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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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The Knights Are Shifting

The Knights Are Shifting

I’m a fast writer, but even so, it feels like I’ve been working on The Knight Shift since… well, since forever. Okay, so maybe not forever. But I feel like I’ve been working on this draft for ages and this book for a seriously long time, and as a result I decided to work out how long it’s been. BECAUSE TODAY I FINISHED IT. I forgot to mention that part. I finished it. I wrote THE END and added some…

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Sarcastic Knights And Where To Find Them

Sarcastic Knights And Where To Find Them

I like writing miserable books. My beta-readers know this. I enjoy reading their increasingly angry / devastated comments and I take great delight in making them cry, because I consider that a badge of success. Several of my books were written simply as revenge after Charley killed a character I liked, in order to make her suffer what I had suffered. (Multiple times. Because I’m mean like that.) But sometimes I just want a break. I can’t write miserable characters…

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Independence Knight

Independence Knight

That title is possibly the worst pun on this blog. I kind of feel the need to apologise. As some of you may be aware from following me on Twitter where I’ve been hanging out an excessive amount recently or from other sources e.g. secret spy cameras embedded in the speakers next to my laptop, I’m working on a first draft of the second book in what I call “assassin!trilogy“. Having finished book one on Wednesday with a wordcount of…

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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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Quiet Success

Quiet Success

I finished the third draft of The Quiet Ones. I was going to write this post two days ago, because that was when I thought I’d finished, but it’s just as well I didn’t, because while on a long train journey yesterday I read through the draft and found a section that I’d forgotten to rewrite to take into account a scene I cut, and I also figured out a way to make the ending a lot better. So this…

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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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Write First, Research Later

Write First, Research Later

First of all, you’re not going mad. I did change my URL. If you’ve lost your subscription (which I’ve heard can happen), please subscribe again! The button is still somewhere to the right of this post (I think, though I was fiddling with the theme a lot) and I don’t want to lose you :) Oh, and I changed my Twitter username to match. Well, actually, I changed this to match that. Whatever. I’m now @miriamjoywrites over there as well….

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