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The Uncreative Creator

Hello world.

So I’ve had to create this WordPress page as part of my course. I’m currently an MSc Publishing student at Edinburgh Napier University, and as such am required to publish an online article at some point in the future. Unfortunately for me, I have never found myself to be a gifted writer. On the other hand, perhaps I have simply not found anything yet that inspires me to put pen to paper (or, more accurately, to put fingers to keyboard).

Let’s see how it goes, shall we?

Lizzie’s List of Postgrad Pointers

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Recently I was contacted by someone possibly undertaking the MSc Publishing course later this year, looking for some answers and reassurance about what the course entails. I was immediately reminded of my own nerves prior to postgrad life, having had many of the same questions myself (but not taking the smart step of finding the answers, as this person has done). Whilst I’m one who’d only call themselves wise ironically, and definitely don’t have all the answers, perhaps this post will help relieve some stress, even if only for one person! Now, all aboard the train to Tip Town.

wisdomousDon’t panic (as any good hitchhiker will know).

Generally good advice for life, but especially on an MSc. Whether you’ve gone straight into an MSc from undergrad, or are returning to education after however many years, it can be a shock to the system with how it differs from what you’re…

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Catherine Carswell’s ‘Open the Door!’ – Republishing a Rebel

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Catherine Carswell was a badass. Both personally and professionally she dealt with more than her fair share of strife. In her time, Carswell became well-known for her biography of Robert Burns, but not for the right reasons. Carswell’s biography was controversial – unlike previous works which praised and worshipped Burns, Carswell’s account of his life was frank and honest, detailing his faults and affairs. For this she received huge backlash from the many fans of Burns who rejected this portrayal, attacking her with sermons and apparently going as far as sending her bullets to use upon herself. So that was fun.

Personally, Carswell had faced turmoil from her first marriage to a war veteran named Herbert Jackson. They married very early in their relationship, only for Carswell to later discover that he suffered incredibly from paranoia – thinking himself sterile, Herbert accused his wife of betrayal when she announced her pregnancy…

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Virago: A Feminist Fairy Tale of Being Both Damsel and Dragon

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Word ArtSynonyms for ‘Virago’ (Photo Credit: Elisabeth Green)

Once upon a time, there was a lady named Carmen Callil. Carmen had travelled from the far away land of Australia, to London, and there hoped to become a publishing queen. However, the publishing kingdom held little opportunity for young maidens in the 1970s. Women struggled to be taken seriously by their male rulers, being granted no power or decision-making opportunities. All they were allowed to do was work in the realms of publicity or marketing, where they would be sent to flatter and flirt with journalists, in the hopes of gaining coverage in newspapers. Carmen wanted more than this.

Now, in a standard fairy tale, this is where a prince would ride in on a noble steed, whisk up the fair maiden and fulfil her heart’s desires. But this is no normal fairy tale, as princes had actually been the source of…

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