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Keeping Promises To Myself

Keeping Promises To Myself

So, I promised myself earlier this week that I would send out at least two queries by the end of the week. It’s now Saturday evening, and I’ve not only kept that promise, but exceeded it — I’ve sent out six. (I’ve also found several more jobs to apply for and started filling in various application forms, so I am adulting hard right now. Are you in awe yet? Because you should be in awe.) This is despite the fact…

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Taking A Deep Breath

Taking A Deep Breath

I was going to be topical and post an anti-Valentines list of books that don’t centre around romance, for all the people like me who feel like an alien today for not being interested in relationships. However, I couldn’t actually think of enough books to make a post — I know they exist, but I didn’t have time to go hunting back through everything I’ve ever read, and I could only think of a handful off the top of my…

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A Fleeting Offer

A Fleeting Offer

This is just a quick note to say that my second poetry collection, Fleeting Ink, is currently free on Kindle. This should be worldwide (I checked US and UK and they’re both showing up as free, but I don’t know about other Amazons), so wherever you are, if you’ve been wondering about reading some of my poetry, now’s the time to do it. I haven’t written poetry in a long time. I haven’t written any all year, as far as…

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Buy One Poetry Collection, Get One Free

Buy One Poetry Collection, Get One Free

I feel like it’s now been long enough since I published my poetry collections that most people forget they exist. That’s fair enough. I regularly forget that they exist, too. In the months after I first released Crossroads Poetry, I remember checking KDP every day to see if I’d sold another one, and being disappointed when a week or a month passed and I hadn’t, but those days are long gone. Honestly, I’m not sure I sold any last year…

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Rejection Questions

Rejection Questions

I intended my next blog post to be a more detailed account of my trip to Ireland, and for it to follow soon after the last one. As ever when I try and plan blog posts, that didn’t happen. The last few days have been overwhelmingly hot, and I couldn’t face being on my computer long enough to transfer all my pictures, so I decided I would blog from my phone about Pitch Wars instead, and about my writing plans…

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Swords and Self-Doubt

Swords and Self-Doubt

Yesterday, I finally got around to going to a training session with the London Sword & Dagger Club, a HEMA (Historical European Martial Arts) group I’d been meaning to join since I came back home at the end of February. I meant to start about a month ago, but coming off my anti-depressants made me ill and then I was in Canada, so it didn’t happen until now. I’ve wanted to do HEMA for a while, partly because I’m the…

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Bloody Matchmaking (And Some Better News)

Bloody Matchmaking (And Some Better News)

There are some people in this world who insist on matchmaking. As soon as you’re distracted, or otherwise out of the way, they’re introducing you to their friends — or worse, introducing your friends to their friends, until you find yourself confused as to how, exactly, they met, let alone went off without you. I have a friend like that. Their name is Gravity. I don’t know how long Gravity planned this particular operation, but the moment I stepped out…

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Unreliable Muses

Unreliable Muses

What is it about poetry that’s so unpredictable and inconsistent? Like most writers, I’m prone to fluctuating between “write as often as possible and ignore this concept of the ‘muse’ because it’ll never turn up” and “I can’t write, I have no inspiration”. The two are contradictory, and often I’m aiming for the former but the latter sneaks up on me and becomes a ready-made excuse for why I haven’t done anything for weeks except reblog gifs of tiny little…

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Paperback Updates

Paperback Updates

Apologies for the double post today! I promised to keep you updated on the status of Broken Body Fragile Heart, namely whether or not the paperback I created through Blurb ever turned up on Amazon. I’m pleased to announce that it’s now definitely available in the US and the UK. You can get it from fun places like the Book Depository as well as directly through Amazon, which is super exciting to me. I’m glad it’s finally working. In the…

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Highlights And Poetry Cred

Highlights And Poetry Cred

Firstly, I’m sorry about all the blogging fail recently. While I try not to apologise for delays because I write this blog on my own terms and that includes being as infrequent as I like, I’m also aware that I’m … not exactly being a regular blogger right now. The reasons for this include not having a laptop, as it’s off having a health check, as well as having delicate wrists because I put my shoulder out again and it’s…

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