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Swords and Self-Doubt

Swords and Self-Doubt

Yesterday, I finally got around to going to a training session with the London Sword & Dagger Club, a HEMA (Historical European Martial Arts) group I’d been meaning to join since I came back home at the end of February. I meant to start about a month ago, but coming off my anti-depressants made me ill and then I was in Canada, so it didn’t happen until now. I’ve wanted to do HEMA for a while, partly because I’m the…

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The Knights Are Shifting

The Knights Are Shifting

I’m a fast writer, but even so, it feels like I’ve been working on The Knight Shift since… well, since forever. Okay, so maybe not forever. But I feel like I’ve been working on this draft for ages and this book for a seriously long time, and as a result I decided to work out how long it’s been. BECAUSE TODAY I FINISHED IT. I forgot to mention that part. I finished it. I wrote THE END and added some…

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Adventures In Aberdeen

Adventures In Aberdeen

Let me take this opportunity to reassure you that my silence this past week hasn’t been because Charley and I were wreaking untold havoc on the city of Aberdeen, but simply because I couldn’t bring myself to blog while we were there. I actually took a fairly considerable holiday from the Internet — I didn’t disappear entirely, but I neglected a lot of the sites I usually frequent, which is unusual for me. I’m sure you’re wondering how we spent…

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Write What You Sort Of Know

Write What You Sort Of Know

I always had issues with the write what you know adage. To a certain extent it’s often misunderstood. It’s not saying we should all write books that match our life experiences exactly, because can you imagine how boring books would be if people did that? But I think it’s encouraging writers to draw on what’s real in order to construct what isn’t. Like, I might not have experience of losing somebody very close to me, but losing my grandparents means…

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Thieves, Queer Knights, And Libraries

Thieves, Queer Knights, And Libraries

I think the theme is all fixed. Which is to say, I gave up trying to mend the theme I’d used before, and found a new one that did approximately what I wanted it to do, then spent several hours narrowing ‘approximately’ to ‘almost exactly’. Let me know what you think — I particularly like the new fonts, but I’m eager to hear your thoughts. This is a number of blog posts all smushed down into one. YAY. Because I’m…

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Beautiful Friends

Beautiful Friends

I decided to tackle the ‘Beautiful People’ challenge/exercise/thingy that I saw on Cait’s blog (Paper Fury), because this time, the theme is friendship. And man, I am all about that friendship vibe in books, and I thought it would be a good way to tell you a bit more about The Knight Shift beyond how I’m approaching rewrites, which seems to be all I’ve talked about lately. This novel focuses on a group of university students, and there’s a lot…

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