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The Moments I Know Magic

The Moments I Know Magic

Despite promising myself I’d try to get an earlier night last night, it reached 2am and I was still on my laptop. After chastising myself I got ready for bed, but my mind was too active. I couldn’t sleep. Cambridge is a quiet place. My room at home is quiet, too: it’s at the back of the house, and looks out over the garden. I can hear pigeons and other birds in the silence, but with double-glazed windows, not a…

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Death, Fairies, And Degrees

Death, Fairies, And Degrees

One of the reasons I chose to study Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at university is because many of my ongoing novels and other writing projects have their basis in Celtic mythology and history, particularly my Death and Fairies series. For those who are unaware, D&F is a huge project I’ve been working on in some form since 2010. By huge, I mean it consists of eight books, the last three of which are the first ones I wrote when I…

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Travelling Through Time With Maggie Stiefvater

Travelling Through Time With Maggie Stiefvater

Today, we’re going to travel in time. Our time machine is the book Lament by Maggie Stiefvater. Go on, pick it up. It’s right there. Pick it up, open it, and breathe in that smell. That’s it. We’re back. Let’s have a look at what we can see. October 2009 Look — it’s me! I’m thirteen years old. I’m in year nine at school, finally leaving behind my frustrating form group who were always getting put in class detentions to…

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Introducing Blodeuwedd

Introducing Blodeuwedd

I have a new friend. I say friend, but really our relationship is far deeper and more complex than that, impossible to define with the limitations of social language. Not a friend, not a sibling, not a lover. Something else. Her name is Blodeuwedd, and she is beautiful. When she came into my life, it was like everything I’d been hoping for in the last few months came true. Like being completely skint / in debt was worth it. Like…

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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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I Will Sell You My Soul

I Will Sell You My Soul

For those who happened not to notice my sneaky self-promotion at the bottom of my last post, and who don’t follow me on any other social media network, I have an announcement to make. Even though everyone else knows already, so it’s not even news. My second publication is coming this month, and it’s a poetry collection. This is what it looks like: Isn’t it gorgeous? Okay, I can’t say that, because I designed it and I’m supposed to love…

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Fraternising and Collaborating (TCWT)

Fraternising and Collaborating (TCWT)

This month’s Teens Can Write Too! blog chain prompt is: “If you could co-write a book with one author–living or not–who would it be and what would the book be about?” Oh, co-writing. That’s old hat. In all seriousness, having already collaborated on a novel (if you’re new here, that was St Mallory’s Forever! and you can find details under the ‘Books’ tab) and being currently in the process of slowly, slowly writing its sequel, my attitude to the idea…

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The Road To Lisdoonvarna

The Road To Lisdoonvarna

I’m going to Ireland tomorrow. This is something I have wanted to do since I was about ten years old and I first read The New Policeman by Kate Thompson, and it’s finally happening. I’m going to Ireland. I’m going to see Kinvara, where the book is set. I’ll see Lisdoonvarna, as named in the tune The Road To Lisdoonvarna. And I’m going to see the Burren. Ah, the Burren. Of all the places I want to see, this is…

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A Burst Of Light (TCWT)

A Burst Of Light (TCWT)

Had you read that one book you might also have known How the world can be changed in just one burst of light And what was right seems wrong, and what was wrong seems right… Okay, I’m paraphrasing Les Mis. Always a good start to a post, right? (Do not feel free to disagree.) Given that I’m hosting this months Teens Can Write Too! blog chain, it’s just as well I checked last night to see whether my post date…

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Review: “Mythology” by Helen Boswell

Review: “Mythology” by Helen Boswell

A few blogs I follow have recently posted reviews (Charley R, Nevillegirl, etc.) so I thought I’d do the same. I actually have a book blog, which I frequently neglect, but since so few people read that and so many of you read this, I don’t really see why I need two separate sites. So it’s going here. Bite me. Why did I buy this book? Well, technically, I didn’t. While hanging out on the internet somewhere, a fellow writer…

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