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So you want to be a writer? Essential tips for aspiring novelists

How to write a killer opening line. Why Google is not research. When to rip it up and start again. Whatever you do, just write! Lessons from acclaimed novelist and creative writing professor Colum McCann<p>“Nobody can advise you and help you, nobody,” said Rainer Maria Rilke in <i>Letters to a Young Poet</i> …

Authors

Make a Vision Board - How to Make a Vision Board

How to Make a Vision Board: 3 Tips<p>September 24th, 2013<p>Whether you go old-school with paper and glue or are tech-savvy and use Pinterest to make a …

A Neural Net Created a Bonkers List of DUNGEONS & DRAGONS Spell Names

It’s hour seven of your weekly Dungeons & Dragons campaign, and you’re deep in a haunted goblin forest, surrounded by face-eating wolves who want to …

Dungeons and Dragons

So You Want to Read Sword and Sorcery Fiction: Here’s Where to Start

Genre is a tricky business, with one person’s dark fantasy being another’s grimdark and so forth. Sword and sorcery is no exception. Also known as …

The train graveyard at the 'edge of the world'

Melbourne-based photographer Chris Staring captured a series of stunning photos of the train graveyard, known locally as the 'Cementerio de …

Locomotives

Ten Apps That Will Improve Your Marketing Team's Productivity In 2017

Photo Credit: Pixabay<p>More and more CMOs are finding themselves overwhelmed by the mounting responsibilities they have to tackle every day. However, though the modern world generates a lot of stress, it also provides relief. Technology, when correctly used, can help alleviate some of the burden of …

Emily Blunt

Turkish committee clears draft expanding Erdogan's powers

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish parliamentary commission on Friday cleared a set of draft constitutional amendments that would greatly expand the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.<p>The constitutional commission approved the reforms at the end of a 17-hour session that lasted into the early …

Turkey

Senators ask Trump EPA chief pick to disclose energy industry ties

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats on the U.S. Senate's environment panel on Wednesday asked President-elect Donald Trump's choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency to disclose his ties to the energy industry ahead of his confirmation hearing early next year.<p>The six senators sent a letter …

Fidget Cube for restless workers rocks Kickstarter, attracts gobs of money

The Fidget Cube is a cube at heart, but it also has plenty of features designed to keep your fingers occupied when you just can't hold still.<p>Your desk is your sanctuary at work. It's where you sit (or stand) and while away your employment hours. Maybe you're really good at holding still. Or maybe …

Crowd Funding

Here's How NASA Thinks Society Will Collapse

Too much inequality and too few natural resources could leave the West vulnerable to a Roman Empire-style fall.<p>This article is from the archive of our partner<p>Few think Western civilization is on the brink of collapse — but it's also doubtful the Romans and Mesopotamians saw their own demise coming …

Sociology

'Neural network' spotted deep inside Samsung's Galaxy S7 silicon brain

<b>Hot Chips</b> Secrets of Exynos M1 cores spilledSamsung has revealed the blueprints to its mystery M1 processor cores at the heart of its S7 and S7 Edge …

Deep Learning

Twelve of the most harrowing accounts from the Nauru files – in pictures

The Nauru files document in chilling detail what day-to-day life is like inside the Australian-run detention centre on the remote Pacific island. From traumatised children drawing dark pictures to a woman suffering the indignity of pleading for basic medical supplies – from the harrowing to the …

Micronesia

15 fun things you can do with your smartphone photos to preserve memories

Creative smartphone photo products<p>1. A monthly magazine<p>The Recently app turns photos from your camera roll (iOS for now) into an 8x11” magazine that you receive on a monthly basis. You can include either 50 or 100 photos in each magazine, and along with copies for yourself, you can also send issues …

Even Broke, Mark Twain Traveled in Style

In 1895, a bankrupt Mark Twain embarked on a round-the-world speaking tour to pay his debts. It worked, but what we remember are his funny, acerbic travel notes.<p>Celebrity perks usually amount to a few comped bottles of champagne or courtside tickets. A British railway once set aside 35 miles of …

Mark Twain

Mapped: Every single Game of Thrones filming location

The idea that tourists will flock to the filming locations of the latest blockbuster movie, or must-see TV drama, can sometimes feel a little far-fetched. How many really sped to Albuquerque after watching Breaking Bad? However, when it comes to Game of Thrones, so enthralling is the fantasy world, …

The 50 Most Beautiful Vacation Rentals in America

15 Breathtaking Campsites In Canada You Need To Visit This Summer

These spots will make you one happy camper.<p>1. Berg Lake Campground in Mount Robson Provincial Park, British Columbia<p>Mount Robson Provincial Park is bursting with adventure and stunning views. The campground is located across from the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies, Mount Robson. Set up …

The Cheapest Days to Fly for Summer Travel

If you have plans for summer travel, it’s time to start thinking about booking those flights. And CheapAir has analyzed and calculated the cheapest …

Air Travel

The World’s Most Beautiful New Museums

Architectural marvels from New York City to Shanghai.<p>Spain’s powerful Botín family, longtime bankers and philanthropists, hired Renzo Piano to build …

Museums

6 of the coolest boatels in the world

Whether it's great design or scenic views that float your boat, Liz Connor rounds up the best hotels at sea to book this year

Travel

The Ancient City Of Polonnaruwa In Sri Lanka // Part 2 Of 2

After finishing off with the first part of Polonnaruwa (only ‘first’ because that’s where we visited first), we drove a few minutes to another big …

Archaeology

The 25 Most Beautiful Places in the World

Time to dust off your passport.<p>There are so many amazing places around the globe to see, we couldn't possibly include them all in just one list. But, these breathtaking destinations are definitely worth bumping to the top of your travel bucket list–whether you're looking to relax on a beach, get …

Australian National Parks

Here's the Memory Trick That Science Says Works

If the brain could brag that's pretty much all it would do. It's easily the most complicated organ in your body, and, more than that, the nimblest …

The Brain

Empathy Is the Secret to Writing That Sells, According to Science

Can activating mirror neurons make your writing more effective?<p>Writing aimed at driving sales often takes an emotional angle--it taps into feelings of happiness, of sadness, or relief. It evokes empathy, and makes the reader feel an emotional response that suits the sales objective. Think about …

Emotions

16 unprofessional email habits that make everyone hate you

With the onslaught of emails we receive every day, it's hard to imagine how anyone could keep up professional email habits at all times.<p>To make this task a little less daunting, we asked experts to highlight some of the least professional behaviors you could demonstrate when sending an email.<p>While …

Etiquette

7 Ways To Learn a Foreign Language Faster (That Are Backed by Science)

I was raised bilingual and started learning a third language when I was about three years old, which means I am really fluent in three languages as …

Stephen King Used These 8 Writing Strategies To Sell 350 Million Books

The bestselling novelist shares his secrets to selling so many books.<p>Stephen King is one of the most prolific and commercially successful authors of the past half century, with more than 70 books of horror, science fiction, and fantasy to his name. Estimates put the total sales of his books at …

Authors

Why Facebook failed with Free Basics

Land grab! Net neutrality! Imperialism! There was a lot of justified outrage (and perhaps delight) when Mark Zuckerberg’s dream of bringing the Internet to rural Indians came crashing down recently, fueled by 457 companies and more than 800 startups that signed letters vehemently opposing …

India

Look for These 5 Business Intelligence Tool Attributes to Effectively Drill Into Big Data

A shrewd business person is the one who sees the big picture, understands the scheme of things, predicts future trends and takes decision based on that. A few years back, this was achieved simply by keeping one’s eyes and ears open.<p>However, with the constant influx of information and big-data …

Business Intelligence