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Trains And Tutus

Trains And Tutus

Time for a progress update! I’ve been home a grand total of, like, three days. In that time I’ve managed to raid the local library, drink far too many cups of tea, and have sleep patterns that vaguely approach normal, which is weird. While Monday was productive and relatively free of anxiety, Tuesday went downhill again, but I’m trying to reassure myself that the whole point of being at home is not having to be productive. But enough of that….

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Making Stories: Paris (2)

Making Stories: Paris (2)

Our second day in Paris dawned exactly as every other residential school trip dawns: to the sound of multiple alarms on different students’ phones being muffled by pillows, smothered with a sleepy hand, or abused violently by sleep-deprived teenagers desperate for another few minutes of peace. Or, if they belong to me, completely ignored as I slept through it entirely, waking up several minutes later when somebody else’s alarm went off. From there it continued with a disappointing breakfast and…

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Making Stories: Paris (1)

Making Stories: Paris (1)

I’ve talked about my concern that compared to many authors I admire, my life so far has been humdrum with none of the remarkable stories and anecdotes they’re able to utilise in their writing. But it hit me yesterday that stories are what we make them. It’s all in the telling, isn’t it? I went to Paris for a weekend with my French class is ordinary. Many people have done that. While it’s an opportunity, it’s not an anecdote that…

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April (Retrospect and Reminiscing #4)

April (Retrospect and Reminiscing #4)

There will be a lot of photographs in this post because in April, I went to Scotland. I mean, I also had a dream that Charley was dead and completely freaked out when she didn’t come online, finished Forget My Wings – mostly in a car, emailing chapters to Charley every time we reached a service station and got WiFi (and she hated me for the ending) – started writing the second draft of The Quiet Ones, and wrote 25…

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Location, Location, Location

Location, Location, Location

I’ve recently been reading Monkeys With Typewriters by Scarlett Thomas which, for those who haven’t come across it, is a book about writing fiction and how stories work and it’s basically brilliant. I really enjoyed it and I think I learned a lot. (Now to buy my own copy and highlight it and scribble all over it and stick post-it notes in it…) One of the things she gets a reader to do is to fill in a matrix which includes things…

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