Week In Review – May 4

Happy Friday, everyone!

Congrats on making it through this week AND through all of April! Go ahead, give yourself a pat on the back. It’s a busy time of year for many of us, but we’re all making it through.

Speaking of April, I compiled my 1 Second Everyday clips from the past month into a short, 30-second video. If you’re interested in seeing how my 1SE project is coming along, you can see my progress below!

This week, I shared some thoughts about Myers-Briggs types and INTJs in particular, especially when it comes to the idea of “being nice.” I had a really good time thinking about this one, so I hope you enjoy it as well!

There are also just two weeks left to participate in my blog survey and giveaway! Be sure to read all the details here.

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On Being a “Nice INTJ”

“How are you an INTJ? You’re too nice!”

This was said to me by one of my friends the other night while we were talking about the Myers-Briggs types. I know she meant well by it, I wasn’t offended by it, and I’m certainly not here to dispute the validity of it. However, what she said made me think, and I believe it’s evidence of one of the biggest misconceptions regarding INTJs and the Meyers-Briggs personality types as a whole.

I’ve written about something similar before when I ranted about INTJ representation in fiction and how I was tired of being cast as the villain. Stereotypically, INTJs are callous, arrogant, and overall unkind people. As I stated in that earlier post, this stereotype is actually very rarely the truth, but how can that be? If INTJs are supposed to have these traits of fierce independence and confidence, how can they be kind? I’m not gonna pretend I have all the answers, but I’d like to provide a few thoughts on the matter.

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Week In Review – April 27

Happy Friday, everyone!

I hope you’re all doing well and that you’ve enjoyed this last full week of April. I can’t believe the month has gone by so quickly, to be honest – it still feels like Easter was last week, but it’ll be May in just a few days. Still, I’m looking forward to next month – I’ll be celebrating my birthday, going to a concert, and finishing up my second year of college, which I’m excited about.

This week, I shared my rules for spoilers and tips on how to avoid them, so if you’re worried about getting spoiled for Avengers: Infinity War this weekend (like I am), perhaps this will help you out.

Oh yeah, and don’t forget to fill out my blog survey and be entered to win an Amazon gift card!

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Rules for Spoilers

Spoiler (n.)

  1. Information about the plot of a movie, TV show, book, video game, or any other form of media that ruins the viewer/reader/gamer’s enjoyment of the media in question.
  2. The kind of person you don’t want to be.

Chances are, we’ve all been spoiled at some point in our lives – and no, it’s not the kind of spoiled that happens when your grandparents give you all the chocolate chip cookies you want. Perhaps someone once told you about how Harry Potter ends, or you know what happens in that particular episode of Sherlock, or maybe you know Sheik’s true identity despite having never played Ocarina of Time. Sometimes, spoilers are okay – you probably don’t care about how Harry Potter ends if you don’t plan on ever reading or watching it – but other times, they ruin things we would’ve otherwise enjoyed.

But that begs the question, what makes a spoiler spoil-y? When is it okay to discuss potential spoilers in public? How do I avoid them?

There isn’t a one-size-fits all formula for every single creative media ever made, but I have put together a few of my personal guidelines to give everyone a safe and spoiler-free existence (hopefully).

Because I need examples, there will be a few common spoilers mentioned below, but I’ll be blocking them out in white text and brackets [like this], so if you want to see them, highlight it with your cursor.

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Week In Review – April 20

Happy Friday everyone!

It’s been kind of a crazy week, but I’m really happy the weekend is here now. I’m looking forward to having time to relax, but also getting some work done too. This blog doesn’t write itself, after all!

Speaking of blogging, this week I wrote about some lessons I’ve learned from Pokémon, one of my favorite video games since childhood. I think there’s a lot that these simple games can teach us about life, but I’d love to hear your thoughts as well!

I also put out a survey for my blog this week, in case you missed it! It’s a short survey that just asks a few questions about you and what you like about my blog. Plus, there’s a chance you could win an Amazon.com gift card! Read all the details here.

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Blog Survey + Giveaway

Hello readers, and happy Wednesday!

Lately, I’ve been thinking about Maggie’s Musings and how things could be improved. Don’t worry, there aren’t any big, drastic changes on the horizon! I’ve just been giving some thought to my content, structure, and engagement around here and looking at ways that I can improve what I have already.

