1. The deadline for Oxford applications (and indeed, Cambridge applications) is tomorrow – 15th October. It’s seemingly been that same date for years, and is therefore burned into my psyche from 2004 when I applied. If you’re currently the right age, I can only suggest you give it a go. By this time next year, I hope to have a widely read blog and a successful series, and I fully intend to entirely push this message. For now, it’s a whisper.
2. Today, my youngest brother applied for Cambridge. It’s not really a theme I discuss much in The Cavaliers, but Oxford and Cambridge have one of the most intense rivalries in any sphere, and have done for centuries. I wanted him to go for Oxford, and ideally my old college. Whilst I absolutely wish him luck, I’m seriously sulking.
3. I ordered a proof copy of Oxford Blood. I can’t wait for it to arrive. I think I’ll finally feel like a real author. It’s also terrifying, because this is basically it. The book is locked down. Whenever I’ve had a new thought, I’ve slipped it in, but there’s no room for revisions any more.
4. There are various things I hate about the Daily Mail, but I have to admit, if you want stories about dining societies or how politicians behaved it university, it’s the go to place. Someone pointed out this story to me today, which makes me think my novels are more true than I realised – http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2217467/Why-Vampire-George-Osborne-revelled-Majors-defeat–worshipped-Blair-Master.html?ito=feeds-newsxml
It’s refers to “Vampire George Osborne.” For those who don’t know, George Osborne is the Chancellor, the second most important British politician after the Prime Minister. One exchange in Oxford Blood says:
“As for the mind control, it varies from individual to individual. In my case that’d certainly be enough to make him go home and stay out of trouble for a few days. The whole suggestion of turning his life around was probably over ambitious, but some of the Senior Officers are good enough to make the entirety of the press forget that they’ve never seen the Chancellor during daylight hours.”