world class disappearing act, and owe all of you an explanation.

This year has been very difficult. I wrote a dissertation, and got a freaking degree (big mood). But, sadly, I was also hit with a very unexpected dose of trauma and grief – something I’d like to discuss at a later date, in a longer post. I had to seek a lot of help in various online communities and, for that reason, I’d love to be able to provide similar resources here. But I still need time to mend, and time to work on how I might do that.

Sorry that’s all a bit brief and vague, but it’s been pretty painful, and I hope you understand why I felt the need to take a BIG step back.

Anyway, Yes Whale is a little run down, but I’m back to give it a fresh coat of paint. I want to rave about the (many) brilliant books I’ve read, talk to you about university, and maybe put some more of my writing out there. I want to turn this corner of the internet back into a second home for me, and hopefully somewhere for you to feel rested too.

(wow, what an arrogant subheading)


I should probably start by reintroducing myself.

Hello! If you’re new here, my name is Emily, and I (sometimes) look like that! Mostly, I’m rocking a hermit vibe. I’m 21, a writer, and have recently graduated with a degree in Literature from The University of Edinburgh.

I built Yes Whale in 2018, as a space to talk about my love of YA. It soon developed into a cornucopia of reviews, lists (I really like lists), lifestyle content, and writing. So, if any of that peaks an interest, feel free to follow along! I promise it isn’t always this bleak. Sometimes I can even be funny.

If you’ve stuck around (despite the fact I haven’t posted since September (I’m so sorry)), thank you. From the depths of my very fragile heart, thank you. I met a lot of wonderful people last summer, and I hope you’re all still around for me to pester when I return to Twitter.

Thank you for reading, and I hope you decide to stick around!




(SILVER LINING: I’ve been gone so long there’s a whole new era of Swift gifs!)



  1. August 22, 2019 / 6:17 pm

    Welcome back! Congrats on graduating, that is awesome <3 And I am so sorry for you trauma, I hope you continue to heal and grow. Hang in there! I can't wait to see all the new Swift Gifs 😀

  2. August 23, 2019 / 4:10 am

    Graduated from uni at 21 I am so impressed tbh.
    So welcome back Emily! so glad to see you back here 🙂

  3. August 23, 2019 / 6:45 am

    I got so happy to see you on my twitter feed yesterday!! Thrilled you’re back, and I’m glad you took time out to do what was best for you <3 I'm so sorry to hear that you had to undergo something traumatic, but doing what's necessary to heal and mend is of such importance. Excited to continue following you on this blogging adventure xxxx

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