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I Am Not My Treatment: A Disease Overshadowed by Glutenspeak

May is Celiac Awareness Month. My guess is that it's mostly celiacs who are aware of this; it's celiacs who are more aware of the facts about the disease, the stats, the treatment.<p>Celiac disease websites, message boards, and blogs are probably visited mainly by celiacs, or by those suspecting that …

The Daily Word Counts of 39 Famous Authors

If you want to be a published writer, you should cultivate a writing routine. Almost every writer I've interviewed has one. Creating a habit of …

Creative Writing

Here’s a Crazy Intense Workout That Will Make You Feel Like a Beast

Burn all of the calories, no equipment needed.<p>At the end, you'll have done 100 burpees (and a whole bunch of other stuff). Tips on how to do the moves below.<p>And BTW, you can make this workout more beginner-friendly if you need. Just do 5 of each move, instead of 10. (Hey, 50 burpees is still …

Workouts

Couple Murdered for ‘Unfriending’ Woman On Facebook

A mother-daughter duo are on trial in Tennessee for allegedly inciting the murder of a couple that unfriended one of the women on social media.<p>The …

Crime

All the Fall 2015 TV Shows You Need to Know

Here are the new and returning series you might or might not want to watch in the months ahead.<p><b>Drunk History, Season One, Comedy Central (September 1)</b><p>Based on the Funny or Die web series created by Derek Waters and Jeremy Konner, <i>Drunk History</i> takes a "narrator" in every episode, gets him or her …

TV

What Are Puerto Rico's Best Outdoor Activities?

<i>A:</i><p>Although travelers might be drawn to Puerto Rico for its beaches and nightlife, the island's outdoor recreation opportunities outshine its other attractions.<p><b>Rainforest Adventures</b><p>El Yunque National Forest’s status as the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. National Forest system earns it the top …

Puerto Rico

How to Fake a Face Lift

<b>1. Boosted Brows</b><br>Bushy brows are trendy, but let yours go too native and they can start to drag eyes down. "Creating a higher arch results in a more awake look, says Sania Vucetaj, founder of Sania's Brow Bar in New York City. First, make an outline of your desired brow shape with a brow pencil. …

10 Insanely Gorgeous, Under-The-Radar European Destinations

The value of the dollar against the euro is the highest it has been in years, making now the perfect time to take that trip you've been meaning to plan. But instead of the usual suspects (lookin' at you, London and Paris), why not try one of these under-the-radar spots that are far less crowded but …

2015 Tours of a Lifetime

Travel Photography

5 Reasons to Go to New Orleans Now

As the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches, it’s a marvel to see how this formerly devastated city has emerged from the wreckage and …

New Orleans

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Beaches

Men's Fashion, Style, Grooming, Fitness, Lifestyle, News & Politics

Best of GQ<p>What Artur Samarin pulled off at a school in small-town Pennsylvania is one of the boldest hoaxes of our time.<p>By Daniel Riley15 hours …

Lifestyle

Going Clear Review: HBO's Indispensable History of Scientology

Alex Gibney’s documentary <i>Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief</i> (premiering March 29 on HBO) is an indispensable general history of the …

Religion

The Fast Book Outliner | Dave Seah

Seven shows you should be watching on Netflix

It's not all about <i>House of Cards</i>. It can't be. After you've gorged on all 13 episodes and figured out that Frank Underwood is, definitely, unspeakably evil, you're possibly wondering what else to watch on Netflix. Well, there's a lot. Some new, some classics, some gems cancelled too quickly, some …

It's A Woman's Universe: The Ladies Of Science Fiction

The first science fiction book I can remember reading was <i>A Wrinkle in Time</i> by Madeleine L'engle, and I recall how immediately upon finishing it, I begged my mother to drive me back to the library so I could check out every other book L'engle had written. The strangeness of the book bent my mind in …

Books

8 Trips You HAVE to Take Before You Die

There are trips we strongly recommend you take and then there are those that we basically demand. Trust us, as travel experts, we know the getaways that should make your bucket list. Here are eight trips you HAVE to take before you die -- and we even ordered them chronologically with the adventure …

Kindle Unlimited, A Monthly Book Subscription, Launches In Canada

Forget about binge watching — from here on out, 2015 is the year of binge reading.<p>Amazon.ca announced it would be offering Kindle Unlimited to …

Books

Free List of 400 Book Publishers and Book Editors for First Fiction and First-Time Novelists

Book Publishers: First Novels<br>Book Editors: Debut Novels<p>Beginning novelists often type phrases like book publisher, novel editor, novel publishers, …

Creative Writing

5 Best All-Inclusive Resorts for Families in the Caribbean

Whether you're a family of three or of five, with toddlers or with teens, these five best Caribbean all-inclusive resorts promise carefree good times in a natural paradise with unbridled fun under the sun for the whole family. Above and beyond delicious cuisine and decadent spa treatments, each of …

Flourless Dessert Recipes No One Can Resist

In this day and age, cooking and baking for a crowd can be hard. Allergies and dietary restrictions coupled with the current healthy food trends make …

Dessert

19 Thrilling Trails Guaranteed to Make Your Heart Race

These 19 hikes will raise your heart rate, take you to perilous heights, or bring you to awe-inspiring destinations.

Hiking

Script Angel: 11 Tips To Boost Your Creativity

<i>Hayley McKenzie is a Script Editor and founder of Script Angel, helping screenwriters elevate their craft and advance their screenwriting career.</i> …

What is Writing Hypnosis? Stephen King Explains!

Why Most Authors Get Book Launches Wrong & What We Can Learn

In the past week, I’ve had multiple conversations with authors about book launches. They’ve said things like, “How did you do that?” or “My publisher …

Writing

The Most Important Skills You Need to Start a Writing Career

So you want to get paid for your writing, but you've never been published. You have no formal experience, and no one's ever hired you for a …

How to Create A Writing Schedule For Your Book

Once you’ve <b>Visioned your book</b>, written its <b>Purpose</b> and created a <b>Working Table of Contents,</b> you’re ready to figure out exactly when you’re actually …

Writing

Signs That You're Dating a Sociopath

As much as we dread being the bearers of bad news, there is a possibility that you may have have fallen madly in love with a sociopath. Not every …

How To Use Dialogue To Show And Not Tell

At the end of last year I wrote a post titled Five Incredibly Simple Ways to Help Writers Show and Not Tell. This week I want to discuss Tip 5 - …

Ghostwriters