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9 Tips for Writers from The Outsiders Author S.E. Hinton

Fifty years ago, Viking Press published S.E. Hinton’s classic The Outsiders, a mainstay in schools and a ...
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Weekly Round-Up: Just Keep Writing

Every week our editors publish somewhere between 10 and 15 blog posts—but it can be hard to ...
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How to Stop Yourself from Obsessing Over Duplicating Writing Success

Especially after a success or two, I see that sometimes I try too hard while writing. Elated ...
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The Corpse Stops Here: Author Archer Mayor

The clues are everywhere. If you’re interested in discovering where longtime New York Times bestselling mystery writer ...
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Is Crime Forensics Flawed?

Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently announced he will not renew the National Commission on Forensic Science (NCFS), ...
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Joyce Carol Oates – Think Again Podcast #93 – Oh, That's Socialism

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How to Write Your Life

Every life has drama: joy, loss, surprise, knowledge, conflict, wisdom — the stuff of a memoir. Writing ...
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Writing, Compiling, and Arranging Short Stories in a Collection

Putting together a book of short stories is like creating an issue of a literary magazine: The ...
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Am I Good Enough? The Validation Of Awards For Writers

This week, the International Thriller Writers announced the finalists for the 2017 awards . My novel, Destroyer ...
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Every Artist is a Thief

I just couldn't resist stealing (Ahem!) sharing this source link. Source: Every Artist is a Thief ...
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Turning Truth Into Fiction: 8 Tips

The tidy endings you find in fiction often bear little resemblance to real life. Fortunately, even ...
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Grammar Quiz #7: Tense Shift

Source: Grammar Quiz #7: Tense Shift Each of the following sentences demonstrates a faulty consistency of tense ...
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The 2017 Hugo Awards Finalists Are Here

The biggest science fiction and fantasy award of the year has just announced its 2017 finalists. The ...
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The Content Views Plugin – How to Create Blog Post Grids in WordPress

In this video, you will learn how to create grid layouts for your blog posts using the ...
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12 Reasons We Should All Be More Impractical in Life

*Warning* -- Adult Content. Many people focus on the practical in life. There is nothing wrong with ...
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When Writing Interferes with Hearing

Neuroimaging technology can help determine the success of failure possibilities of cochlear implants for those who lose ...
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The hilarious art of book design | Chip Kidd

http://www.ted.com Chip Kidd doesnt judge books by their cover, he creates covers that embody the book -- ...
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Five Star Review for my paperback Anthology — A Tapestry of Tales

Wow! A great 5-star review for my paperback anthology. And heartfelt thanks to everyone who has already ...
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Daniel Dennett – Thinking About Thinking About Thinking – Think Again Podcast #91

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Tips for Writing Flash Fiction: Fifteen Short Story Cliches That Need to Die

Avoid using clichés that ruin the experience for readers (and therefore, get stories rejected by publishers or ...
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A Writer’s Guide to British vs. American English

This infographic is courtesy of Jennifer Frost of GrammarCheck. Visit them online at grammarcheck.net or check out ...
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Punctuating Sentences with Disguised Subordinate Clauses

By Mark Nichol Usually, a subordinate clause is obvious, as in the case of this one you’re ...
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The Benefits of Participating in Writing Contests on Twitter

Over the past year or so, online writing contests have exploded in popularity. Twitter—one of the forerunners ...
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The Danger of Only Seeing What You Already Believe

Everything starts at zero, writes Atlantic senior editor Derek Thompson in his new book, Hit Makers: The ...
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5 Types of Unnecessary Hyphenation

By Mark Nichol The sentences below, each followed by a discussion and a revision, illustrate various ways ...
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12 Comma Rules for the Comma Obsessed

See if you can figure out the following riddle: When you really need one, they're nowhere to ...
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Common Grammar and Spelling Mistakes You Missed Even After Proofreading

Written by Chandra Clarke Grammar involves using words correctly to construct both written and spoken sentences. The ...
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Writing Resources: A Guide to Writing Basics

