Melanie Vera

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3 New Agents Seeking Literary and Commercial Fiction, Memoir, Nonfiction and Kidlit

Here are three new agents actively seeking clients. Julia Livshin (independent agent) is primarily interested in literary fiction and quality …

First Draft: Screenwriting Contests and Fellowships Every Writer Should Target in 2018

In partnership with <i>Creative Screenwriting</i> and <i>ScreenCraft</i>, “First Draft” is a series on everything to do with screenwriting.What are the best …

Filmmaking

Submissions are Open for Personal and Critical Essays

From today until January 16, send us your true stories about reading, writing, and storytellingfrom flickr.Electric Literature is opening submissions …

Creative Writing

5 books about the future Elon Musk thinks everyone should read

Elon Musk has become one of the world's most ambitious and successful leaders by building tools of the future. He made his first fortune founding, and then selling, the company that would become PayPal; his current endeavors include electric car company Tesla as well as SpaceX, which he hopes will …

Artificial Intelligence

Transgender, Genderqueer, and Mental Health

Jesse Singal, a behavioral science journalist who frequently writes about gender, sex, politics, and social science research, has been raising …

LGBTQI

Zach Braff Just Reprised the Role of J.D. in the Best Way Possible

This is truly the best script we’ve read since Dr. Acula! Zach Braff made pretty much every Scrubs fans’ dream a reality when he reprised the role of …

This Video Perfectly Captures Why Universal Basic Income Will Change The World

Goodbye, welfare system!

Income Inequality

Reader Question: Are screenplay contests any good or not?

With literally hundreds of script competitions, this is an important question.@GoIntoTheStory how do you feel about screenwriting …

Writing

Pecan Sandies

Serves: 6 servings<p><b>Ingredients</b><br>1 cup cake flour<br>½ cup butter<br>¼ cup sugar<br>1 tsp. vanilla extract<br>½ cup chopped pecans<p><b>Instructions</b><br>Using the bowl of your …

The unexpected depths of Netflix’s ‘BoJack Horseman’ | Craig Mathieson

In the latest season of <i>BoJack Horseman</i>, the Netflix animated streaming series about a plateaued Los Angeles celebrity’s grudging but ultimately …

This Classic Southern Appetizer Starts With a Box of Bisquick

Hot appetizers don’t get much easier, or tastier, than sausage balls. All it takes is a single bowl and a few ingredients to make a homemade finger …

Cooking

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars (The Perfect Autumn Dessert)

These pumpkin cheesecake bars are so rich, creamy, and really yummy! Your kitchen will smell on autumn while making them! So soft, so elegant and …

7 simple editing tips for crisp, clean copy

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a New York Times best-selling author or a blogger from Kansas—you have to edit your work.<p>Every writer’s goal is to …

Creative Writing

Butter Pecan Dessert Recipes to Sweeten Thanksgiving Dinner

If you grew up in the South, you know that butter pecan is basically a way of life. You’ll be hard pressed to find a holiday gathering without nutty flavored cakes, cookies, and pies on the dessert table. This year, it’s your time to finally shine. No more getting off easy with the cheese ball or …

Dessert

10 Showstopping Desserts to Bring to Friendsgiving

When it comes to Friendsgiving, desserts like classic apple and pumpkin pie are just the tip of the iceberg. And in fact I'd argue that these pies, …

Dessert

Sparkling Cranberries Recipe

How to Make It<p>Step 1<p>Cook the maple syrup in a saucepan over medium-low heat 1 to 2 minutes. (Don't let syrup get too hot or cranberries will pop.) …

Country Lifestyle

I’m a Conservative Who Was Roofied by a Stranger. Here’s What I Think of the ‘Me Too’ Hashtag.

Me, too.<p>That phrase has floated around social media all week, a trend started in response to the recent sexual assault allegations against Hollywood …

Harvey Weinstein

I’m a therapist. Here’s the line I draw when treating men with unhealthy sexual habits.

Harvey Weinstein says he’s a sex addict. But that’s no excuse for his alleged crimes.<p>The day after I listened to the New Yorker audio clip of Harvey Weinstein sexually harassing a woman, Steve walked into my office for an initial therapy session.<p>Steve was in his 50s, married, and a partner at a …

Mental Health

8 travel safety tips that will make you think twice when traveling

Today’s guest post comes from friend-of-PWaC Naomi, who writes in with some travel safety tips she’s learned from frequent travels around the world. …

15 Sick Day Recipes That’ll Get You Back on Your Feet in a Jiffy

There’s absolutely <i>nothing</i> wrong with taking a sick day when you need it, but it’s totally normal to want to get back on your feet ASAP. You’re a busy woman, after all! You’ve probably tried eating chicken noodle soup and drinking plenty of green juice to make you feel better, but if those aren’t …

Alternative Medicine

BuzzFeed's Style Guidelines For Writing About Mental Health

The words you use can end stigma instead of perpetuating it.<p>Words matter. Certain words carry a great deal of weight for particular groups, even when those terms aren't intended to be disparaging. But we have the power to change the conversation and reduce stigma by steering clear of derogatory …

A historian says most science fiction has the same major flaw — except one legendary novel

WEST LAFAYETTE, IND. — It's science fiction's job to entertain us, not sooth-say. Yet even older, tongue-in-cheek sci-fi works have predicted numerous technologies we now take for granted.<p>If there's one book or movie that best foretells what humanity could become, though, it's Aldous Huxley's 1932 …

Singularity

4 Ways Feminists Can Protect Themselves Online

These days, our personal information is everywhere online: in publicly-accessible databases, on our employer’s websites and, of course, all over …

Privacy

New Speculative Fiction Anthology Explodes the Mainstream Trans Narrative

Since 2014, often called the "transgender tipping point," mainstream media have popularized and normalized a particular type of transgender story to …

Transgender

Guest blog: Watching VR porn as a trans man

This week’s guest blogger, Kelvin, is a sex blogger – he writes at the amazingly-named CyborgDicks.com and tweets @cyborgdicks. He got in touch …

Virtual Reality

Men are taking over the grocery aisles

They're also cooking more, according to a study, and the food industry is definitely taking notice.<p>Who does the grocery shopping in your house? Not …

eCommerce

This Seasonal Guide to Thailand Will Help You Plan Your Next Trip

Thailand

'BoJack Horseman' Nails What It's Like to Hate Yourself

His self-loathing and suicidal thoughts are all too real for someone who relates.<p><i>BoJack Horseman</i>'s fourth season starts with this line, spoken by a protagonist about himself: "Piece of shit."<p>The <i>Netflix</i> series has never shied away from the realities of BoJack's issues. He's a narcissistic, …

TV

How To Become a Freelance Writer: Prep Steps

How To Become a Freelance Writer: Prep Steps<p>Updated August 25, 2017<p>Becoming a freelance writer is more detailed than what most people may think. It …

Employment