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A Queer Reading Of My Life

A Queer Reading Of My Life

One of the things I learned during A-Level English Literature that I hadn’t come across before was the idea of different readings of a text. I mean, I think I’d been doing it unconsciously already, but the terminology hadn’t crossed my path. I didn’t know you could do a ‘feminist reading’ of a text, let alone a ‘queer reading’. I didn’t know it was legitimate to look at material through a certain lens and see what it uncovered, and discovering…

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Expections Vs Reality

Expections Vs Reality

As you’ll know if you spend any time in bookish internet communities (or just read my blog), The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater came out this week. Mine, despite having been pre-ordered, didn’t come until the day after release day, but I’m counting myself lucky compared to some folks in the US where Amazon sold out and couldn’t ship even the pre-orders — how does that happen? Once the book arrived, I spent a bit of time admiring the cover,…

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5 Fictional Characters I Would (Platonically) Date

5 Fictional Characters I Would (Platonically) Date

I saw an article earlier about what your first literary crush says about you. I glanced over the list, but none of the characters on it came anywhere near what I’d think of as my literary crushes. Then I took a moment to consider this idea and realised that I’m not sure if I’ve ever had a crush on a fictional character. I’m not sure whether this is because of the sort of reader I am — I’d rather be…

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Poem-mas Day 10: Eulogy For Bronwyn

Poem-mas Day 10: Eulogy For Bronwyn

It’s the last day of Poem-mas, and I’m writing this post a little hurriedly — I didn’t quite allow for how busy I’d be on Christmas Eve, what with the last-minute present buying, family arriving, and general disorganisation. Also naps. So it might be a bit shorter than the others, but I guess that’s probably not a bad thing. This poem doesn’t come from any of my published collections. I wrote it in August this year and while its subject…

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Beautiful Friends

Beautiful Friends

I decided to tackle the ‘Beautiful People’ challenge/exercise/thingy that I saw on Cait’s blog (Paper Fury), because this time, the theme is friendship. And man, I am all about that friendship vibe in books, and I thought it would be a good way to tell you a bit more about The Knight Shift beyond how I’m approaching rewrites, which seems to be all I’ve talked about lately. This novel focuses on a group of university students, and there’s a lot…

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Weak and Strong (TCWT)

Weak and Strong (TCWT)

This month, the Teens Can Write Too! blog chain asks us to talk about what we consider to be our greatest weakness as a writer, and also our greatest strength. I started writing this post the other day while I was staying up to listen to the live election coverage, but when I read it through the next day I found it was a bit of a mess, because I kept getting distracted and talking about politics. So I’m starting…

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Thoughts On Marvel’s ‘Daredevil’

Thoughts On Marvel’s ‘Daredevil’

Over the last few days I’ve started watching Marvel’s Daredevil. As you may be aware, this is a Netflix-based show where all the episodes are available to stream online, and since I didn’t have anything currently on the go having finished the first series of The 100, I decided to check it out. People liked the list format of my last post, so I thought I’d use that again, kind of. Things I like about Daredevil: 1. The characters. The…

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Returning To Holly Black’s World

Returning To Holly Black’s World

After months of being able to type almost as much as I’d like to, my wrists have flared up to the point where I’m back to using Dragon even for relatively short things. I’m using it for this post, so I apologise for any errors. It’s frustrating, but I know I need to practice with it before I sit my first year exams, which I will almost certainly need to do using dictation because I just can’t write for three…

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Life As A Heroine Addict

Life As A Heroine Addict

Engie tagged me in something called the heroine tag, which doesn’t appear to have any particular rules, but does have questions to answer. I’ve got more into these Q&A posts recently, and I thought it might be fun to tackle. Which heroine would you trade places with? Being a heroine always seems to have a lot of disadvantages as well as advantages: protagonists always have to suffer before they can succeed. But I’d maybe go with Deryn Sharp from Leviathan…

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I Can Still Write Lists

I Can Still Write Lists

Today, I decided to go back to my current WIP, Bloodied Wings. Not because I’ve forgotten why I put it aside. I haven’t. In part, I decided to go back to it because I figured out an endgame that reconciles my protagonist with my ideological beliefs. In part, I decided to go back to it because I felt like my characters were hammering on the inside of my skull trying to persuade me to write them again. And yet –…

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