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Eight Hours Of Inferiority

Eight Hours Of Inferiority

In her welcome speech, the college principal apparently told freshers that there are twenty-four hours in every day: eight for sleeping, eight for work, and eight for other things (societies, socialising, and so on). My tutor, when she quoted this to us in our start of term meeting, added, “But I think six or seven hours of working is probably enough.” I disagree with both of them. Strongly. The latter, marginally less strongly, but I still disagree. This way of…

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Finding Balance and Routine at Uni

Finding Balance and Routine at Uni

Well, my last post seems to have gone down well. I’m glad my advice on making friends has been helpful to people, and I wish you the best of luck in befriending people, whether at uni or elsewhere! I’m continuing my university-themed posts today, but this one’s a slightly more complicated topic. I’m combining two questions here: one from Shanti, who would like to know how to find a work/life balance while settling in to a new routine, and one…

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Academic New Year

Academic New Year

Raise your hand if you feel personally victimised by the passing of time and are in denial that it’s September already. SERIOUSLY, HOW DID THIS HAPPEN. The last time I looked, I was just beginning to settle into summer. Then it rained for a month and now, somehow, mysteriously, it’s the start of the academic year and the shops are full of back-to-school stationery and I’m being forced to exercise a lot of self-control not to buy an infinite number…

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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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Go Forth And Screw It Up (TCWT)

Go Forth And Screw It Up (TCWT)

Hey, guess what? I’m a massive fail, and didn’t realise Monday was my time to post my contribution to the Teens Can Write Too! blog chain until Friday, and then I’d already posted, so it’s going up now. My apologies. I’m a useless human being. I know. “What’s one thing you wish you knew when you started writing?” Oh man. There are so many things I wish I’d known. Can I just write myself, like, a list? No, I’m always…

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When Life Is Full Of Mist And Frost…

When Life Is Full Of Mist And Frost…

…make art. Ignore Neil Gaiman – it doesn’t even have to be good. Just make that art. I’m always amazed by how much more beautiful winter mornings are when compared to their summer counterparts. It’s the combination of mist and frost with the late sunrise, I think – it makes it possible for me to take pictures like the one above without getting up obscenely early. When I first got a smartphone two years ago, I took advantage of the…

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Stop Giving Advice To Teen Writers

Stop Giving Advice To Teen Writers

Let’s talk about teen writers. Let’s talk about the proliferation of advice for teens who write that has come with the realisation that we actually exist, thanks to the internet. Let’s talk about a fundamental thing they get wrong. Every piece of advice I’ve read for teen writers has made some good points, but done it in such a condescending and patronising way that I’ve refused to acknowledge it simply as a matter of principle. Many of the articles are…

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Insecure Writer Bingo

Insecure Writer Bingo

Despite having first-drafted around ten novels, the majority of them have been left to moulder instead of being edited. I find first-drafting hard. Sometimes I hate it. It used to be my favourite bit, and when I got to the end, I was tired of the book and didn’t want to edit. Now, I see first drafts as something to be got through, so that I can rewrite. The few of you that have read my early posts on this blog…

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Back In Business

Back In Business

Hello, all. I’m back. Okay, I never really ‘went’, but my posts have been less than frequent this month, since I prioritised writing for NaNoWriMo over actually keeping up to date, which was bad of me. Sorry. On the other hand, after an epic battle between myself and the NaNo wordcount validator (which stole about 500 words from my total), I hit 200k last night. As that was my target and I’ve now finished two novels and abandoned a third–I…

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He Was My Brother

He Was My Brother

I haven’t really mentioned my brother in any great detail on my blog before. That’s partly because I don’t tend to talk about my real-life friends or family on the internet, in case (a) they find it or (b) their employer/family/school principal find it. I don’t want to cause issues for anyone! But I’ve talked a little bit about my sister, and she did a guest post a very long time ago, so you know about her. I also mentioned her…

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