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Writers: How do you stick with one idea?

Writers: How do you stick with one idea?

I’ve been writing since I was very young: I can remember sitting at the kitchen table as a child scribbling away in brightly coloured exercise books, inventing my own worlds and imagining strange races of beings (most of which were oddly reminiscent of the Elves from Lord of the Rings). When I got a bit older I carried on, progressing to tapping out my stories on the family computer in the living room, filling up the My Documents folder with my increasingly more varied tales. These days I’m still at it, sitting… Read more »

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Life Lately #1

Life Lately #1

Lots of bloggers seem to do weekly or monthly updates on life, blogging and reading (I know the Sunday Post is a popular one), and as an incredibly nosey person, I always enjoy reading them! I kind of wanted to start doing some kind of update post myself just to share what I’m currently reading, and what I’m currently up to, but I’m neither interesting enough to have something new to say every week, or organised enough to set up a post on the same day each week. So I’ve… Read more »

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Review: Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

Review: Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

‘ALBUS: Slytherin is the house of the snake, of Dark Magic…it’s not a house of brave wizards.  HARRY: Albus Severus, you were named after two headmasters of Hogwarts. One of them was a Slytherin and he was probably there bravest man I ever knew.’ I feel like this book is going to be pretty hard for me to review…for one thing it’s a play script, so it doesn’t exactly read the same as a novel. It’s also an extension of a story that is very important to me, and that I grew… Read more »

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Five Reasons To Read YA Fiction

Five Reasons To Read YA Fiction

YA fiction, or Young Adult fiction is an incredibly popular genre amongst book bloggers of all ages, but unfortunately it’s commonly regarded with a certain amount of snobbery by a lot of other people (and the odd blogger…but good luck to them making friends in the blogosphere!). Whilst non-readers who see you reading YA often like to tell you that you’re ‘far to be old to be reading that’ if you’re older than sixteen, bookworms who ‘only read real books’ like to lecture you on the formulaic plots and cardboard… Read more »

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Bookish Fashion

Bookish Fashion

Back when I was in high school, I was a pretty wild dresser. Emo fashion was in its heyday and I was a big fan, so I would commonly be seen sporting shredded jeans and stripey tights, not to mention band t shirts and brightly coloured ties (yes, I apparently thought I was Avril Lavigne). I don’t know what happened in the years that followed, but my sense of fashion seemed to calm down a lot and even slip into the mundane. I have always remained slightly alternative (I still… Read more »

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Review: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Review: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

‘Arin wondered if she would lift her eyes, but wasn’t worried he would be seen in the garden’s shadows. He knew the law of such things: people in brightly lit places cannot see into the dark.’ A couple of weeks ago I published a blog post about just how crazy my physical TBR pile had become, and I asked readers to suggest which book I should tackle next. The one that seemed to come up the most in the comments was The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski, so I decided it was… Read more »

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Bloggers: Do you get ‘comment guilt’?

Bloggers: Do you get ‘comment guilt’?

As a blogger, I absolutely adore getting comments! There’s no better feeling than knowing that someone has connected with something you’ve written enough to take the time to respond and start a conversation with you, and I really do appreciate every single comment that I get. That’s why sometimes I feel bad because it seems to take me so long to get round to replying! I see some bloggers who get a lot more comments than I do who seem to get to them the same day, yet it can… Read more »

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5 Reasons To Read Fantasy

5 Reasons To Read Fantasy

It’s been a couple of weeks since the first post in my blog series highlighting some of my favourite genres (5 Reasons To Read Historical Fiction), so I thought it was time I did another. Today I’m talking about my all time favourite genre fantasy, and why I think you should read it if you don’t already. And if you do already read fantasy I’d love to hear what you love most about it in the comments! So here are 5 Reasons To Read Fantasy: Escapism. Lets face it, life… Read more »

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Review: The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins

Review: The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins

‘”When did you become so weak?” I don’t know. I don’t know where that strength went, I don’t remember losing it. I think that over time it got chipped away, bit by bit, by life, by the living of it.’ I finally got around to reading Paula Hawkins bestselling novel The Girl On The Train, and it has seriously made me wonder why I don’t read thrillers more often. The only two I’ve read in ages have been this one and Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson, and… Read more »

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It’s my second Blogiversary!

It’s my second Blogiversary!

I can’t believe it! Another year has gone by, and Boats Against The Current turns two today! When I started out blogging I was kind of doubtful as to whether or not I’d actually manage to stick with it (I’m a bit of a serial hobbyist!), so I’m pretty pleased that two years later I’m still going. I started this blog just after finishing university to have some kind of creative outlet whilst I wondered what to do next with my life, but it’s proven to be so much more… Read more »

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