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13 Apps Every Actor Should Use

In our increasingly digital world, most of us are rarely very far from a phone or tablet. Why not use this technology to learn lines, stay organized, …

Apps

An 800 Square Foot Modular Home

For some, perhaps the mention of a prefabricated home will conjure up the image of a Sears catalog featuring a selection of those ready-made …

Eimear McBride: ‘Writing is painful – but it’s the closest you can get to joy’

The Irish author whom Anne Enright called ‘a genius’ talks about life as an exile, trying to write good sex – and, of course, James Joyce<p>Eimear McBride is making coffee in her kitchen in Norwich and, as she does, I tell her that I like her second novel, <i>The Lesser Bohemians</i>, even better than her …

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Turkey Meatballs

Step 1/6<p>Wash the pepper and then cut it into quarters. Remove the seeds and then finely chop.<p>Step 2/6<p>Peel and finely chop the onion and garlic.<p>Step …

Banana Pudding Ice Cream Cake

This <b>Banana Pudding Ice Cream Cake</b> is the stuff my dreams are made of! The soft, moist vanilla cake paired with the smooth banana pudding ice cream, …

A DIY kitchen renovation update (nine months later)

HEY there! What a fun weekend that was! I ended up getting a ton more done in the loft last night -- all of the cabinets are built up and installed …

10 Timeless Habits That Will Change Your Life Right Now

Use these as a template for living an awesome life. The first step is to get intentional about one of them. Then the rest will follow.<p>I've had many low points in life, the lowest stemming from a divorce that led to months of recovery from depression and anxiety.<p>It was also the best thing that ever …

Happiness

How I Started My Own Company Using My Instagram Account

Angelica Nwandu merged her celebrity obsession and love of writing to create The Shade Room.<p><i>When she came up with the idea for The Shade Room</i> <i>(TSR) in 2014, a news site that follows trending stories and the actions of celebrities in real time, Angelica Nwandu was broke, unemployed, and had no</i> …

The Internet’s Naughtiest Slang Dictionary

Jonathon Green is about to launch an extensive online slang dictionary, documenting the most clever and bawdy euphemisms in the English …

James Patterson mostly doesn’t write his books. And his new readers mostly don’t read — yet.

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. — In book publishing, there is James Patterson — and basically everyone else.<p>His author bio: “James Patterson has written more bestsellers and created more enduring fictional characters than any other novelist today.” Beloved by critics and peers? Not so much. But his …

7 Things You Tell People Without Saying a Word

What you're unintentionally telling people about yourself might shock you.<p>I shared an infographic recently that has really had me thinking about the impressions we make on others. Have you ever gotten the cold shoulder and wondered might you might have done to deserve it? Or been passed over for …

Body Language

SkyTran launches their pod transportation system in Nigeria

SkyTran's CEO Jerry Sanders and a pod.SkyTran<p>Imagine if instead of wasting hours in traffic, you could one day fly above it for a price only slightly higher than a subway ride.<p>That's the idea behind SkyTran, a self-driving monorail designed to hover 20 feet above roads and travel up to 155 mph. The …

Thinking of hosting an Airbnb? Here's how to make your place shine

When Ed Kushins was preparing his Hermosa Beach home for guests from Vancouver recently, he threw in some surprises: golf clubs to use during the tee time he had prearranged, a list of favorite restaurants and a map of scenic bike paths. He also set up a barbecue with the neighbors.<p>That Kushins …

Americans are moving to Europe for free college degrees

Chelsea Workman went to Ohio State University because it was her cheapest option. But she still had to take out student loans and work to make ends meet.<p>By the middle of her sophomore year, she'd had enough. She dropped out and moved to Germany to finish her degree where college is free.<p>Hunter …

College & University

If These Weight-Loss Stories Don't Inspire You to Get Healthy, We Don't Know What Will

<i>Losing weight is no easy feat, and these seven people prove just that. But they did it. Get inspired by these amazing stories from our friends at YourTango.</i><p><b>New year, new (healthy) you.</b><p>It's a new year, and many of us have big goals. One of the most popular New Year's resolutions is to get our weight …

Why Screenwriters Are the Biggest Employers in Hollywood

<i>This Post originally appeared on the blog ScreenCraft. ScreenCraft is dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through educational events, screenwriting competitions and the annual ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship program, connecting screenwriters with agents, managers and</i> …

19 children killed from 12 families. When will family courts in Britain start putting kids first?

Britain’s family courts are the backdrop to some of the most traumatic and momentous events of people’s lives. From the removal of children from their birth parents to the denial of a parent’s desire to see their child – these are hard choices.<p>In the face of such familial destruction, there can …

How to Erase Everything You've Said to Google

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10 secrets to happy parenting

Between sleepless nights, toddler meltdowns and kids pushing your buttons, parenting is no walk in the park. In fact, a study published in the journal Demography found that in the first year after birth, parents were less happy and the effect was worse than divorce, unemployment and even the death …

How to write a novel: Story beginnings, middles and ends

We all know that stories have a beginning, a middle and an end, but as writers, it can be surprisingly easy to skimp on one or all of these sections. …

Harness the power of storytelling to appeal to new customers

In today’s world, which is crowded with messages, businesses need to create a brand with an authentic story<p>For brands, and the marketers behind them, the idea of telling stories to win over hearts and minds is nothing new. But in today’s world, which is crowded with messages and largely devoid of …

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How writing a short story will improve your writing skills

The short story has a long and rich tradition, spanning everything from the gothic to the contemporary. Writing a short story will improve your …

Creative Writing

Why Your Life Story Matters and Why You Need to Tell It Now

What’s your life story?<p>I don’t mean where you grew up, went to school, got your first job, etc. I mean <b>what’s your STORY?</b> What narrative have you …

Hair Color

Learn How to Write as you Read: Improve your Craft

What is the one most common piece of advice established authors give aspiring ones? It’s not ‘show, don’t tell’ or ‘kill your darlings’. It’s ‘read …

Celebrate Twins Day With Vintage Photos of Identical Twins

Caption from LIFE. At a party, teen-agers of the Bounds twins' set munch doughnuts and sip Cokes whenever they are not d<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Nina Leen—The …

Vintage

Writing and Publishing a Novel in 589 Easy Steps

I wrote a novel.<p>It has been months now since I signed my first publishing contract, and I'm still struggling to process the meaning of those four words.<p>The book will be published in a few short days, and while I'm optimistic, I'm also an unknown and first-time author, so my expectations for …

10 Mind-Blowing TED Talks On How To Be Confident, Gorgeous- And A Better Person

1. Your Body Language Influences the Way You Feel<p>In this video, social Psychologist Amy Cuddy discusses research that shows how body language shapes …

The Font of Poetry, the Poetry of Font

By Adrienne Raphel August 3, 2015<p>On Design<p><i>Adventures in typography.</i><p>Photo: Willi Heidelbach<p>I was a teenage font addict. On Microsoft Word I’d lovingly scroll through the drop-down font menu: Avenir Book, Baskerville, Goudy, Goudy Old Style. For every story or poem I started to write, I first spent …

A Balanced Diet Means a Balanced Mind

Recently, the <i>International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research</i> completed a study on the research, importance and future of nutritional …

10 Questions You Should Ask Yourself if You're an Aspiring Screenwriter

So, you've watched a super awesome movie that inspired you to become a screenwriter, huh? You poor, poor fool.<p>Well, now that you're a part of this …

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