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Lost Potential and Abandoned Dreams

Lost Potential and Abandoned Dreams

For those who aren’t aware, I used to be a competitive Irish dancer. (I’ve written about it before here. And here. And in other places. ) Maybe that’s a bit of an overstatement. I wasn’t the kind of competitive Irish dancer who is at a feis (competition) every weekend, has a huge elaborate curly wig and a dress costing thousands of pounds that seem mostly to have been spent on finding the grossest combination of neon with Swarovski crystals. I…

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Competitive Soul-Selling

Competitive Soul-Selling

I’ve decided to enter some poetry competitions. I’ve always been nervous about entering competitions. Up to a point, that’s just my own insecurity: it seems pointless to submit a poem when the likelihood of receiving any recognition is so tiny, and I’ve never believed myself capable of winning any of them. But it’s also a financial consideration: the entry fees build up if you enter more than one or two, and it seems even less worthwhile. I’ve talked about how…

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Once, I was an Irish dancer…

Once, I was an Irish dancer…

There are two things I learned today: That voice you get in the back of your head that makes sarky comments whenever you’re doing something stupid or ill-advised? Mine sounds like Crowley from Supernatural, and it’s actually fairly worrying. My subconscious is the king of hell. Who’d have thought it? My cycling muscles are in nothing like the condition they were in three years ago. As fascinating as item (1) is, item (2) provides a great deal more opportunity for…

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Free Books? Count Me In!

Free Books? Count Me In!

So the wonderful Miriam Forster (who is not only wonderful because she has the same name as me, although that does add several awesome points) has a book coming out at the beginning of February. I keep forgetting, because after winning her cover contest last year, I got an ARC and it’s been sitting on my shelf for a few months already. It sort of doesn’t register that none of you guys have read it yet. BUT it is coming…

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389 Incredibly Difficult Words … 111 Still To Go

389 Incredibly Difficult Words … 111 Still To Go

Today, I wrote a grand total of 389 words, and they were incredibly hard to write. Not because I didn’t have enough words, but because I had too many. I am currently trying to write a synopsis of my novel, Watching, for a competition … the deadline being midnight tomorrow. The synopsis must be 500 words long, so I’m faced with the problem of summarising the plot, characterisation, and general themes of an 86,000 word novel in 1/172th of its…

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Feis Report: First Kelley O’Boyle Open Feis

Feis Report: First Kelley O’Boyle Open Feis

Well, it was pretty hectic, yet we seemed to wait around forever before it started! They had to wait for the U14 Preliminary Championship results to be read out so that my lot could start, seeing as I’m in U14 and that. Shows what I was up against if half the people I was competing against were in Championships. Anyway, first up was the Primary Reel, and there were only two of us. Never mind, guaranteed trophy, though it means…

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The Crawley Irish Festival

The Crawley Irish Festival

First of all, what you’ve all been waiting for–the feis results. Okay, then, here you go: Primary Reel – 2nd Primary Light Jig – 1st Primary Slip Jig – 1st Primary Hop Jig – 2nd Primary Heavy Jig – 1st Primary Hornpipe – 1st Trophy Reel – 3rd Treble Reel – 2nd Ha ha, seems good, doesn’t it? But look more carefully. You see, all of them except the Trophy Reel were only out of 2 people (although for the…

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