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The Perfect Blog Comment

The Perfect Blog Comment

Thanks to joining a blogging group and getting involved in various other online communities that encourage sharing posts, I’ve had quite a few comments on my blog recently. More than I’ve had in a fair while, really, and they’re good comments. Compliments that feel genuine. Suggestions I hadn’t thought of. Personal responses that give me a glimpse into the life of the commenter just as I’ve given them a glimpse into my life in the post. It’s not that I…

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Never Just Objects: Finding Time To Read

Never Just Objects: Finding Time To Read

Over the past month and a half, I’ve been making a serious effort with my book blog, as well as joining the (sometimes intimidating) world of #bookstagram. Every day since early August, I’ve posted pictures of books on Instagram, some of which have taken an hour or two to set up and take. (Others are, of course, much quicker.) Yet in that same period, I’ve also been struggling to find time to read, and the two things aren’t unrelated. Obviously,…

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The Memory of Apples

The Memory of Apples

I’ve been reading Lorna’s blog ‘Gin & Lemonade‘ for… I don’t know. Years. She was featured once on Freshly Pressed back when I was a spry young thing with enough time to randomly browse other blogs because I liked the titles of their posts, and I stuck around. I recently joined her blogging group on Facebook, and one of the things she’s created are weekly prompts. Lorna’s Ginspiring Writing Prompts, someone’s nicknamed them. Last week’s prompt was about sepia-toned fall…

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The Anticipation of Adulthood

The Anticipation of Adulthood

It’s a cliche to say it, but being a new adult is hard. For the last eighteen years, my life has been divided up into education and not-education. Everything was always temporary: I was at school, or I was at home, and sooner or later that would reverse and I’d be at home, or I’d be at school. When I was at uni, the year was divided into term time and non-term time, and I knew that wherever I was…

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This Month In Books (August 2018)

This Month In Books (August 2018)

I thought that at the end of every month, I’d do a little round-up of what’s been happening on my book blog and Instagram (since the latter is now dedicated to photos of books, a hobby which is taking far too many hours of my life). I won’t share everything here — after all, I need to give you some reason to follow me on Instagram and my book blog! — but here are a few highlights. 5 most viewed…

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True Love of Short Stories

True Love of Short Stories

I’ve never really been a short story writer. Even that phrasing is misleading, because it suggests I’ve dabbled in short stories, but frankly, they’ve always eluded me. Any attempts at short fiction always turned into the first chapter of a novel, or lacked anything you might call a plot, even when you squinted. I know that a lot of writers cut their teeth on short stories. Why not? They’re quicker to write than novels, with more opportunities to gain some…

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Telling Nonbinary Stories With My Feet

Telling Nonbinary Stories With My Feet

It’s been a bit over a year since I returned to Irish dance, so I thought I’d talk a little bit about my relationship with it and how that’s changed. Irish dance is, at its core, a competitive art form. It’s a sport. It’s notorious for the pageantry that goes along with these competitions: the bedazzled dresses and curly wigs and far too much makeup. The trophies are large and usually tasteless, and the whole thing is completely bizarre to…

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20 Questions I’m Asking Myself

20 Questions I’m Asking Myself

How are you going to stop yourself obsessively refreshing your inbox every day after the Pitch Wars submission window closes? No, obsessing over your Instagram stats isn’t a good answer; that wouldn’t stop you. So what else are you going to do? Oh, you’re going to write something new? That sounds like a good idea. If you get picked for Pitch Wars, you’ll just be revising Butterfly of Night for the rest of the year. It might be nice to…

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The Perfect Novel Synopsis

The Perfect Novel Synopsis

I’m entering Pitch Wars at the end of this month (next week, yikes), so of course I’m working on my synopsis. Trying to nail that balance of summary and style. How do I convey the emotions of the book while keeping it to one page in length? Which characters are REALLY the most important ones here? Is Comma, when used as the name of a guild of assassins, singular or plural?* *This particular grammar question is, for the record, killing…

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General Purpose University Advice

General Purpose University Advice

This week was A-Level results week for students in England and Wales — the time when students find out whether they got into their first choice university. I remember it being hellishly nerve-wracking (I barely slept at all the night before my results), but even once it was over, the anxiety is only just beginning. Because preparing for university can be stressful. In the lead up to university, I read everything I could find. I read student newspapers. I researched…

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