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Linda Rawlinson (Lady Wordsmith)

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So I thought it was about time I rewrote my profile. This seems like the perfect place to mention my blogs, because I've noticed that my profile is viewed every now and again. And I've been thinking that my blogs needed a bit of attention, since not even my family read them these days (they hear enough of my voice in real life, I suppose, that they don't want to hear it in their own heads as they read as well - who can blame them, eh? I do waffle on).

So, aside from hubs, I also write these blogs:

This Little Life is a journal sort of blog, where I occasionally remember to write about whatever's on my mind at the time of writing.

Whither Shall We Wander? is a blog about walking. But it only has one entry, and is likely to only have one entry for a good while longer. I'm a bit busy cycling at the moment to do any walking, but since I live near the Lake District I think it's only right that some time soon I start dragging my children up some hills and round some tarns. The one entry that is here is about my first attempt in several years at a walk up a hill.

From Austen to Woolf is a blog about books. It's about me attempting to become well-read. In it you will read about my reading failures, mostly.

And finally, and not leastly, there is Hell, yeah!, my cycling blog. This is a joint project, written with my brother, who is my cycling trainer. Here, in this new blog, you will read about our very difficult and demanding and challanging journey as we struggle and strive to become fit enough to undertake a huge two-day cycle that not many people in the world have done. Will we make it? I really don't know.

So there are my blogs, and that's everything in the world that I have written for internettual publication, right here at your fingertips. It's my soul, but you can look at it if you like. Just be sure to put it back just as you found it.

Good journey.

Linda.

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    HubPages as a Place of Learning

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    Music While I Write

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    Anything?

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    Stationeryphilia

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    4

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    The Open University

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    NaNoWriMo - Week Three

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    NaNoWriMo - Week Two

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    NaNoWriMo - Week One

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    What I Feel Like Today: Part II

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    Lancaster Girls' Grammar School - School Song

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    4

    Jessica Elizabeth Rawlinson

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    World Building in a Fantasy Novel

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    What I Feel Like Today - Part I

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    Winter - the joyous ritual of car scraping

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    10

    Cabin Fever - it's alright to stop writing

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    Pretending to be Clever - How I Do It

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    Being a tomboy: it's good.

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    Why Goldfish Make Good Pets

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    Daydream Flying

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    The Importance of a Good Dictionary

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    4

    Not all teenagers are antisocial thugs and vandals

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    Kitchen art wall

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    Little Bits of Happiness Each Day

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    Do Soft Play Areas Ever Lose Their Fun?

    7 years ago

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    How I Deal with Frizzy Hair

    3 years ago

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  • Dream Flying
    5

    Dream Flying

    7 years ago

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    5

    Christmas in an Atheist House

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  • Pitfall 2: Telling Oneself Lies
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    Pitfall 2: Telling Oneself Lies

    7 years ago

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  • Watching your child learn to read
    9

    Watching your child learn to read

    7 years ago

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  • The Usual Argument
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    The Usual Argument

    7 years ago

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  • Stranger
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    Stranger

    7 years ago

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  • Bridge
    2

    Bridge

    7 years ago

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  • Three Fictional Stories I Recently Read on WWII
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    Three Fictional Stories I Recently Read on WWII

    7 years ago

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  • The Walk to School
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    The Walk to School

    7 years ago

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  • Arriving late ...
    6

    Arriving late ...

    7 years ago

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  • The pros and cons of undertaking a 30-day-hub-challenge
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    The pros and cons of undertaking a 30-day-hub-challenge

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  • The tremendous experience of giving up alcohol for ten months
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    The tremendous experience of giving up alcohol for ten months

    7 years ago

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  • Fighting sleep during an eye examination
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    Fighting sleep during an eye examination

    7 years ago

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  • A Saturday afternoon project.
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    A Saturday afternoon project.

    7 years ago

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    Crying Real Tears and Having a Good Sob

    6 years ago

    My son, when I wouldn't let him have a biscuit - I'm aware that I could have him taken from me for this kind of child cruelty. Chatting to my friend yesterday, I realised that I haven't cried for a long time. She told...

  • To be trashy, or not to be trashy...
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    To be trashy, or not to be trashy...

    7 years ago

    Day Two of the 30-day-blog-and-hub-challenge, and already I'm struggling to find ideas. But I have decided to tackle a subject that I have trouble expressing my opinions about: Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Saga. I will...

  • Some mistakes that I make from time to time
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    Some mistakes that I make from time to time

    7 years ago

    I picked the boys up from school this afternoon, full of good intentions, certain that I would sit down with them as soon as we got home and we would get their biggest piece of homework out of the way. But we gathered...

  • Going it alone versus finding a writing community
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    Going it alone versus finding a writing community

    7 years ago

    I suppose that there are two approaches when one begins to write more seriously (more seriously, in this case, means writing with a view to letting other people read your work, rather than writing in your diary like you...

  • Mini-hub from Barbados
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    Mini-hub from Barbados

    7 years ago

    If you are anything like me, then I would recommend that you do not go to any of the tropical islands with the assumption that your writing will not be interrupted.  Especially if you are going for a family wedding,...

  • Taking a Day Off
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    Taking a Day Off

    7 years ago

    I'm essentially a selfish creature. Until recently I imagined that I was not alone in this, that most people would go to any lengths of melodramatic overacting to get something they felt they needed. But this is not...

  • How I write the first draft of a novel
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    How I write the first draft of a novel

    7 years ago

    Now, I'm not pretending to be an expert here or anything. I've only been writing for a relatively short period of time myself, so you can take my witterings with a pinch of salt, chuck them over your shoulder for luck,...

  • Things I need, and things I do not need.
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    Things I need, and things I do not need.

    7 years ago

    Place It used to be that to write I needed to be in the comfy chair, that was purchased at an Icelandic furniture megastore, in the bay window of my bedroom, where I had a good view of the street and could see my...

  • How to survive a stag weekend if you're the Best Man and a girl...
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    How to survive a stag weekend if you're the Best Man and a girl...

    7 years ago

    When my brother asked me to be his best man a few months ago I was pleased and honoured, and all of those things. But then the time came to organise the Stag Do, and the nerves set in. I spent quite a lot of time...

  • Pitfall 1: Wasting Precious Time
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    Pitfall 1: Wasting Precious Time

    7 years ago

    I put my feet up as often as I can possibly manage. My feet can often be seen in this position, although in the colder months they will be adorned with thick socks, and probably not flip flops. When I first started to...

  • Hello, my name is Linda.
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    Hello, my name is Linda.

    7 years ago

    So I've enjoyed the welcome I've received to this hubworld.  It's quite astonishing to me that this cyber place has been existing right under my nose, and I've been completely unaware of it.  Already my first hub has...

  • I'm Always Losing My Words
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    I'm Always Losing My Words

    7 years ago

    I have just stumbled across this thing called a 'Hub', and am floundering my way around it, trying to work out what it is, what it is for, and whether it will benefit me in my attempts to become a world famous author. ...

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