Written by Chandra Clarke In the modern world, communication occurs in many different ways. People communicate through ...
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Close Reading Strategies to Help You Dig into a Text

To really dig into a text, you can't be afraid to get your hands dirty. It's true ...
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30 Quirky Collective Nouns for Animals

Since the earliest instances of visual communication, humans have demonstrated a fascination with animals. Depictions of horses, ...
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Forget Colonization. The UAE Plans to Build a City on Mars by 2117

The US, Russia, China, India, the EU, and even private companies are in a race to colonize ...
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This App Collects Data on How Frequently Women Are “Manterrupted”

Introducing our word of the day – “manterruption”. It’s a pretty self-explanatory term, describing a behavior when ...
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Writing With Your Five Senses

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Albert Einstein's Surprising Thoughts on the Meaning of Life

Albert Einstein was one of the world’s most brilliant thinkers, influencing scientific thought immeasurably. He was also ...
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60 Affirmations to Support You Through Meaningful Life Changes

http://spiritualityhealth.com/articles/60-affirmations-support-you-through-meaningful-life-changes PURPOSE: Affirmations to call forth your highest self. By being calm and aware, I know intuitively ...
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These Wearables Are All About Neuroscience

Artist, writer, and experimental philosopher Jonathon Keats, fresh from his recent Reciprocal Biomimicry project, is back, and ...
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You Can Stop Apologizing for Your Sick Sense of Humor

Humor is one of those things that is hard to put together once you pull it apart ...
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The Real Story of What Got Us to the Top of the Food Chain

1. What got us to the top of the food chain? Yuval Harari says it wasn’t bigger ...
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Major Hospitals are Offering Alternative Therapies. Is This Medicine?

You check in at the hospital for chronic back pain. The doctor asks you to follow her ...
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Canine Pups Befriend Cheetah Cubs to Save the Species

Kittens and puppies growing up together isn’t that strange, but most people don’t imagine this with baby ...
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After 12 Bouts with Malaria, One Doctor Mounts Math-Driven Vaccine Campaign

Malaria is one of the worst diseases ever to affect mankind. Horrible in its symptoms, with a ...
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Creative Writing Genius – Turn Your Ideas Into Stories And Your Stories Into Massive Income

(Use headphones and keep volume at a sensible level.) These hypnosis videos have been created by Master ...
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The Science of Sleepwalking

If a member of your family sleepwalks, or you do, most of the time it’s nothing so ...
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Resurrecting Extinct Species Could Kill Off Endangered Species, Study Finds

Life on Earth is likely facing its sixth mass extinction. The UN Environment Programme estimates that 150 ...
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WikiLeaks’ Vault 7 is Showing Just How Vulnerable We Are to Hacking

Okay, so maybe Big Brother is watching you. It turns out that even apps like WhatsApp, Signal, ...
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And Now the Internet Is Naming the 7 Trappist-1 Exoplanets

When the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) innocently queried the internet in search of a name ...
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Prominent Astrophysicist Calls the Big Bang A “Mirage”

Science classes the world over teach that the Big Bang is the beginning of our universe, as ...
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Could New Tools Help Prevent Suicide and Self-Harm?

With the promise of social media for engagement and excitement, it is sometimes easy to forget that ...
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Caffeine May Prevent Alzheimer's and Other Dementias

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10 Writing Prompts to Cure Your Writer’s Block

One of my students asked me for a list of writing prompts so she could continue the ...
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Metaphor

A metaphor is a figure of speech that refers, for rhetorical effect, to one thing by mentioning ...
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Gummy Vitamins Cure 'Pill Fatigue' – But Do They Do Anything Else?

