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By App and Ear

By App and Ear

One of the things I did while I was in Limerick was go to as many sessions as I could. This did not turn out to be a huge number — I think I went to four or five, and mostly didn’t stay too long — but it was a learning experience nonetheless, and one that made me realise I need to take a different approach to my tin whistle playing. Last year, in Co. Donegal, I went to a…

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An Aggressively Positive Playlist

An Aggressively Positive Playlist

Okay, well, I’m officially sucking at blogging this term. Which would make sense, if I were hard at work revising for the exams I have in like two weeks (!!!!), but to be honest, there hasn’t been nearly enough work happening either. There’s been a lot of procrastination. I started doing Irish dance in my room every night with an eye to getting back into the sport, and today contacted a dance school to see if I can take classes…

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A Playlist For August 2015

A Playlist For August 2015

Before I start, shout out to Cait @ Paper Fury for her post, “I Want Diverse Books That Are NOT About Being Diverse“. I agree entirely. So go read that, and then come back here. Also, I did the ‘Bedtime Book Tag’ over on my book blog, my first non-review post over there. I may need to do a few more of those as my Kindle died entirely yesterday, alas. I haven’t talked about music on this blog in, like,…

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Who I Was

Who I Was

I was given my first violin for Christmas when I was five, nearly six. My flute, Christmas 2004 — I was eight, nearly nine. I played the ocarina and the recorder in school, the way most children do at the age of six or seven. My mum taught me the basics of playing the violin, but I didn’t start lessons until 2003. These were in groups, at school. I wanted to take up the flute in 2003 instead of the…

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Poetry Advice From A Folk Musician

Poetry Advice From A Folk Musician

I guess now is as good a time as any to tell you that Broken Body Fragile Heart will be released on October 1st and you can pre-order it soon on Amazon. You know, if you’re interested in that kind of thing. I’ve been formatting it for the last however long, trying to get it right first time this time. It’s been a long time coming, I know, but we’re getting there. So. That’s a thing. Actually, I had a…

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Hamlet, by Simon & Garfunkel

Hamlet, by Simon & Garfunkel

Today I want to talk about Hamlet. I mean, I’ve got no particular reason for wanting to talk about Hamlet now except that I always want to talk about Hamlet. It would make more sense for me to talk about, I don’t know, Dance Academy or something, given that I watched the whole of series three in less than a day this week. But nah. Hamlet. At the beginning of year twelve (my penultimate year of school), I went through…

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Get Folked

Get Folked

I thought I’d do something a little different today (er, next week, because I’m doing that time-travelling post thing) and talk about music. I’ve got hugely diverse music taste, mostly because I enjoy anything that reminds me of my characters, but I also have a tendency to go through phases of obsession with a band and then not listen to them for two years. A friend of mine was responsible for introducing me to both Laura Marling and Emily Barker…

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Introducing Blodeuwedd

Introducing Blodeuwedd

I have a new friend. I say friend, but really our relationship is far deeper and more complex than that, impossible to define with the limitations of social language. Not a friend, not a sibling, not a lover. Something else. Her name is Blodeuwedd, and she is beautiful. When she came into my life, it was like everything I’d been hoping for in the last few months came true. Like being completely skint / in debt was worth it. Like…

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Music Is My Substitute For Talking About My Feelings

Music Is My Substitute For Talking About My Feelings

And I still believe that everyone, Can find a song for every time they’ve lost and every time they’ve won — Frank Turner, I Still Believe I know I’m not alone when I say I rely on music not only to help me express my feelings, but also to avoid doing so. As a result, it tends to play an important part in my writing process, because I need it to evoke the moods I need for characters and to…

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I Really Hate Serialist Music

I Really Hate Serialist Music

Today is National Coming Out Day. I thought pretty hard about it, but in the end I decided that now probably wasn’t the best time. I’ll leave that for another day. Instead, I’m going to talk about how much I detest serialist music. I know, it’s not about books. It’s not about NaNoWriMo. It’s not about Doctor Who or any of the other things that I normally talk about — and many of you probably don’t know what serialist music…

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