Ryan Pearson

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Writing Prompts 101

<b>Nicky Whiteon October 07, 2015 2:23 pm</b><p>I am not sure if anyone has done this, but when I was a teenager, 20 odd years ago, I used to keep a notepad by …

31 Ways to Find Inspiration for Your Writing

<i>You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club</i>. – Jack London<p>No matter how much you love writing, there will always be days when …

Creative Writing

How to Find Great Writing Ideas

In the search for story-worthy ideas, most writers are sidelined by occasional bouts of creative myopia. When it sets in—when your field of …

Story Ideas: 5 Ways to Generate Great Stories

We all have a million excellent ideas for stories, but, without fail, they magically disappear the minute we sit down to write. It seems impossible, …

Creative Writing 101

What is Creative Writing?<p>Creative writing is anything where the purpose is to express thoughts, feelings and emotions rather than to simply convey …

Leonard Bernstein on Cynicism, Instant Gratification, and Why Paying Attention Is a Countercultural Act of Courage and Rebellion

“There is so much inherent goodness in people that if they aren’t inhibited by traumas and are given half a chance, it shines through.”<p>Composer and conductor <b>Leonard Bernstein</b> (August 25, 1918–October 14, 1990) remains one of the most irrepressible creative minds and largest spirits of the past …

Since When Did Putin Want to Save the Planet?

Vladimir Putin’s just promoted himself as global leader in the war against climate change. Yesterday, he thought global warming was a myth.<p>At …

Half a year later, the Apple Watch feels like a stalled platform

Seven months later, my Apple Watch is still the second thing I put on every morning. (Glasses first.) But while I still enjoy using it and recommend buying it, I’m starting to feel the limitations of what the first version of the watch can do.<p>The main issue: I’m still only using it for a few tasks, …

Smartwatches

To extend my life, I changed my perception of time

A cool thing about moving to another country is that your life gets longer. Last year I calculated, that I should move to Colombia, and since then I’ve lived about two months more than I would have otherwise. I know you think I’m bullshitting you, but hear me out! The way I see it:<p><i>“For the person</i> …

The Empathy Gap Between Paris and Beirut

Why have attacks in France gotten so much more attention than bombings in Lebanon?<p>Hours before the carnage in Paris on Friday, a double suicide bombing ripped through a working-class shopping district in Beirut. ISIS claimed responsibility for the explosions, which caused 43 deaths and hundreds of …

Middle East

Don't give teenagers the vote – give them something useful instead

There’s a long list of things that should be done by the old for the young. Giving them the vote is way down it<p>With an average age of 70, members of the House of Lords are perhaps unlikely champions of youth, but this week their noble lordships will this week declare themselves the representatives …

Don't aim too high for your child, parents told

Parents shouldn't aim too high for their children as over aspiration causes them to fail exams, researchers have warned<p>Parents shouldn't aim too high for their children as over aspiration causes them to fail exams, researchers have warned.<p>Statistical analysis of maths results among secondary school …

The Zen of Adult Coloring Books

I get it now.<p>I have never changed my mind about anything as quickly or completely as I changed my mind about adult coloring books. I found the trend mostly baffling and maybe a little dumb. But I saw some in a bookstore the other day and I immediately said to my friend, “Well, I'm not leaving here …

Meditation

Supersize schools aren’t good for pupils | Letters

The arguments for big schools fail to convince many parents and teachers (Supersize schools: how big is too big … 2,000? Or 4,000?, 27 October). They see children and young people lost, alienated and unhappy in huge institutions of 2,000-plus – now apparently planned to increase to 4,000 – where …

You think this London fog is bad? In the Twenties you couldn't even see your feet

Today's travel chaos has nothing on the pea-soupers which once shrouded the capital, hiding shops, feet, and even the odd elephant<p>As fog rolls across the land , I am struck by how people – though inconvenienced by cancelled aeroplanes, trains and traffic jams – are entranced by the beauty of this …

How the West Propped Up Putin

I fought for democracy in Russia. I didn’t expect the leaders of the so-called free world to undermine me.<p>Five years after Vladimir Putin became president of Russia for the first time and began to rebuild the Soviet police state, I experienced a rebirth of my own. In 2005, I retired from 20 years …

Dubai’s reckless foreign policy is putting it on a path to disaster—and fast

I really liked Dubai. Which is why I’m so worried by the path its government has chosen. No, I’m not predicting another financial crash, or even pointing out a looming environmental catastrophe. I’m worried Dubai will destroy itself. A city heavily dependent on foreign capital and labor, Dubai …

Foreign Policy

Lewis Hamilton has proved himself to be the best F1 driver of his generation

The young boy I first met as a squeaky-voiced 10-year-old is now the Ayrton Senna of his era, writes David Coulthard<p>The biggest star in Formula One, the driver of his generation, the Ayrton Senna of his era. Now he has realised his dream, what next for Lewis Hamilton?<p>Before turning to the future, …

Motor Racing

It's millennials' turn to take the blame for the downfall of society

It's a rite of passage for each generation to get bashed by the media. The baby boomers were the original "me" generation, as they were dubbed by Tom Wolfe in the 1970s. In their 20s, they were portrayed as rebellious individualists who threatened to destroy all that was good about post-World War …

‘We Need an Energy Miracle’

Bill Gates has committed his fortune to moving the world beyond fossil fuels and mitigating climate change.<p>In his offices overlooking Lake Washington, just east of Seattle, Bill Gates grabbed a legal pad recently and began covering it in his left-handed scrawl. He scribbled arrows by each margin of …

Is it ethical to colonize Mars?

<b>(CNN) —</b> With the recent NASA announcement of liquid water flowing on Mars and the movie "The Martian" making a splash at the box office, we might well ask whether humans should go to Mars.<p>There is almost no chance that Mars has intelligent life and for decades we earthlings have dreamed of living …

The world has had enough—let this James Bond movie be the last one ever

British film star Daniel Craig earns his living playing parts, but who knew he had such a flair for the dramatic? The current face of the <i>James Bond</i> franchise recently told Time Out London he’d rather “slash his wrists” than resume the role of the world-famous British spy for a sixth time.<p>Craig’s …

James Bond

Procrastination is a waste of time | Philippa Perry

We reportedly waste three hours a day at work. But messing about on Facebook to put off an onerous task rarely makes us feel happier<p>According to research published this week, we waste up to three hours of every working day doing things other than the work we are supposed to be getting on with. …

Is space warfare inevitable?

Diplomats call for it. Astronomers see it as vital. Even military officials usually separated along old geopolitical fault lines view it as a matter of mutual self-interest.<p>Virtually everyone agrees that outer space should remain free of weapons. But decades of diplomatic efforts to ensure that it …

Geopolitics