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#studyspoonie

#studyspoonie

I don’t know whether you guys are familiar with the concept of studyspo, but I come across it quite a lot, on both Tumblr and Instagram. Both platforms have their own studyspo communities (studyblr and #studygram respectively) of people who post aesthetic pictures of their notes and schoolwork to inspire and motivate others to study — as well as to celebrate their own progress, of course. There are some particular hallmarks of the kind of things people tend to post,…

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Finding Balance and Routine at Uni

Finding Balance and Routine at Uni

Well, my last post seems to have gone down well. I’m glad my advice on making friends has been helpful to people, and I wish you the best of luck in befriending people, whether at uni or elsewhere! I’m continuing my university-themed posts today, but this one’s a slightly more complicated topic. I’m combining two questions here: one from Shanti, who would like to know how to find a work/life balance while settling in to a new routine, and one…

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An Aggressively Positive Playlist

An Aggressively Positive Playlist

Okay, well, I’m officially sucking at blogging this term. Which would make sense, if I were hard at work revising for the exams I have in like two weeks (!!!!), but to be honest, there hasn’t been nearly enough work happening either. There’s been a lot of procrastination. I started doing Irish dance in my room every night with an eye to getting back into the sport, and today contacted a dance school to see if I can take classes…

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Positivity and Pokémon

Positivity and Pokémon

It seems like the entire world is obsessed with Pokémon Go. It’s everywhere. Twitter is full of people celebrating their latest catches. It’s already found its way into memes. Libraries and museums that have found themselves to be Pokémon Gyms have put up signs to welcome their unexpected visitors, although the ones in my local area haven’t reached that stage yet. (Good luck to the church that’s been made into a gym. Have fun with that one…) Until two days…

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Completion and Exhaustion

Completion and Exhaustion

Yesterday I finished writing the second draft of Butterfly Of Night. I’ve been working on it for about three and a half weeks, which seems like an appropriate length of time: the first draft took me a month to write, and I’d already written the first ten chapters of this some months ago, but neveretheless I had to work pretty hard to maintain this speed. Because I’m an inconsistent kind of writer, it ended up being a series of unwise…

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Living The Uni Dream?

Living The Uni Dream?

Student life feels somewhat nomadic. I’ve just about settled down somewhere, and suddenly everything’s packed back into boxes and I’m in another city, trying to work out how to rearrange the furniture so that this term, I don’t have to move my harp out of the way every time I need to do … well, anything. So here I am: back in Cambridge, with the furniture now in its third arrangement since I arrived in October (only two things, the…

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I Can Still Write Lists

I Can Still Write Lists

Today, I decided to go back to my current WIP, Bloodied Wings. Not because I’ve forgotten why I put it aside. I haven’t. In part, I decided to go back to it because I figured out an endgame that reconciles my protagonist with my ideological beliefs. In part, I decided to go back to it because I felt like my characters were hammering on the inside of my skull trying to persuade me to write them again. And yet –…

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100% Rebel Teen Writer

100% Rebel Teen Writer

After reading Susan Kaye Quinn’s post about her 15-year-old son’s writing and how she’s encouraged it and his forays into publishing, I started reflecting on how I would have turned out had my mother been a writer. And I’ve come to the only possible conclusion for anybody who knows me remotely well: I’d probably have ended up a mathematician. Okay, I’m exaggerating. But honestly? I can’t really imagine myself being a teen writer if my parents had been writers. I’ve…

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