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Poem-mas Day 9: Crucifixion

Poem-mas Day 9: Crucifixion

We’re almost at the end of the Ten Days of Poem-mas! Which is probably just as well, because my habitual erratic posting means I’m ill-suited to daily blogging and keep forgetting that such a thing exists. Fortunately it provides me with another way to procrastinate on writing my dissertation, but nevertheless I don’t think it’s something I’d ever do long term. Because it’s nearly Christmas, and I come from a Christian background, I thought I’d share one of my more…

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A Creative Waste Of Time

A Creative Waste Of Time

For those who weren’t aware, which is probably 95% of my blog readers given that I didn’t mention it, I’m currently away on a camp in the north of England. It’s a Christian camp, actually, which basically means a chance to ask all the difficult questions that you can’t get away with in your usual church or youth group environment because after this week you’ll likely never see these people again. In our evening meeting yesterday, we were creating an…

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Fact-Checking, ‘Vikings’ Style

Fact-Checking, ‘Vikings’ Style

Most people, when watching a TV show, don’t assume that the reality presented within it is definitely the case. I mean, half the time you’d have to be pretty dumb to think it was real, right? Except, sometimes it’s not so easy. Sometimes the show has enough basis in fact to make it difficult to ascertain the truth. This is the case with Vikings, aired on the History Channel in the US and streamed surreptitiously by people like me who…

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Faith And Fiction

Faith And Fiction

Warning: this post contains discussion of religion and faith and stuff. I know 99% of the people who read this are mature and nice. Haters, go away. Yes, I consider myself a Christian. If you don’t, fine. But no hating, on me or anyone who comments on this post, whatever their views. — Sometimes I struggle to separate writing from real life. I struggle to work out which of the thoughts in my head are mine, and which belong to my characters….

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Let Them Read

Let Them Read

Disclaimer: I’m a Christian. I like to think I’m an open-minded, non-judgemental, nice person. Most people, when they hear I go to church, assume the opposite. Please don’t judge me before you know me because that is not nice :( I’m writing this post from the point of view of a 16-year-old brought up in a Christian family who thinks censoring books for religious reasons is stupid. Just in case that wasn’t clear enough by the end of it. In…

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All You Need Is Love

All You Need Is Love

I guess I’m going out on a limb and doing something slightly controversial here. I’m a writer, and normally I talk about writing, or books, or Sherlock (because who can resist?). But today I’m going to talk about something a little more personal to me, and that’s my beliefs. In a YouTube video I took my few subscribers on a tour of my room and one commenter expressed surprise about the number of Christian books I had, as they hadn’t…

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Photo Post: Church Of Sunlight

Photo Post: Church Of Sunlight

When I was in France in the summer, we came across an abandoned church. It was one of the most beautiful places I’d ever seen, despite the wire fencing that surrounded it and the DANGER signs, and it was also one of the saddest. By putting my arm and camera through the gaps in the fence I was able to take photos that captured only the stillness and not the human presence there. I found them on my computer today,…

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