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SHOT Show stuff...

I'm covering SHOT for RECOIL Magazine again this year.PTR 9mm MP5 cloneSeismic Ammo 185gr 9mmSig Sauer P229 SAO & Grayguns 10mm P220 [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Writing, Tam, Boomsticks, SHOT Show 2019


Most ridiculous Google intrusion ever.

I was Googling that after reading the comments on "Podcaster Joe Rogan and NYT writer Bari Weiss talk about the Covington Catholic school boys." Walter wrote:Oh look: A Saturday Night Live comedy writer responded to the media’s false story about the Covington High kids by offering oral sex to anyone who punches them in the face.“I will blow whoever manages to punch that MAGA kid in the face,” tweeted Sarah Beattie.I wanted to check to see if she really wrote that. But I'm distracted from any out...
Tags: Google, Writing, Law, Sex, Grammar, Snl, Walter, Joe Rogan, Covington High, Ann Althouse, Maga, Sarah Beattie, Bari Weiss, Covington Catholic, Walter (the Commenter


Day Whatever of the Shutdown...

It has finally affected me, in that a gun I'm supposed to be reviewing for a magazine is pending approval for importation by the BATFE. Apparently there's only the one copy in the country right now, the one that had been sent for review by the feds. . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Boomsticks, Ignorance is no excuse for a law, Writing, Tam


Why You Should Consider Scrapping This Unoriginal Type of Content

I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions. My personal resolutions always feel contrived, so several years ago I just stopped... Continue Reading The post Why You Should Consider Scrapping This Unoriginal Type of Content appeared first on Copyblogger.
Tags: Featured, Writing, Content Marketing, Blogging


Is cursive writing important to child development?

Ohio has joined many other states in reestablishing cursive in their schools' curricula.Research shows the value handwriting has for developing children's fine motor skills and a connection between words and memory.But experts seem split on whether it's a question of print vs. cursive, or cognitive fluency vs. disconnect.Cursive is set for a comeback.Last month, the Ohio State Legislature added cursive to the Ohio Department of Education's English language arts standards. House Bill 58 requires ...
Tags: Learning, Parenting, Children, Writing, Washington Post, Youth, Communication, Disability, House, Language, New York Times, Innovation, Ohio, Klass, Mind, Bill


Got a Minute? Then You Have Time to Create!

One of the biggest reasons many of us don’t create, and in particular write, is because we don’t have time. We’re working and parenting and cooking and dish-washing. We’re commuting, and dropping off and picking up. And we think we need to carve out at least 20 minutes to sit down and reconnect to our imagination. And somehow those 20 minutes get eaten up by other activities before we even realize it. However, all you really need to access your creativity is a minute. Yes, just 1 minute. Which m...
Tags: Psychology, Books, General, Writing, Habits, Happiness, Self-help, Creativity, Journaling, Writer's Block, Mental Health And Wellness, Don, Medeiros, Journal Prompts, Leigh Medeiros


I will ignore... and resist...

It's sentence-diagramming time at Althouse. Today's sentence comes from Roger Cohen in a NYT column titled "The Strange Persistent Troubling Russian Hang-Up of Donald Trump": I will ignore the hermetic sealing of Trump’s personality against decency, and resist the temptation to riff on Abraham Lincoln’s brooding portrait in the White House dining room above the buffoon in chief with his burgers, to ask a simple question: If President Donald Trump is a Russian asset, what would he be working to a...
Tags: Writing, Law, Punctuation, White House, Russia, Lincoln, Donald Trump, Trump, Abraham Lincoln, Ann Althouse, Roger Cohen, Trump derangement syndrome, 2020 Campaign, Althouse Today


My Three Essential Writing Tools

D uring the past few weeks I’ve been asked many questions about blogging and other forms of writing, so thought I’d tell you about the three tools I consider essential to my writing life. There’s an app, a font, and a calendar that represent the heart of all I do. The App: Ulysses For many years now, the great majority of my writing has been done in an app called Ulysses. This is a Mac-only app, though iA Writer is a solid equivalent for Windows. My favorite feature of Ulyss...
Tags: Apple, Microsoft, Writing, Articles, Blogging, Trello, Ulysses, Lightstock, Duospace, Unsplash Lightstock


Writing Update 2019 week 2

On Tuesday we had the London Indie Authors Marketing Meetup – a record number were in attendance, after some 25 expressed interest. We had perhaps 17 total, with our resident French octogenarian coming down from Oxford, our resident film critic coming in late (as ever), and a host of thriller, rom-com, drama and memoir authors all round. Brad told us about his book’s nomination for the Hollywood Voice Arts award. Kaye talked about her amazing success with Amazon UK ads. Leena got a critique on h...
Tags: Photography, Writing, Oxford, Brad, Leena, Amazon UK, Kaye, Weekly Writing Update, London Indie Authors Marketing Meetup, Hollywood Voice Arts


An Ancient Egyptian Homework Assignment from 1800 Years Ago: Some Things Are Truly Timeless

Every generation of schoolchildren no doubt first assumes homework to be a historically distinct form of punishment, developed expressly to be inflicted on them. But the parents of today's miserable homework-doers also, of course, had to do homework themselves, as did their parents' parents. It turns out that you can go back surprisingly far in history and still find examples of the menace of homework, as far back as ancient Egypt, a civilization from which one example of an out-of-classroom as...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Education, Writing, College, History, Egypt, Seoul, British Library, Turin, Livescience, Facebook Twitter, Colin Marshall, Jason Daley, 21st Century Los Angeles, Egypt Mesopotamia China