One of the most sugar-heavy aisles in Whole Foods is the bars section, where a variety of ...
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WRITER’S BLOCK – Terrible Writing Advice

Wasting time on the internet even though you should be writing? Well obviously you are, but thats ...
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Mister and Master

By Mark Nichol Yes, mister and master are related, the one originally being a variant of the ...
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Sentence diagramming Ep. 5 Direct Objects

In this video I show you how to diagram direct objects ...
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Sentence diagramming Ep. 4 Adjectives

In this video I show you how to diagram adjectives ...
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Sentence Diagramming Ep. 3 Multiple Verbs

In this video, I show you how to diagram many verbs ...
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Sentence Diagramming Ep.1 Subject and Verb

Tips on how to diagram and diagramming a simple sentence ...
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Sentence Diagramming – From Beginner to Expert in 12 Lessons

Sentence Diagramming - From Beginner to Expert in 12 Lessons === DISCLAIMER ======================================= DUOSHIRO Shopping ...
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By Mapping Buildings' Interiors, Your Phone Could Save Your Life

What if we told you that, right now, your phone was making a map of your interior ...
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New nanotech to detect cancer early | Joshua Smith

What if every home had an early-warning cancer detection system? Researcher Joshua Smith is developing a nanobiotechnology ...
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The Rogue Neuroscientist on a Mission to Hack Peer Review

Sam Nastase was taking a break from his lab work to peruse Twitter when he saw a ...
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The incredible inventions of intuitive AI | Maurice Conti

What do you get when you give a design tool a digital nervous system? Computers that improve ...
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Metaphorical Usage and Scare Quotes

By Mark Nichol Writers often mistakenly believe they are being helpful when, in the act of using ...
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Is Google's Comment Filtering Tool 'Vanishing' Legitimate Comments?

Slashdot reader <a href="https://tech.slashdot.org/~Lauren+Weinstein">Lauren Weinstein</a> writes:<br /> Google has announced (with considerable fanfare) public access to their ...
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Science Fiction Actor Bill Paxton Dies At Age 61

Bill Paxton died Saturday at the age of 61 <a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/bill-paxton-versatile-big-love-actor-dead-at-61-w468938">after complications from surgery</a>. An anonymous reader ...
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Appeals Court: You Have the Right To Film the Police

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A divided federal appeals court is ruling for ...
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Slashdot Asks: Are Curved TVs Worth It?

New submitter cherishjoo shares a report written by David Katzmaier via CNET: When the first curved TVs ...
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Self-Driving Cars Should Be Liable For Accidents, Not the Passengers: UK Government

"Electric charging points at all major motorway services and petrol stations, and the occupants of a self-driving ...
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NASA Discovers 7 New Exoplanets That Could Sustain Life

TRAPPIST-1 is 40 light years from Earth. It would take us millions of years to get there.  ...
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3 More Cases of Dangling Modifiers

By Mark Nichol In each of the sentences below, the subject of the main clause is not ...
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Help discover ancient ruins — before it’s too late | Sarah Parcak

Sarah Parcak uses satellites orbiting hundreds of miles above Earth to uncover hidden ancient treasures buried beneath ...
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3 Romances To Remind You That Love Is All Around — All Year Long

Sure, it's Valentine's Day — the day we set aside for flowers, chocolates, wine and declarations of ...
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Amazon to Open Bookstore in San Francisco Suburb, Unstore in Cleveland

There's no mention on Amazon's website but it seems the retailer is planning to open its next ...
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Apple to Publishers, Authors: No MFN Enforcement in Canada Until 2020

Last month's settlement between the Canadian Competition Bureau, Apple, and 3 trade publishers has attracted little press ...
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Author Philip Pullman Announces A Follow-Up Trilogy To 'His Dark Materials'

The British author talked to NPR about The Book of Dust, his return to the world of ...
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A list of things you can control right now

You can’t control what the stock market does, who the President is, or what your partner wants ...
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Why Audiobooks Are the Digital Book Format With the Most Growth Potential

The book publishing industry is prone to fads and obsessions. If it's not Pottermore and direct sales, ...
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How ‘creative AI’ can change the future of music for everyone

Do you think you can tell a piece of music composed by artificial intelligence (AI) from one ...
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Here’s why so many of your Windows drivers are from 2006

If you’re a long time Windows user reading a tech blog, chances are you’ve had to mess ...
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Prince’s music finally returns to streaming services this Sunday

