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Back Online

Back Online

Cornwall turned out to have very little internet. It also lasted a day longer than I expected, due to a detour to visit family friends that my parents managed to forget to tell me about. I’m finally home, though, after a very long stationary tailback on the M25 that left us all sweltering (our car doesn’t have working air-con anymore), and reacquainting myself with the world of functioning WiFi. Pictures will follow, including the disappointing results of spending a really…

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Blame My Dissertation

Blame My Dissertation

I haven’t been sleeping as much as I’d like recently. I probably still sleep more than the average person; it’s still the Easter break, I’m still fatigued, and I don’t often get up before noon. But I’m not sleeping well. I find it difficult to drop off, however late it is when I go to bed; a lot of that’s to do with anxiety, and I’ve had some significant panic attacks lately, though I’m not certain why. Even once I…

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Dissertation Hell Is Full Of Tomatoes

Dissertation Hell Is Full Of Tomatoes

I used to be good at deadlines — they used to be what motivated me, to the point where I’d create them for myself, insisting on increasingly high wordcount totals or number of books read. Of course, that was mostly to do with things I wanted to do, things that were fun, rather than work… but still, sometimes I have to think hard to remember the days before deadlines made my brain shut down out of panic. Even with last…

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Novel Assassinations

Novel Assassinations

I’m still alive. Very, very stressed. I’m in the last two weeks of school before exams properly start but, in blatant disregard for the limitations of ordinary calendars, I had a French speaking exam today which might have gone pretty well and might have gone terribly, so I’m taking half an hour out to blog and try and ignore my migraine. Hooray. So all the teachers are setting us multiple essays to hand in the following day (okay, that’s just…

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Intrinsically Intertextual Inspirations

Intrinsically Intertextual Inspirations

I nearly called this post “Faith and Fiction” and then remembered I already had a post called that and it is not this post. I’ve reached a point where I’ve been blogging long enough that I’m running out of titles. Or maybe I’m just not thinking creatively enough – which I guess is possible. Over the past couple of years of studying English Literature I’ve become increasingly aware how much you need to know to be able to understand a…

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Thank You For Rejecting Me

Thank You For Rejecting Me

This is a letter to every one of the agents who contributed to my Wall Of Rejection, a collection of printed out emails on my wall that remind me of the number of times people have turned me down when I have sent them a query about my novel. And it’s genuinely sincere. That title is not sarcastic, though it might sound it. I am truly grateful that they rejected me. And I’m not going to be talking in the…

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To Speak A Novel

To Speak A Novel

I’m writing this with the help of Dragon NaturallySpeaking — I hope that I’ll be able to resume blogging fairly quickly now that the software has arrived and I’m getting used to it. It’s a great deal quicker than the Windows one I was using in the past, and works considerably better too. For those of you who don’t watch my YouTube videos (and while my hands are still in this situation, it’s the best place to get updates from…

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Guest Post: “Writing For One’s Self”

Guest Post: “Writing For One’s Self”

Thanks to everyone who has offered to guest-post! You’re all wonderful people :) Please show your appreciation to all our guest posters in your comments, and don’t forget to check out their blogs. And now without further rambling, I’ll leave Dianna to it! — And now it’s time for Guest Posts with Dianna, the part of the blog where Dianna comes out and writes a guest post. Books. Someone’s gotta write them. And when we read them, sometimes we set…

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First Drafts and Secondary Characters

First Drafts and Secondary Characters

I started a new novel a few days ago. Apart from NaNoWriMo, it’s some time since I did this with any success, by which I mean I haven’t completed a first draft that wasn’t for NaNo since summer 2011 — and that was for Camp NaNoWriMo. Of course, editing’s great. It’s creative, it’s an opportunity to develop characters in all sorts of exciting new depth, and it’s a chance to make crappy words not crappy. But there’s something about starting…

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Chaotic Beginnings (TCWT)

Chaotic Beginnings (TCWT)

What are you writing for NaNoWriMo? Briefly explain how this book idea come about. Then write a mock first page for the novel. That’s what the TCWT blog chain want to know this month, and in the past I would have found this more than easy. I mean, until recently my novel was fully planned – I knew my characters, I knew who the murderer was, and I knew a whole load about how it was opening and developing throughout…

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