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Google location tracking: Turn it off for real

Google is watching you. That's what everyone says half-jokingly about the search giant, which has often been accused of Big Brother-style monitoring of your searches, voice activity and location.<p>Now it appears that even if you manually disable Google Location History, Google Maps and other apps may …

Maps

17 verbs that cut fat from your writing

Verbs are the powerhouse of your sentences; choose them wisely.<p>Another issue that I see frequently in the work that I edit is weak verbs coupled with …

Creative Writing

Emily Mortimer’s 10 Favorite Books

<i>Bookseller</i> <i>One Grand Books</i> <i></i><i>has asked celebrities to name the ten titles they’d take to a desert island, and they’ve shared the results with Vulture.</i> …

Books

How To Use Writing Prompts

Improve your craft, develop stories, and win awards while having funI used to turn my nose up at writing prompts. I regarded them as frauds, …

Creative Writing

Whenever you wonder if Trump can really be THAT stupid, just remember one word

At some point, you may have experienced a moment of doubt. A moment that goes something like “This Trump guy, sure he looks, and acts, and sounds …

Donald Trump

Good Writing is Not Written, It’s Assembled

2 Powerful Writing Lessons from Ryan Holiday and Derek HalpernProlific writer Stephen King once said,“If you want to be a writer, you must do two …

Writing

This is what the life of an incel looks like

"Then when I started going online, I realized there is literally an epidemic of men just like me.”<p>“When I go outside I’m paralyzed with anxiety and fear. I know the traditional psychological methods of addressing this, but the fact is I need that one person to help."

Incel

Rick “Zombie Boy” Genest, Star of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” Video, Dead at 32

Rick Genest—the model and actor known as Zombie Boy who prominently appeared in Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” music video—has died from an apparent suicide, TMZ reports. Genest was famous in the body art world for his record number of insect and bone tattoos. He was also a musician who collaborated …

Music Videos

The Next 'Game of Thrones' Could Come From China

Jin Yong had to wait six decades to see his fantasy trilogy, <i>Legends of the Condor Heroes</i>, translated into English earlier this year — nevermind that …

Books

Five Scary Horror Movies That Are Underrated, Including The Disturbing And Thought-Provoking ‘Martyrs’

'Martyrs' is not for the faint of heart, but for those who can make it to the end, the climax is unforgettable.<p>If you’re looking for the best horror …

Horror

How to Remove Anything from Any Photo in Photoshop (Video Tutorial)

Here’s a typical photo scenario: someone you know has an otherwise attractive portrait which, unfortunately, also includes an ex-boyfriend or …

Tutorials

8 Pieces of Software Every Photographer Should Use, According to Michael Sasser

Professional boudoir photographer Michael Sasser is not only a software expert, he can tell you which programs are essential for working …

Photography

Writing About War

One of the sad truths of humanity is that there always seems to be a war going on somewhere. Norwich University notes that as recently as 2015, there …

Creative Writing

The ugly scandal that cancelled the Nobel prize

Sweden’s literary elite has been thrown into disarray by allegations of sexual harassment and corruption. By Andrew Brown<p>In the eyes of its members, there is no more important cultural institution in the world than the Swedish Academy. The members, who call themselves The Eighteen (always in …

Nobel Prize

Ten essential summer reads according to the Swedish bookstore voted world's best

<b>Fiction</b><p><i>"Less" by Andrew Sean Greer</i><p>"This great, funny, empathic book about a middle-aged writer and his insecurities won the Pulitzer this year."<p>Read …

Advice from Kurt Vonnegut that Every Writer Needs to Read

I can give you professional writing advice until the cows come home, but at the end of the day, I’m not a bestselling author or a member of America’s …

10 ridiculously simple steps for writing a book

“Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.” — Mark Twain<p>As the bestselling author of five books, I can tell you without …

25 Writing Contests in July 2018 — No entry fees

There are more than two dozen free writing contests in July, some of which offer substantial prizes. Every genre, form, and style is covered, from …

5 Tips For Writing a Book People Will Actually Read (From a First Time Author)

My first book comes out this month. Here's what I learned.<p>I was sitting alone in a garage surrounded by packing boxes.<p>My usual morning routine, which started with coffee back then (and now is more about black tea), segued into a new idea for this column. I started writing about what it means to be …

The best writing advice I have ever received

After failing so hard the first time, the person who gave it to me isn’t even a writer.I have been struggling to write for a very long time.In truth, …

The president of the United States was just accused of persistent charity fraud

By Amber Phillips<p>Reporter, The Fix<p>He used his namesake charity to benefit himself, both financially and politically. He broke state and federal law multiple times. His charity may have violated tax and campaign finance law. The president of the United States should be banned from running any …

Corruption

10 Ground Beef Skillet Recipes — Recipes from the Kitchn

Arm yourself with a pound of ground beef and a skillet, and your dinner possibilities become quite extraordinary. Using ground beef is a smart way to …

The scariest horror films ever – ranked!

25 Don’t Torture a Duckling (Lucio Fulci, 1972)<p>Now that Lars von Trier has offered what may be a backhanded homage to it in his serial-killer nightmare The House That Jack Built, attention may well refocus on this cult giallo classic from Italy. A journalist investigates a series of murders in a …

Horror

24 things I learned publishing 3 books in only 6 months

After I published my first book, it took six years before I published my second book. Today, only six months after publishing my second book, I’m …

If You Think Horror Movies Are Scary, Wait Until You Read These Novels

If you've ever wondered whether or not your love of horror movies and scary stories is creepy, this should give you some peace of mind: There's …

Trump appeasement fails, so Trudeau takes the gloves off

After more than a year of trying to make nice, Justin Trudeau finally looks fed up with Donald Trump.<p>Canada had pushed for an exemption from Trump's tariffs -- thinking, now naively, there'd be a perk to being a neighbor, ally and largest buyer of U.S. goods. Trudeau had bitten his tongue through …

How an Aspiring ‘It’ Girl Tricked New York’s Party People — and Its Banks

Photography by Sergio Corvacho<p>Above, Anna Delvey.<p>It started with money, as it so often does in New York. A crisp $100 bill slipped across the smooth …

Rudy Giuliani admits 'Spygate' is Trump PR tactic against Robert Mueller

This is part of the propaganda machine. Let’s spread a completely fallacious story and say it needs to be investigated Adam Schiff<p>Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani said on Sunday that his repeated imputations of a supposed scandal at the heart of the Robert Mueller investigation – which …

Donald Trump

Top Websites for Writers: 7 Websites to Fuel Your Creativity

<b>For the last two decades, we’ve scoured the web for sites to include in our annual roundup of the 101 Best Websites for Writers, a comprehensive</b> …

Everything Stephen King Thinks You Need To Know About Writing

Stephen King is one of the most prolific writers of our generation. His books have sold more than 350 million copies and if nobody has told you yet, …