Music fans missing the late singer Prince, rejoice! On Sunday, some of his music finally returns ...
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Russia considers returning Snowden to US as a ‘gift’ to Trump

US intelligence officials reportedly uncovered information of a plan to send whistleblower Edward Snowden back to the United ...
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Lock down a lifetime of privacy with VPNSecure for the low, one-time price of $39

It’s impossible to overstate the value of online privacy nowadays, especially with major hacks relentlessly dominating news ...
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Apple reportedly going all in with wireless charging for the iPhone 8

Apple has been long-rumored to bring wireless charging with the upcoming iPhone overhaul and it seems the ...
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Numerous iPhone 7 owners cry out that their Matte Black paint is chipping

Apple might have another iPhone 5 paint-chipping situation on its hands as numerous iPhone 7 owners have ...
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Review: Samsung’s Chromebook Pro is a sweet taste of Android’s laptop future

Chromebooks are evolving. One of the few kinds of laptop to show strong growth the last couple ...
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How to create and maintain a strategic approach to design thinking

Design has evolved beyond making objects – organizations now want to learn how to think like designers, ...
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Facebook is being audited because metrics are hard

Facebook is finally admitting it needs help with numbers. The company announced in a blog post that it’s committing ...
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How to improve Facebook’s ‘On This Day’ and ‘Friendversary’ features

Chalk Facebook’s ‘On This Day’ and ‘Friendversary’ alerts up to good intentions with not-so-great planning. I typically ...
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Millions of Bees

MG Siegler wrote an interesting article about the Google Reader crowd and why they are important to the ...
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Introducing Custom Sharing

As part of the latest release of feedly Desktop (v17.3.639), we are launching a new feedly Pro ...
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Safari Viewer, San Francisco and 3D touch – New feedly for iOS

The new feedly for iOS is available for download in the App Store. This update takes advantage ...
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Fears raised over Government's attitude to farmers ahead of Brexit

MPs have warned that the Government's record on dealing with farming subsidies does not bode well for ...
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Speaker John Bercow could be ousted in days over Trump remarks – MP

A bitter row has broken out about the future of Commons Speaker John Bercow after a Tory ...
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New Feedly for Android – Version 17 is out.

We just pushed a new version of feedly for Android to the Google Play Store (version 17.0) ...
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Designing the future of the work newsfeed

“If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.”
–Ralph ...
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Priorities: Keeping the site up, listening and adding new features.

More than 500,000 Google Reader users have joined the feedly community over the last 48 hours. We ...
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10 new features for a smoother transition

We just released a new update of feedly for Chrome, Firefox and Safari with 10 new features ...
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Feedly + OneNote helps you better organize your world

Courtesy of feedly. ** We’re happy to announce that today we are adding Microsoft OneNote to the ...
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Introducing slider: A new way to read on feedly [Updated]

Our goal at feedly is to connect readers to the sources of information they love and deliver ...
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What feeds them? Tina Roth Eisenberg (aka Swissmiss), blogger and designer.

Who are you and what is your blog about? My name is Tina Roth Eisenberg but ...
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The right login

The feedly app allows you to login to your feedly using a Google, Facebook, Twitter, Evernote, Microsoft or ...
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10 ways to optimize your feed for feedly

We want to make feedly a great tool for publishers, bloggers, and videographers to nurture and thrill ...
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feedly + Google Now: Your most important stories, when you want them

Feedly and Google have been collaborating on integrating feedly into Google Now so that your most ...
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Announcing feedly Login

Today, we’re excited to bring you feedly Login, a new way to add a dedicated feedly login ...
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Help us choose your new Organize experience

Feedly is the best way to ingest the content you need for work by putting your favorite ...
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It’s not just you: Trends are moving faster than ever

Some people are calling it Content Shock or Content Clutter. We like to call it the Content ...
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Storyful’s Art and Science of Real-Time Discovery

Today, news and information comes at a furious pace. In the wake of it, it’s become an ...
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How feedly Changed My Career as an Art Curator

You, our users, use feedly for such a wide range of jobs. Today we’d like to showcase ...
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6 Great Resources to Learn about Social Selling

