Meg Writes Magic

My first blog (circa 2002-4) was a LiveJournal called The Obscene Rantings of Mme Hilda von Crankypants. It was full of memes and personal drama.

This blog is almost entirely unlike that one.

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On Being Seen and Breaking Silences

By Meg

I’ve been feeling…a little lost. That’s the understatement of the century. I’ve been feeling a lot lost. I’ve been feeling broken and empty and exploding and crushed and incompetent and only very occasionally capable and powerful and worthy. I’ve been feeling all those things like I’m riding a rollercoaster in the dark—I can’t tell when…

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A hiker looking out over an immense vista, demonstrating what business feels like.

To move beyond your comfort zone…cultivate a safe place.

By Meg

I am a deeply fearful person. I could get into all the reasons why this is true. There are plenty. But really, the result is the same. Things scare me. And not “things” like mountain climbing or skydiving (although those too). Just, like, life in general. Meeting new people. Going new places. Setting boundaries. Expressing…

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A shiny red robot stares out of the screen. He looks like he's wearing a black suit and white dress shirt.

Write the Way You Talk (Apostrophes: Use Them, Love Them)

By Meg

When people write for their business, they do one thing differently. This tiny change seems insignificant, but it makes their writing feel stilted, formal, awkward … you know … all the things you don’t want. They stop using apostrophes. I see it everywhere. The drafts I work on are littered with “I am,” “you are,”…

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A very annoyed seagull screaming the way I want to when people correct someone's spelling on Facebook

Don’t be an asshole: an editor’s guide to internet etiquette

By Meg

When I took my first editing course, our instructor gave us a valuable piece of advice: Don’t correct someone else’s grammar/spelling on social media. Ever. Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, LinkedIn, and internet forums (are they still A Thing? I am old) are the textual equivalent of a casual conversation, often with people you don’t know well…

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On worldbuilding: Susan Mallery and the rich world of Fool’s Gold, California

By Meg

2018 was the year I got hooked on romance novels. I don’t know about you, but I was raised with a general attitude of scorn towards all things romance-novel-y. My mom called them “bodice-rippers” and wouldn’t have been caught dead reading one, so, even though I’m a grown-ass woman who can (surely!) make up her…

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“To fist” or not “to fist,” that is the question

By Meg

Sometimes word choices are technically correct…but they just plain bug me. Case in point: last year I read a couple of books where the word “fisted” was used as a verb. Frequently. Noticeably often. It really bothered me. I couldn’t think of a single instance where I’d seen the word “fisted” used as a verb…

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From the archives: Curriculum Vitae…what’s yours?

By Meg

From the archives of my old blog, Spirit Moves Dance. December 2013: I spent last week working on a job application for the position I’ve been filling for the past 4 months. I hate writing job applications as a rule, but this one was both harder and easier than previous ones–easier because I *knew* without…

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From the archives: Transformation

By Meg

I wrote this poem in 2012 when I was scared and feeling small and desperately needed to hear the words that flowed onto the page. I could tell that it was not just a message for me, so I posted it on my blog and invited people to pass it on if it spoke to…

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