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Moral Ambiguity and Straight-Up Murder

Moral Ambiguity and Straight-Up Murder

I’ve met a few authors now, but the first one I ever met, way back in 2005, was Caroline Lawrence, author of the Roman Mysteries series. I was a big fan of these books — my brother used to borrow them from his secondary school library on my behalf while I was still in primary school — and she was doing an event at a local library, so my mum took me along. I only owned a few of the…

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Our Reality Is Dystopia

Our Reality Is Dystopia

I’m taking a break from working on my current novel. Only a short break. Maybe a few days. But the fact was, I just couldn’t bring myself to write it, and I knew that if I pushed through I’d stop liking my characters and I’d stop liking myself. I’m writing a semi-dystopian novel set in a city that’s effectively run by two guilds of assassins. The closest thing to justice is murder. Protesting about it can get you killed. There’s…

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Distracting Oneself From Impending Doom 101

Distracting Oneself From Impending Doom 101

In a week’s time I’ll know my future. Probably. I mean, unless I really screwed it up and I’m waiting for my unis to make a decision about whether they’ll take me despite missed grades or whatever. But in about seven days I will know where I’ll be spending the next three years. Allow me to freak out for a while. So obviously I’m stressed, and I’ve been trying a few new techniques to distract myself from this impending doom….

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Time-Travelling Writer Assassins

Time-Travelling Writer Assassins

Operation ASNaC is progressing! Yesterday was my last day of lessons ever, prompting the realisation that I’ll never again be set a piece of homework, and this morning I took my first written exam, although I had a speaking exam a couple of weeks back. I don’t have another until the sixth of June, when I’ll be sitting English Literature, so I’ve got a little bit of time to revise thoroughly and make good headway into working for the four…

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The Therapist’s Office (TCWT)

The Therapist’s Office (TCWT)

(My lack of posting is due to RSI, explained in my latest vlog.) The TCWT blog chain wants us to put our characters in therapy. “Take any character from one of your books and put them in a therapy session. Write a (short!) scene about what happens. (You can include multiple characters and make it a group therapy session.)” I’ve done this before. A long time ago, but I have. IT DOESN’T WORK. They are angry, twisted beasties, and they…

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