Category: private life

New year thoughts

I poured out my soul on Facebook and decided, just maybe, it’d be a good idea to have it here. I don’t talk a lot about the things of great magnitude. I simply deal. Last year I found a way of dealing that was rather better than my previous methods. I’d still rather my life …

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Update

Life has been quite interesting recently. Some of it has been gloriously interesting and some of it has been interesting in ways that take a fair amount of dealing with. That’s why I’ve not updated. I hadn’t even quite finished Women’s History Month. I plan to do that this week. The last posts, including the …

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Passing Thoughts

My week was exciting. First, the outcome of it. I was interviewed for a wonderful job, but I didn’t get it, alas. I did get to the UK for the interview, however. Quite a few of the questions at my job interview were about teaching. My teaching links where the students are (specifically – not …

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Creating culture

The world faces so many problems right now, and they’re all underpinned by a virtuous normalcy. People who expect that life will be generous and take it for granted, so don’t see or deal with what’s blocking and hurting the lives of others. I’ve seen this happen in areas where people dedicate their lives to …

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On writing what I know, or, “How do I know things? Let me count the ways.”

This week is a little busy. By Monday morning, I need to have finished all the non-fiction (articles, essays and two conference papers) due until 10 September. That’s over twenty thousand words. I’m part way through and on a roll and all I have to do is work steadily and somewhat obsessively and I’ll make …

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Childhood books

I’ve just had a beautifully long conversation with my mother. We talked through a whole shelf of books from my childhood. It helped me discover some critical things about myself. 1. I read Little Golden Books at the same time as Thomas Hardy, because I read the same books as all the children I babysat …

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Questions

I know it’s not quite Chanukah yet, but my first Chanukah gift to everyone is an open question time from now until the end of Chanukah. I know a bunch of people are working on novels with background I might be able to help with (or give hints towards useful resources) so I’m starting a …

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A Quiet Sunday

This morning has been spent clearing things and sorting things and getting things under control. One big thing that is now under control is the reading of primary sources for my next novel. I now have only around 500 to read, which is a year’s work, which is about how much time I want to …

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Quick explanation of my blogs

Much of the content here is echoed on my LiveJournal blog. There are, however, some significant differences. My personal blogposts will appear on LJ, and this site will be just a fraction more professional. LJ is about community: this site is more about Gillian-the-writer. I’m also putting up some of my more interesting historical blog …

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