If you’re like us, you might have been hearing the term “social selling” at an increasingly frequent ...
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Trend Report: The Rise of Live Video Streaming

We’ve been talking a lot at feedly about how trends are coming and going at what feels ...
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New feedly Pro with notes and highlights

Many of you rely on feedly to discover the content that matters to you - the gems ...
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What feeds them? Daniel DiPiazza, Writer


What is your passion? I am a digital entrepreneur and the founder of Rich20Something, where I ...
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What feeds them? Michael L. Martin Jr., fantasy author


First of all, could you introduce yourself?
My name is Michael L. Martin Jr. and ...
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Learn something new with 6 useful Shared Collections

We built our new feature, Shared Collections, with the idea that content becomes even more powerful when ...
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Join feedly and help make customer support awesome

Update: Nov 21st – This position has been filled. We are excited to have Petr join ...
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Give your content distribution wings

Over the last few weeks, we have begun publishing a content marketers series to help content creators ...
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What Goes Down Better Come Up a.k.a. Adventures in Hbase Diagnostics

Earlier this year, the feedly cloud had a rough patch: API requests and feed updates started slowing ...
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From Author Entrepreneur To Creative Business Empire With Sean Platt

When you’re writing that first book, it can seem inconceivable that you might want to run an ...
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Productivity For Creative People With Mark McGuinness

There are so many things that authors need to do now as well as write, plus there ...
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Merchandising For Authors With Melissa Addey

Bookstores are busy with shoppers buying presents for the holiday season right now. They’re buying books, but ...
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Seven Years And 300 Episodes. Creative Lessons Learned From Podcasting Since 2009

I started The Creative Penn podcast in March 2009 as a way to learn about writing, publishing ...
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How Authors Can Use Content Marketing To Sell More Books With Pamela Wilson

Some say there’s too much content out there, that it’s too late to start creating a blog ...
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My 2017 Goals. Plus Visualization and Positive Thinking For Authors with Nina Amir

I love the New Year! It’s full of promise for the year ahead and in today’s show, ...
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Beautiful Ebook Formatting with Brad Andalman from Vellum

I want my ebooks to look great but I don’t want the technical hassle of having to ...
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How Authors Can Empower Themselves as Creative Entrepreneurs with Kristine Kathryn Rusch

It’s easier to imagine a successful creative life when you have examples to model yourself on. Today, ...
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The Mastery Journal And How to Self-Publish Premium Print Products with John Lee Dumas

Some of the most popular print products and merchandise are not books filled with the words of ...
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Use Your Own Life Story To Bring Depth to Your Writing with Steven Pressfield

Steven Pressfield is a mentor to many writers through books like The War of Art and Turning ...
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Testing Access

Hi, Reader, Just testing the access availability to my site. Hope You're well. Grumps. 😉 ...
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The Only List of Author Resources You&#039;ll Ever Need

Resources are great. But the right resources can save you so much time. I'm often asked for ...
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Website problems

Dear Reader I apologise if you have been trying to access my website and found it difficult ...
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Learn Srivener Fast – Ninja Level Course

https://kb226.infusionsoft.com/app/orderForms/Learn-Scrivener-Fast-Ninja ...
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Learn Scrivener Fast – Rockstar Level

https://kb226.infusionsoft.com/app/orderForms/Learn-Scrivener-Fast-Rockstar ...
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Learn Scrivener Fast – Home Page

How you can get Scrivener to do exactly what you want and accelerate your writing career in ...
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Learn Scrivener Fast – Student Level

https://kb226.infusionsoft.com/app/orderForms/Learn-Scrivener-Fast-Student ...
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Learn Scrivener Fast – NaNo WriMo

http://learnscrivenerfast.com/nanowrimo15 ...
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Mosh Pit book release contest

Visit Michael Hiebert's website at http://www.michaelhiebert.com/mosh-pit-contest/ to enter contest detailed below. In honor of the upcoming release ...
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How to come up with great creative headlines