Since this blog is as much for you as it is for me though, I wanted to get your input! With that in mind, I’ve designed an anonymous survey for all of you wonderful readers to let me know your thoughts, ideas, and just general impressions of Maggie’s Musings. It should only take about 10-15 minutes, and so I encourage you to take some time and share your thoughts with me!

And, if that isn’t enough incentive, I’ll also be running a GIVEAWAY in conjunction with this survey. The official terms are below, but in short, you can opt-in to win a $5 Amazon.com gift card by entering your e-mail at the end of the survey. If you don’t want to enter the giveaway, you can leave that entry blank.

I really want to make Maggie’s Musings something that’s engaging for my audience, and so I’d appreciate the feedback! The survey and giveaway will be open until MAY 18, 2018, so I’ll be posting other reminders during that time as well.

Enjoy the rest of your week, everyone, and keep reading for more information about the survey and giveaway!


Giveaway Terms & Conditions

The giveaway will open on April 18, 2018, and close at 11:59pm on May 18, 2018 EDT. One (1) winner will be chosen at random to receive one (1) $5 Amazon.com Gift Card (USD). In order to enter, visitors must complete the survey and opt-in with their e-mail address at the end of the survey.

The winner will be drawn after the close of the giveaway and contacted via e-mail by May 22. Upon confirmation, the winner will be e-mailed a digital $5 gift card for Amazon.com. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours of being e-mailed, another winner will be drawn.

Click here to take the survey!

Life Lessons Learned From Pokémon

One fateful day many years ago, someone handed me a GameBoy Advance and a copy of Pokémon Sapphire, and my life was never the same.

I suppose you could take that in the literal sense – i.e. I became a huge geek after that, and my chances of ever being able to pretend I was a normal human being were completely shot – but I think there’s something more there too, something less tangible and obvious than discovering a new hobby.

The things that are a part of our childhoods often have a bigger impact on us than we realize, but we tend to brush these things off as being “not mature enough” to have any real significance in our lives. We look back at the hobbies we had and the games we played as children and think, “Yeah, that was fun, but it doesn’t really mean anything now.”

But that’s where we’re wrong, readers.

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Week In Review – April 13

Happy Friday everyone!

I am pleased to report that at long last, we are experiencing some warm weather in Pennsylvania! It was 70 degrees Fahrenheit yesterday, and it’s supposed to go up to 80 today, which I’m excited about. I love every season for different reasons, but spring and summer are always fun ones.

This week, I did something a little different and participated in the final (for now) Beautiful People linkup. I talk about some of my favorite tropes, what my characters love, and other fun little writing things. Be sure to give it a read and if you’re a writer, I encourage you to participate in the linkup!

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Beautiful People: Favorites & Farewell

Those who have been following my blog for a few months probably remember the Beautiful People linkups I participated in a few times last year. For those unfamiliar with it, Beautiful People is a linkup hosted by Paper Fury and Further Up & Further In, and each month, they would share a list of questions for writers to answer about their characters. For us writers, it was a great way to get to know our characters a little better, and it was always fun to visit other people’s blogs and learn about their writing projects as well.

Sadly, this month marks the end of Beautiful People (for the time being). Although I started participating a little later than most, I had a wonderful time being a part of this, and I would be remiss if I didn’t participate in this last linkup.

Typically, I would share these types of posts on Wednesdays, since they’re not really a “normal” Monday post. Since this is a “Favorites Edition” of Beautiful People though, I thought it would be fun to share some favorite things from my various writing projects, as well as a few of my favorites when it comes to writing overall.

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Week In Review – April 6

Happy Friday, everyone!

I hope you all had a good week! To be honest, mine was a little bit crazy, since I had a lot going on with classes, work, and other commitments, but aside from that, I’m doing alright! I hope you all are staying afloat as well.

This week, I shared 10 Time Management Tips that I use in my day to day life. To be honest, it can be pretty tricky to balance blogging, school, work, and my (albeit limited) social life, so I’ve learned pretty quickly how to make the best use of my time. If that’s something you have a hard time with as well, be sure to give my post a read!

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