Pay with a Poem

What is a poem worth? As authors around the world despair of making a living, a company based in Vienna has finally come up with a definitive answer: one cup of coffee. Julius Meinl, a coffee-roasting company founded in 1862, is marking Unesco’s World Poetry Day with a promotion in 1,100 cafes, bars and restaurants … Read more…

Things No Man Should Have In His Bedroom

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Can you add to the list? I especially agree with the cheap sheets. Assuming he wants to bring women into his bed… clean, good sheets do a lot to make a good impression and might be what keeps her interested or sends her fleeing off into the night! via – 22 Things No Man Should Have … Read more…

Writing About Fat People

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BBW stands for big, beautiful woman. Why does a site like the Urban Dictionary post negative definitions like this? (See below). How do you know what’s humour, what’s serious and what’s over the line?… Substitute something else for “fat” or “black” or “Mexican” and see if it still sounds okay. Changing one descriptive word can … Read more…

Writing Prompts for Food Bloggers

Check the link to read the full list. The list included your foodie history, diets, ingredients, kitchen gadgets, where you would have dinner if you could choose from anywhere in the world and what makes a memorable meal. Of course, food loves and hates make the list too. I liked the prompt about ingredients you’ve … Read more…

Blonde Jokes Unfair?

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  Is it fair to pick on blondes for jokes like this? I think it is easier to illustrate the joke with a blonde because at least you aren’t using another minority group. Blondes are easy that way. Think of it as a writing exercise. What other group of people could be used if not … Read more…

Don’t Apologize for Reading

Jade Walker posted a quote I really liked today:

“[D]on’t ever apologize to an author for buying something in paperback, or taking it out from a library (that’s what they’re there for. Use your library). Don’t apologize to this author for buying books second hand, or getting them from bookcrossing or borrowing a friend’s copy. What’s important to me is that people read the books and enjoy them, and that, at some point in there, the book was bought by someone. And that people who like things, tell other people. The most important thing is that people read…” –Neil Gaiman

Regifted Candy Hearts

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I read the Twitter posts for #RejectedCandyHearts again this year. You would think someone could come up with a fresh hashtag this year. So I did… will see where it goes. Possibly nowhere beyond here.   Can you come up with a fresh hashtag for Valentine’s Day? See if your idea can make it on … Read more…

Could you Get Paid to Write?

It’s a bit dramatic to pick up your first ever copy of The Writer’s Market, which ever year you buy your first one. Suddenly you have taken a step into the world where people write and make money from it. This brings the responsibility of expectations. Paid writers should know how to write: spelling, grammar … Read more…

Make a DIY Rotating Goal List

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Most of us seem to work smarter and stay organized by keeping a to-do list. The problem is that the projects are in constant flux, and you set out to achieve one thing only to be derailed by another. Sound familiar? Curated from Curbly This seems a sensible way to keep your goals and manage a … Read more…

The Flash Fiction I Wrote for Inner Writer

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The Shoes at the Edge of Tomorrow Today I woke up and the world is broken. I’ve read about people having their shoes knocked off when hit by a train or a bus. But there are no trains, no skid marks, no blood or bodies. Just shoes. Far in the distance the sky is lighter, … Read more…

True Love Stories Never Have Endings

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I just watched the Veronica Mars episode where Duncan leaves with his daughter. Veronica pushing the old fortune cookie quote into her mirror was such a great ending for this episode. Sad and yet keeping the hope for more in the future. I’m not an expert on Veronica Mars but I don’t think Veronica and … Read more…