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By App and Ear

By App and Ear

One of the things I did while I was in Limerick was go to as many sessions as I could. This did not turn out to be a huge number — I think I went to four or five, and mostly didn’t stay too long — but it was a learning experience nonetheless, and one that made me realise I need to take a different approach to my tin whistle playing. Last year, in Co. Donegal, I went to a…

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NaNo Rebelling

NaNo Rebelling

This evening I made a decision: I will not be writing a novel this November as part of National Novel Writing Month. After five years of participating in and completing the challenge, this is a very weird thought. But because I’m a masochist, I couldn’t resist taking part anyway. My reasons for not writing a novel weren’t related to time commitments, wrist concerns, or even that I don’t think I can commit to a long piece of writing like that…

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Who I Was

Who I Was

I was given my first violin for Christmas when I was five, nearly six. My flute, Christmas 2004 — I was eight, nearly nine. I played the ocarina and the recorder in school, the way most children do at the age of six or seven. My mum taught me the basics of playing the violin, but I didn’t start lessons until 2003. These were in groups, at school. I wanted to take up the flute in 2003 instead of the…

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Distracting Oneself From Impending Doom 101

Distracting Oneself From Impending Doom 101

In a week’s time I’ll know my future. Probably. I mean, unless I really screwed it up and I’m waiting for my unis to make a decision about whether they’ll take me despite missed grades or whatever. But in about seven days I will know where I’ll be spending the next three years. Allow me to freak out for a while. So obviously I’m stressed, and I’ve been trying a few new techniques to distract myself from this impending doom….

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Get Folked

Get Folked

I thought I’d do something a little different today (er, next week, because I’m doing that time-travelling post thing) and talk about music. I’ve got hugely diverse music taste, mostly because I enjoy anything that reminds me of my characters, but I also have a tendency to go through phases of obsession with a band and then not listen to them for two years. A friend of mine was responsible for introducing me to both Laura Marling and Emily Barker…

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Introducing Blodeuwedd

Introducing Blodeuwedd

I have a new friend. I say friend, but really our relationship is far deeper and more complex than that, impossible to define with the limitations of social language. Not a friend, not a sibling, not a lover. Something else. Her name is Blodeuwedd, and she is beautiful. When she came into my life, it was like everything I’d been hoping for in the last few months came true. Like being completely skint / in debt was worth it. Like…

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December (Retrospect and Reminiscing #12)

December (Retrospect and Reminiscing #12)

December. This is, the last one! And I’m writing it before December has technically finished, but hey, how much am I likely to do tomorrow? Very little, is the answer. I’m currently fighting my third draft of The Quiet Ones instead of doing the mountain of homework that needs to be done this week, so tomorrow’s going to be fairly busy. I’m not sure if it’s my facial expression or what, but for some reason I really remind myself of…

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