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Here There Are Ghosts

Here There Are Ghosts

When I walk through the college gardens at night it seems indubitable that there are ghosts there. Maybe ghosts is the wrong word. Memories — imprints of people who were once here, and are now gone. ‘Ghosts’ is too morbid a word, suggesting that they’re dead. Some of them were here a month ago. Some of them a century. They leave traces. I feel it in the day time too, this idea that I’m surrounded by history (it’s hard not…

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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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The Lucifer Effect

The Lucifer Effect

Before I start, I’d like to thank Nevillegirl and Gallifrey, who both nominated me for awards recently. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to pass it on (mainly because I don’t follow enough blogs that aren’t industry professionals to actually nominate anyone), but I appreciate it nonetheless. — This week, I watched a lecture on TED.com called ‘The Psychology Of Evil”, which discussed something called the Lucifer Effect, also known as ‘how good people turn evil’. Philip Zimbardo starts the lecture…

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Writing Shaped My Thinking (TCWT)

Writing Shaped My Thinking (TCWT)

“How has writing affected your perception of the world?” I’ve been told my Teens Can Write Too! blog chain post has to be under 1000 words – if they mentioned this before, I ignored it. So no introductions. That up there is the prompt and off we go. I kept an everyday journal for about four months this year – until I filled the book – and I touched on this issue in my second entry, on the 23rd January….

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Kiss Me Kate Diaries: #2

Kiss Me Kate Diaries: #2

Tuesday, 3rd July: Opening Night Another opening, another show … It’s mid afternoon and the band are shattered. We’ve been in rehearsals since twelve and although they gave us a generous forty minutes for lunch today (we’re going up in the world!), the cast have now joined us and we’re choreographing the bows. Which means, of course, that we have to play them over and over again while the various characters put on the right pieces of costume to enter…

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Deaf For A Day

Deaf For A Day

I was in the shower room drying my hair, but I heard the doorbell ring, so I knew that they were here. What I didn’t hear was the sound of footsteps walking down the hall, and I couldn’t make out the sound of the door opening, or the multiple sets of footsteps that walked right past me down to the living room. When I emerged, hurrying to make myself presentable before coming down, I could see my newly arrived relatives…

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The Versatile Blogging Awards

The Versatile Blogging Awards

I was nominated by Allegra from ‘Here’s To Us’, which is hugely flattering, of course. She’s also the one who signed me up for Teens Can Write, Too! so you’ve got a lot to blame thank her for! Here’s how the Versatile Blogging Award works: Thank and link to the person who nominated you. Share seven random facts about yourself. Pass the award along to 5-7 deserving blogging buddies. Contact those buddies to congratulate them! So here are my seven…

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Arrr!

Arrr!

Ahoy there, ye scurvy beast! Avast with yer King’s English an’ join us, or ye’ll find yerself walkin’ the plank! Today be a day fer to cheer ye up, no matter thee problems in yer life, an’ here we be celebratin’ ’til the mornin’, so just ye get over here an’ join in! It be the day of talkin’ like a pirate on all the seven seas, an’ ye be missin’ it! For those of ye that tweets it be…

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