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34 Writing Contests in May 2018 — No entry fees

There are nearly three dozen free writing contests in May, some with substantial prizes.As always, these contests cover every genre, form and style, …

Creative Writing

This 35-Year-Old Mother Is Saving $85,000 a Year in New York City and Plans to Retire in 5 Years. Here’s How

And a third child is on the way.<p>Jamila Souffrant has learned to embrace the journey, whether that’s her 90-minute, one-way commute from Brooklyn to …

Retirement

14 Ways for Creatives to Make Money on the Side

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Creative and artistic types have skills that can not only lead to a robust salary, but a considerable side hustle. While there are more defined (hence narrow) career paths for STEM graduates, such as engineering, than let’s say for a …

This Millennial Couple Is Saving $150,000 a Year and Plans to Retire by 2029. Here’s How They Do It

They even economize on food: 'Scallions are cheap.'<p>Some kids want to be a fire fighter, astronaut or a ballerina when they grow up. Lily He wanted to …

How plotting will make you a better writer

I’ll be honest, I’ve never been too keen on plotting. I was always concerned that it would take out the spontaneity of writing, something I truly …

Never, Ever Go To A Job Interview Without These 10 Things

The key to a great job interview is preparation.<p>As somebody who has interviewed thousands of candidates I can tell you that it is very sad to meet a candidate who is smart and friendly — but also, sadly unprepared for the interview.<p>When you ask a candidate, “What do you know about our company so …

Job Interviews

Dodge Demon & McLaren 720S Go Head To Head

Being the new kid on the block you have a lot to prove, especially if you are the new Dodge Demon whose hype man would make Puff Daddy jealous.The …

Sports Cars

3 Mistakes That Could Prevent You From Getting Marijuana Medical Card

As most states in the US continue to legalize marijuana for medical and recreational use, many people are finding it difficult to obtain a Medical …

A Brutal Truth About Following Your Passion and Doing What You Love That Few People Admit | Inc.com

Probably the most common career advice is "Do what you love!" People love hearing it, even though it's all wrong -- except under very specific circumstances.<p>"Telling someone to follow their passion can be disastrous," says Cal Newport, author of <i>So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump</i> …

Self-improvement

Gold continues to gain ground on strong data, weak dollar

© Reuters. Gold prices climbed in Asia on Tuesday.<p>Investing.com - Gold continue to gain ground on Tuesday in Asia a day after China reported strong …

Economics

12 Get Rich Tips To Make Money For Personal Finance

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by James Altucher.<p><b>B) Don't invest any of your money. Investing is for wealth preservation, not</b> …

209 Words To Describe Touch

Touch – Under your fingertips<p>You have to use the five senses when you write. Readers want to experience what your characters see, smell, hear, taste …

Creative Writing

10 Words to Cut From Your Writing

This story originally appeared on PR Daily<p>As Mark Twain famously wrote, "I didn't have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead." His point? Strong writing is lean writing.<p>When you want to make your writing more powerful, cut out words you don't need--such as the 10 included in …

How to Write about Your Favorite Things–They Tell a Lot About You

Raindrops on roses<p>Narratives are wonderful, but not all the memories you preserve have to be straight narratives. The purpose of preserving your …

How I Turned My WordPress Blog into a Five-Figure Business

In 2013, I was working in a design agency in London, while dreaming about entrepreneurship and traveling the world.<p>One day, an idea struck me. Most …

3 Stocks That Could Make You Rich

How can you get rich? There are plenty of paths to wealth.<p>You could win the lottery. A long-lost uncle could pass away and leave you his stash of bitcoins. Of course, there are plenty of other methods to getting rich as well. One way to seriously consider is to buy stocks that are poised to benefit …

Genetics

You should never wash your jeans — here's how to clean them

Scott Morrison, founder of house-designed and premium custom-made jeans company 3X1, explains how to properly clean denim jeans.<p><i>Jason Gaines contributed reporting on a previous version of this article.</i><p><b>Follow BI Video:</b>On Facebook

Scott Morrison

What Are Some of the Greatest Stories That Writers Struggle to Tell?

<i>What are some of the greatest stories that writers struggle to tell? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by Jeff Umbro, Podcast host and astrology expert, on Quora:</b><p><i>What are some of the greatest</i> …

Duterte Vows to Step Down as President If Philippines Gives Regions More Power

Leader says federalism is the way to end a long-simmering Muslim insurgency<p>Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte vowed to step down as the country’s leader in two years—that is, if the Philippines switches to a federal form of government that provides more power to regions such as Mindanao, where he …

Asia

The former drug addict who found God and built a successful business

<b>At his lowest point, Ryan Longmuir took drugs every day "just to feel normal".</b><p>He was also dealing them, and at one point faced a possible jail sentence.<p>Born in the Scottish new town of Cumbernauld, Ryan began experimenting with drugs when he was 12, initially because he was curious and had fallen …

Drug Addiction

20 scary books to terrify you this Halloween

Horror

Food Price Deflation Cheers Consumers, Hurts Farmers, Grocers and Restaurants

Farm Belt cutbacks hit more businesses even as consumers save big at the grocery store<p>By<p>Heather Haddon and<p>Heather Haddon<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@heatherhaddon<p>Google+<p>heather.haddon@wsj.com<p>Julie Jargon<p>Julie Jargon<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@juliejargon<p>Julie.Jargon@wsj.com<p>The U.S. is on …

Agriculture

30 things everyone should do in Scotland

With several large, metropolitan cities that offer the best of culture, history, and food, and small towns that boast unique charm and local activities, you cannot go wrong with a visit to this beautiful country.<p>Here are 30 things to do in Scotland on your next trip, from the Lowlands, to the …

Gold futures gain nearly 3% for the month

Gold futures settled on Friday with a monthly gain of nearly 3%, after a report on U.S. economic growth came in weaker than expected, pushing the …

L.A. has a growing mansionization problem

My neighborhood is called either Fairfax Village or Mid-City West or Melrose or maybe all three. It is just north of the Grove and Park LaBrea, just south of West Hollywood. Since I work from home I often take walks nearby to unwind, and they're usually pleasant, though lately I've had to take …

Los Angeles

A Job Fair for Men of Color Vies to Change Corporate America

On Thursday at the Republican National Convention, Donald Trump shared a dark, terrifying vision of an America in decline, with hordes of “illegal …

Was Marijuana the Original Cash Crop?

While the expanding legal marijuana market is a novice of modern economy, cannabis is no new commodity. According to recently published …

India is changing the global coal market

That's India — where Coal India Ltd, the world's largest producer of thermal coal, dropped some unexpected news on Tuesday. With officials saying they are looking at options to deal with increasing domestic supply across India.<p>This major revelation came in the form of a brief Twitter posting from …

India

Brexit prompts biggest drop in UK consumer morale in five years | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - British consumer morale suffered its biggest drop in more than five years after last month’s decision by voters to leave the European Union, and surveys of recruitment firms and retailers also signaled a slowdown ahead.<p>People pass a Gucci store on Old Bond Street in London, …

Interest Rates

U.S. Senate may ease banking for marijuana businesses

SALEM, Ore. — An amendment to aid marijuana businesses seeking financial services passed the Senate Appropriations Committee on June 16.<p>The amendment, sponsored by U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon, would bar federal banking regulators from preventing or penalizing banks for providing financial …

Cannabis