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Dissertation Hell Is Full Of Tomatoes

Dissertation Hell Is Full Of Tomatoes

I used to be good at deadlines — they used to be what motivated me, to the point where I’d create them for myself, insisting on increasingly high wordcount totals or number of books read. Of course, that was mostly to do with things I wanted to do, things that were fun, rather than work… but still, sometimes I have to think hard to remember the days before deadlines made my brain shut down out of panic. Even with last…

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Medievalist Miriam

Medievalist Miriam

And the internet said to Miriam, “Tell me the story of the Destruction of Da Derga’s Hostel in a way I’ve never heard it before.” And Miriam said, “Not difficult that, since you’ve never heard it at all. But is this the day for such a story?” The internet replied, “Yes.” “As in today?” The internet looked at Miriam and said, “It would be a poor poet who could not tell us the story of Da Derga’s Hostel.” “Yes, but…

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Death, Fairies, And Degrees

Death, Fairies, And Degrees

One of the reasons I chose to study Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at university is because many of my ongoing novels and other writing projects have their basis in Celtic mythology and history, particularly my Death and Fairies series. For those who are unaware, D&F is a huge project I’ve been working on in some form since 2010. By huge, I mean it consists of eight books, the last three of which are the first ones I wrote when I…

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Counting My Blessings (And My Woes)

Counting My Blessings (And My Woes)

The week in numbers (because I can, on occasion, count). (2) reviews of Broken Body Fragile Heart I love getting reviews. My favourites are the kind where people say which poems were their favourites — I like speculating on what it is people like, as well as seeing how differently people perceive my work. Quite often, people’s favourites are the ones I was least certain were any good, or was afraid of including. So it can be very comforting. You…

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Of Giant Furniture And Stubborn Printers

Of Giant Furniture And Stubborn Printers

I’m sure you’ll be delighted to know that I’m not only alive, but settling in to my life at uni. And by “settling in” I mean desperately rushing around from place to place, feeling somewhat like a headless chicken, and trying frantically to keep on top of all the many appointments with innumerably people that I have to get to in the next 24 hours. It’s stressing me out. I’m praying the term isn’t like this. (I’m sure it won’t…

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Operation ASNaC: Mission Report

Operation ASNaC: Mission Report

Mission: To achieve A*AA in my A-Levels and secure my place at the University of Cambridge studying Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic. Report: Well, I won’t beat about the bush. I did it. I’ve now got some actual legit qualifications under my belt, and in October I’ll be going to Cambridge to study ASNaC. I literally wept when I saw on UCAS that my place had been confirmed, although that might also have been because I only got three and a…

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Of Choices and Academia

Of Choices and Academia

If I ramble at all while writing this post (which would be nothing unusual), it’s because I’m listening to the amazingly awesome Zombie Ninja song which I found via Shéa MacLeod’s blog (did I spell that right), and it’s distracting me, but I don’t want to turn it off. Because it’s amazingly awesome. When I was a kid, I wanted to be an actress and an author. My parents weren’t so sure about the ‘actress’ thing – I’m hardly typical actress…

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