The introvert’s guide to practicing a foreign language

Studying a foreign language can be challenging for introverts. Read on for my language-learning strategies and a few unintended consequences.

Some time back, I wrote The introvert’s guide to choosing a foreign language. In the months since I wrote it, that post has helped thousands of introverts–okay, hundreds of introverts… Dozens? Fine, one or two introverts if you want to be generous about it–to decide what foreign language to study.

With all these introverts studying new languages, it’s now time to provide some reliable information on the best way to study a foreign language as an introvert.

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Would you cheat on your WIP?

In which I contemplate starting writing a new novel before I finish my current one, and try to take my WIP’s feelings into account.

I know I said I wasn’t going to write about writing too much, but I didn’t say I’d never do it. Today is one of those.

Where my writing is at

I’ve got to that point where each edit of my work in progress (WIP) results in fewer and fewer changes, and I can feel I’m near the end. At least at the beginning of the end. Or possibly getting near the beginning of the end.

Whatever. I’m close.

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How to write a successful job application: part 1

Job applications need not be stressful. Learn how to inappropriately catch an employer’s attention and manipulate them into hiring you.

Applying for a job can be a stressful process. How do you blend just the right amount of truth with blatant lies in a way that will make the person who’s just looked at fifty of these monsters (or pretended to) want to give you the job?

Having been at the other end of the process and read 110 job applications in the past few days, they are very much on my mind, and I thought I’d take some time to offer you my best tricks for swiping the job. (Yes, I work.)

Disclaimer: Before you get all up in arms, this post is intended humorously, and in no way reflects how I evaluate job applications. Probably.

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How to make housework fun with Audible: part 1

Mt Cook
Living here, I have better things to do than housework.

Thanks so much to everyone who said how much they liked my last post, How I believe I spend my day vs how I actually spend my day. If you’d like to write your own blog post documenting your self deception I would love to read it, and if you point me to it I’ll add a link in my post.

I mentioned recently that I was considering giving audiobooks a try. Actually I said I was going to try them this month, so I’d better get on with it, despite my reservations about awful American accents.

How to listen

Audiobooks aren’t going to do me a lot of good if I can’t listen to them, so my first step is to figure out how to do that.

I read ebooks on a really old kindle, so that’s the place to start. I examine my kindle and don’t find anywhere earphones can plug in. Not surprising, considering it was probably manufactured before mankind discovered sound.

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How I believe I spend my day vs how I actually spend my day

How I believe I spend my day: sunrise

Self-deception is a fine art with a long and hallowed tradition. I’ve been getting gold stars in it since primary school.

In order to celebrate my continued success in this arena, I thought I’d lay out and admire how badly I deceive myself about how I spend my weekdays.

5:30am: My alarm goes off

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