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Subjunctive History

Subjunctive History

“It’s subjunctive history. You know, the subjunctive? The mood used when something may or may not have happened. When it is imagined.” My parents persuaded me to watch The History Boys a little while ago and, as they expected, I loved it. It’s a very funny, very profound film, and I’m astonished that it took me this long to get around to it. It’s a snapshot of an education system that doesn’t exist any more, but that doesn’t mean it’s…

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October (Retrospect and Reminiscing #10)

October (Retrospect and Reminiscing #10)

October. I applied to university, dyed my hair black, went to ComicCon, obtained Dragon NaturallySpeaking to dictate novels, translated early 19th-century revolutionary pamphlets from French into English (badly), planned my NaNo novel, made a cover, acquired Tom Hiddleston’s signature, started watching Sleepy Hollow, read lots of books, wrote essays, argued with my characters, reviewed a play for the local paper, planned all my Death and Fairies books, finished watching Firefly, went to a NaNoWriMo event, saw Thor 2, made one…

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September (Retrospect and Reminiscing #9)

September (Retrospect and Reminiscing #9)

Ah, September. The month where holidays end and school resumes and therefore I made a lot more videos than in previous months because I was procrastinating. I’m going to keep this post as concise as possible because I’ve had a massive allergic reaction and my face is itching like a horde of evil piskies are crawling across the skin, so let’s get on with it. I made four videos in September. One was a recap of my summer holiday, one…

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What A Way To Spend A Day

What A Way To Spend A Day

When I got Dragon, I decided I was going to write loads of blog posts. I was going to go back to filling your inboxes with 1000-word essays every couple of days, rambling about these amazing books I’d read. So far, that hasn’t happened. Instead of apologising, I’m going to tell you a few of the things I’ve been up to during my relative quiet. I applied to university. Which was pretty terrifying. I sent off my application and followed…

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Sherlock Walks The Streets Of London

Sherlock Walks The Streets Of London

I’ve done a lot of weird things in my life. Leaving aside research, novel plotting, and video chats with Charley, I’ve had various surreal experiences – going to see the Hunger Games dressed as Sherlock, going to Camden Market in steampunk cosplay, and going to school on several own-clothes days dressed as a pirate. But there was one day that completely takes the biscuit for the weirdest thing I have done so far in my life. We called it “Operation:…

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Towel Day 2012

Towel Day 2012

It’s Towel Day today. For those that didn’t see my post last year or my reminder yesterday, Towel Day is a day on which fans of the Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy in any of its forms carry a towel in remembrance of Douglas Adams, the creator of the hilarious series. Last year, I carried a small coloured hand towel around school with me, prompting a few questions. This year, I’m on study leave and therefore am at home 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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