Daniel Zweier

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Win a year’s supply of Interflora flowers for Mum this Mother’s Day

There is no better way to spoil Mum than sending her a gorgeous bouquet of flowers, every month for a whole year!<p>We’ve teamed up with Interflora to offer one lucky winner just that! Simply enter this exclusive competition with the Telegraph today and you could be winning this amazing prize for your …

What If Authors Were Paid Every Time Someone Turned a Page?

Amazon is about to find out.<p>When I recently learned of Amazon's new plan to pay some authors for each page that a Kindle user reads, I remembered an editor who looked at my one of my book proposals and said something along the lines of, “It feels like you've only got 20,000 words of material. You …

Writing

Lessons from 7 famous authors who hated their job

Today started like every other day. With a blank page.<p>Articles need to be written. To-do lists need to be completed. But still that pesky little cursor stays in the same spot taunting me with his methodical disappearing and re-appearing act.<p>I hate the blank page. And I’m not the only one.<p>Despite …

Long Weekends Like a Local: Packing List

Camping is one of the best and easiest escapes into nature, away from the chores of daily life. The more nights this summer you can spend staring at a campfire and sleeping under a canopy of stars, the better, even if you stay close to home. Here are ten ways to make it more fun and happen more …

Anne R. Allen's Blog: How NOT To Win A Writing Contest: 7 Deadly Story Sins

<i>(I use this trick with most of my novels...Anne.)</i><p>#4. Your structure is all over the place.<p>In a short story, you typically have just 5000 words. Or …

BBC Radio 4 Extra - Franz Kafka - Metamorphosis, Episode 1

Gregor Samsa wakes one day to find himself hideously transformed into a monstrous insect. His family react with horror at his bizarre transformation but this slowly turns to revulsion - and then monstrous indifference - as he is left to quietly waste away in his bedroom.<p>First published in 1912, …

Jack Kerouac’s List of 30 Beliefs and Techniques for Writing and Life

In the year of reading more and writing better, we’ve absorbed David Ogilvy’s 10 no-bullshit tips, Henry Miller’s 11 commandments, John Steinbeck’s 6 pointers, and various invaluable advice from other great writers. Now comes <b>Jack Kerouac</b> (March 12, 1922–October 21, 1969) — cultural icon, symbolism …

8 Ways to Take Your Freelance Writing Career to the Next Level - Elna Cain

You know you’re a good writer.<p>You exceed deadlines.<p>You’ve “got” freelance writing down pat.<p><b>So, why are you struggling to find clients?</b><p>I’ve been …

8 Must-Read Blog Posts for Freelance Writers - Elna Cain

For this week, I thought I’d switch it up and present my readers with a round-up post of some of my favorite blog posts from other freelance writers …

Employment

3 editing secrets for writing your best cover letter yet

You know that it's beneficial to have a second set of eyes review your application materials. Someone who can tell you that your resume looks good — …

From first draft to book launch: how to publish a novel

Finishing your first draft is a major milestone, and here are your next six steps in your quest to publish a novel.<br>You’ve finished writing the first …

Writing

Ev Williams' Rules for Quality Content in the Clickbait Age

When Medium launched in 2012, the BuzzFeed-ification of content and content business models hadn't quite hit. Twitter co-founders Evan Williams and …

At 15, Daniela Shia-Sevilla’s writing has already wowed the literary community

She would say later that she was so nervous, she felt she didn’t belong there, that one singular thought resounded in her mind when she first stepped into the room: <i>I’m just a kid.</i><p>The Folger Shakespeare Library was crowded with the well-heeled literati, writers and thinkers and philanthropists in …

Literature

Is Education Technology Where Women Are Starting To Buck The Tech World’s Sexist Trends?

