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Five Off the Beaten Track Dive Destinations

Discover five off the beaten track dive destinations, from iceberg diving in Greenland to diving with Nile crocodiles in Botswana.

Here are the winners of the 2017 PEN Literary Awards

Writers from all over the world came together to celebrate books Monday night at the 2017 PEN Literary Awards Ceremony.<p>The ceremony is an annual …

Books

H.P. Lovecraft Gives Five Tips for Writing a Horror Story, or Any Piece of “Weird Fiction”

Though the term “weird fiction” came into being in the 19th century---originally used by Irish gothic writer Sheridan Le Fanu---it was picked up by …

Dystopian dreams: how feminist science fiction predicted the future

From Mary Shelley to Margaret Atwood, feminist science fiction writers have imagined other ways of living that prompt us to ask, could we do things differently?<p>Margaret Atwood’s evergreen dystopian novel <i>The Handmaid’s Tale</i> is about to become a television drama. Published in 1985, it couldn’t feel …

Mary Shelley

Chet Cunningham, author who defied writer's block by churning out 450 books, dies at 88

Chet Cunningham didn't believe in writer's block.<p>The San Diego author's catalog of 450 published books — Westerns, thrillers, military history, medical guides — included one that he wrote in less than a week because a publishing house was desperate to fill an unexpected hole in its production …

San Diego

'Handmaid's Tale' adaptation draws ire of Trump supporters

Canadian author Margaret Atwood’s classic novel about a dystopian world has drawn the ire of some Donald Trump supporters, who apparently believe the …

Scuba Diving Italy's Underwater Museum MuMart

MuMart, Sardinia, Italy<p><i>Plan now for September 2017</i><p>If you’d rather stick needles in your eyes than visit an art gallery, the Maritime Museum of Art …

Greg Iles concludes his spectacular “Natchez Burning” trilogy

In 2014, three years after surviving a near-fatal auto accident, Greg Iles returned to fiction in high style with “Natchez Burning,” an immense, …

You Can Scuba Dive, Swim, or Take a Paddle Board Yoga Class in This Geothermal Crater!

Most swimming holes are rarely holes in the literal sense, but Utah's natural wonder takes that description to new depths. A 10,000-year-old geothermal spring at the Homestead Resort in Midway, UT, has become a popular attraction for its warm mineral waters and unique dome shape. Its beehive-like …

Is writer’s block a real thing, or just a figment of the imagination?

Diagnosing yourself as having writer’s block, rather than just not currently writing, will make matters worse<p>‘What do you do when you get writer’s block?” someone asked me the other day. I was happy to answer. I get up from my desk and wander around with a self-pitying expression on my face, …

Writer's Block

Fifteen Literary Journals That Respond Within A Month

Submitting to journals with a quick response time is one of the best ways to stay motivated, not in terms of writing, but in terms of submitting. …

Creative Writing

How to Tell a Good Story, as Explained by George Saunders, Ira Glass, Ken Burns, Scott Simon, Catherine Burns & Others

All of us instinctively respond to stories. This has both positive and negative effects, but if we don't understand it about ourselves, we've won't …

Books

This literature map of the world is simply brilliant

<b>One of the things that makes books so powerful is that they can let you sample other cultures and experiences you'll never get to have in your own</b> …

6 Mild (and Wild) Dives in Cozumel

With its world-renowned diving, exotic tropical atmosphere, easy access & bargain prices, Cozumel offers the most "bang for the buck” in the …

Basic Fish ID: Part II

If you’ve seen the first installment of our basic Fish ID series, you know that over 20,000 species of fish populate the world’s waters. Most new …

Humpback whales are organizing in huge numbers, and no one knows why

Why Belize Should Be Your Next Undiscovered Getaway

Despite being small in landmass, Belize offers a great deal more than you’d expect when it comes to experiences. Wedged between Mexico and Guatemala, …

Ziplining

Trump Proposes Eliminating the Arts and Humanities Endowments

A deep fear came to pass for many artists, museums, and cultural organizations nationwide early Thursday morning when President Trump, in his first federal budget plan, proposed eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.<p>President Trump also …

Museums

Mastering narration: 5 deft examples of narrative

Narrating a story presents many choices. How will you bring time and place into your story? Whose POV will you tell the story from? How will you show …

Scuba Fin Test: Behind-The-Scenes Photos Of ScubaLab's Gear Review

The ScubaLab team and our eager test divers headed up to Alexander Springs in Central Florida to conduct our 2017 scuba fin review. We spent a sunny …

Scuba Diving

How to Explore the Ocean Like a Cousteau

Courtesy of Pixabay<p>Jacques Cousteau’s grandson, Fabien, shares his advice on conservation and how to enjoy the Caribbean to the fullest.<p>Filmmaker, …

Humpback Whales

Locals express heartbreak over British ship's damage to pristine Indonesian reef

Indonesian locals have expressed their anger after a British-owned ship harmed one of the most pristine and beautiful reefs in the world.<p>People who live in the vicinity of the reef on Raja Ampat rely on dive tourism, and are worried about the implications of the damage.<p>The 90-meter Caledonian Sky …

New novel imagines Lincoln amid ghosts after son's death

"Lincoln in the Bardo" (Random House), by George SaundersDays after his son Willie's death, Abraham Lincoln returned alone, late at night, to his …

Why the Florida Keys are Perfect for New Divers

Scuba diving unlocks a new world, one that offers amazing adventures and underwater encounters with some of the world’s most incredible marine …

37 Of The Most Heartbreakingly Beautiful Lines In Literature

"Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt."<p><b>2.</b> "We accept the love we think we deserve."<p>– Stephen Chbosky, <i>The Perks of Being a Wallflower</i><p>Submitted by Carly Black, Facebook<p><b>3.</b> "Till I die and after I die, and when I find my way out of the land of the dead, I'll drift about forever, all my atoms, till …

The sums on creative writing degrees don't add up. So why do we do them? | Rebecca Slater

There’s a certain natural creativity and lyrical flair in great writers. But, as with all art, there’s an element of skill involved that can be improved with instruction<p>When I tell people I’m doing a creative writing degree there are two questions that people usually ask: the first is “Why?’” and …

Creative Writing

Is Solo Diving Right For You?

Solo diving is a not-entirely-accepted way of enjoying our sport. It’s not for everyone, even though many of us have done it at one time or another, …

Scuba Diving

How a Writing Residency Helped This Woman Return to Her Craft

I arrived at Rivendell Writers’ Colony for the first time one November weekend just as the sun was setting. Signs along the long, winding gravel …

See the cover for Ursula K. Le Guin's new book, No Time to Spare

Over the course of her career, Ursula K. Le Guin has written everything from fantasy to realistic fiction, while also keeping up a pretty consistent …

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Imperfect Romance with The New Yorker

There’s a doomed, romantic quality to the relationship between F. Scott Fitzgerald and <i>The New Yorker</i>; they were perfect for each other but never quite got together. By the time <i>The New Yorker</i>’s first issue hit newsstands, in February, 1925, Fitzgerald—who had published “This Side of Paradise” in …