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Lent Term Updates & Positivity

Lent Term Updates & Positivity

I came back to Cambridge on Saturday and promptly realised I’d forgotten several things I’d definitely meant to bring, including my current knitting project. I mean, I can’t really afford to take the time and hand strength to knit this week when I have a coursework deadline on Friday that is killing me, but even so, it’s a little annoying not to have it. Other things I left behind: my calendar, my Celtic knotwork colouring book (again on the hand…

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Music, Love And Pride

Music, Love And Pride

By now you’ll have heard about the Orlando shootings. You may have been reading about them all of today and yesterday. You may have been sitting in shocked silence in front of the news. You may have been trying to contact friends and family, or warning friends at Pride events to stay safe, or wondering what this means for you as an LGBTQ person, or mourning, helpless, from the other side of the world. But I’m not really going to…

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LGBTQ Fiction For Children: Queer Characters And Happy Endings

LGBTQ Fiction For Children: Queer Characters And Happy Endings

Recently, I’ve been thinking about the nature of LGBTQ+ literature. It was prompted somewhat by the recent controversy over the treatment of Lexa in The 100, and the resurgence of posts by bloggers I follow about the ‘Bury Your Gays’ (or ‘Bury Your Queers’ — I’ve seen both used, and tend to opt for that because I find it a bit more inclusive, although I know some people aren’t comfortable with the term) trope. My friend Engie’s post No More…

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Another Term Done (Sort Of)

Another Term Done (Sort Of)

Cambridge terms are intense, overwhelming, and exhausting… but at least they’re short. Lectures finished for the term on Wednesday, and I’m heading home in a week’s time. Okay, so I have three supervisions still to get through (and work to do for two of them), and I’m helping with interviews next week, so it’s not like I’ve got nothing to do, but things are slightly more chilled out now. This won’t be a long post because my wrist problems have…

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A Summer Of Stories

A Summer Of Stories

It’s official: I survived my first year at the University of Cambridge. I’m now back at home with my books and my parents, trying to ignore the mound of stuff on the floor behind me that still needs to be unpacked, and feeling guilty about my complete lack of blogging recently. And there’s good news, too. Not only did I survive, but I passed, and with plenty of marks to spare. I found out yesterday that I got a 2:1…

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Thoughts On Marvel’s ‘Daredevil’

Thoughts On Marvel’s ‘Daredevil’

Over the last few days I’ve started watching Marvel’s Daredevil. As you may be aware, this is a Netflix-based show where all the episodes are available to stream online, and since I didn’t have anything currently on the go having finished the first series of The 100, I decided to check it out. People liked the list format of my last post, so I thought I’d use that again, kind of. Things I like about Daredevil: 1. The characters. The…

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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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Dress Like You’re Nine Different People

Dress Like You’re Nine Different People

A huge shout-out to Tara Therese and Michael for participating in the Vocabulary Juxtaposition challenge. They were the only two ‘entries’ I received before the deadline of yesterday, but given that it’s not a competition as such, deadlines mean nothing. If you want to tackle it at any point just to get your writing muscles going, I’ll happily read anything that you link me to. :) Since I finished my exams on Friday, I’ve divided my time between four activities….

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To Adapt, Or Not To Adapt? (TCWT)

To Adapt, Or Not To Adapt? (TCWT)

The answer to the question in the title? MAKE IT A MUSICAL. — It’s time for my contribution to the Teens Can Write Too blog chain — but first off, a few pieces of housekeeping. 1) I’ve now finished my exams. Forever. My A-Levels are done. I’m still registering this fact — I’ve been done for almost three hours now, but I can’t quite figure out how to feel, and my body doesn’t know how to come down from ultra-anxious…

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The Great Adaptation

The Great Adaptation

I’m fascinated by adaptation. In books, in music, in theatre, in TV and film – I love it. I make no secret of the fact that I rip off Celtic mythology in my own work. I take characters and events and concepts from myths and stick them into whatever setting I choose and then I pretend it was my idea. Some of my characters are directly borrowed from myth; some are just named after legendary figures. Of course, the majority…

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