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RIP Terry Pratchett

RIP Terry Pratchett

I wasn’t going to blog today, because I just sat two exams and my hands are tired and I’m tired and I want to celebrate the end of term. But I think my celebrations are going to have to wait a while until I feel more cheerful. Because after I printed off my second exam paper and went online to say that I’d finished, the first thing that greeted me when I opened Facebook was the news that Terry Pratchett…

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Four Years Of Joy

Four Years Of Joy

I have a question for you. Whether you’ve been reading my blog since 2010 or stumbled across it via Google today, this question is directed at you. And I guess you don’t have to answer, not straight away or not right here, but I’d like to hear as many thoughts as people are willing to contribute. What does the name Miriam Joy mean to you? What does it evoke? When I chose this name back in 2011, I didn’t think…

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Books Of The Year

Books Of The Year

This bookish post is loosely based on the end-of-year book survey from Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner, but I feel I’ve done quite a few Q&A style posts recently, so I’m going to rework it slightly. Number of books read in 2014: 104 complete books, although many, many chapters and articles from books for my degree that probably add up to at least a dozen books in their own right. Number of re-reads: Is that books I’ve read in 2014…

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Stories Of Scandalous Shenanigans

Stories Of Scandalous Shenanigans

I am fascinated by writers. I’m not alone in this. Most writers or people who want to be writers are at least interested in the lives of other writers, which is why a lot of the people who read authors’ blogs are looking for writing advice and insights into their favourite authors’ processes. That’s what social media is for, isn’t it — communicating with your favourite writers? Twitter is like writer-bait. They’re everywhere. I read on somebody’s blog that they…

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Goodreads Says I’ve Read Books

Goodreads Says I’ve Read Books

Have any of you guys used that Facebook app where it takes things you’ve said in status updates and comments and ‘generates’ a status that you might have written? I was procrastinating earlier while working on quote-hunting for themes in The Iliad (not the most riveting revision technique), and I found myself playing with it. Half of them were non-sentences, a few were hysterical, and overall I realised I talk about my characters too much on Facebook, but one of…

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March (Retrospect and Reminiscing #3)

March (Retrospect and Reminiscing #3)

I apologise if you got half of this post in your email inbox already – I had an error and it accidentally published without warning. March! I actually had no memory of what happened that month, at all, so it took a trip to my Facebook timeline to remember. And now I know. This mugshot might be from February – the file got moved through various folders and now has all sorts of “accessed” and “modified” dates (but was apparently…

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In The Style Of

In The Style Of

Something I like to do when I’m writing is think of which authors influenced the book in question. I’m not the sort of person who thinks that everything I write is totally original. Everything I write was inspired by something else. Watching, for example – I describe it to potential readers as ‘Holly Black meets Maggie Stiefvater meets Kate Thompson’. More specifically, it’s ‘Tithe meets Ballad meets The New Policeman’, and anyone here who has read those three books will…

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Thank You For My Childhood

Thank You For My Childhood

A lot of people consider one book, or more usually book series, to have formed a large part of their childhood. For many of our generation, that was Harry Potter. The day the last book came out, people flooded to the bookshops. And wept. When the last film premiered, it was like they too were leaving Hogwarts. It was the end of an era. Though the series has had nothing like the astronomical fame and success of Harry Potter, for…

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TCWT: “It’s okay, I’m a writer. This is normal.”

TCWT: “It’s okay, I’m a writer. This is normal.”

The Teens Can Write Too! blog chain is back, and this month the prompt is What are your writers’ habits and eccentricities? This is a pretty hard post for me. I mean, yes, I have a lot of weird habits, and most people would call me eccentric. On the other hand, though, I’m seriously not convinced that they’re a result of being a writer. Many of them I’ve had for years, or have come from parts of my life (e.g, the…

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Maggie Stiefvater at Foyles

Maggie Stiefvater at Foyles

Before today, I’d never been to a book event or signing or whatever. Well, that depends how you define book event, because Caroline Lawrence came to our local library when I was about ten and talked about Romans and the fact she was Australian (or something?), and I’ve watched John Green sign books on live feed on YouTube, but I’ve never actually talked to an author and got a book signed and stuff. Except today, because there would be absolutely…

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