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Aiming For Peace

Aiming For Peace

I’ve been trying to think about what my main goals for 2019 are, but I’m finding it tricky. A year is a long time — as I said in my last post, while I didn’t achieve everything I set out to do last year, I also achieved a bunch of things it would never have occurred to me to aim for, because things change. This year is particularly unpredictable because it’s my first year out of education in, like, nineteen…

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The Anticipation of Adulthood

The Anticipation of Adulthood

It’s a cliche to say it, but being a new adult is hard. For the last eighteen years, my life has been divided up into education and not-education. Everything was always temporary: I was at school, or I was at home, and sooner or later that would reverse and I’d be at home, or I’d be at school. When I was at uni, the year was divided into term time and non-term time, and I knew that wherever I was…

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Imagination Is Key

Imagination Is Key

You know when people ask authors, “Did you ever imagine that your book would become this successful?” and they make some modest comment about how never in their wildest dreams had they sold out their first print run and how they’re just amazed people like their work? They’re lying. Expected that their book would be a bestseller, no. Imagined, yes. Or at least, if their brains work anything like mine. You get to the end of your first draft and…

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The Danger Of Writing Too Young

The Danger Of Writing Too Young

When she was younger, my older sister wrote books. When she was about fifteen, she wrote a very very long novel called (I think) The Ninth of Nine. I don’t know how long it was in words, but when it was printed out it filled a lever-arch file. I think it was around 200,000 words, though it might have been 250,000. She wrote most of it on an electric typewriter, not because we didn’t have a computer but because she…

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Time Should Not Be Rewritten

Time Should Not Be Rewritten

Most people wish that time travel existed. Wait, let me correct that. Almost everyone has wished, at some point in their life, that time travel existed. Who wouldn’t? Even if it’s just something stupid, like you missed the bus and wish you’d moved that little bit faster, or you forgot something and wanted to go back and remind yourself to take it with you. And sometimes you really wish there was a way you could talk to yourself in the…

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