This is a guest article by Peter Lee. If you want to submit a guest article of ...
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Coming out of Hibernation

Dear Reader, My humblest apologies for neglecting you. Ill health again necessitated a surgical operation to unblock ...
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20 Fresh Social Media Tips for Authors

As an author, you already know the importance of being active on social media to help sell ...
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Punny Metaphors of Horrible Holidays

Dear Reader, Punny Metaphors of Horrible Holidays and Terrible Tours  began life as an exercise under the ...
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How to become an outstanding writer

This is a guest article by Nancy Lin. If you want to submit a guest article of ...
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My Metaphor Exercise Number 4

Dear Reader, My metaphor exercise number 4 resulted from the following instructions: Find a news story. It ...
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Robert Olen Butler

Dear Reader, This post about Robert Olen Butler is a test post for a new plugin I'm ...
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Demolish your writer’s block

This is a guest article by Edwin Henry. If you want to submit a guest article of ...
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More of My Metaphor Exercise Offerings

Dear Reader, More of my metaphor exercise offerings are presented below, hopefully for your amusement--but feel free ...
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More on Using Metaphors in Writing

Dear Reader, More on Using Metaphors in Writing gives me the opportunity to display more of my ...
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Metaphors We Live By

Dear Reader, Metaphors we live by is today's offering from my past writing studies. Most writers think ...
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Attila, Assisi, and Alzheimer’s

Dear Reader, Attila, Assisi, and Alzheimer's are three separate short pieces written during the MFA course I ...
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NaNo WriMo and Rare Write Rhino

Dear Reader, NaNo WriMo and Rare Write Rhino, (my alter ego), are names that caused ardent fans ...
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The Cover For My Next Kindle Story

Dear Reader, The cover for my next Kindle story appears below--as usual, it has been self-designed with ...
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Some More of My Early Writing

Dear Reader, Here is some more of my early writing. (Quite a long and varied selection, actually ...
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The DAGi P507 Touch Screen Stylus

Dear Reader, The DAGi P507 Touch Screen Stylus is deserving of a mention today. Not only for ...
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A Parrot Prompt

Dear Reader, A parrot prompt years ago resulted in the following piece being hatched. The prompt just ...
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Yet Another of My Early Writing Samples

Dear Reader, Yet another sample of my early writing for your perusal--and hopefully, your amusement and entertainment ...
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Another Early Writing Example

Dear Reader, Below is another early writing example of mine. The idea of the exercise was to ...
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A Poem From My Early Writing Days (Daze)

Dear Reader, I've been busy elsewhere today and find myself constrained by time. Therefore, rather than leave ...
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One of My Grandsons Takes A Shower on UK National TV

Dear Reader, My Blue Feather Quill website continues to progress toward improvement. This post has turned out ...
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Famous Authors’ Last Words

Aaarrrgghhh! Heeelllppp! The end. I told you I was ill. 😉 ...
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Still Chasing Zemanta

Dear Reader, 'Twould seem my understanding of the Zemanta browser add-on left much to be desired, and ...
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Possible Treasure on External Hard Drive

Dear Reader, Whilst checking an old external hard drive that had lain unused and collecting dust, I ...
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Testing ScribeFire

Dear Reader, So pleased to see you again. You've arrived in time to perceive the result of ...
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Progress Is Ongoing

Dear Reader, I hope you will observe the changes occurring on my website - and approve of ...
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Still Working on Website Functionality

Dear Reader, The post title is self-explanatory--and I don't mind admitting that during recent days (and nights) ...
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Code for WP Press This

I found out that the Press This plugin is no longer functional. However, it appears that WordPress ...
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Still Setting Up Website

Dear Reader, Progress in adding content has been slowed by my efforts to import all my posts ...
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Testing ‘Press This’ Browser Add on

Well, Reader! This WordPress browser add on keeps coming up with a HostGator Forbidden 403 Error message ...
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Update on Setup

Dear Reader, I beg your indulgence while the setting up of this new website is taking almost ...
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A Warm Welcome To My New Website

