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July 2018: Dance, Jobhunting, and Camp NaNoWriMo

July 2018: Dance, Jobhunting, and Camp NaNoWriMo

I don’t seem to have the hang of the whole blogging malarkey at the moment. Sorry about that. Hoping to do a more detailed write-up of my trip to Ireland for the Blas International Summer School for Music and Dance, but my hands are… not doing too great at the moment, and I’m trying to save them as much as I can. Therefore this post will be a few brief bits of news, hopefully with some longer ones to come….

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Murderous Motives and Dissertation Deadlines

Murderous Motives and Dissertation Deadlines

The general feeling in the comments of my last post (and from people I talked to separately) was that I should delay querying until I’ve done these edits. And the general feeling in my brain is that no matter how much I want to do them now, I have to wait until after my exams. My dissertation is due in barely more than a month, and my exams start in approximately ten weeks. I’m already doing a dance competition the…

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Poison and Perfectionism

Poison and Perfectionism

A few weeks ago, I said that I was querying. That I’d finally overcome my perfectionism and constant editing to send out six entire queries, and was planning to send more. So here’s an update. First off, I’ve had three replies, and they’ve all been rejections. I wasn’t too disappointed by the first two as they weren’t agents I was particularly invested in, but the third one was one I’d been hopeful about, so I was a little bit sad…

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Keeping Promises To Myself

Keeping Promises To Myself

So, I promised myself earlier this week that I would send out at least two queries by the end of the week. It’s now Saturday evening, and I’ve not only kept that promise, but exceeded it — I’ve sent out six. (I’ve also found several more jobs to apply for and started filling in various application forms, so I am adulting hard right now. Are you in awe yet? Because you should be in awe.) This is despite the fact…

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Taking A Deep Breath

Taking A Deep Breath

I was going to be topical and post an anti-Valentines list of books that don’t centre around romance, for all the people like me who feel like an alien today for not being interested in relationships. However, I couldn’t actually think of enough books to make a post — I know they exist, but I didn’t have time to go hunting back through everything I’ve ever read, and I could only think of a handful off the top of my…

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Thank Goodness It’s Over

Thank Goodness It’s Over

NaNoWriMo this year was a struggle. Hitting 50k wasn’t the hard part — in many ways, that was easier than the last few years. The hard part was finishing the novel, which I’d promised myself I’d do. I haven’t finished a first draft since writing¬†Bard in March/April last year, and while I wrote a complete redraft of another book earlier this year, that’s not quite the same as getting to the end of something new. It’s been so long since…

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50k, Onesies, and Fatigue

50k, Onesies, and Fatigue

I hit 50k for NaNoWriMo on the 11th November. I didn’t say much at the time because I still have a long way to go before I finish the book and, for me, hitting 50k is not especially remarkable. It wasn’t my fastest year (2013 only took me three days), but also wasn’t my slowest (last year I hit 50k on on Day 26). It felt like an achievement, but in many ways one I only managed by virtue of…

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To NaNo, Or Not To NaNo?

To NaNo, Or Not To NaNo?

NaNoWriMo has been a part of my life since I was thirteen. In 2009, somebody on the writing website Protagonize.com was talking about National Novel Writing Month and, being a keen/obsessive writer at the time, I decided to sign up, although it was already the seventh of November and I had no plot, characters, or experience of writing a novel. Nevertheless, I succeeded at the 50,000 word challenge, and finished my first (terrible, short, cliched) novel. I’ve done NaNo every…

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Trigger Warnings For Poetry

Trigger Warnings For Poetry

A reader contacted me this morning to say that after, having enjoyed Fleeting Ink, they were interested in reading Crossroads Poetry and Broken Body Fragile Heart, but that they couldn’t really cope with reading about self harm and therefore weren’t sure whether they’d be able to enjoy the collections. I can totally sympathise with this: at the time that I wrote these poems, reading about self harm probably would have screwed me over too, and the last thing I want…

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A Weird Few Days

A Weird Few Days

Well, it’s been a weird few days. Firstly, I put Fleeting Ink on offer (it’s still free! Until Tuesday, I think, so if you haven’t nabbed it, now’s the time), and had a bunch of downloads. I mean, I don’t think it’s quite edged into double figures yet, but it’s the most interest anyone’s shown in my poetry in a couple of years, so that was exciting. Except it reminded me that I haven’t looked at these poems in… quite…

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