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Scrivener

Treading softly, but it did occur to me on waking this morning that maybe a good solution for several issues would be to make a zipped project the actual default Scrivener format. Now ducking, but here are some thoughts behind this. - it would solve the Dropbox...

The Etymology Of The Word ‘Artsakh’

For a long time, Armenians, changing the names of the occupied territories, are trying to erase the history contained in the true names of those regions from the memory of the people. They try to present even the words of truly Turkic-Azerbaijani origin as Armenian to...

BOOK REVIEW: “Mothman: Evil Incarnate” By Loren Coleman

BOOK REVIEW: Mothman: Evil Incarnate by Loren Coleman (Cosimo Books) 2017 Sometimes I get on these reading “tangents” where I read absolutely everything on a particular subject. Is it an obsessive compulsive aspect of my personality? Perhaps. That said, for the past...

5 Tips To Create And Deliver Your Own Perfect Oprah Speech

In a word—flawless. Oprah’s speech at the 2018 Golden Globes was the model of perfection. With the perfect amount of passion, story-telling and authenticity, Oprah delivered an iconic acceptance speech for the Cecile B. DeMille award for outstanding contributions to...

How To Write Kick-Ass Action Scenes (Part 1)

By Laurence MacNaughton, @LMacNaughton Part of the How They Do It Series (Contributing Author) Do you struggle with writing fight or chase scenes? Do you avoid putting action in your stories because you aren't sure how to make the action tense, original, and...

Top 10 Fiction Books I Read In 2017

Yesterday I shared my Top 10 Non-Fiction Reads from 2017. Turns out, that was the easy list. I didn’t read nearly as much non-fiction so it was a lot easier to sort through my reads, rank them, and pick the top 10. Today, I’m sharing my Top 10 Fiction Reads from 2017....

Book Review | Eternal Life By Dara Horn

My mother-in-law seemed to have inexhaustible energy, raising eight children while she was a partner in her husband’s Chicago bookstore, but she died tragically before her 50th birthday. One of her last afternoons stands out in my memory. I remember watching as she...

Poetry Paper

Poetry, dessert or the nasty veggies on your plate? As I opened up Billy Collins’ Sailing Alone Around the Room, I groaned aloud when I realized that it was a collection of his poetry. Poetry is a topic you either love or hate. Personally, I hate poetry, but I rather...

Journaling More Effectively

Sunrise somewhere in southern Wisconsin Journaling isn't easy, but the power is in the challenge. More and more experts today recommend journaling as a strategy for addressing all kinds of issues. Just google, "how journaling helps..." and you will see results for...

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