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Former Friends and Appreciating Art 

Former Friends and Appreciating Art 

Do you ever strongly associate a book or a film with a particular person? And then find that because you have negative associations with that person, you now have negative feelings about the book or film?  For example, it took me years to get around to reading The Lies of Locke Lamora, because all I knew about it was that a former friend of mine had been reading it when I knew him, and so it was all tied up…

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Rekindled Friendships and General Updates

Rekindled Friendships and General Updates

I’m so glad I posted my last blog post. I was worried I’d regret it, but it’s been the opposite. Firstly, it was such a relief to (a) make a decision to move on and (b) get it all off my chest instead of bottling it up. Moreover, the number of people who responded to the post either here in the comments or on Facebook made me realise that even if one friendship has gone wrong, there are others that…

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Loss, Closure, and Self-Respect

Loss, Closure, and Self-Respect

I lost a friend recently. Well, more than six months ago, but I somehow didn’t notice it at the time. It crept up on me.  I thought she was busy with college. Then she seemed to have vanished from Facebook, so maybe that was because she was focusing on other things. She wasn’t replying to my blog comments, but maybe she had a backlog to work through?  Eventually it dawned on me that she’d blocked me from everything except her…

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To-Do List Success and the Fatigue Monster

To-Do List Success and the Fatigue Monster

Term technically ended last week, going out in its usual blaze of glory with the performance of the annual Yule Play. (I’m in possession of the footage from all three cameras — yes, three — which means it will hopefully exist on YouTube in the near future.) Although I haven’t completed as much work as I hoped or needed to do this term to really feel accomplished, I’m mostly just glad it’s over and I can finally relax a little…

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Pokemon, Flatmates, And Jaffa Cake Deficits

Pokemon, Flatmates, And Jaffa Cake Deficits

I’m now properly moved in, even if there’s still a miscellaneous box of things to be unpacked which I’ve covered with a towel in the hope that it’ll magically sort itself out. I’ve stuck posters on the walls, accidentally napped through an entire mealtime and cooked dinner at 9pm, and mourned the lack of a TV license that prevents me from watching Poldark this evening. Yup, I’m back at uni. My flatmate arrived earlier today. I’ve yet to ask how…

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The Hero Of Your Own Story

The Hero Of Your Own Story

In this post I’m going to talk about a few people I know in the real world. I’ve avoided all names and major identifying features, but even so, if you’re one of the people in this post and you’re uncomfortable with being mentioned, please let me know and I’ll edit it. I realise not everyone is happy to be used to illustrate a point, and had I planned this better, I would have talked to you all beforehand. Recently I’ve…

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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 4: Self Portrait

Poem-mas Day 4: Self Portrait

Okay. I think I can say with reasonable confidence that this poem isn’t depressing. It’s a matter of opinion as ever, but I think there’s very little in this one that could be construed as miserable in the way the others were. So I count that as a victory. (Confused about what Poem-mas is? Read this post.) That said, my choice of poem today comes with its own problems, namely that there isn’t a lot to explain about it. There’s…

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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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Adventures In Hairdressing

Adventures In Hairdressing

It turns out I have a hitherto unexplored talent: hairdressing. Okay, that might be a slight exaggeration. But after eight or so months trimming my own undercut with the clippers I bought in my first week of university, I’ve picked up a few things. And my friends have been capitalising on this. My first guinea pig was Louis, who had previously had an undercut. That was now growing out, and Louis also had another challenge for me that went above…

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