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This Founder Used a Classic Project Management Technique to Engineer Her Week--And It Worked

Here's what happens when you tie passion to purpose.<p>Most entrepreneurs are made when they face a challenge and then vow to work relentlessly to get to a solution. Vicki Mayo, founder and CEO of the Touchpoint Solution, is no different.<p>Mayo developed a device called Buzzies to calm her …

Project Management

4 Tips To Ensure Your Website Design & SEO Is Done Right

Website design and organic search performance are intrinsically linked, which is to say that design has an observable effect on a website’s ability to rank well for relevant terms. This can become problematic for companies with isolated teams, where design and marketing don’t work closely together, …

SEO

26 Underrated Sci-Fi and Fantasy Gems You Shouldn’t Miss

A Novel<p>In this masterpiece of speculative fiction, Marge Piercy focuses on Connie Ramos, a woman who bears witness to two possible futures: one an …

Books

10 Epic Page-Turning Novels

The World of Tomorrow<i>, Brendan Mathews's engrossing debut novel, tracks three Irish brothers tumbling through New York during an eventful two weeks</i> …

Books

16 science fiction and fantasy books to read this September

Robots, magicians, and the making of Blade Runner<p>I took a short vacation to Maine recently, and ended up blowing through Deliliah S. Dawson’s new <i>Star Wars</i> novel <i>Phasma</i>. It’s one of a few recent books exploring the darker side of the franchise, along with <i>Battlefront II: Inferno Squad</i> and <i>Thrawn</i>. Given …

Science Fiction

12 Tips to Make Money On YouTube

Know your audience -- and listen to them -- then give them something worth watching.<p>I have a diverse collection of business interests, including an online marketing company, real estate investments and more. I also have one of the fastest growing slot play channels on <b>YouTube</b>. That’s right, a …

Marketing

21 Incredibly Delicious Vegan Foods You Can Buy Online

All of the plant-based noms.

Vegan

Scottish country house is the ultimate fixer upper for $258K

This Tudor-Italianate house dates back to 1870<p>If you’ve been looking for an excuse to renovate, say, a rad Scottish country house, here’s your chance. Chesterhill House is a sweet Tudor Italianate spread in Newport-on-Tay, with a price tag of £200,000 (about $258,000). The 5,300-square-foot home …

Houses

15 Of The Best Places To Find Free Books Online

If you’ve been following along, you already know that you can find free audiobooks online (woop woop!). We talked about options like LibriVox and …

Literature

How to Write a Screenplay in 30 Easy Steps: The Archive

This is obviously a relic from the days when this was pretty much exclusively a screenwriting blog, but this method (which is no longer really my …

Writing

Fiction Writing Contests Worth Your Time (Fall 2017 Edition)

Inspired by Lit Hub’s 100 rejections per year post, my goal was to make at least 50 submissions in 2017. Since my last contest roundup, I’m at 78 …

Authors

27 of the Best Books to Read This Fall

Featuring new books from Hillary Clinton, Esther Perel, Jennifer Egan, and Celeste Ng.<p>Fall weather is reading weather. Everyone thinks so, including literary heavyweights like Jeffrey Eugenides, Salman Rushdie, and Isabel Allende, who have new books coming this season. Whether you're searching for …

Books

No Lie: These Vitamins Will Make Your Metabolism Skyrocket

Did your mom always remind you to eat your vegetables and take your vitamins? As always, her advice was right (is she ever wrong?). Eating a balanced …

Vitamins

There Are 6 Types Of Body Fat—Here's What You Need To Know About Them

It pays to know the difference.<p>Despite what fad diets and catchy headlines would lead you to believe, fat is not all the same. And you need to stop treating it that way. So if you operate by a “fat is fat and fat is bad” sort of mentality, it’s worth taking a few minutes to get to know your …

Weight Loss

Becoming a Magnetic Personality Is How You Attract More Business

Potential clients and partners notice when your actions prove you mean what you say.<p>Every entrepreneur who has started a business and succeeded has one particular skill that guaranteed his or her business would thrive: Put that entrepreneur in a room or gathering -- anywhere people can hear or see …

