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A Democratic Approach To Name-Changing

A Democratic Approach To Name-Changing

So, following my blog post from the other day about why I’m unhappy with the name Miriam Joy as my professional name, I decided to do some work towards changing it. However, I’m a very indecisive person, so I decided to enlist some help: Twitter polls. I chose Twitter polls for the very simple reason that I don’t know of any other website that I currently use which would allow me to ask a multiple choice question in that way….

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Becoming A Landlubber

Becoming A Landlubber

Getting involved in Pirates of Penzance was meant to be my chance to experience student life. Not just the work side of it, with lectures and essays and supervisions, but the extra-curricular things too: to get involved in amateur dramatics and operetta in a way that I won’t easily be able to do in the future. It turns out that my body is not about that life. Look, I’m aware that as a student at pretty much the best university…

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The Fear Of Improvement

The Fear Of Improvement

When I was making the decision whether or not to publish Crossroads Poetry, one of the things that crossed my mind was a question which bothers me about every single thing I write: what if I come back to it in six months or a year or two years or more and I don’t like it? What if I end up feeling about The Quiet Ones or A Single Soul the way I feel about the first novels I ever…

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What If?

What If?

I have this policy in life. It’s called: never wonder ‘what if?’ The worst feeling in the world is not doing something and then spending the rest of your life wondering what would have happened if you’d done it, like the alternate Trillian who didn’t leave with Zaphod Beeblebrox in the Hitchhiker’s series and therefore missed out on that life. I’m constantly paranoid that I’m taking the wrong turning and, like Donna Noble in Turn Left (NewWho series four), it’ll…

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Time Passes

Time Passes

A year ago today, my grandma passed away. It’s also father person’s birthday today, which means I didn’t like to mention this. I’m sure the parentals haven’t forgotten, and reminding them seemed unnecessary, and would have put a damper on the mood. Yet at the same time, it seemed odd to go the whole day without mentioning it to anyone. Not even to my friends. What’s in a year? A year is ever so slightly over a seventeenth of my…

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Back In Business

Back In Business

Hello, all. I’m back. Okay, I never really ‘went’, but my posts have been less than frequent this month, since I prioritised writing for NaNoWriMo over actually keeping up to date, which was bad of me. Sorry. On the other hand, after an epic battle between myself and the NaNo wordcount validator (which stole about 500 words from my total), I hit 200k last night. As that was my target and I’ve now finished two novels and abandoned a third–I…

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Flawed Heroes And Heroic Villains

Flawed Heroes And Heroic Villains

“The wonderful thing about Marvel is that they make their heroes flawed, and their villains heroic.” (Tom Hiddleston, ‘Loki’) Warning: this post contains lots of gifs (and also spoilers but only for mostly old stuff) so if you’re reading in an email, you may need to click through to see them. I’m not sure. Maybe they work.) I was reading a couple of handouts from online and real-life writing classes the other day, because I was bored and that’s what…

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I wasn’t made for this

I wasn’t made for this

My conspicuous absence this week has been for two very good reasons: firstly, I was on a ballet course that took up all my time and also my energy, and secondly, I’m ill. You know that saying, “starve a fever, feed a cold?” That’s stupid. I have a fever and a cold. What do they expect me to do about that, then,  eh? *growls* In fact, I was ill to the point of having to miss the last day of aforementioned ballet…

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Decisions

Decisions

I hate decisions. Sometimes you have these decisions and you just can’t choose, you know? You have to take one path or the other and there are people on both sides yelling at you, do this one, do that one! All my friends have been saying I should focus on Irish dance but my family, I think, feel that I should do ballet, especially my grandmother. Today I made my decision. I have left Irish dance to focus on ballet….

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Futures and Choices

Futures and Choices

So the curtain comes down on Romeo and Juliet and I’m sitting there with my eyes fixed on the stage and I’m thinking, I wish that was me. I’m thinking, I want that to be me. I’m thinking: that will be me. I want to dance more than I want to do anything else. It sounds cheesy, right? But I have to say it’s true. I want to be a writer, sure, but to dance on a stage like that,…

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