Monthly Archives: June 2014

Booklearning #2: Tiffany Aching and selfishness

(Content Note: Discussion of deciding to be or not to be a parent. No connection to Shakespeare) In my last (and, incidentally, first) post about Things I’ve Learned From Books, I wrote about selflessness and how the Divergent series by … Continue reading

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How to Write a YA Fantasy Novel

A writer friend of mine, Thomas Shepherd, suggested that I do a blog post about my writing process – so, here goes: How To Write a Novel Like What I Do. 1. Wake up at 3am, having had the Best … Continue reading

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Tropes That Hurt Us

(Trigger warning for sexual assault, rape, discussion of rape tropes, misogyny) Remember that sexual assault scene in Doctor Who? Most people stare at me blankly when I ask that question. After all, although Doctor Who has complex themes and storytelling, … Continue reading

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Dragons Can Be Beaten

My heart always sinks a little when I see Richard Dawkins trending on Twitter. As past incidents have shown (content note for mention of sex abuse in those last two links), it’s rarely a sign of anything good. I clicked … Continue reading

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About Smoke and Mirrors

About four years ago, I travelled up to Scotland with my mum, dad and baby brother (okay, he’s only two years younger than me, but he’ll always be my baby brother). We were visiting family, and meeting my cousin’s first … Continue reading

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Booklearning #1: Divergent

Being a pretentious student, I often like to start my pretentious student essays with a quote. I read this one for the first time just a few days ago: A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. … Continue reading

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