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Graduation Day Reflections

Graduation Day Reflections

Today is my graduation. In 2016, I took time out of Cambridge, because I wasn’t coping. Getting diagnosed with coeliac disease in 2015 was a lot to cope with on top of my other health problems; completely rethinking my diet while trying to keep up with the intensity of a Cambridge workload was a struggle. The medication I was on for my anxiety made me sleep up to fourteen hours a day, and I spent the few hours I was…

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Operation ASNaC, Four Years On

Operation ASNaC, Four Years On

Oh, hey, I finished my degree today. Exams were a mixed bag. Totally overdid it in my Irish exam (wrote 7,600 words in less than four hours) and triggered the biggest carpal tunnel flare-up I’ve had since 2013, so I’ve been in a lot of pain this week and also dealing very badly with it on an emotional level. Plus it got in the way of revising properly for Welsh, which was today, my last exam, and so I ended…

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Counting My Blessings (And My Woes)

Counting My Blessings (And My Woes)

The week in numbers (because I can, on occasion, count). (2) reviews of Broken Body Fragile Heart I love getting reviews. My favourites are the kind where people say which poems were their favourites — I like speculating on what it is people like, as well as seeing how differently people perceive my work. Quite often, people’s favourites are the ones I was least certain were any good, or was afraid of including. So it can be very comforting. You…

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Operation ASNaC: Mission Report

Operation ASNaC: Mission Report

Mission: To achieve A*AA in my A-Levels and secure my place at the University of Cambridge studying Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic. Report: Well, I won’t beat about the bush. I did it. I’ve now got some actual legit qualifications under my belt, and in October I’ll be going to Cambridge to study ASNaC. I literally wept when I saw on UCAS that my place had been confirmed, although that might also have been because I only got three and a…

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Distracting Oneself From Impending Doom 101

Distracting Oneself From Impending Doom 101

In a week’s time I’ll know my future. Probably. I mean, unless I really screwed it up and I’m waiting for my unis to make a decision about whether they’ll take me despite missed grades or whatever. But in about seven days I will know where I’ll be spending the next three years. Allow me to freak out for a while. So obviously I’m stressed, and I’ve been trying a few new techniques to distract myself from this impending doom….

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What Fandom Taught Me About: Characters

What Fandom Taught Me About: Characters

I used to be a plot-based writer. I mean, I cared about my characters, sometimes I cried over them, but on the whole they were plot points. Their lives were defined by the direction of the plot. Their relationships existed because they caused events to happen, or were caused by other events. Their interactions revolved around plot. And that is, to an extent, true of all characters. Since getting involved with fandom, however, I’ve realised that there’s more to it…

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A Letter To My 16-Year-Old Self

A Letter To My 16-Year-Old Self

This is a letter to the Miriam of two years ago — the Miriam who was making decisions about which A-Levels she should take and inadvertently signed me up for two years of underperforming and misery. I’m writing it because I really, really need to rant about Baroque counterpoint right now. Like, I have a mighty need to do so. Here goes. Dear 16-year-old Miriam, You’re at a point in your life when you’re making a lot of really, really…

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Operation ASNaC

Operation ASNaC

I’ve taken to referring to anything relating to schoolwork as Operation ASNaC.  For those unaware, ASNaC (Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic) is the subject I want to study at university, provided I get the grades in my A-Levels to go to Cambridge. It’s the reason I’m neither blogging nor vlogging as often as I’d like to, and also why I’m not taking part in Camp NaNoWriMo this April. There are several reasons for this name: I’ve reached a point, particularly with…

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