Hello, Dear Reader I'm glad you found your way here. Like my writing, this is a work ...
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Another Kindle Publication

Dear Reader, Below is the link to my latest kindle publication. It's a poem, and I think ...
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My Latest kindle Publication

Dear Reader, I'm pleased to announce my latest short story for children and YA is available on ...
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Zemanta Test

Sorry, dear Reader, another test for Zemanta. 😉 (A possible cover and title for my next Amazon ...
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A Trial Post via Scribefire and Zemanta

Dear Reader, I'm in favour of anything that makes life easier.This is an experimental post to see ...
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57th Wedding Anniversary

I’m proud to say that my wife and I celebrated our 57th wedding anniversary today. We count ...
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Excellent Website for Writers

I’ve praised the Writers’ Village website many times in recent years because it’s where I learnt to ...
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Herb Aceous and Shrub story on Kindle

Below is a link to one of my recent publications on Amazon dot co dot uk kindle ...
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Flights of Fancy story on Kindle

Below is the link to one of my recent publications on Amazon dot co dot uk kindle ...
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Herb Aceous and Shrub story on Kindle

Below is the link to another of my recent publications on Amazon dot com kindle. Titled Herb ...
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Flights of Fancy story on Kindle

Below is the link to one of my recent publications on Amazon dot com kindle. It’s a ...
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Old Head on Old Shoulders

Dear Reader. After many years of using a computer for my writing, including this oft-neglected blog, I ...
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Link to my kindle short story A Tiny Wiggle

Link to my short, humorous, wizardry story on kindle: A Tiny Wiggle http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MMSC10U/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_AchFvb12DK7VB ...
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Story Forge Cards

Having read a good review of a writer's aid called Story Forge Cards, I tried to locate ...
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Update June 13th 2015

I'm busy finding my way around Twitter to make best use of it in building an author ...
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Update June 2nd 2015

Hello, Reader, 'Twould seem another personal update to my much-neglected blog is due. Ill health has dominated ...
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How to write tight sentences

This is a guest article by Drusilla Richards. If you want to submit a guest article of ...
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The #1 writing advice: write the truth

First off, this isn’t your typical Writers’ Treasure article. It’s even more brilliantly readable, and it has ...
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365 Creative Writing Prompts

If you want to become a better writer, the best thing you can do is practice writing ...
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In Praise of Memorization: 10 Proven Brain Benefits

by Staff WritersMemory learning catches a lot of flack these days. Informed educators are often quick to ...
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Metaphors We Live By

Hi,. Reader, I'm trying another quick test of Zemanta. Having just finished the first part of a ...
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Zemanta Blogging Helper.

Hi, Reader, Long time no write, and today is just a fleeting visit to try out a ...
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Heather Sellers on Memoir Writing

Author Heather Sellers spoke to us about memoir writing and about her new memoir, You Don't Look ...
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myWriterTool – A Great Help For All Writers

Today I found a useful application, called MyWriterTool, that integrates into MS Word and can be used ...
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Who Do You Write Like? Site Link.

The site that analysed several paragraghs of my writing came up with the eerie result below. What's ...
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Long Time No Update.

I haven't exactly neglected this blog---it's more a case of being busy with other things.

For one, my ...
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Update On My Son’s Charity Cycle Ride.

My son, and his mate Mark, have started their long journey from John O' Groats to Land's ...
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The Future of Publishing.

The following text video is an amazing example of wordplay.

Future of Publishing - created by DK (UK)

I ...
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My Son’s Sponsored Cycle Ride.

Hi, fans.
My eldest son, John, is planning on cycling from John O' Groats in Scotland to Land's ...
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Busy – Moving House

Update info: This is a re-post of an old post I've had to edit, and in doing ...
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Happy Holidays

Try JibJab Sendables® eCards today!

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I Went and Did It Again. Yeehah!

Yep! I completed my NaNo WriMo project with time to spare, and despair (over computer glitches).
My final ...
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Free Anthology

Click on the link below for a free copy of 40 flash fiction stories.

