Tumblr tag archive – The Last Beginning (part 1)

The Next Together (part 1) | The Next Together (part 2)  | The Next Together (part 3)| The Next Together (part 4) | The Last Beginning (part 1) | The Last Beginning (part 2) | Another Together | Another Beginning | The Loneliest Girl in the Universe | The Quiet at the End of the World | Book 5 (ghost house) | Book 6 (loneliest 2) | Book 7 (earth) | Book 8 (fandom) 



There need to be more epic regency novels in the world. Preferably with thieves, if you can manage it. (I’ve read fingersmith too many times I think).

#the last beginning
23RD SEP 2011



wallacegardens: The Voynich Manuscript is a mysterious volume of text and illustrations written some time in the 15th or 16 centuries, so named after Wilfrid M. Voynich who acquired the book in 1912. It has been classified as “magical” and “scientific” but is written in an undeciphered text and is said to be the most “mysterious manuscript in the world.”

Voynich discovered the manuscript at a villa in Frascati, Rome, which was operating at the time as a Jesuit College. The pages are filled with botanical illustrations, herbal recipes, women frolicking in the water, charts with zodiac signs and constellations, and pages and pages of text which, to date, defy all efforts at translation.

The manuscript is owned by Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library of Yale University.

#index #the last beginning
21ST NOV 2011


When we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness and call it love
— Dr. Seuss (via youaremylove-theastronaut)

#the last beginning
20TH OCT 2011


I accidentally started writing a sequel at 3am last night and i’m not even done with this one yet oops

“Do you have a boyfriend yet, dear?” her elderly neighbour asked curiously. “Your facebook status is set to single but you never know with you youngsters.”

Against her will Heather’s gaze slid to where Meg was sitting on a bench with one of Heather’s older cousins. Her face was turned towards him, a flirtatious grin on her face. Her soft blonde hair was fluttering in the wind and she pushed it away absently as she let out a laugh. Heather couldn’t hear her from across the garden but she knew Meg’s laugh better than her own, and filled in the sound. Her heart clenched.

She forced her gaze to return to the neighbour. “No,” she said, expressionlessly, “I don’t have a boyfriend.”

“Ah,” the old woman said cheerfully, refilling her drink. “Best not to rush these things. You have plenty of time, don’t throw away your childhood too quickly, you’ll never get it back. Now, dear, do you have a twitter account? I should add you.”

#clove #writing #The Last Beginning #tlb extracts
9TH JUL 2012



Crying forever over my lack of artistic talent

#the last beginning
4TH AUG 2013

Son,” the father says, examining the broken petri dishes littered about the floor, “I’m not a mad scientist, I’m just a disappointed scientist.

#the last beginning #tom to clvoe
2ND AUG 2013

caluminium replied to your post: I never thought this would negatively effect my…
is the tag your sequel’s title? :O

Yep! It’s not yet as well developed as my TRER tag, which is a stunning look into the mind of a person alone in their own fandom, but it’s on it’s way. Sequel sequel sequel!!

#the last beginning
4TH APR 2013

I never thought this would negatively effect my life in any way but I…DON’T KNOW ENOUGH ABOUT COMPUTATIONAL LINGUISTICS
It’s a terrible drain on my powers of imagination to do writing right now

#clove #The Last Beginning
4TH APR 2013

carbohydrate: who has a crush on me. this is very important i need this for research i am a scientist

#the last beginning
27TH MAR 2013


#the last beginning
6TH MAR 2013



#file under: fanfiction #the last beginning
13TH JAN 2014

relicanth [Sarah Barnard] said: you excitedly telling me about bright with phosphenes [The Last Beginning] when you had just started it was the most cute thing jsyk

that sounds like an embarrassing anecdote you should never ever share with anyone ever

#was this on that crappy old sofa at greend i remember that #writing #The Last Beginning
27TH NOV 2013

chronicintrovert [Alice Oseman] asked: So what’s it like having to plan a sequel/sequels!? I can’t really imagine it, seeing as mine’s a standalone, and my next one will also be a standalone…

Okay, so I never originally planned to have a sequel. I wanted to leave it on a cliffhangery ending, that explained the book’s premise but left it a bit mysterious as to how it happened. I didn’t even know myself, and I liked how it was an explanation and not an explanation at the same time.

I also didn’t really want to write a sequel, because I had so many ideas I wanted to play with. I don’t want to be one of those authors who spend ten years on one series- I want to play with horror and space and murders and ghost sitcoms and try my hand at everything I can.

