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By App and Ear

By App and Ear

One of the things I did while I was in Limerick was go to as many sessions as I could. This did not turn out to be a huge number — I think I went to four or five, and mostly didn’t stay too long — but it was a learning experience nonetheless, and one that made me realise I need to take a different approach to my tin whistle playing. Last year, in Co. Donegal, I went to a…

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A Mixed Start On 2018 Goals

A Mixed Start On 2018 Goals

One of the things I’d like to do more this year is focus on what I have achieved rather than what I haven’t. That’s proving a little tricky so far — I’m behind on work, for a start, so all I can think about is how I haven’t done any of the four essays I’m supposed to be doing, rather than concentrating on the fact that I’m ahead on my dissertation, even though the latter is probably a more positive…

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Guest Post: Editing is Not a Scary Monster in the Closet

Guest Post: Editing is Not a Scary Monster in the Closet

I love this post because it’s a direct response to something I’ve talked about, as well as a look into another writer’s process. Take it away, Alexandrina! —- If you had asked me before April, before Miriam posted about editing (and, according to her, when Miriam edits, the world burns…!) which part of the writing/book development/publishing process I preferred, I would probably never have said editing even if you’d have paid me. Now, as an almost-full-time student, I need the…

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Location, Location, Location

Location, Location, Location

I’ve recently been reading Monkeys With Typewriters by Scarlett Thomas which, for those who haven’t come across it, is a book about writing fiction and how stories work and it’s basically brilliant. I really enjoyed it and I think I learned a lot. (Now to buy my own copy and highlight it and scribble all over it and stick post-it notes in it…) One of the things she gets a reader to do is to fill in a matrix which includes things…

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Word By Word

Word By Word

I study French. I also study Classical Greek, although that’s more of an informal thing and I have to admit, I’m pretty bad at it. The alphabet keeps throwing me off. I used to learn Italian. I’m now teaching myself Esperanto, and considering learning a bit of Russian, too. And I discovered this thing called Memrise. I actually heard about it in the Guardian, when somebody learned an entire language just from vocab lists on Memrise and was able to…

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