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Eight Hours Of Inferiority

Eight Hours Of Inferiority

In her welcome speech, the college principal apparently told freshers that there are twenty-four hours in every day: eight for sleeping, eight for work, and eight for other things (societies, socialising, and so on). My tutor, when she quoted this to us in our start of term meeting, added, “But I think six or seven hours of working is probably enough.” I disagree with both of them. Strongly. The latter, marginally less strongly, but I still disagree. This way of…

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What To Wear To Lectures At Uni

What To Wear To Lectures At Uni

The question of what to wear to lectures bothered me a lot in the lead up to university. Having worn school uniform for so long (and then had a strict dress code in sixth form), I wasn’t really sure what to go for. I think there’s a lot of misinformation out there. There certainly was when I was searching for any information I could find. Personally, I got worried because the Tumblr blog “askacambridgestudent”, usually a very reliable source of…

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10 Things I’ve Learned Working In A Library

10 Things I’ve Learned Working In A Library

This September, I’m once again working in the library at my old secondary school. Imagine that: a whole month of gainful employment, the first job I’ve ever had in my life. It seems somewhat miraculous, despite the sad circumstances of me having this job. The new librarian isn’t due to start until the same week I go back to uni, so I’m filling in the gap. This term is a little different to the brief stint I did in July…

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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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Sarcastic Knights And Where To Find Them

Sarcastic Knights And Where To Find Them

I like writing miserable books. My beta-readers know this. I enjoy reading their increasingly angry / devastated comments and I take great delight in making them cry, because I consider that a badge of success. Several of my books were written simply as revenge after Charley killed a character I liked, in order to make her suffer what I had suffered. (Multiple times. Because I’m mean like that.) But sometimes I just want a break. I can’t write miserable characters…

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Independence Knight

Independence Knight

That title is possibly the worst pun on this blog. I kind of feel the need to apologise. As some of you may be aware from following me on Twitter where I’ve been hanging out an excessive amount recently or from other sources e.g. secret spy cameras embedded in the speakers next to my laptop, I’m working on a first draft of the second book in what I call “assassin!trilogy“. Having finished book one on Wednesday with a wordcount of…

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10 Things I Hate About School

10 Things I Hate About School

Tomorrow, I finish school. (For those who don’t understand our school system, I’m going on what’s called “study leave”. That means I don’t have lessons and don’t have to come into school except to sit my exams, and for extra-curricular rehearsals etc. I’m not technically free of exams until 20th June, and Fame! lasts into July, but I’m free of lessons. So you might see me around, if I’m procrastinating, but you ought to tell me to get back to…

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Student Occupations

Student Occupations

People are saying this isn’t yet a revolution. I think it is. After all, they thought we were all unmotivated idiots who took the education we had for granted – and yet there they all are, fighting for it, marching for it, braving the cold as they occupy buildings and wait for people to see sense and stop these fees from rising. Why can’t they just see that this is a bad idea? I’ve been following the protests closely. I…

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