But then when I was getting near the end, I started thinking about it a lot more, and came up with all these amazing ideas and plots that I couldn’t fit into the book. Then I came up with a character that I knew I had to write about asap. So I started writing it!

It’s a sequel in that it is about the same idea, but it’s a completely different set of characters and style of book (it’s a lot more sci-fi time travel than the historical style of the first book). So I’m happy that I’m doing a sequel that’s not limited to the same story and characters, and my main worry right now is that my writing and plot development will have improved so much in the sequel it will make the first one seem terrible! but i can deal with that (probably).

i’m also scared that i won’t finish it before the first one is published, and i’ll get caught in a plot hole that i can’t change the first one to fix, and it will all goes terribly wrong….i imagine J K Rowling had so many sleepless nights over that too. how do people do it??

the good things about sequels:

*you can include references in the first one to things that don’t happen until the next book!

*you can add long term plots that spread over several books!

*you can make mysteries which have just enough information to be solved, if you read both books.

*you can have cameos from characters, that are older or younger than they were when you last met them.

*you can have scenes that you saw in the first book mean something entirely different in the sequel because you know more about what’s going on and how much the characters know.

*you can have character traits appear in related characters and be like OH WOW HIS BROTHER DOES THAT TOO, OMG and it gives you enough time to actually explore it

basically, IT’S ALL AMAZING. i love tricking my readers into thinking something happened, but it was totally different all along.

i love it i love it i love it

#the next together #the lauren and alice faqs #clove #writing #The Last Beginning
27TH NOV 2013






#grown up #clove #The Last Beginning
12TH JUN 2014

robot: i don’t understand. what is… love?
scientist: oh… well. i. love is-
robot: ahahaha i’m just fucking with you. anyway i found some cool swords online i want you to buy for me
#the last beginning #spart

a-p-o-s-t-a-t-e: “so what are you up to?”



#clove #the last beginning
7TH MAY 2014



pir8crabs: Some people theorize that one extra factor that made the Titanic sink was added weight from loads and loads of time-travelers attempting to prevent it from sinking.

#the last beginning
26TH APR 2014


#dream team #clove #The Last Beginning #romy #the loneliest girl in the universe
12TH APR 2014

chronicintrovert asked: THAT’S A HORRIFIC AND DIFFICULT QUESTION SO YOU GET IT TOO: Write a story in 3 sentences!

Wanted: date for single father of one (1) precocious toddler. Must be reasonably okay with not exactly following every letter of the law and happy to never travel outside of Scottish borders on penalty of arrest. Call Tom for more details and/or baby snaps.

#writing #claire’s coven #clove #The Last Beginning #tlb extracts
8TH APR 2014


dreamsandink‘s amazing book playlist got me itching to make another mix so here, have an early preview of my sequel playlist if that’s your thing
it’s about kickass lady superheroes having a great time & getting stuff done
okay enjoy

girls like you/the naked and the famous
you’ve got time/regina spektor
a better son daughter/rilo kiley
exile vilify/the nation
weight of living part I/bastille
she’s a rebel/green day
brave/sara bareilles
she keeps me warm/mary lambert
girls chase boys/ingrid michaelson
why am i the one/fun
get home/bastille
if she wants me/belle and sebastian
laughter lines/bastille
pencil full of lead/paolo nutini
feeling good/muse
(via laurenjames)

#the last beginning
3RD APR 2014


Train —Drops Of Jupiter – “tell me did you fall for a shooting star one without a permanent scar
and that you miss me while you were looking for yourself out there”

#The Last Beginning
19TH MAR 2014


I just found a very major plot hole in book 2



*laughs until I cry*

#writing #blog #The Last Beginning
12TH OCT 2014

kars: I am awake but at what price

#clove #The Last Beginning
26TH SEP 2014


actualanders: my biggest disappointment in life is that i will probably never kiss someone wearing a full suit of armour

not with that attitude

29TH JUL 2014

I know it’s slightly creepy, but I’ve written one of my characters to look like Dylan O’Brien will look in ten or so years time, at the age he will be when any potential films of my book are being cast.

I am super serious about Dylan O’Brien. I’m not messing around here.

#dylan o’brien #tom #blog #The Last Beginning
25TH JUL 2014


narcissvs: Random Aesthethic Generator


#see: book 2 #clove #The Last Beginning
3RD JUL 2014

spoopycopequinn: I babysit for a girl who use to think her mom’s name was “my love” because her dad said it so often to her and that’s just freaking cute I can’t

#tom and jen #TOM AND JEN #The Last Beginning

terpsikeraunos: au in which the library of alexandria didn’t burn down

#The Last Beginning #ella

7TH DEC 2014




word-stuck: phosphene

#clove #aaaaaaaaah this is so perfect jesus #The Last Beginning
30TH NOV 2014


I’m so close to finishing book 2 and I caaaaaaan’t. I can’t let go.

