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Tired of Ironing Shirts? DIY This Wrinkle Release Spray

Next time you've got a wrinkly shirt, mix up this quick and easy chemical-free wrinkle release spray instead of reaching for your iron. We put this …

Your Embarrassing Cleaning Questions, Answered

Keeping your home clean can often be more than you bargained for. Sometimes the cat pees on the rug, you find roaches in your kitchen, or your shower …

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Poet Gregory Pardlo: 'I won the Pulitzer: why am I invisible?'

Pardlo, Saeed Jones, Cate Marvin and Willie Perdomo excoriated the publishing industry for its lack of writers not white and male at a Manhattan panel<p>“One of the things I run into surprisingly often is people saying to me, ‘I’ve never heard of you before,’” says poet Gregory Pardlo. “Yet I’ve been …

5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Recipes For Those Busy Weeknights

So easy.<p>We love the slow cooker for how much easier it makes our lives. Not only does it cook us dinner and dessert, but we can hack it into a steamer when needed. Plus, it turns out, it's pretty easy to clean, too.<p>In the name of ease and simplicity, we set out to find the easiest, simplest slow …

Not Your Mother's Meatballs -- slow cooker recipe

This is an "advanced" slow cooker recipe. I wouldn't suggest attempting it unless you have used your crockpot quite a bit and are comfortable playing …

8 Mistakes That Accidentally Lower Your Thyroid Function and Metabolism

You try to be healthy so you go on a diet, start exercising, take vitamins and go to see your doctor, who prescribes medications.<p>Despite your best …

43 Books You Won't Be Able To Stop Talking About

OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG<p><i>Note: Some entries have been edited for clarity and/or length.</i>

15 Minute Lasagna | Kevin & Amanda | Food & Travel Blog

<i>Yes, you can really have cheesy, dreamy, homemade lasagna in just 15 minutes! Everything cooks in just one skillet so you only have one dish to wash.</i> …

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11 Memoirs That Read Better Than a Novel

Originally published on Kirkus. For more from Kirkus, click here.<p>Follow Kirkus on Twitter: www.twitter.com/KirkusReviews

5 Anti-Inflammatory Juices to Beat Rheumatoid Arthritis

<b>Notes:</b><p>Watermelon is an anti-inflammatory powerhouse because of its high content of beta carotene and vitamin C. Add the antioxidants in the …

The unreliable narrator: Creating surprise in your story

The unreliable narrator is a useful fiction device for creating surprise in your story and avoiding predictability. Here are some ways that …

Creative Writing

5 reasons every writer needs this one tool under $20

<i>This is a paid placement and if you buy something through this article or on the BGR Store we will receive compensation from retail partners.</i><p>When <i>New</i> …

Writing

1 Simple Trick For Writing Diverse Characters

John McClane is an enduring character across the decades but we need new blood nowWe hear a lot about so-called representation on screen and how it’s …

Zoe Saldana

A Short Story About A Blind Man And A Window, The Ending Will Strike You

en_US<p>article<p>Sometimes the blind we more clearly than those who can …

'Child Garden' Gives The Cozy Mystery A Shot Of Caffeine

Early on in this engaging suspense novel, heroine Gloria Harkness declares that she is not Miss Marple. It's something of an odd statement, considering she is very much cut from the same tea-cozy cloth as Agatha Christie's venerable character. If she's not Miss Marple, she'll do until the real …

5 Reasons Internal Dialogue is Essential in Fiction (And How to Use It in Your Story)

Today, I have a special treat for you guys. Author, speaker, editor and long-time W.A.N.A. International Instructor Marcy Kennedy is here to talk …

Creative Writing

Jenny Downham: 'my own mother had Alzheimer’s and died while I was writing Unbecoming'

The bestselling author of Before I Die has just published her long awaited third novel Unbecoming which sensitively addresses dementia, single motherhood and teenage angst. Teen site member CaraErica got to ask her all about it<p>Also read CaraErica’s review of Unbecoming<p><b>As a child what were your</b> …

Super Niching: The Dirty Little Secret Of Successful Bloggers Everywhere

<i>This is a guest contribution from Michaela Clark.</i><p>It’s the one thing most bloggers avoid talking about the most. A shameful, hidden secret we keep …

42 Storage Ideas That Will Organize Your Entire House

Get your life in line.

24 Dump Dinners You Can Make In A Crock-Pot

Step one: Dump everything into a slow cooker. Step two: Let dinner make itself.

Let yourself cry: Jennifer Niven's inspirational top writing tips

The author of All The Bright Places put together this powerful writing advice with her mum, who always wrote even in the saddest times, to offer inspiration for every occasion and so here presents… A Niven guide to writing<p>Find out more about All The Bright Places and why you should enter the …

Creative Writing

9 Gripping Debuts

<i>Originally published on Kirkus. For more from Kirkus, click here.</i><p>Follow Kirkus on Twitter: www.twitter.com/KirkusReviews

5 Things You Can Do With Your Slow Cooker That Don't Involve Food

<i>By: Joe McGauley</i><p><i>Credit: Cole Saladino/Supercompressor</i><p>You already have a deep appreciation for your slow cooker (usually called by the name of the most popular brand, the Crock-Pot) for the gloriously easy, set-it-and-forget-it meals it cooks up as if by magic while you're at the office or splayed …

10 Women Authors You Should Read Who Published After Age 40

A good reminder the lit world isn't just wunderkinds.<p>It's not uncommon for those with creative aspirations to feel like whatever they're doing is being done too late.<p>It's nearly impossible, when you're spending lonely nights typing away at your first novel or receiving rejection after rejection …

Don’t Google Ottessa Moshfegh: Read Her Debut Novel, Eileen, Instead

Go ahead, Google <b>Ottessa Moshfegh</b>: you won’t find much. Well, that’s not entirely true—you’ll find several of her arresting short stories, many of which have found a home at the illustrious <i>Paris Review</i>. But as for gritty details on Moshfegh, or even a Twitter account? Hardly anything (and, as for …

Books

Bitter River

• <b>Author:</b> Julia Keller<p>In the next stunning novel from Pulitzer Prize-winning Julia Keller, following the popular <i>A Killing in the Hills</i>, a pregnant teenager is found murdered at the bottom of a river.<p>Phone calls before dawn are never good news. And when you're the county's prosecuting attorney, calls …

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