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ASNaCs on tour

ASNaCs on tour

This week, I went to Wales with the Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic department, or rather, the ASNaC society (student-run, rather than staff). We were based in Cardiff, and visited a number of castles despite the rain that plagued us. Actually, we were fairly lucky with weather given that it was Wales in January: we were even treated to some occasional sunshine. Since I’m currently mired in essay panic (my dissertation first draft and my long essay final draft are both…

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Victor Hugo In An Adventure With Interior Design

Victor Hugo In An Adventure With Interior Design

Before I start, I’d like to apologise to Gideon Defoe for unashamedly ripping off the titles of his The Pirates! In An Adventure With… books. I recently read The Pirates! In An Adventure With The Romantics and couldn’t resist because it seemed appropriate here. This morning I went to see the house of Victor Hugo, where he lived while in exile on the island of Guernsey, and where he wrote several of his novels, including at least part of Les…

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Dragons In The Ferns (With Bonus Ducks)

Dragons In The Ferns (With Bonus Ducks)

I’m back from my holiday in Derbyshire, where I was reminded of my complete dependance on WiFi by the utter lack of it. Not sure if the North of England just doesn’t go in for publicly accessibly WiFi or if we were simply unlucky, but man, am I glad to be home. It didn’t help that Pepper, my newly acquired tablet, decided not to connect to the only internet access we did find — my experiences of the Surface 2…

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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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April (Retrospect and Reminiscing #4)

April (Retrospect and Reminiscing #4)

There will be a lot of photographs in this post because in April, I went to Scotland. I mean, I also had a dream that Charley was dead and completely freaked out when she didn’t come online, finished Forget My Wings – mostly in a car, emailing chapters to Charley every time we reached a service station and got WiFi (and she hated me for the ending) – started writing the second draft of The Quiet Ones, and wrote 25…

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There Is Something To Be Said For Walking Barefoot

There Is Something To Be Said For Walking Barefoot

I went with the mother person and my French friend to Sheffield Park yesterday. While taking some rather precarious photos (read as standing on a branch of a tree that leans out about a metre over the water and taking pictures from there), I took off my flip-flops so they didn’t fall in. And I didn’t put them back on again until we left. This is the first of the photos I took barefooted. I had climbed up this tree…

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Spring Is Dancing In

Spring Is Dancing In

That title was rather a bad joke, relating to my post a little while ago about the novel I’m currently writing, which is based around the Rite of Spring. There we go, there’s the secret, if you weren’t reading the comments Anyway, I was in my garden today, recording a vlog. I decided to do it in the garden because although I made my first YouTube vlog in April last year, I didn’t make a single one in the garden,…

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Skies and Lights

Skies and Lights

I do not have the brainpower or the time for a writing post, so… This is the sky from the bus stop at which I am standing right now (or was, when I wrote that sentence). One of the things I’ve enjoyed since I got a new phone is the ability to take high quality photos anywhere and anywhen – not possible with my old hand set, which hadn’t got around to colour screens. I’ve taken a few nice pictures…

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Photo Post: Church Of Sunlight

Photo Post: Church Of Sunlight

When I was in France in the summer, we came across an abandoned church. It was one of the most beautiful places I’d ever seen, despite the wire fencing that surrounded it and the DANGER signs, and it was also one of the saddest. By putting my arm and camera through the gaps in the fence I was able to take photos that captured only the stillness and not the human presence there. I found them on my computer today,…

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