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Marching On From Setbacks

Marching On From Setbacks

Wow, sorry for abruptly disappearing from the blog for nearly three weeks. I was doing a lot better on the ‘regularly posting’ thing, and then… well, life happened. Firstly, I got the flu, which was miserable. Also, my immune system is completely useless, so it lasted way too long — I spent several days unable to get out of bed, but still had a horrible chesty cough a week and a half later. The fatigue it caused was also pretty…

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50k, Onesies, and Fatigue

50k, Onesies, and Fatigue

I hit 50k for NaNoWriMo on the 11th November. I didn’t say much at the time because I still have a long way to go before I finish the book and, for me, hitting 50k is not especially remarkable. It wasn’t my fastest year (2013 only took me three days), but also wasn’t my slowest (last year I hit 50k on on Day 26). It felt like an achievement, but in many ways one I only managed by virtue of…

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Nightmare Headaches and Men: Miriam in Ireland, 2017

Nightmare Headaches and Men: Miriam in Ireland, 2017

As I might have expected, my reflections on Ireland are dragging out long after I actually got home. At this rate I’ll be blogging about it for the whole month, and I do actually have other things I’d like to talk about. But I got distracted last week by sleep and catching up on OITNB and actually writing for once (more on that soon!), so you’ll have to forgive the delay.  I’m still writing all my blog posts on my…

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Pain, A Cane, and Gain

Pain, A Cane, and Gain

This is a scheduled post. Right about now I ought to be in Dublin. I’m probably lost, because I lack any sense of direction, and/or trying to resist the temptation to buy a lot of musical instruments that I won’t be able to take home on the plane. However, right now I want to talk about my previous trip, which was to Cornwall. (I’m having quite the tour of places of ASNaC interest this summer, apparently.) As we were driving…

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Describing Pain

Describing Pain

Pain is really difficult to describe. When you go to hospital — because of an acute problem or for an outpatient appointment of some kind or whatever — they often ask you to rate it on a scale of 1-10, with 1 being negligible and 10 being the worst pain you can imagine. There are a few problems with that, because pain’s super subjective: there’s an XKCD comic that summarises one problem rather well. And when you suffer from chronic…

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Is Writing Therapy Or Escape?

Is Writing Therapy Or Escape?

On the first of May, 2012, I wrote the following in my journal: There’s something therapeutic about this writing your thoughts and all that. It helps, getting them down on paper. It’s not a good idea to read them back, mind, not if you’re still feeling emotionally compromised by the situation, but later you’ll be able to. Putting things into words makes them easier to bear. Because it means you’ve beaten them. If they’re words on paper, they’re just like…

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A Thousand Lives Without Leaving Yours*

A Thousand Lives Without Leaving Yours*

Fellow writers, know this: you will never get to experience all of the things your characters experience. And if you’re anything like me, you’re probably thinking thank goodness for that, since, you know, I write tragedies. But there is one major problem here. If you have no idea what it’s like to be in their situation, how are you meant to write about it? This is something I’ve thought about for a while because many people’s reason for discounting teenage writers is that…

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Why I Dance

Why I Dance

More than once, I have been asked why I dance. More than once, people have seen me practicing, stretching, rubbing an aching muscle, hurrying from a class to another activity, and they ask me why I do this. More than once, I have sat at home with a support bandage around my ankle or my knee, doped up on painkillers, and I have wondered why I do this, and I have asked myself – is it really worth it? I…

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Something Sunday: Not a good day.

Something Sunday: Not a good day.

Sometimes I like Sundays. Sometimes, you have a day that is so terrible that by the end of it, you just want to give up. You can’t face talking to people. You don’t want to go back to work, or school, or college, in a couple of days time. You just want to crawl into bed and stay there with a mug of hot chocolate and a book. That’s what today was like. I have to admit that it didn’t…

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Duke of Edinburgh Roundup

Duke of Edinburgh Roundup

I haven’t written a blog post in a little while, which is a shame. In fact, I’ve been rather absent from Twitter etc recently … but I have had a very good excuse! And I managed to post a YouTube video two days early (because that happened to be the moment when my parents were not in the house to hear me). I’ve been on Duke of Edinburgh. For those of you that don’t know, the DofE is an award…

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