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A Queer Reading Of My Life

A Queer Reading Of My Life

One of the things I learned during A-Level English Literature that I hadn’t come across before was the idea of different readings of a text. I mean, I think I’d been doing it unconsciously already, but the terminology hadn’t crossed my path. I didn’t know you could do a ‘feminist reading’ of a text, let alone a ‘queer reading’. I didn’t know it was legitimate to look at material through a certain lens and see what it uncovered, and discovering…

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Beautiful Friends

Beautiful Friends

I decided to tackle the ‘Beautiful People’ challenge/exercise/thingy that I saw on Cait’s blog (Paper Fury), because this time, the theme is friendship. And man, I am all about that friendship vibe in books, and I thought it would be a good way to tell you a bit more about The Knight Shift beyond how I’m approaching rewrites, which seems to be all I’ve talked about lately. This novel focuses on a group of university students, and there’s a lot…

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Inside And Outside

Inside And Outside

Before I start, I’ve redesigned this blog, so if you’re reading in an email or some kind of RSS Feed (I still don’t actually know what those are), it would be great if you could pop over and tell me what you think of it, as well as if there are any problems. I’m not entirely sure I’m going to stick with this colour scheme, but to tell you the truth, I haven’t figured out how to change it yet….

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Who I Was

Who I Was

I was given my first violin for Christmas when I was five, nearly six. My flute, Christmas 2004 — I was eight, nearly nine. I played the ocarina and the recorder in school, the way most children do at the age of six or seven. My mum taught me the basics of playing the violin, but I didn’t start lessons until 2003. These were in groups, at school. I wanted to take up the flute in 2003 instead of the…

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Tea-Deprived Existentialism

Tea-Deprived Existentialism

Disclaimer: my knowledge of philosophy has been absorbed purely through osmosis and brief definitions given in English lessons to explain poetic movements. Therefore I might not actually be talking about existentialism. Please don’t feel the need to correct me. It won’t make any difference. So. In five days, I’m going to be nineteen years old. This is mildly terrifying to me. I am a child. I will fight you if you call me a child, but the fact is I…

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Break Your Characters

Break Your Characters

There’s a song by the Christian songwriter Graham Kendrick* that says, “You’re the perfume, I’m the jar | When the jar is broken on the ground | There’ll be fragrance all around.” And whatever you believe about a higher power, I think this is generally true of people – and characters. You see, characters are blank slates. They’ve got personality and voice, but we still don’t really know who they are – until they’re broken. Then, suddenly, it all comes…

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Fictional Best Friends

Fictional Best Friends

Before I start I’d like to say a massive thank you to those who have already bought Crossroads Poetry – and especially the two who have left me such lovely reviews on Amazon UK! I haven’t yet reached my target of eighteen books, so if any of you have two quid to spare and feel like reading some creepy poems, please think of me. — Books have always been my best friends. I don’t mean this to slate anyone who…

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Writing Shaped My Thinking (TCWT)

Writing Shaped My Thinking (TCWT)

“How has writing affected your perception of the world?” I’ve been told my Teens Can Write Too! blog chain post has to be under 1000 words – if they mentioned this before, I ignored it. So no introductions. That up there is the prompt and off we go. I kept an everyday journal for about four months this year – until I filled the book – and I touched on this issue in my second entry, on the 23rd January….

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The Voices In My Head Don’t Like You

The Voices In My Head Don’t Like You

So, it’s time for the Teens Can Write Too! blog chain for this month! Well, at the time I’m writing this post it’s not, because I’m writing it on the 8th and setting it to post on the 13th, as I’ve got nothing to do at the moment and I know it’ll take me a few days to get a properly decent post done anyway. The prompt for this month is How do you develop and relate to your characters?…

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Something Saturday: I don’t have a personality disorder…

Something Saturday: I don’t have a personality disorder…

I don’t. At least, not a diagnosed one. But a while ago somebody said to me that handwriting shows your personality. Really? Because in that case, I totally have a multiple personality disorder. It’ll go from neat and small to neat and large, from messy and small to messy and large, from joined up to print, to something in between … look from page to page in my notebook and you wouldn’t even believe they were by the same person….

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