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Burblings

In which I prove that absolutely anything can be made nerdy if you try hard enough...

Self-care tips for writers (and everyone else)

By Meg | Jun 14, 2019

Last month I (briefly) went to a dark place. There wasn’t anything wrong, really. There were no awful life events or catastrophes. I wasn’t depressed. It’s just that my novel, which had been stuck, ended up taking me somewhere Not Fun. My main character wasn’t coming out right, and in order to understand where she…

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My brain is lazy AF: learning to read Hangul (한글)

By Meg | May 22, 2019

Learning Korean has given me a fascinating sense of perspective. I’ve learned other languages: I did a double major in French and English in university and I took a year of German back when I thought a master’s degree in Comparative Literature would be a hoot (actually, it probably would be a hoot, but that’s…

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

By Meg | May 8, 2019

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, and internet forums (are they still A Thing? I am old) are the textual equivalent of a casual conversation. Do you stop someone mid-conversation to correct their…

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Come for the K-pop…stay for the grammar

By Meg | Apr 24, 2019

Last fall, when I first started learning Korean, I told a friend about it and she said, “Umm…OK, but why?” It’s a fair question. I live in a province with a Korean population of just over 1000 according to the 2016 census. I don’t work in tech, I don’t want to teach abroad (or locally,…

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

By Meg | Apr 10, 2019

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 | Mar 27, 2019

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 | Jan 9, 2019

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 | Jan 2, 2019

I wrote this poem for my old blog, Spirit Moves Dance, in 2012. The blog is gone, but the poem remains.  It will not always feel good, This growing. This stretching beyond the boundaries of the known, The comfortable. It will not always feel safe, This learning and relearning of your own abilities This reexamining…

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