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I Published My Debut Novel to Critical Acclaim—and Then I Promptly Went Broke

On the dark side of literary fame.<p>Forbes' list of the world's highest-paid authors came out last month. My name's not on it and it probably never will be. My name is, however, on a $786 utility bill that just arrived in the mail. Summer in Texas is expensive, even when you set the thermostat at 85 …

Writing

4 Off-Season Cycling Rules

Photo: John David BeckerPhoto: John David Becker<i>Make the most of your winter cycling to start off strong in the spring.</i>Off season is approaching. You …

Crazy video shows why winds forced Tour de France organizers to alter route

Hurricane-speed winds atop jagged mountain tops and bicycles don’t mix. That’s the conclusion Tour de France organizers came to Wednesday when they shortened Thursday’s stage to avoid conditions like this.<p>That footage is from a smaller race in 2013 that had its riders attempt to traverse Mont …

New Data Analysis Suggests Only Six Book Plots Exist

Everyone who secretly thought that all novels have the same plot can feel vindicated by new research supporting that suspicion. Sort of.<p>Researchers …

Elements Of Athlete Success: Employing A Coach

Access to information and coaching opportunities is not an issue. The issue is filtering the good from bad, and the athlete getting on a long-term …

Tips from 5 Literary Agents Representing Latino Authors

While we hear of the need for diverse books and that Latinos are a growing demographic, getting a book published by a reputable press can be a daunting task. First you write the book or craft a book proposal, then you must find an agent by submitting queries and samples of the manuscript so that …

Story plots: 7 tips to be more original

Clichéd story plots weaken an otherwise good story, a story where characters and settings are vivid. To tell a story that feels original and …

“The Most Dangerous Writing App” Destroys Your Progress if You Stop Typing

The blank page is a common, intimidating hurdle for writers. Sometimes it helps to just start typing your first draft, allowing words to flow without …

Web Applications

When Amateur Ironmen Pay For The Elite Treatment

<i>A recent</i> New York Times <i>article looks at the amount of money some triathletes are willing to spend on fulfilling their multisport dreams.</i><p>When Marc …

Triathlons

5 Yoga Poses For Triathletes

<i>Counteract your body’s imbalances from triathlon’s repetitive movements with these poses, designed specifically for triathletes.</i><p>This winter, your …

Yoga

Nine tips for stronger swimming

Photo: John David BeckerGo in confident, come out happy. Yes, you can do it, even if the swim’s not your favorite leg (yet). Here’s how to shore up …

Essential triathlon advice (from tri coaches)

Photo: John David BeckerThere are thousands of separate bits of triathlon coaching advice out there. But if coaches themselves could give you one …

Swimming to lose weight? You might want to keep a few things in mind - Health - ABC News

Swimming is great for fitness and muscle tone, but if you're exercising with your waistline in mind, some might tell you to throw in the towel.<p>That's …

Fitness

How hard are the world's toughest physical challenges?

From the comfort of an armchair, several of the world’s great challenges seem something of a stroll. That gentle slope of Kilimanjaro – how hard can it be? The Iditarod – you just stand on a sledge, right?<p>Turns out they might actually be a little more demanding than that, but if you’re still not …

Triathlon Training, Gear, Nutrition, Photos, Race Results & Calendars

Calendars

Swimming Lessons

I have always loved water. The sound of it — from the lapping of waves at the beach, to the pitter-patter of rain making different noises landing on …

Why Fates and Furies was this year’s most talked-about novel

To qualify as the US book of the year – that ineffable title to which Lauren Groff’s third novel, <i>Fates and Furies</i>, lays persuasive claim – a novel needs more than just blockbuster sales. In fact, the book that “everybody” seems to be reading often climbs no higher than a respectable but …

Doping Cops Take Aim at Amateur Athletes

In 2016, Ironman triathlons and many amateur bicycle races are set to increase their testing of elite-performing amateurs<p>Before Matt Bach competed in October’s Ironman world championship triathlon, drug testers from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency twice visited his home in Summit, N.J. They collected …

Doping

Redesigning Cities For Bikes, Not Cars: 2015 In Bicycles

The trick to creating better biking cities is really obvious: If you build more bike lanes, more people will bike.<p>If cities want more people to bike instead of drive, the solution isn’t complicated: Redesign streets that were originally designed for cars to make them safe and easy to ride a bike …

J.M. Coetzee and the Truth That Lies

Want painful honesty or your own comfortable fiction? Two new books explore the Nobel laureate’s unsparing self-criticism.<p>How do you evaluate a …

How booksellers will deal with 'Mein Kampf'

An annotated edition of Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf" will be released in German in January. Amazon plans to donate its proceeds. Many bookstores seem …

Mein Kampf

Did George Orwell Borrow Animal Farm From a 19th Century Russian Author?

George Orwell had a known penchant for borrowing from other authors—his dystopian novel <i>1984</i> owes a clear debt to a number of works, including <i>We</i> by …

Books

Ask Coach Sara: How Do I Get My Sinking Hips Up?

<i>Your questions about swimming as a triathlete, answered by coach and professional triathlete Sara McLarty.</i><b>Q: How do I get my sinking hips up?</b> …

The Secret History of One Hundred Years of Solitude

A half-century ago, Gabriel García Márquez, after yet another visit to the pawnshop, sent his now signature novel to his publisher. As Solitude turns 50, Paul Elie interviews Gabo’s longtime agent—just weeks before her death, at 85—and discovers the events that led to a literary revelation.<p>The …

What’s the secret of good writing?

If you find yourself procrastinating, or stifled by panic, or writer’s block, I can reveal that the solution to your troubles is…<p>I first encountered Robert Boice’s name about three years ago, somewhere online; after that, it started popping up every other month. Boice, I learned, was a US …

Nine Tour de France riders that you should follow on Strava

Strava has given us all the opportunity to gain an extra insight into the effort that the professional riders put into racing.<p>With statistics for …

Cycling

The Great Fitness Debate: Is it true that you can exercise too much?

A few weeks ago the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> published a piece titled “The Potential Cardiac Dangers of Extreme Exercise”, the article focused on a new, …

My year reading a book from every country in the world

Ann Morgan considered herself well read -- until she discovered the "massive blindspot" on her bookshelf. Amid a multitude of English and American …

Books

5 Things Triathletes Should Not Do in the Off Season

When I started training for IRONMAN triathlons in the late 90’s in Virginia, I was jealous of all the triathletes who lived in warmer locales like …

Fitness

23 Books By Latinos That Might Just Change Your Life

Add these to your booklist, immediately. 📚<p>Whether you're looking to find yourself in a book or lose yourself in a story, there's a colorful and magical literary world to explore through the lens of Latino authors.<p>You can discover the magic in reality with Gabriel García Márquez, the wonders of …