The winning entry was ...
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My NaNo WriMo Word Count So Far

Yeehah! It's going well so far, but I ain't gonna crow - let's face it... I'm a ...
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URL For NaNo WriMo

Hey! All you writers out there.

NaNo WriMo 2009 starts at 00:01 on November 1st.
Why not sign up ...
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NaNoWriMo 2009

NaNoWriMo is fast approaching.
Here are some of the badges for this year's event.

Anyone ...
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A Day for Remembrance

Today, September 11th, is a day of remembrance for the huge number of people who lost their ...
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Congratulations to a Great Writing Friend

Hi, all. Long time no post. But I have just found out a friend of mine, Laurel ...
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St Patrick’s Day

Happy St Patrick's Day everyone.

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A Strange Amazon Order Experience

How odd does this Amazon action seem?

Last March I ordered a book from Amazon, which they said ...
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Passing of A Great Author.

John Updike, famous author, passed away today.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY: The artist brings something into the world ...
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Observation on Visitors from the USA

A glance through the stats for my blog indicate that most of my American visitors live on ...
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How Far Away Is Easter?

Imagine my surprise when I went shopping in a supermarket today and saw hot cross buns on ...
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Sentence Diagramming – More Information

I have noticed a great many visitors to this blog have an interest in a previous post ...
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Quick Obama Note from Grumps’ Oval Office

If President Obama can get his words wrong, then I guess the rest of us shouldn't worry ...
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Some Editing Done My ‘Ead In

No earth-shattering things to write about; but, despite some editing doing my 'ead in, I did find ...
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Obama Mania

I guess the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the US is, indeed, an ...
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For All Newcomers To This Blog… (Me included) 😉

Hi, All.
Welcome.
This post is to clarify the erratic entry sequence and content below this post.
There are anomolies ...
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Quick Update on USA National Grump Out Day


Sad to say, National Grump Out Day is still being held annually in the United States of ...
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Wordle – a great fun tool

Click on the link below (or copy and paste it into your browser, because the link has ...
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A Grumps’ World Wordle


This Wordle is based on my RSS feeds so far. As with the previous example, clicking the ...
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The Rite of Writing Right: My Views on POV or Point Of View


The time seems right to talk about writers' rights to the right rite to write right. Right?

Most ...
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Understanding Present Tense


I guess it had to come - well, it does come every year, I guess - but ...
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Grammar police


Be warned - anyone ignoring the rules of punctuation will end up with a long sentence.
Grumps. 😉 ...
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The art of zen with a pen?


Is woolly thinking the result of writing with a sheep pen?
Grumps. 😉 ...
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National Punctuation Day


Yes, folks, there is apparently a National Punctuation Day: held last year on 24th September.

What's the point? ...
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Another Blue Feather Image Test




As I said, this is just a test of the feather images.
Grumps. 😉 ...
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Sentence diagramming.


Today I discovered something that, despite my advanced years, I have not heard of before - and ...
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World Menopause Day.


Did you notice a lot of tension around you between the 17th and 19th of October 2008?

Well, ...
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A Seven Day Diet That Works.


I was given this rapid weight loss diet several years ago before major heart surgery, so I ...
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Punctuation question

Warning: This post contains words of a textual nature. 😉

Whilst listening to a 'best of Boy George ...
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Holly Lisle Writing Course

Hey, to all writers!Below is a link to a writing course by a great writer - Holly ...
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A Wally Willdo Wordle.


Hi, Folks.
I was struggling with NaNo Wrimo 2008, and here is my first chapter - working title ...
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Research for Writing an Article


Can anyone help me with some research information, please?

I am writing an article about various fruits, but ...
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I’m a NaNo WriMo 2008 Winner




Yes, folks.
After starting a week late due to recovering from minor surgery, I'm proud to announce that ...
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Children’s Book Insider & Fightin’ Bookworms’ Clubhouse.

I have just subscribed to the Children's Book Insider, a paid membership subsiduary of write4kids.com, at a ...
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Hello world!

Everyone calls me Grumps, and I kinda like that. My main interest is creative writing, usually with ...
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