Monthly Archives: April 2014

Why It’s Bad Form to Tell a Writer to Stop Writing

Steven Salvatore

When I saw the title of this piece, “If JK Rowling Cares About Writing, She Should Stop Doing It” that was originally published on HuffPost Culture this past weekend, I felt a familiar rage bubble to the surface before I even read the first sentence, which, by the way, was this: “When I told a friend the title of this piece she looked at me in horror and said, ‘You can’t say that, everyone will just put it down to sour grapes!'”

I’m going to, for a second, ignore the fact that the author, Lynn Shepherd knew titling a piece like that would garner a lot of attention and, again, for a second, play devil’s advocate. Had she tackled this subject with an extensive knowledge of JK Rowling’s work, which includes the complete seven book Harry Potter series, I would have been open to hear what she had to…

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Posted by on April 30, 2014 in Reblogged stuff


The Red Wedding: The Game of Thrones Game Changer

A very insightful analysis of the Red Wedding and I love how you’ve done allusions to the book- not many people remember that Talisa was not originally at the RW and that’s she actually called Jeyne and your insights into Catleyn’s flaws are brilliant- they really do make her a very human character whose dislike of Jon Snow stems not from pure malice but, in my humble opinion simply from the confusion of having to ‘love’ a boy she had no part in the creation of.
All in all, a wonderfully insightful essay-thank you!
Phoenixflames12 x


redwedding2SPOILER WARNING: Many spoilers ahead for The Rains of Castamere, Season 3, Episode 9 of Game Of Thrones.

“Power resides where men believe it resides, it’s a trick, a shadow on the wall . . .” – Varys

Are you over it yet?

Have the rug burns on your knees faded away yet from crawling on the floor in agony while watching the infamous Red Wedding?

Me, neither. And I read the book, and knew it was coming.

The explosion of emotion that burst through social media and other areas of the internet the past few days has been truly stunning. Some of it has also been wildly hilarious, but most of it was along these lines:

This is not supposed to happen! You don’t do this to your good characters! There’s nobody left to root for! This was just a lot of gratuitous violence! George R.R. Martin is screwing…

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Posted by on April 29, 2014 in Reblogged stuff


What Students Really Need to Hear

What Students Really Need to Hear

For a student stessing out about exams and life in general, it’s wonderfully refreshing to know that there are teachers out there who understand and go through the same process-thank you for this!


It’s 4 a.m.  I’ve struggled for the last hour to go to sleep.  But, I can’t.  Yet again, I am tossing and turning, unable to shut down my brain.  Why?  Because I am stressed about my students.  Really stressed.  I’m so stressed that I can only think to write down what I really want to say — the real truth I’ve been needing to say — and vow to myself that I will let my students hear what I really think tomorrow.

This is what students really need to hear:

First, you need to know right now that I care about you. In fact, I care about you more than you may care about yourself.  And I care not just about your grades or your test scores, but about you as a person. And, because I care, I need to be honest with you. Do I have permission to be…

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Posted by on April 28, 2014 in Reblogged stuff


Dear Jack

Dear Jack

Beautiful, heartbreaking and somehow uplifting post that really makes me consider the juxtaposing strength and fragility of a human life. In a few short, heartfelt words you managed to capture the life of this brave, passionate young soldier and I will just add one more thing- may we never forget x


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Posted by on April 26, 2014 in Reblogged stuff


Fangirls, Fanfiction and the Family of Fandom

Fangirls, Fanfiction and the Family of Fandom

Fangirl. A cliche compound that I stumbled upon about three years ago whilst rekindling my love of Harry Potter. There are many stereotypes of what a fangirl should be; a squealing, hysterical, emotional mess of a teenager who spends most of his or her (yes there are fanboys out there- they’re just a lot more discrete!) time in her bedroom on either Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter and/or Youtube whilst not having a social life and generally hiding from the world in general.(Just so you know, I am guilty of all of those things- this is hopefully not going to be a judgemental post!)

But maybe I am a fangirl. Possibly. Maybe I am because I love the sense of community and family that comes across when finding other people who share your passions and understand your dreams. Maybe I like bumping into a girl going up to the library one day and sparking off a conversation about George Blagden’s cover of ‘I will follow you into the dark’ with certain lyrics changed (In revolutionary school, as vicious as Musain rule… need I go on?) that lead onto deep conversations about the West End production of Les Miserables at the Queen’s Theatre, who I ‘shipped’ in Victor Hugo’s novel, the joys and pitfalls of Tom Hooper’s 2012 film and the ridiculousness that is Marius Pontmercy that somehow transformed into a discussion on ‘Phantom of the Opera’ and someone to sit next to in English Literature lectures.

But being a fan of something is so much more than that. For me it is sharing my writing on and getting probably some of the best feedback I’ve ever received on characterisation, plot development, my over usage of adjectives etc and meeting some of the nicest, most genuine people ever over the Internet who want to help me develop as a writer and share in the fruits of our labour. People who want to laugh at a ridiculous piece of fan art depicting Joly, Bossuet and Grantaire or cry over a fic describing Enjolras coping with Combeferre’s sudden amnesia after a protest went wrong or hold each other (metaphorically speaking) on 5th-6th June because it’s Barricade Day and I’m just scratching the surface of the Les Miserables fandom here because that’s the one I’m most comfortable with although there are many, many more!

Being a fan of theatre or anything for that matter doesn’t mean that you turn into a squealing mess or give up your life for tumblr or something like that overnight. For me at least it means being welcomed into a huge, multi-limbed family of people, many of whom I will never meet, but will always feel a small, warm glow of happiness when I publish something on and know that somewhere; possibly way across the Atlantic ocean or even just across the border, I will be giving another reader the chance to indulge in the beauty and love that is fandom.

Being a fan means being welcomed into a huge, multi-limbed, global family of people who are dedicated to their passion and wish to share their creativity and love for what they do; whilst at the same time leading a normal life; holding down a job, battling the stress of school and university, living their day to day lives whilst all the while knowing that somewhere in the vast wide world of the Internet, there are people out there who want to read their head cannons on how ridiculous Marius Pontmercy is, or want to watch a video on the love triangle between the Phantom, Roaul and Christine and see their fan art on what the next Potter generation looks like.

Being a fan and being part of a fan site- be it Twitter, Tumblr,, Archive of Our Own or even Facebook is so much more than just posting something and getting a few reviews, likes, follows, favourites etc back. It’s the knowledge that your work and other people’s work actually means something to someone half way across the world; that the ink you put on paper, or the words that tumble through your brain and into your fingertips, or the tears and sleepless night you have over a piece of writing because it just won’t work are something that people want to spend a few minutes of their normal day looking at and hopefully appreciating. It’s the knowledge that there are people out there who really care for your work and will always be there; at just a few clicks of the mouse away, if and when you need them.

Don’t give up on fans and marginalise them into a closet of silent, anti-social nerds who do nothing more than sitting at a laptop all day. Embrace their work, laugh with them, cry with them and throw yourself into the ridiculous world of fandom- I promise you it’s really worth it!

Much love,

Phoenixflames12 xxxx 🙂


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