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Twenty Years of Harry Potter

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20 years. Wow. Time has flown. It was 20 years ago that, while driving across to Ireland (via ferry) for a summer holiday (in very un-summery weather), I sat in the back of the car with my younger brother while our mum read aloud a strange new book from the school library about a boy […]

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Another year over – 2017 and what’s to come.

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It has been a busy year. 2016 has flown by; the last couple of months in particular seem to have disappeared in the briefest of flashes. My NaNoWriMo adventure in November was again successful, although I was unable to blog about the latter stages and my ultimate victory due to my website breaking. For the […]

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A Tale of Two WriMos: NaNoWriMo2016 and the Inner Struggle

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NaNoWriMo2016 Participant: Chris Phethean

Like the sequel to some kind of action adventure book, I find myself undertaking a new NaNoWriMo journey this year, only this time for NaNoWriMo2016, the stakes are higher, the tiredness is greater and the days are passing away faster than ever before. Will I make it to the word count in time? This sequel does have a happy […]

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Thinking of NaNoWriMo 2016: Choosing a Story

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As November approaches, I find myself thinking more and more about NaNoWriMo and what I will spend the month working on. Last year, my first attempt at the challenge went really well. In a way, I think it went too well. I am sure that this time around the rigid regime that I stuck to […]

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Returning to Exile

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As NaNoWriMo came to an end, a large part of doubt shifted around inside my head, revealing what had been hidden underneath it: Exile. Exile is a novel I have spent a huge amount of time planning. I have a scene-by-scene plan of everything that will happen, which character is where, whose point of view […]