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What’s In A Name?

What’s In A Name?

I’ve been struggling with names this week. I mean, I’ve also been struggling with the fact that I have two essays and dissertation work to do this week, when my doctor has just informed me that the horrendous headache I can’t get rid of is in fact a migraine and I want to do nothing except curl up in bed and pretend my head doesn’t exist until it goes away, but names have been on my mind. Mostly the fact…

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2017: Goals and Small Steps

2017: Goals and Small Steps

I’m not a big one for New Year’s Resolutions. I think it’s partly because I’m always more depressed in winter, and usually ill as well, so I don’t have the energy to commit to stuff, but it’s partly that January never feels as much like a new start as September / the start of the academic year does. After all, I’m still stressing about the same essays and deadlines, so nothing has really changed. It’s easier to resolve to have…

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Confidence And Planning

Confidence And Planning

I’ve been taking a bit of a break from the internet lately. Not a break from using it, although I probably should do that at some point, but a break from contributing anything more than a handful of tweets and Facebook status updates. You’ll have noticed my blog posts here being few and far between, and my videos even fewer and further between. I’ve been posting regular book reviews, by virtue of sitting down once every few weeks and scheduling…

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Under New Stars

Under New Stars

I’m usually pretty motivated to write. I have slow days, and days where my hands hurt, and days where writing feels like pulling teeth, but I think all of those are normal. I have other days where it practically files across the page and I end up with thousands more words than I started with. And then I have the days where I’ll do pretty much anything to avoid writing — read an entire book, even though I lost interest…

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A Culture Of Commenting 

A Culture Of Commenting 

While I was writing my last post I added links to a couple of old posts from 2012 and 2013, and out of interest decided to go back and read them. I was surprised when I did so to find that they had a lot of comments. Not, like, hundreds, but a decent collection — some of them replies turning into conversations, and others first-time readers popping in to give their thoughts. Over the past year or two I’ve really…

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Blogger’s Question Time

Blogger’s Question Time

It’s been a while since I answered any of the queries I receive in search engine terms. I get fewer of them these days — more and more search engines are able to hide that information from WordPress stats, presumably for privacy reasons, and I’ve been having fewer hits lately anyway. But I think I’ve accumulated enough to be able to enlighten a few people on important and significant ideas. Why now? Well, it’s midnight. I’ve dozed on and off…

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Disconnected Updates

Disconnected Updates

There’s a reason I don’t stick to a schedule on this blog. It’s not necessarily a lack of discipline — I do my best to stick to a Mon-Weds-Fri review schedule on my book blog and it’s reading the books in time that’s the hard part, not remembering to post, because I can always schedule things in advance. It’s just that sometimes there’s nothing to say. Enter me, this morning: Me, this morning: I should probably blog. It’s been a…

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Updates: I Have The Flu

Updates: I Have The Flu

Sorry for my absence lately, internet. I’ve not been well at all, spending the last few days almost entirely in bed and feeling very sorry for myself. It seems like my immune system doesn’t understand its purpose since it spends all its time fighting bread and yet I catch every variant of flu that crosses my path. I wanted to talk about my favourite gluten-free brands, which is one of the reasons I haven’t posted: I wanted to wait until…

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Looking Ahead #goals

Looking Ahead #goals

So. As promised, time to look at my goals and resolutions for 2016, in order that my failure to meet them can be public. Yay! (I’m kidding… sort of. I always set very unrealistic goals, and life always gets in the way of sticking with the same plans for a whole year, but I do plan to try.) Observation #1: if I want to have a decent work ethic this year, I probably should have written more than 484 words…

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The Poetry Corner

The Poetry Corner

Last week, I started writing a post that opened with an observation about how frequently I’d been posting, but I never got around to finishing it. Or posting it. And then I let several days go by without doing anything with it, resulting in that opening statement being entirely untrue. So, I’m starting again, with an observation about how typical my current schedule is: erratic, unpredictable, and irregular. Excellent. Talking of erratic posting, I sort of forgot that I have…

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