Cyndi Schmelzer

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6 Reasons to Personality-Test Your Novel’s Characters BEFORE You Start Writing

A novel’s only as good as its characters, right?In most of my various attempts at writing novels in the past, I didn’t take the trouble of thinking …

Creative Writing

9 Memoirs By Women About Mental Illness To Help You Start Conversations & Better Understand Yourself And Your Loved Ones

There are a few niche book categories that will never fail to get my attention: nonfiction about North Korea, dystopian novels for adults, and …

Mental Health

The Steps to Grow Successful Container Gardens

Containers can be hung from a roof, suspended on hooks, or mounted on walls, opening up a whole world of growing spaces. Containers have the added …

Gardening

Amazon's Director of Learning Science shares 5 hacks to help you learn anything

Whether you're a student, an entry-level employee or an entrepreneur with your own company, learning is a vital part of getting ahead. Warren Buffett …

Self-improvement

LITERATURE: Leo Tolstoy

YouTube

Find Out Why Dietitians Think This Is the Perfect Weight-Loss Smoothie

A smoothie has two jobs: to taste utterly delicious, and to fill you up with hunger-satiating nutrition. Look no further, because this right here is the ideal smoothie recipe. It follows the perfect weight-loss formula designed by registered dietitians Stephanie Clarke, RD, and Willow Jarosh, RD, …

Healthy Eating

7 Major Schools of Thought in Psychology

When psychology first emerged as a science separate from biology and philosophy, the debate over how to describe and explain the human mind and …

Psychology

Make Your Garden Private With These Lovely Plant Ideas

Whether you love or hate your neighbors, you most certainly need space for your own adventures with your family that you do not want to share with …

Landscaping

10 herbs you probably haven't heard of but should be growing

It is no secret that I think with my stomach. And as summer approaches, my thoughts turn greedily to herbs. But let’s be adventurous here: a single plant of something new can radically change your cooking, offering new pairings and flavours. So it’s time to think beyond parsley, basil and rosemary. …

Gardening

The 12 gripping science fiction and fantasy novels you need to check out this May

This month’s picks include stories about AI, interstellar warfare, and a world without prisons<p>A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about Slate’s podcast <i>Slow Burn</i>, an engrossing dive into the Watergate scandal that eventually prompted President Richard Nixon to resign. The series prompted me to pick up a …

Books

How to grow your own salad at home — yes, we said grow!

Imagine being able to step out your door with a pair of scissors and a bowl, snipping a little bit of this and a little bit of that, and then simply …

Gardening

18 Dystopian Novels That Will Definitely, 100% Blow Your Mind

The future is dark, disturbing, and thrilling to read.<p><i>Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.</i>

Books

28 New Scifi and Fantasy Books to Add to Your Shelves in May

May is here, and the month brings tons of new science fiction and fantasy books for your reading pleasure, including tales of kingdoms in turmoil, …

Books

On 'Adjustment Day,' A Quick, Horrifying Descent Into Madness

You remember <i>Fight Club</i>, right? It was Chuck Palahniuk's first novel — a kind of anti-<i>Generation X</i> that just happened to hit (no pun intended) at the perfect moment in time (1996), skewering the perfect targets to the perfect depth. It was a bloody, furious, satirical takedown of the men's movement, …

Books

The Difference Between Good and Bad Writers

You’re currently living in the best possible time in history to be a writer. You have no excuses.With an internet connection and a keyboard, the …

Writing

Fast-Climbing Vines for Your Garden

These fast-climbing vines can hide unwelcome features, cover bare walls and fences, and lend an air of wildness to even the most staid landscape. …

Gardening

100 Ways White People Can Make Life Less Frustrating For People of Color

Just a few suggestions to start with.<p>As someone with very low tolerance for racist bullshit, I’ve managed to surround myself with white people who are cognizant of their privilege and strive to make the world a less terrifying and frustrating place for people of color. This means that I often deal …

Race & Ethnicity

Learn How to Write Your Own Novel With This Creative Writing Course

This beginner's creative writing class is on sale for just $24.<p>Anyone can write a story, but not everyone can weave one into something that’ll fly …

I Took Notes on Every Chapter of a Stephen King Novel

Here’s what I found.I’m a fiction writer, and like many fiction writers out there I am always trying to refine my craft. One of my favorite authors …

Writing

How to Write Essential Backstory Elements

Backstory in Saving Private RyanONE of the potential problems of expositional backstory in a novel or movie is that it may slow the action down to a …

Writing

The delicious salad leaves to try in your garden that keep on giving with ‘cut and grow’

Pulling up entire salad plants seems like madness once you've moved on to 'cut and grow again' as Mark Diacono explains.<p>One of the great pleasures of …

How To Write A Novel: Step By Step

Thinking about writing a novel? Don’t know where to start? It’s not that hard, if you really want to do it. I guess that really is the first step. …

This is how to increase your attention span: 5 secrets from neuroscience

The human brain is the most amazing thing in the universe. It got us to the moon, built the pyramids, cured smallpox … <i>And it also can’t seem to go 6</i> …

The books you never read in high school, but should now

As kids, we don’t always read the books we’re assigned, especially in high school. Maybe you skipped over “Wuthering Heights,” “Of Mice and Men” or …

Literature

Here Are Some Great Business Ideas for Women with No Start-Up Costs

No Start-Up Costs Business Ideas for Women<p>Updated April 01, 2018<p>For budding female entrepreneurs who have little or no cash to start a business, …

Gunpowder Moon is a chillingly realistic book about the fight to control the Solar System

We can leave Earth, but its borders will follow us<p>On September 12th, 1962, President John F. Kennedy spoke at Rice University in Houston, Texas, about the need for America to land on the Moon “before the decade is out.” The space race was never primarily about exploration or science, but rather …

Kurt Vonnegut’s Rules for Writers

How To Apply Them to Non-Fiction Writing<p>“My reason for writing is unfortunately in line with Hitler’s and Stalin’s: I think writers should serve …

Regulate Weapons Like We Do in the Military, Says an Army Officer

For the list of previous entries in this series, please see the index at the end of the post. But: if you’re revving up to send me a note explaining what kind of ammunition the AR-15 uses, and how it is similar to (and different from) the military’s M-16 (and so on), please first at least look at …

Guys, This Could Be Why Women Seem To Think You're Boring

Guys, you've been in this situation before: You meet a girl out at a bar, and she has an adorable accent.<p><b>You:</b> “Where are you from?”<p><b>Her:</b> “Norway.”<p><b>You:</b> …

Relationships

How to get a world-class education for free on the internet

As crucial as a university degree has become for working in the modern economy, it is not the only route forward into a wildly lucrative and satisfying career—just ask famous dropouts Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Dell, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg.<p>In the future, a single bachelor’s degree in a …

Online Education