The number of women founders and executives at startups is dismal. But at ed-tech incubators, the numbers are starting to improve.<p>The landmark San Francisco trial between iconic venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins and Ellen Pao, the woman who did not become partner, may be over. But its …

Armello dev on the game's next big update, the pains of Kickstarter and Early Access

League of Geeks is dropping a new update for its "grim fairytale boardgame come to life," <i>Armello</i>, to fix one of the game's biggest problems: questing, founder and director Trent Kusters recently told Polygon. It's been a process filled with bumps and some emotional bruises.<p>"When we went to Early …

Deals of the Week: Xbox Live for $36, $350 PS4, Bloodborne With $20 PSN Credit

Save on games, Xbox Live, a new PS4, and more.<p>Want more deals? Join the IGN Deals Newsletter.<p>Today's Big Deals<p><b>A PS4 With Bloodborne</b><p>If Bloodborne has …

Robin Hood

12 Super Short Stories You Can Read In A Flash

Amelia Gray, Lindsay Hunter and a handful of other recently buzzed-about novelists got their literary starts in shorter-form writing. No, not poetry -- the more nebulous medium of flash fiction. Loosely defined as writings comprised of 1,000 words or less, flash fiction can include everything from …

Creative Writing

Bertrand Russell on Immortality, Why Religion Exists, and What “The Good Life” Really Means

“There are forces making for happiness, and forces making for misery. We do not know which will prevail, but to act wisely we must be aware of both.”<p><b>Bertrand Russell</b> (May 18, 1872–February 2, 1970) is one of humanity’s most grounding yet elevating thinkers, his writing at once lucid and luminous. …

Bertrand Russell

10 Best Car-Free Bike Paths in the USA

Why take just the lane when you can take the whole road? Pedal blissfully through stunning scenery on these car-free roads, lanes, and bike paths.<p>There’s no reason to yell “Car back!” on America’s rail trails and bike paths, where the bike is king of the road. On these 10 routes, take in the …

Hiking

Making Rules For Rules: How The Pursuit Of Artificially Intelligent Design Is Changing Videogame Development

“All players believe in intelligent design,” Eskil Steenberg tells me. Steenberg is the designer behind the sprawling MMO Love, one of the first in a wave of recent games attempting to repopularize the idea of procedurally generated worlds first released in 2010. “I was a single person making a …

Aldous Huxley on Drugs, Democracy, and Religion

In 1958, five years after his transcendent experience induced by taking four-tenths of a gram of mescalin, <b>Aldous Huxley</b> (July, 26 1894–November 22, 1963) — legendary author of <i>Brave New World</i>, lesser-known but no less compelling writer of children’s books, modern prophet — penned an essay titled</b> …

In major shift, Firefox to use Yahoo as default search engine

Google's 10-year run as Firefox's default search engine in the US is over. Yahoo wants more search traffic, and a deal with Mozilla will bring it.<p>In a major departure for both Mozilla and Yahoo, Firefox's default search engine is switching from Google to Yahoo in the United States.<p>"I'm thrilled to …

Software

Environment: News & features

Hilarious Portraits of Cute Dogs Floating in Mid-Air

This hilarious series of animal portraits will definitely make you smile! Created by German photographer Julia Christe, this <i>Freestyle Series</i> captures the motion of various types of dogs as they leap through the air. Each playful portrait expresses the lively personality of the animals as ears, fur, …

Animals

Here's The Joke A Bunch Of Googlers Are Telling About CEO Larry Page

"A brainiac who works in the lab walks into Page's office one day wielding his latest world-changing invention — a time machine," as Helft tells it. "As the scientist reaches for the power cord to begin a demo, Page fires off a dismissive question: 'Why do you need to plug it in?'"<p>Told …

Robotics

Kurt Vonnegut Explains “How to Write With Style”

If you feel the need for tips on developing a writing style, you probably don't look right to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' …

The Complete Ulysses: Alec Baldwin, Garrison Keillor, Bob Odenkirk & Others Read Joyce’s Opus Aloud

Perhaps you've held off on listening to <i>Re:Joyce</i>, Frank Delaney's line-by-line, episode-by-episode podcast exegesis of James Joyce's <i>Ulysses</i>, because …