Networking

7 New Thrillers You Won’t Be Able to Put Down

If you’ve already breezed through Paula Hawkins’ Into the Water and Fiona Barton’s The Child, fear not—this season has plenty more exciting …

Books

3 Stocks You'll Brag About Owning Someday -- The Motley Fool

These three stocks are legends in the making.<p>Some investments become living legends. The biggest winners started small, quiet, and maybe even hated …

Stocks

Do You Lack Resources to Advance Your Writing Career?

<i>2 Inexpensive Ways to Pitch Agents.</i><p>With the Writer’s Digest NYC conference coming up, I shared a few quick tips on what’s important if you choose to …

Publishing

How to Write a Book: Everything You Need to Know in 20 Steps

<b>I recently stumbled across Jerry Jenkins and started following him. You will want to read his advice for the steps in writing a book. I think he is</b> …

Bestsellers

IKEA’s selling home storage batteries for its solar panels

A rooftop of solar panels generating clean energy is great and all, but having somewhere to squirrel away that free juice is even better. After stepping into the shade for a good few months, IKEA began selling solar panels again last year with new teammate Solarcentury (a company that specialises …

Clean Energy

20 Podcasts About Writing That Will Have You Penning A Bestselling Novel In No Time

Writers get their inspiration from all sorts of places — real life, current events, favorite books, other writers, their own imagination, and more …

Writing

I Am Blown Away By How This Genius CEO Is Growing Her Business

A technical genius is trying her hand at starting a company. It's off to a great start because its technical innovations are solving a major pain point for large companies. It's sales are taking off but can its CEO sustain that growth?<p>Liz Maida -- who I interviewed this month after being contacted …

Startups

28 Most Colorful Places in the U.S.

The United States has no shortage of beautiful places, whether it's epic national parks or charming small towns. But there are some spots that tend to saturate your memory more than others—places so vivid, it almost seems like they have a permanent filter. If you're looking to explore the most …

National Parks

SHOULD You Create Your Own Audiobook?

In light of June Westerfield’s recent post about creating your own book cover (if you missed it, you can read it here), you’re thinking I’m going to …

Publishing

This screenwriting software is home to Hollywood’s biggest hits

Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission.<p><i>Star Wars. Jaws. Avatar. Back to the Future</i>. What do these movies have in common, besides the fact that each was a massive financial success and has since become ingrained in the cultural zeitgeist?<p>…

Writing

Beauty Heroes: Pixi Glow Tonic

Pixi Glow Tonic is an exfoliating toner, containing five per cent glycolic acid – an alpha-hydroxy acid which helps in the removal of dead skin cells …

Skin Care

David Sedaris Breaks Down His Writing Process: Keep a Diary, Carry a Notebook, Read Out Loud, Abandon Hope

When did you first hear David Sedaris? Normally in the case of a writer, let alone one of the most famous and successful writers alive, the question …

Authors

5 Ways to Generate Word-of-Mouth as a Small Business

Ninety-two percent of consumers trust referrals from people they know, and 77 percent of consumers are more likely to buy a new product when learning about it from friends or family.<p>Humans rely on their network to make decisions about where to go, what to do and what to buy. Ninety-two percent of …

Small Business

15+ Online Art Classes to Take Your Creativity to New Heights This Week

Learning a new skill is easier than you think. While sitting in a classroom might seem like the only option, online classes are now more popular than ever. Art, photography, and design courses are all at your fingertips with sites like Craftsy and CreativeLive. Plus, they're taught by people at the …

Learning

The Incredible Italian Island You've Never Heard Of

Plan a visit to Ischia, but don't let the secret out.<p>There are places you go to get away from it all. And then there’s Sant’Angelo.<p>To get to this Italian village, you take an hour-long ferry from Naples to the volcanic island of Ischia, nestled a few waves’ breadth from Capri in the heart of the …

Europe