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Adapt Or Despair

Adapt Or Despair

Every time I think my hands are better, they get worse again. A couple of weeks ago I’d finally reached the point where I felt able to, well, do things. Type without constantly worrying it would hurt; write by hand whenever it felt like it. Illuminate a manuscript, paint a glass tea-light holder, play the fiddle for the first time in about a year. And okay, so my wrists still hurt sometimes and I knew I had to be careful,…

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Sampling My Dragons

Sampling My Dragons

This is in many ways a housekeeping and updates post, but stay tuned. It might be interesting nonetheless. — First off, an update on what I like to call Operation ASNAC or, for those new to the blog, “a period of time in which Miriam attempts to pass her A-Levels”. Today I completed my first A2 exam — the French exam I sat a few weeks back was an AS resit. This was English Literature, which at 2 hours and…

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Speaking In Many Voices

Speaking In Many Voices

When I’m dictating my novels, which has been the case over the past few days because my hands decided to die completely for a while, I’m hyper-aware of things I might not notice when I’m typing. For a start, I’m suddenly very conscious of all the names I don’t know how to pronounce … and I sincerely regret making so many characters Irish. THE PRONUNCIATION MAKES NO SENSE. But it’s also quite helpful when I’m trying to gauge ‘voice’ and…

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To Speak A Novel

To Speak A Novel

I’m writing this with the help of Dragon NaturallySpeaking — I hope that I’ll be able to resume blogging fairly quickly now that the software has arrived and I’m getting used to it. It’s a great deal quicker than the Windows one I was using in the past, and works considerably better too. For those of you who don’t watch my YouTube videos (and while my hands are still in this situation, it’s the best place to get updates from…

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