Weekly Roundup – November 2nd

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Did someone say NaNo? This is actually a fourteen-day roundup, as I didn't post last week, due to not having internet access. See, we moved house last weekend and life got in the way. I didn't realise how much I would miss being able to sit down at my laptop and write once the little people were asleep... but I missed it. A lot. However, I was also so exhausted that I was in bed my nine most nights. Now I am trying to re-establish my writing and blogging schedule, but it's hard. I feel all over the place... good job it's NaNoWriMo time then!     NaNoWriMo I tried CampNaNo earlier this year and failed! But this time round, I feel like it could be just the motivation I…
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Listen, are you hearing me?

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We are constantly listening. We listen to news reports on the radio or TV, we listen to our┬ápartners┬átelling us about their day at work, we overhear conversations at work or in the street. We are forever being bombarded with auditory information that we have to listen to and digest. But how much do we actually listen? In the Level 2 Counselling Skills I am currently attending, we are being trained to be 'listeners'. Yes, I know what you're probably thinking. Does one need to actually be trained in how to listen? Well apparently yes, yes one does! Anyway, so each week we spend half an hour working in triads, role-playing 'listening encounters', in which one of us plays 'listener', one plays ' listenee', and the other observes the interaction. We…
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