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The Perfect Blog Comment

The Perfect Blog Comment

Thanks to joining a blogging group and getting involved in various other online communities that encourage sharing posts, I’ve had quite a few comments on my blog recently. More than I’ve had in a fair while, really, and they’re good comments. Compliments that feel genuine. Suggestions I hadn’t thought of. Personal responses that give me a glimpse into the life of the commenter just as I’ve given them a glimpse into my life in the post. It’s not that I…

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True Love of Short Stories

True Love of Short Stories

I’ve never really been a short story writer. Even that phrasing is misleading, because it suggests I’ve dabbled in short stories, but frankly, they’ve always eluded me. Any attempts at short fiction always turned into the first chapter of a novel, or lacked anything you might call a plot, even when you squinted. I know that a lot of writers cut their teeth on short stories. Why not? They’re quicker to write than novels, with more opportunities to gain some…

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20 Questions I’m Asking Myself

20 Questions I’m Asking Myself

How are you going to stop yourself obsessively refreshing your inbox every day after the Pitch Wars submission window closes?No, obsessing over your Instagram stats isn’t a good answer; that wouldn’t stop you. So what else are you going to do?Oh, you’re going to write something new? That sounds like a good idea. If you get picked for Pitch Wars, you’ll just be revising Butterfly of Night for the rest of the year. It might be nice to get another…

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The Perfect Novel Synopsis

The Perfect Novel Synopsis

I’m entering Pitch Wars at the end of this month (next week, yikes), so of course I’m working on my synopsis. Trying to nail that balance of summary and style. How do I convey the emotions of the book while keeping it to one page in length? Which characters are REALLY the most important ones here? Is Comma, when used as the name of a guild of assassins, singular or plural?* *This particular grammar question is, for the record, killing…

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The Productivity Trap

The Productivity Trap

Working three days a week means that technically speaking, I have more days off work than days at work. Despite this, I still feel an enormous sense of pressure to get things done on those days off — to hit writing targets, take photos for instagram, write blog posts, run errands, do dance practice… All the things I don’t have the time or energy to do on work days. This is not inherently a problem. I’m pretty sure this kind…

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Five Things I’ve Learned Line-Editing “Butterfly of Night”

Five Things I’ve Learned Line-Editing “Butterfly of Night”

I’m currently line-editing Butterfly of Night, a novel about a screwed-up teenage assassin and her poor life choices. In June and July, I did a major plot rewrite with some big changes, and this month I’m rewriting the whole thing again for style, continuity, and because it’s too long and I need to cut as many words as possible. (I’ve cut 2411 words so far. I’m aiming for 5k overall, but I’m not sure how I’m going to get there.)…

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Moral Ambiguity and Straight-Up Murder

Moral Ambiguity and Straight-Up Murder

I’ve met a few authors now, but the first one I ever met, way back in 2005, was Caroline Lawrence, author of the Roman Mysteries series. I was a big fan of these books — my brother used to borrow them from his secondary school library on my behalf while I was still in primary school — and she was doing an event at a local library, so my mum took me along. I only owned a few of the…

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July 2018: Dance, Jobhunting, and Camp NaNoWriMo

July 2018: Dance, Jobhunting, and Camp NaNoWriMo

I don’t seem to have the hang of the whole blogging malarkey at the moment. Sorry about that. Hoping to do a more detailed write-up of my trip to Ireland for the Blas International Summer School for Music and Dance, but my hands are… not doing too great at the moment, and I’m trying to save them as much as I can. Therefore this post will be a few brief bits of news, hopefully with some longer ones to come….

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Dancing Through Hell

Dancing Through Hell

Quick post today, because I realised it was a very long time since I last posted and I should maybe keep you updated. Short version: exam term is hell. Finals are hell. I am in hell. Insert witty Dante reference here because dammit I’m a medievalist, I should know what to say!! Sorry. I’m just fighting the feeling that I’m a failure who doesn’t know nearly as much about medieval literature as I think I do. My first exam is…

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Dancing One Coffee At A Time

Dancing One Coffee At A Time

I don’t like talking about money, because frankly, it’s awkward. I don’t like trying to monetise my blog, because I feel it gives the wrong impression about why I do this whole social media thing, and it’s not because I think I could make a career from rambling about my gender crises and writing struggles. I’ve already talked about money too much this year what with the whole ‘YouTube de-monetised my account‘ thing, and it feels weird to bring it…

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