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Nobody Knows: My Degree Is Unteaching Me

Nobody Knows: My Degree Is Unteaching Me

All pictures in this post are illustrations from the 1912 edition of T.W. Rolleston’s “Myths and Legends of the Celtic Race”. Hi. Not dead yet. First exam is Monday, it’s the only one I feel even vaguely prepared for and I’m still terrified. While I was revising Irish Lit earlier I decided to take a shortcut and, rather than reading the translation of the stories that I needed to look over, I thought I’d read the summaries in a wonderful…

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A Burst Of Light (TCWT)

A Burst Of Light (TCWT)

Had you read that one book you might also have known How the world can be changed in just one burst of light And what was right seems wrong, and what was wrong seems right… Okay, I’m paraphrasing Les Mis. Always a good start to a post, right? (Do not feel free to disagree.) Given that I’m hosting this months Teens Can Write Too! blog chain, it’s just as well I checked last night to see whether my post date…

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Death and Fairies

Death and Fairies

I recently had a Twitter conversation (with somebody who had mistaken my identity, but that is very easy to do on Twitter and I won’t judge them for it) and they asked ┬áme about this ‘Death and Fairies’ thing I keep going on about. What is it? Could I talk about it at the next meeting? After solving the mystery of this second question (they thought I was someone else), I promised to do a blog post on the subject…

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The Story Already Exists

The Story Already Exists

A lot of people say to me, “I want to be a writer.” (And, generally, I look at them and I think,┬áReally? Have you ever even read a book?) But I don’t say aloud that I think they’re deluded and have totally the wrong reasons for wanting to become a writer. I’m far too polite for that. So instead, I’ll say, “Okay.” They tend to expect more than that, though, so they’ll ask, “So how do I become a writer?”…

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In Praise Of Adventure Stories

In Praise Of Adventure Stories

I read a lot of YA fiction. There are several reasons for this – I’m a young adult myself, so it’s aimed at people like me and generally appeals, too, and I write YA fiction, so I have to know what’s already out there. Plus, a lot of it is pretty damn awesome. Anyone who thinks that Young Adult books are just ‘watered down’ versions of adult books are completely and utterly wrong. Not only do they deal with different…

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There’s Posters And There’s Magazines…

There’s Posters And There’s Magazines…

… but the music isn’t ours, ’cause we write love songs in C, we do politics in G, we sing songs about our friends in E minor; so tear down the stars now and take up your guitars and come on folks let’s try this at home… I apologise for starting this blog post with a Frank Turner song (it’s not the first time), but it’s a brilliant one – “Try This At Home”: It kind of sums up why…

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I’m Not A Psychopath. Honest.

I’m Not A Psychopath. Honest.

Sometimes, I have a hard time convincing my friends and family that I’m not a psychopath. Caitlin’s convinced that, if I’m not a psycho, I’m a sociopath. But I don’t think I’m any type of path (not even a garden path… ohhh, bad jokes in the first paragraph). I think I’m just a writer. I’m not sure where it started. Was it the accidental exclamation of, “I know who I can kill!” on a bus when working out plot in…

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TCWT: Love May Be In The Air…

TCWT: Love May Be In The Air…

… but is it in your novel? Or should it be in your novel? It’s time for the Teens Can Write Too blog chain, and I’m afraid I’m cobbling this together in fifteen spare minutes before school, so it might not be quite up to standard. However, it’s probably an accurate representation of teen writing, since we all seem to be so busy all the time. This month’s prompt is: What are your thoughts on romance for your typical genre?…

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Pick Yourself Up

Pick Yourself Up

This picture was shared in the ‘Survival Thread’ of one of my favourite forums, the Spork Room. They’re an amazingly supportive community of writers etc, and this picture was not only relevant but also so generally awesome I would have shared it even if it wasn’t. A few days ago I posted about how good I was at procrastinating, and how I was having trouble motivating myself without a deadline. Some of you were kind enough to come back to…

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Coincidentally Confusing

Coincidentally Confusing

As you may know if you follow me on Twitter, I’ve been right up to my ears in editing recently – to the point where I edited a further 4.5k on Christmas Day, something I never thought I would do. However, I’m actually working on a complete rewrite, and right near the end I had a brand-new scene in which I invented an incredibly awesome creature. The book is based around Celtic stuff, and the sidhe (fairies, to the uninitiated),…

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