Debi Shepard

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I Just Hacked a Box of Bisquick and Made the Best Biscuits Ever

I just baked a batch of tender, fluffy, soft-as-a-pillow biscuits, and I didn't even break a sweat. That's because I tried a new biscuit-making …

Baking

6 apps that will finally get your email inbox under control

There are two kinds of people in this world: Those who are compulsive about keeping their email inboxes as streamlined and up to date as possible, …

Productivity

Read These 5 Books On Writing In Lieu of Spending $40,000 On An MFA

Back in the pre-Internet days, if you wanted to land an agent and a book deal you had two choices: spend a million dollars on postage cold-querying …

Writing

Story Editing. Copyediting. Proofreading. What in the world are they?

In today’s publishing environment, it’s up to an author to ensure all the major steps of revision/self-editing have been completed.Image Source: …

Writing

Lose 10 Pounds in Two Weeks With Our Low-Carb Detox Diet

Over the years, we’ve met lots of inspiring weight loss success stories. But we’ve met a lot of diet dropouts, too. “The dieters who keep quitting …

Nutrition

The 3 Best Lenses for Landscape Photography: This Award-Winning Pro Reveals His Top Picks (VIDEO)

Serious nature photographers typically carry a bag full of premium glass on their excursions into the great outdoors, and in the video below you'll …

Landscape Photography

Why you should write for 182 days

Photo by Patrick Fore on Unsplash<i>Writing is many things to a lot of people.</i>Well, to me it was once something that I found really difficult to do and …

Writing

Every Photographer Should Be Able To Do These 17 Things in Under 10 Seconds

I know what you're thinking...Photography is all about taking your time, checking the corners of the frame, perfecting the lighting, and so forth.And …

Cameras

Every Great TED Speaker Uses These 3 Writing Techniques

Start with the structure to ensure success.<p>Every great TED talk begins with a good outline. If you want your presentation to leave a TED worthy impression, you'll need to start planning long before the day of the speech: how can you make your message memorable? What should be included in the talk? …

Public Speaking

Hands On: Ulysses 12.3 for Mac and iOS aims to be where you do all your writing

The more technically-minded you are, and the less dependent on paper, the more you'll love Ulysses, the comprehensive writing tool for both Mac and …

Great Books

Ten Resume-Writing Rules You're Allowed To Break Now

The world of job searching is changing fast! Resume-writing is changing, too.<p>We used to be bound by ancient resume-writing rules. We never found out who made up these rules or why everybody followed them. We were simply told “This is how you must write your resume!” and we obeyed.<p>Now things are …

Employment

Two Questions For Choosing A Point Of View Character and Style

When writing a series, choosing both the point of view characters and point of view style are HUGE decisions an author must make.Image Source …

Creative Writing

Ten Life Lessons You Learn When You Lose Your Job

Dear Liz,<p>I got laid off last week. I am devastated. I joined the company four years ago when they were in a “turnaround” phase. They were able to get out of the red and make improvements in revenue and profits but 2017 was tough.<p>My CEO stood up in front of our whole team and said “We will cut …

Employment

Warning: You'll Probably Quit the Gym After Doing This At-Home Workout — It's That Good

You don't need a gym membership, fancy studio, or even a lot of time to get in shape. What you do need is a solid workout and dedication. We'll …

Exercise

Bagel Quiche Just Became My New Go-to Brunch Dish

Not all food mash-ups are created equal. So when we try one, it's worth sharing what we think—whether it's to tell you how to make it, or to avoid it …

Breakfast

No Office? No Problem. Run Your Company Remotely With These 4 Tools

The future of work is remote. Are you ready?<p>In 2018, running a remote company is not as difficult as it may seem--and it is quickly becoming a necessity. According to the Bureau of Labor statistics, 22 percent of employees work at least partially in a remote environment and the number--as well as …

Project Management

Ten Things Never, Ever To Give An Employer -- Until After You're Hired

Dear Liz,<p>I’m a finalist for a Regional Manager position with a company in my city. I have an in-depth, all-day interview with them next week. I’ve already interviewed three times. This will be the final interview.<p>Last night the recruiter “Rob” called me and passed on a request from “Vincent,” the …

Employment

The Healthy Replacement For Peanut Butter That Helped Me Lose Weight

I've always been a fan of any nut butter. It's one of the most versatile ingredients in anyone's diet. You can spread nut butter on toast, eat it …

Nutrition

Ten Job Search Hacks Everybody Needs To Know

If you job hunt in 2018 the way you did in 2005, your job search will last a long time.<p>You have to adopt a new job search strategy and tactics now!<p>Here are ten job search hacks everyone should know.<p><b>1. LinkedIn Headline-Writing For Job Seekers</b><p>If you’re not working right now, you can announce your …

Employment

Pepperoni Pizza Scones

Pepperoni Pizza Scones<p>Prep time<p>10 mins<p>Cook time<p>20 mins<p>Total time<p>30 mins<p>Pepperoni Pizza Scones are your new favorite scones. Filled with cheese, …

Recipes

25 amazingly small ways to motivate yourself to write…write & write…

Writerly motivation is a tough nut to crack. I go and I write a single post, I get <i>immediate feedback</i>. Maybe nothing happens, or maybe some people …

Creative Writing

20 Make-Ahead Breakfast Recipes with Eggs

While fried, poached, and scrambled eggs are best made right before eating, there are plenty of other eggy options that hold up well and can be made …

Breakfast

A Meal-Prep Dream: 3 Easy Breakfasts From 1 Simple Recipe

When you're trying to eat healthy, a little prepping goes a long way — especially if you're in for the long haul. And you are, right? Of course you are, because slow and steady definitely wins the healthy race. We think meal prep is a key part of making sustainable lifestyle changes along with …

How to get started with Scrivener for Mac

This popular app makes it easy to just start writing.<p>When you create a new Scrivener project, choose the category and template that best fit what …

3 Free PDF to Word Converters

A PDF to Word converter does just that - it converts a PDF file, which <i>can't be edited</i> with most software, to a Microsoft Word format, like DOCX or …

Things You Can Do Right Now To Immediately Improve Your Photography

If you want to take better photos (who doesn't?), this article is for you...<p>Becoming a better photographer doesn't have to be difficult, confusing, …

The Best Planners for 2018, According to Productivity and Stationery Experts

There are plenty of apps and gadgets that claim to jump-start your productivity, but if you’re really looking to buckle down and make the most of …

Productivity

6 old-school weight loss tips that actually work

You may roll your eyes when your mom — or even your grandmother — tries to give you advice. Their tips just seem so outdated and irrelevant. But there's one area in which their tips may be valid: diet and exercise.<p>Don't get me wrong: The '50s, '60s, and '70s had some major flaws and fads when it …

Fitness

How I Increased My LinkedIn Views By 10x Almost Immediately

And the numbers keep climbing<p>For almost as long as I've been writing on the internet, I've been sharing my posts on LinkedIn. To be honest, I did so because it was easy. I just clicked on the little button above and that was that. I never expected many people to see what I wrote, because each …

Amazing Examples On How To Use The Rule Of Thirds To Your Advantage

Thank you to all the photographers that shared their best photos showing the rule of thirds composition in the Rule Of Thirds Photo contest v3 with …