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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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Brideshead Visited (Also Knights)

Brideshead Visited (Also Knights)

Oops. Long time no blog post. I had rather a wrist flare-up this week, after a change of meds made me manic enough to write nearly ten thousand words in one evening (after working for three hours, and immediately before reading an entire book and then not going to bed until 2am). It turns out I am definitely not healed enough for that — sometimes it feels like I’m not healed at all! But I am. I’m so much better…

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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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I’m Alive, And I Will Survive!

I’m Alive, And I Will Survive!

I’m pleased to announce that I got through all four performances of Fame! without permanently injuring myself in any way, survived the afterparty without touching a drop of alcohol, and am now recovering from the sheer exhaustion caused by musical theatre. To put this in context, last year I missed the third night of Hairspray because I injured my hands and was in too much pain, so I figure I’ve made progress. It was a weird feeling, that last performance….

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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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The Only Way Forward

The Only Way Forward

I got to the point in essay writing today where the only way forward was tea. So, I went downstairs, and I made tea. And then I got so distracted making a colour-coded revision timetable for my mock exams in two weeks’ time that I completely forgot about it, and it was almost cold by the time I drank it. Not good. Am I going to talk about tea? No. I’ve already done a blog post on tea recently and…

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