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Thieves, Queer Knights, And Libraries

Thieves, Queer Knights, And Libraries

I think the theme is all fixed. Which is to say, I gave up trying to mend the theme I’d used before, and found a new one that did approximately what I wanted it to do, then spent several hours narrowing ‘approximately’ to ‘almost exactly’. Let me know what you think — I particularly like the new fonts, but I’m eager to hear your thoughts. This is a number of blog posts all smushed down into one. YAY. Because I’m…

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A Summer Of Stories

A Summer Of Stories

It’s official: I survived my first year at the University of Cambridge. I’m now back at home with my books and my parents, trying to ignore the mound of stuff on the floor behind me that still needs to be unpacked, and feeling guilty about my complete lack of blogging recently. And there’s good news, too. Not only did I survive, but I passed, and with plenty of marks to spare. I found out yesterday that I got a 2:1…

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Haunting The Libraries

Haunting The Libraries

I haven’t been blogging very much recently largely because, in a very uncharacteristic manner, I’ve hardly been on my computer at all. I’ve retreated back to the sort of behaviours I exhibited before I discovered online communities and friends when I was thirteen — sitting around reading book after book, and hardly turning on the computer at all except when I need to look something up or send an email. Of course, I now have a smartphone which means I’m…

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Surrounded By Books

Surrounded By Books

I’m back in London for the Easter vacation (yes, already), and one thing that I can’t help but notice is how many books I have. Somehow, when I’m in Cambridge with just a couple of shelves’ worth (although those shelves got significantly fuller this term), I forget how many I actually own. And then I come home to my bedroom where practically every flat surface has become a bookshelf, despite the fact that I have a shelf of books still…

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Books, Glorious Books!

Books, Glorious Books!

Right now, I’m on holiday in Derbyshire without WiFi. I’m probably writing, because I will have the means to do that, but blogging is somewhat difficult from mobile with (likely) limited signal, so I’m writing this in advance. Because I think I’m convinced that blog readers are like babies — you don’t have object permanence and so if I disappear from view, you’ll become convinced that I no longer exist. Or something. Anyway. Scheduled posts seem like a good time…

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Forgotten Genres (TCWT)

Forgotten Genres (TCWT)

So. Guess what I was supposed to do on the 8th. That’s right, I completely missed my turn for the Teens Can Write Too blog chain, being under the mistaken impression (though I don’t know why) that I was due to write on the 12th. Since they have ceased to send us a schedule via email, it was not until I checked the site this morning to remember what the prompt actually was that I realised I should have written…

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You Can’t Go Out Like That! (Fashion For Books)

You Can’t Go Out Like That! (Fashion For Books)

The Teens Can Write Too! prompt this month is “Let’s face it; we all judge books by their covers. What kind of covers grab you? Why? Be sure to use examples of your favorite book covers.” I managed to get myself early on in the schedule, before I forget, but just in case I’m going to write this a day early and save it. Better to be safe than sorry. You never know what might happen to the internet tomorrow. I’m not going…

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In Praise Of Adventure Stories

In Praise Of Adventure Stories

I read a lot of YA fiction. There are several reasons for this – I’m a young adult myself, so it’s aimed at people like me and generally appeals, too, and I write YA fiction, so I have to know what’s already out there. Plus, a lot of it is pretty damn awesome. Anyone who thinks that Young Adult books are just ‘watered down’ versions of adult books are completely and utterly wrong. Not only do they deal with different…

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Guest Post: Bella Talks Indie Publishing

Guest Post: Bella Talks Indie Publishing

So, here it is – the first Guest Post (note the capitals) since ‘A Farewell to Sanity’ began a year and a half ago, and most definitely not the last. I took a risk and asked my sister to write for us, despite the fact we rarely agree on anything. But actually, when I read her post, I found that our points of view were not all that dissimilar after all. I’ll see what you think after you’ve read it….

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Books You Should Read

Books You Should Read

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PY70J80HRVM

A few of my favourite books (click through to YouTube and read the description for a list of those that I should have included here) at this moment in time, and books you should read.

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