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Bard and Bookstagram

Bard and Bookstagram

It’s been a while since I did a more newsie-type blog post — I’ve been all about the Thinking(TM) recently. But I figured I’d keep you all updated on a couple of things that are going on right now. Firstly, I’m rewriting Bard. For those who aren’t aware, Bard is an Arthurian-inspiried SF novel I wrote in early 2016, posting the first draft chapter-by-chapter on Wattpad. It’s set on a distant planet that was one of Earth’s prison colonies, until…

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Writing Again

Writing Again

So, I’m writing again. A couple of years ago, that wouldn’t have been news, since I used to adopt a policy of moving straight onto a new project as soon as I finished one. But 2017 has been a bit of a rubbish year for writing. In fact, a few weeks ago I found myself trying to remember if I’d written anything at all, since I didn’t have a 2017 subfolder in my writing folder at all. Then I remembered…

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Back To The Bad Guys

Back To The Bad Guys

My plan had been to set aside my darker, angstier stories for a while and work on a book known only as HAPPY GAY MAGICAL NOVEL, but it turned out that my brain hasn’t been in a position to create much lately, so trying to write a first draft seemed a bit futile. I couldn’t come up with a plot — trying to fix the holes in an existing one was difficult enough.  Besides, my country is falling apart and…

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I’m Alive, And I Will Survive!

I’m Alive, And I Will Survive!

I’m pleased to announce that I got through all four performances of Fame! without permanently injuring myself in any way, survived the afterparty without touching a drop of alcohol, and am now recovering from the sheer exhaustion caused by musical theatre. To put this in context, last year I missed the third night of Hairspray because I injured my hands and was in too much pain, so I figure I’ve made progress. It was a weird feeling, that last performance….

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Demolish Your Darlings

Demolish Your Darlings

There is a building fairly near my house that’s being demolished: all in all a pretty ugly office block of middling size. It’s been empty for a while, and the only sensible thing to do is smash it up and build something else. Okay, so that area’s not exactly attractive anyway, but… As I walked home from school yesterday, I watched them attacking it with a crane-thing, and considered the idea of destruction. It’s somewhat fun to watch, and as…

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Editing While Making Dubious Fashion Decisions

Editing While Making Dubious Fashion Decisions

I’ve mentioned that I’m rewriting The Quiet Ones, and while I’ve tended to move away from posts that are directly about what I’m writing, because spoilers, I thought today I’d talk about how the editing process is going, since this novel has taken an interesting journey. And there will also be brief excerpts to demonstrate the wonderful fashion sense of my characters. Seriously, I wish I had half as much style as these guys. Total dorks the lot of them,…

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Guest Post: Editing is Not a Scary Monster in the Closet

Guest Post: Editing is Not a Scary Monster in the Closet

I love this post because it’s a direct response to something I’ve talked about, as well as a look into another writer’s process. Take it away, Alexandrina! —- If you had asked me before April, before Miriam posted about editing (and, according to her, when Miriam edits, the world burns…!) which part of the writing/book development/publishing process I preferred, I would probably never have said editing even if you’d have paid me. Now, as an almost-full-time student, I need the…

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When Miriam Edits…

When Miriam Edits…

… the world burns, her family runs out of teabags, and she spends an inordinate amount of time making writing playlists to get out of doing anything. I don’t know how long you’ve been hanging around my blog but if it’s anything more than a couple of months, you’ll know that editing—or more specifically, rewriting—is something that I do all the time. If people could get degrees in things just by doing them a lot, then the nine separate drafts…

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What Hamlet fan fic taught me about Point of View

What Hamlet fan fic taught me about Point of View

If you bothered to read the title of that post (which I sometimes don’t), you’ll probably be wondering what on earth Hamlet fan fiction has got to do with point of view (POV for short)—or even anything at all. Hell, you’re probably wondering if it exists. Well, yes, it does. I read some yesterday, and then, because I was procrastinating, I wrote some, too. After finally gaining an account on Archive of Our Own, a fan fic website requiring an…

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Draft, Redraft…. rinse and repeat

Draft, Redraft…. rinse and repeat

Liam, Head Phil asked me this: “What’s your method for redrafting?  Do you just look at the first draft as an in-depth outline, or do you just take the characters and basic premise and start from scratch?  Or do you just take the premise and start from scratch?  Or just the title?” This is actually a brilliant question, because I am the queen of redrafting. By which I do not mean I am wonderful at it, just that I do…

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