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Mar 25Liked by Meaghan McIsaac

I saw TS when she played in Chicago last summer. I've been a personal fan of hers for years and became a Swifty at some point between Reputation and Lover. (I'm a HUGE HUGE U2 fan and literally grew up with the band, they're only a few years old than me, so I can totally see why her core fan base has stuck by her, they grew up with her as well. Having said that, the concert was fucking amazeballs!)

Some of my favorite writers certainly have had 'eras' of their own, so yeah, I agree with your take on that.

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haha Swifties unite! It was SOOOOO amazeballs, thanks for reading!

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May 11Liked by Meaghan McIsaac

I'm not a Swiftie in the sense that I love all her music. I'm a Swiftie in the sense that I love her complete disregard for anyone else telling her who she is or what she can do. That total confidence in herself, her abilities and control of her destiny.... that's the era I aspire to be in.

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Heck yes to this!

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I love this take!! As a Swiftie and a writer, one thing I love about Taylor is that she's never let herself be placed in a box. She'll jump from country, to pop, to folk, and will thrive in whatever genre she decides to explore. As a writer who fears getting stuck in a specific genre, I definitely find it inspiring that she's so creatively versatile, and the Eras Tour is definitely a celebration of that. And I love the idea that we all have eras, I'm definitely now going to put some thought into the different eras I've had, especially as a creative!

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Thank you so much for reading! Exactly, she never has let herself be put in a box - and its worked out great!

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Mar 27Liked by Meaghan McIsaac

I guess we all have eras. Some are just a slow evolution about me growing and getting better at my craft. Others are a concious choice to explore something new or go in a different direction. It seems the latter causes the more stess.

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This is a great point - eras can be a choice or a natural evolution! Both are exciting!

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Mar 26Liked by Meaghan McIsaac

I personally love seeing artists that I admire pivoting and not being afraid to experiment when it comes to their art and even trying out different mediums--even if one of their "eras" doesn't align with my tastes quite as much, it's still something I can appreciate! I think Tegan and Sara are a really great example of that shifting through different music genres.

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Tegan and Sara! Go Canada!

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"Q: what are you reading?"

A: your Substack, of course! It was an enjoyable read, thank you!

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Thanks for reading!

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We need to have a serious talk about your dad & snowboarding.

When I tested snowboarding few years back, my butt was in real pain. Because, you know, I fell. Many many times. I'm a skier by heart, I guess.

So how about your dad? Any pain there 😁

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He's a full on expert now! Boarding down the rockies! I tried 1 time to snowboard and that was enough to know its not for me lol

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Mar 25Liked by Meaghan McIsaac

Thank you again for sharing with us, Meaghan. I find your honesty and transparency with the writing journey to be so helpful; it's so genuine and thought-provoking.

I read this while on a walk (I paused to read it :)) and I reflected afterward on some of my experience with writing eras. When I was five, the picture book and short story era began. Poetry came in next. Then chapter books, and then novels. I gravitate towards novels and poetry but also what I call "poetic prose", which started out as social media posts based on thoughts that pop into my head or, rather, come from my heart.

Thank you for sharing!

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Thanks Marisa! So many great eras!

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Mar 25Liked by Meaghan McIsaac

Hey! Thanks, Meaghan! I enjoy your posts too!

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Mar 25Liked by Meaghan McIsaac

I LOVED that post on cel animation. So fascinating!

So what shorthand have you developed for hands? Pun intended.

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I sent a post on it for paid subscribers! But my key take away THUS FAR (still have a lot of days to go) is the fat pads. Gotta embrace the fat pads of the palm beneath the pinkie and the thumb :)

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Mar 25Liked by Meaghan McIsaac

Embracing fat pads just sounds like sound life advice!

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HA! This made me legit laugh out loud

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Thanks very much for the shout-out!

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Thanks for always giving us great posts!

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Mar 25Liked by Meaghan McIsaac

For real, that cel post was great. Always interested to see what's in my inbox with you guys.

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Really appreciate the kind words. We weren't sure whether that one was going to be too niche, and it's wonderful to know that it resonated.

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Not gonna lie. I don’t see the fuss. I would much rather watch some rock band perform but that’s just me.

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