For those of you who do keep an eye on my blog, did you enjoy my last fortnightly post? The keen-eyed ones of you may have may noticed that post never made it onto the blog. Or rather, it was never written.

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A bit of flash fiction for you! This was originally a 200 word piece but I really liked the voice of this character so wanted to flesh out her descriptions a little. I can see this turning into a longer piece as well, maybe something including a prequel to show us how she found herself where she is in this story.

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I like to debate. I like to discuss, hear people’s points of view, and build on my own. What I don’t like is speaking with someone who refuses to acknowledge my point of view and uses loud interruptions to scare me into silence. It’s in these moments that, despite knowing my stance and how to express it, my confidence shrivels up along with my ability to articulate, and I wish I had a cheat sheet to glance at.

So, I thought I would make one.

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For the past year, my boyfriend and I have been doing long distance. I can imagine a lot of American and international couples scoff when I say the travelling can be 5-7 hours, but for two Brits, that’s a fair chunk of distance.

Though he has now got a new job in the superior end of the country and will be moving up North, I think I’m going to miss my monthly adventures travelling down, navigating the London underground, and appreciating the different accents.

Something these journeys have shown me is that trains are a great chance to see a snapshot of someone’s day mostly, because, nobody dresses for a train.

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When I have the chance to scroll through Twitter, there is a recurring question I see being asked:

What do you listen to when writing?

It is one I have sent out a few tweets about, and one with responses that I always enjoying reading. It is interesting to see how people differentiate between ‘good and helpful noise,’ compared to ‘bad and distracting noise.’ My experience with these two selections has evolved over the years, so I thought I’d create a post with a few recommendations.

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Big thanks to Sophia @ Sophia Ismaa Writes for very kindly nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award and the Liebster Award. I know I haven’t been around long at all, so it is really appreciated. For anyone who hasn’t already, I would recommend you check out Sophia’s blog if you share my love of literature. If not, then have a look anyway – she’s got a little bit of everything!

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When someone says they have a week of work experience coming up, your mind may have painful flashbacks to Year 10 in school. A year where a couple of weeks of work experience were mandatory and you found yourself applying to places you would never want to work, just so you’d have somewhere to go. At the time, it felt like work experience wasn’t going to be valuable – not compared to acing your double-award Engineering GCSE anyway.

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My friend recently got ‘rated’ to her face.

I’m going to go in hard and simple with this one – ‘rating’ is the process in which some men like to assign a numerical value to a woman based on her attractiveness that therefore equates to her worth. I understand the usual scale is 1 – 10, a 10 being the epitome of beauty.

Small minds can only count so high.

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My first bit of creative writing to share with you, it’s a short story quite close to my heart. It has undergone a few changes since it was first declared ‘finished,’ and has even been transformed into a play which I put on myself. And I’m not done with it yet. There are bigger and further things I want to do with this story, but I thought it was only right for the starting piece to make it onto my blog.

Let me know what you think!

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When a TV presenter is about to say “Good morning, everyone” or a popstar is about to head onstage, I assume they have that persistent bug of fear. The one that senses someone is about to go live in front of geared-up spectators, ready to consume them. This bug may shrink a little each time they get out there, but it is there nonetheless. I feel like writers get this bug too.

Whether it be selling an article, publishing a short story, or… I’m just spit balling here… posting your first blog entry; it’s another way of going live in front of an unknown audience. Scary shit! I’m also under the impression that TV presenters and popstars get their make-up checked and outfits adjusted to ensure they look as fabulous as possible – this, I am unfamiliar with.

My very own bug has been going strong for a while now. But in gathering and planning out ideas, there’s only so long you can go before wanting to fix your Matrix.

And we’re going live in 3, 2, 1 –

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