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An Aggressively Positive Playlist

An Aggressively Positive Playlist

Okay, well, I’m officially sucking at blogging this term. Which would make sense, if I were hard at work revising for the exams I have in like two weeks (!!!!), but to be honest, there hasn’t been nearly enough work happening either. There’s been a lot of procrastination. I started doing Irish dance in my room every night with an eye to getting back into the sport, and today contacted a dance school to see if I can take classes…

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Pitch Wars And Walking Tours

Pitch Wars And Walking Tours

Quite often, when I don’t blog for a while it’s because I haven’t got anything to say. On this occasion it’s the opposite — it’s been a busy couple of weeks, as people who follow me on Twitter will have noticed, and I’ve been away from my computer enough that I haven’t been able to blog. So I’m sorry about that! First of all, I entered Pitch Wars. If you haven’t heard of it, don’t worry — neither had I…

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Get Folked

Get Folked

I thought I’d do something a little different today (er, next week, because I’m doing that time-travelling post thing) and talk about music. I’ve got hugely diverse music taste, mostly because I enjoy anything that reminds me of my characters, but I also have a tendency to go through phases of obsession with a band and then not listen to them for two years. A friend of mine was responsible for introducing me to both Laura Marling and Emily Barker…

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A New Hope

A New Hope

Remember I was talking about the five-act structure used in tragedies in my last post? Act Four is the one that interests me. More than that: how act four is described in that particular definition interests me. (It’s not my definition. I found it online somewhere and I’m a bad person for not sourcing it.) “tension is heightened by false hopes/fears. If it’s a tragedy, it looks like the Hero can be saved. If not, then it looks like all…

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And We’re Wondering Why We Do This

And We’re Wondering Why We Do This

(Title is a Frank Turner lyric. Of course. I actually wrote an alternative version of this post that is, like, Frank Turner themed. You can find it here.) Okay, two things need to be said before I start this Teens Can Write Too! blog chain post. Firstly, John Hansen was kind enough to swap days with me because he and I were both on Twitter when he was writing his post (a day early for his time zone) and I…

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I Survived Studying Art! (Or, this isn’t so bad after all!)

I Survived Studying Art! (Or, this isn’t so bad after all!)

In year ten, the first year of studying GCSE subjects (in theory), I hated art. A lot. When I was choosing my options the year before, I’d been counselled against taking it. “If your teacher doesn’t like your style, you’ll get a low mark,” my sister told me. But that was okay, because I didn’t really have a ‘style’, so there would be nothing for them to dislike. I’d just do what they told me to do, right? In the…

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Hello, Wembley! (Part 2)

Hello, Wembley! (Part 2)

They’ve got seats, not like most of the other teenagers who are way down the front, having queued for hours to get the best standing places. The girl’s glad, because they’re all jumping up and down straight away and she knows that if she did that, her knees would go. It means they’re a bit to the side, but she can deal with that. She’s got her camera focused on the stage. “Don’t take a video!” Bella says. On the…

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Hello, Wembley!

Hello, Wembley!

The girl’s pretty nervous, but she’s trying not to show it. Despite the jeans, leather jacket and band t-shirt, she’s feeling totally out of place waiting in London Bridge station. She’s not the sort of person who goes to gigs. Why is she doing this? Her ticket. Is it still in her bag? The girl checks – yes, the ticket’s still there, like it was the last four times she checked. But she’s nervous. She’s a worrier, like her mum….

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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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My Life According To My Music

My Life According To My Music

So, take a music player of some description, put it on shuffle, and answer these questions with whatever comes up. I’ve done this already with some hilarious results and some boring ones, now I’m going to do it again. And I encourage you to do it next time you’re short of blog post ideas! I have a lot of film music on my MP3 :/ From this we can see that my mp3 player is incredibly biased. There wasn’t a…

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