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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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Morally Dubious Heroics

Morally Dubious Heroics

I am not very good at writing likeable characters. Okay, so this isn’t entirely true. I pride myself on having the ability to make my beta readers sympathise with* these characters, getting more and more invested into their stories. And then I kill them off. No, I’m joking. This is not about the characters I kill, ripping out Charley’s heart in the process. It is, actually, usually about the killers, or the survivors at least. See, I’ve noticed it particularly…

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My Internet History Could Get Me Arrested (TCWT)

My Internet History Could Get Me Arrested (TCWT)

It’s not even a surprise when I’m late for my TCWT posts anymore, is it? Since I don’t have a regular blogging schedule and I’m not used to having to write something on a particular day, it is super easy to completely forget. Especially when the 23rd was the day after my exams and I was celebrating by sleeping all morning and going to see Star Trek in the evening. (We need the email schedule back. Seriously. I’m too useless…

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Another Day, Another Death

Another Day, Another Death

The title of this post comes from a track on the Torchwood soundtrack, written by Ben Foster. — So, let’s talk about death. We were talking about death earlier this week, because I’m a cheery kind of person like that. And actually, it has continued to be on my mind as the days have passed, from working on backstory to Watching and the rest of the trilogy (which included working out the entire life story of every character, right up to the…

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Flawed Heroes And Heroic Villains

Flawed Heroes And Heroic Villains

“The wonderful thing about Marvel is that they make their heroes flawed, and their villains heroic.” (Tom Hiddleston, ‘Loki’) Warning: this post contains lots of gifs (and also spoilers but only for mostly old stuff) so if you’re reading in an email, you may need to click through to see them. I’m not sure. Maybe they work.) I was reading a couple of handouts from online and real-life writing classes the other day, because I was bored and that’s what…

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It Is Law

It Is Law

I recently discovered an aspect of writing that had previously never interested me, which I find amazingly fun, productive and inspiring. World-building. No, that’s the wrong word to use. I’ve done that before. I’ve drawn maps and invented beasties and described countries and worked out languages – I know how that works. I find it hard work and it’s not my favourite aspect of writing, but I do enjoy it. Law-making. That’s what I’ve been doing. I started out writing…

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We Need To Talk About Kindles

We Need To Talk About Kindles

I ordered a Kindle today. Correction – my mother ordered me a Kindle today. I fully intend to pay her back and am not living off my parents’ money … or at least, I’m trying not to. It’s quite difficult, being too young to have a job to earn my own money, but I do tend to save up for things. I’ve been on work experience this last week, up at the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS). It…

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Resurrection on Easter Sunday

Resurrection on Easter Sunday

So I don’t even know what day of the week I blog any more. Wasn’t it meant to be Thursdays and Sundays? I can’t remember. But today’s Sunday – Easter, in fact! Hooray! – so if it was, there we go. If it wasn’t, bite me. You get a blog post. (Which reminds me, I need to make another video … ha ha). So. Before I abuse the rules of parenthesis any more, I’m going to move on. I’m going…

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