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Internet Friendships

Internet Friendships

Over the last few days I had the chance to spend some time with Charley, my long-time internet friend and cowriter. We ‘met’ in 2009 on Protagonize.com, but didn’t actually meet in person until late 2012. Having recently moved back to the UK, it was a lot easier for Charley to come and stay with me than it has been over the last couple of years while she was in Germany, so she came for a couple of days. There’s…

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Getting Over Lost Friends

Getting Over Lost Friends

I feel like I should have some kind of tag or content warning here: ahoy, personal post about Me and My Life and Things That Happened In It. But I guess that’s most of the posts on this blog, so you should be used to it by now. I’m not even sure why I’m telling you this. I think it’s because it’s something I would have found helpful to hear a few months ago, and I’m hoping that it will…

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Breaking In My Boots

Breaking In My Boots

For a long time, I wanted a pair of Doc Martens. (Let’s just clarify this. They say Dr Martens on the label. Nobody ever calls them that. Personally, I call them DMs. So, for the purposes of this post, I’m going to refer to them by their initials.) I wanted them because several of my favourite TV characters wore big clumpy boots with dresses and leather jackets, and I wanted them because a book character I liked had a scuffed…

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Dragons In The Ferns (With Bonus Ducks)

Dragons In The Ferns (With Bonus Ducks)

I’m back from my holiday in Derbyshire, where I was reminded of my complete dependance on WiFi by the utter lack of it. Not sure if the North of England just doesn’t go in for publicly accessibly WiFi or if we were simply unlucky, but man, am I glad to be home. It didn’t help that Pepper, my newly acquired tablet, decided not to connect to the only internet access we did find — my experiences of the Surface 2…

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Somebody I Used To Know (TCWT)

Somebody I Used To Know (TCWT)

Okay, before we go ANYWHERE with this post, I want to say something: I am on time with my TCWT post. I am on time. I remembered. Unlike the last two months, I’m not starting this with an apology. I wrote it on my hand, and I remembered. THIS IS A MOMENTOUS OCCASION. Moving swiftly on, what’s the topic? “How have both the people in your life and your own personal experiences impacted your writing? Do you ever base characters…

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People Are Like Stories

People Are Like Stories

Everything’s a story – I am a story – you are a story. (Frances Hodgsen Burnett, ‘A Little Princess’) In my life I have started many more stories than I have finished. That is true of us all. The chance meetings—we dismiss those as lonely couplets that are fleeting and complete, but maybe they’re the start of a whole poem that’s interrupted before it can finish. Maybe if we followed them all through to their ends, there would be novels…

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It’s Not About Writing

It’s Not About Writing

I’m sorry to anyone who isn’t interested in National Novel Writing Month, because a lot of my posts are going to be about it this month. But you know, to me, NaNoWriMo is about more than the writing and the wordcount and the NaNoisms, hilarious as they are. Earlier this week I wrote a guest post for the Teens Can Write Too blog on how NaNoWriMo changed my life. That was about writing. But that’s not what NaNoWriMo means to me,…

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Stay With Me

Stay With Me

I had a friend once. I start quite a few of my anecdotes, the stories I tell, in that way. I usually get one of two responses. Either my listener nods and says, “Yeah?” in an interested fashion, or they pretend to be surprised: “You had a friend?” People can be so wonderfully witty. I have lived in the house I currently live in since I was almost one year old, and I’ve never had experience of living anywhere else, because…

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Fantastic And Lovely

Fantastic And Lovely

I’m taking a break from a long sequence of meaningful posts because while the discussions they’ve sparked have been highly enjoyable, I’m all out of ideas. Also, I got given two blog awards, which gives me something else to talk about. Yay! The first is the Fantastic Blog Award. Now, is this an award for fantastic blogs, or a blog award that is fantastic? I don’t know. But ‘fantastic’ always puts me in mind of the Ninth Doctor, which is cool. So….

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I Never Had To Try

I Never Had To Try

When I was at primary school we had weekly spelling tests. I always did brilliantly at them. I didn’t even have to try. Because I read so much, I was just a natural at spelling, and so I’d give these lists a once-over and I’d know them all. Other people sat there writing them out again and again. Other people learned them. I didn’t need to. One day, when I was about nine or ten, we had a spelling test….

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