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Nobody Knows: My Degree Is Unteaching Me

Nobody Knows: My Degree Is Unteaching Me

All pictures in this post are illustrations from the 1912 edition of T.W. Rolleston’s “Myths and Legends of the Celtic Race”. Hi. Not dead yet. First exam is Monday, it’s the only one I feel even vaguely prepared for and I’m still terrified. While I was revising Irish Lit earlier I decided to take a shortcut and, rather than reading the translation of the stories that I needed to look over, I thought I’d read the summaries in a wonderful…

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Intrinsically Intertextual Inspirations

Intrinsically Intertextual Inspirations

I nearly called this post “Faith and Fiction” and then remembered I already had a post called that and it is not this post. I’ve reached a point where I’ve been blogging long enough that I’m running out of titles. Or maybe I’m just not thinking creatively enough – which I guess is possible. Over the past couple of years of studying English Literature I’ve become increasingly aware how much you need to know to be able to understand a…

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Tainted By Allegory?

Tainted By Allegory?

J.R.R Tolkien didn’t like the Narnia books. He made this fairly clear. He and C.S. Lewis were pretty good friends, and they were both members of this group called the Inklings which, to be quite honest, is an AWESOME name. They used to read their work out loud and discuss it. But Tolkien got so fed up that he said he wouldn’t come any more until Lewis stopped reading the Narnia stories. He felt they were ‘tainted by allegory’. Basically,…

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A Long Way Back (TCWT)

A Long Way Back (TCWT)

The Teens Can Write Too! blog chain seems to be getting more difficult – this month, they want a retelling of our favourite myth, legend or fairytale. Well, I’m a total mythology nerd, so you’d think that would be quite easy, but my problem is I have too many favourites. I’ll admit that one of my all-time favourite stories is the tale of Blodeuwedd, the flower-wife of Llew. It’s a Welsh story, if you haven’t guessed, and formed the basis…

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Who, What, Why?

Who, What, Why?

It’s never seemed very relevant because most of the people that read this blog either know me in real life or from the internet, so they know what I’m talking about. But what if you don’t? I’ve realised that I’m always going on about editing and reading and how full my life is – and to people who are new here, that’s not very helpful. You don’t know what I’m editing. You don’t know why my life is full. Heck,…

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It’s Nearly NaNoWriMo!

It’s Nearly NaNoWriMo!

It’s nearly National Novel Writing Month and it’s already eaten my soul, even though 1st November has not yet reached us. Currently, my bed contains 4 notebooks, 1 sketchbook (unrelated), 1 book on Irish Mythology, 1 book on Ancient Ireland, 1 book on The Celts … and a whole pile of clothes, but let’s pass over that. (This stuff was on my desk until I started using it … you know what it’s like). Somewhere in the house there is…

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