Help me focus guys. How do I do this.

#The Last Beginning
28TH NOV 2014


*raises hands above head* *hollers* IT’S THREE AM ON THE 29TH NOVEMBER 2014 AND I JUST FINISHED MY SECOND NOVEL

#writing #book #The Last Beginning
29TH NOV 2014

A list of things I have googled during writing.
Scottish qualifications
royal baby’s name
movie trailer tropes
how they worked out JK Rowling was Robert Galbraith
jfk shooting
suffragettes chained to fences
red dwarf
word for all-knowing
what rock is in superman
#writing #blog #The Last Beginning
19TH NOV 2014


spacezeros [Alice Oseman]:  today i drew Clove, the protagonist of lauren-e-james’s book 2! her first book, The Next Together, is out next year. add it to your to-read list, this series is going to be a good one!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LOOK WHAT ALICE DID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Clove is my DARLING that I’m currently writing about I LOVE THIS SO MUCH

#clove #book #blog #The Last Beginning
14TH NOV 2014



robot: i don’t understand. what is… love?
scientist: oh… well. i. love is-
robot: ahahaha i’m just fucking with you. anyway i found some cool swords online i want you to buy for me
#this is SO RELEVANT to my sequel #spart #and #clove #The Last Beginning
5TH NOV 2014


qwantzfeed: look upon my time travel theories, ye mighty, and despair… but also be honestly kinda impressed

#the last beginning
15TH APR 2015

Anonymous asked: How is Book 2 doing?

It’s going pretty well, thanks! I’m still working on edits, but I got to write some pretty fun scenes this week, including a flirty water fight between my lovely ladies!! I’m really enjoying it, and I hope that comes across in the writing.

#the last beginning #Anon
14TH APR 2015

yourgaydarisonpoint: If you’re not at least mildly obsessed with her, she’s not the one.

#lol this is Ella #The Last Beginning
18TH MAR 2015


#spart #sigh i write stupid stuff sometimes #The Last Beginning
26TH JAN 2015

patrocius: girls don’t like boys girls like space travel and natalie dormer

#clove #The Last Beginning
23RD DEC 2014

The most challenging and non-intuitive of all the concepts in the general theory of relativity is the idea that time is part of space. Our instinct is to regard time as eternal, absolute, immutable – nothing can disturb its steady tick.

In fact, according to Einstein, time is variable and ever changing. It even has shape. It is bound up – ‘inextricably interconnected,’ in Stephen Hawking’s expression – with the three dimensions of space in a curious dimension known as spacetime.
— Bill Bryson

#clove #The Last Beginning
8TH DEC 2014

First draft of book 2 is ready for editing!

#the last beginning
8TH DEC 2014

Published by Lauren James

Lauren James is the twice Carnegie-nominated British author of many Young Adult novels, including Green Rising, The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker and The Loneliest Girl in the Universe. She is a RLF Royal Fellow, freelance editor and screenwriter. Lauren is the founder of the Climate Fiction Writers League, and on the board of the Authors & Illustrators Sustainability Working Group through the Society of Authors. Her books have sold over a hundred thousand copies worldwide and been translated into six languages. The Quiet at the End of the World was shortlisted for the YA Book Prize and STEAM Children’s Book Award. Her other novels include The Next Together series, the dyslexia-friendly novella series The Watchmaker and the Duke and serialised online novel An Unauthorised Fan Treatise. She was born in 1992, and has a Masters degree from the University of Nottingham, where she studied Chemistry and Physics. Lauren is a passionate advocate of STEM further education, and many of her books feature female scientists in prominent roles. She sold the rights to her first novel when she was 21, whilst she was still at university. Her writing has been described as ‘gripping romantic sci-fi’ by the Wall Street Journal and ‘a strange, witty, compulsively unpredictable read which blows most of its new YA-suspense brethren out of the water’ by Entertainment Weekly. Lauren lives in the West Midlands and is an Arts Council grant recipient. She has written articles for numerous publications, including the Guardian, Buzzfeed, Den of Geek, The Toast, and the Children’s Writers and Artist’s Yearbook 2022. She has taught creative writing for Coventry University, WriteMentor, and Writing West Midlands.

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