How the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil Have Changed My Writing Workflow

This analog/digital hybrid has changed the way I work.
Tags: Ipad, Writing, Tech, Blogging, Apple Pencil, ETC


Steven Pinker's 13 rules for writing better

Steven Pinker is many things: linguist, psychologist, optimist, Harvard professor, and author.When it comes to writing, he's a student and a teacher. Here's are his 13 rules for writing better, more simply, and more clearly. 1. Reverse-engineer what you read. 2. Prose is a window onto the world.  3. Don’t go meta.  4. Let verbs be verbs. Interlude for Steven Pinker's view of human nature. Is it evil?  Against chaos: The world is a hard place, but maybe humans aren't ...
Tags: Productivity, Learning, Writing, Communication, Harvard, Innovation, Storytelling, Literature, Steven Pinker, Pinker


GitHub Pro account or GitHub Free account for Technical Writing

Should I downgrade or upgrade my GitHub account, now that the free tier has unlimited private repositories? I could save seven dollars a month, 84 dollars a year. I looked into this question for myself, and didn’t get enough info from the pricing page at github.com/pricing when the change was first announced. So, I logged a help ticket with GitHub, and as I’ve experienced before when I was working on the Docs Like Code book, they were very responsive! I had an answer by the next morning in my...
Tags: Work, Tools, Writing, Seo, Git, Techpubs, Docslikecode, Githubpages


Writing Update 2019 week 1 (belated)

Actually we’re at the end of week 2 in 2019 now, but that is for another day (tomorrow)! This week has had lots of interesting bits: a shot of external editing for Mr. Ruin, my own editing of King Ruin, and the International Bookbub! External editing I wanted fresh eyes on Mr. Ruin, which I’ve been editing off and on for months (years). All the same plot movements are there, the same characters and concepts, but I took a lot of work to really bring them to the surface – cutting through purple pa...
Tags: Photography, Writing, Weekly Writing Update, King Ruin


How I Finally Convinced Myself to Become a Morning Person

My life has been busy for about the last decade or so. I realized during that time that no matter how busy your life is, it can always get busier. The people that make those memes about “Being Busy is a Choice” have not walked in my shoes and probably have never worked two or three jobs to make ends meet. I usually break my life up into “stuff I want to do” and “stuff I have to do”. When I say I am busy, it means the “stuff I have to do” part of my life is taking a majority of my waking hours. ...
Tags: Writing, Seo, Hal Elrod


Startup costs for writing a book on GitHub

What does it take to put together a web site, a book, an ebook, all for sale online? Let’s look at costs for tools and services that make it happen. Let’s look at what you need for a book idea. You need an audience, an editor, a way to reach that audience, and a “pitch” for the book idea itself. You may chose self-publishing over pitching the book idea to a technical book publisher. In my recent experience with Docs Like Code, the process led me to choosing to produce the site, epub, and p...
Tags: Amazon, Tools, Writing, Seo, Lulu, Canva, Richard Hamilton, Content Strategy, Kelly, Diane, O'Reilly, GitHub Pages, Techpubs, Kelly Holcomb, Andy Oram, Diane Fleming


"MacKenzie Bezos... started writing seriously at age 6, when she finished a 142-page chapter book titled 'The Book Worm.'"

"It was later destroyed in a flood.... At Princeton, she studied creative writing under the Nobel Prize-winning novelist Toni Morrison.... She spent a decade on her first novel, often getting up early to write... 'The Testing of Luther Albright,' which was published by Harper in 2005 and was widely embraced by critics, tells the story of an engineer whose professional and home lives begin to unravel.... In 2013, Ms. Bezos published her second novel, 'Traps,' which follows the journey of woman na...
Tags: Amazon, Writing, Law, Commerce, Jeff Bezos, Toni Morrison, Princeton, Harper, Bezos, Ann Althouse, MacKenzie Bezos, Jessica Lessing


Replace These Words in Your Writing

Writing is hard, and weird, and in the scheme of human existence pretty new. We’ve been talking for maybe half a million years, writing for just about 5,000. So sometimes we write stuff that we’d never say aloud. We use a complicated or “smart-sounding” word when a simpler word would work better. New York Times editor…Read more...
Tags: Writing, Communication, Language, New York Times, Words, Lifehacks


International bookbub day!

Today The Saint’s Rise is having it’s International Bookbub! It’s too early to talk about results – but the FB campaign reached a high of 8 copies sold already today, so that’s a nice starting point. Here’s the copy BB used: They call the Rot a black lava, which it’s not, but it doesn’t really matter because I suppose it could be. Otherwise it’s pretty nice. Maybe I’ll use it, or the structure of it, for future ads! Also Sen is a boy at the start, a teenager later on, but probably ‘man’ converts...
Tags: Photography, Writing, Marketing


24 Ways to Give Your Content an Eye-Opening Shot of Vitality

At this point in January, I like to think that the new year has just had its second cup of... Continue Reading The post 24 Ways to Give Your Content an Eye-Opening Shot of Vitality appeared first on Copyblogger.
Tags: Productivity, Featured, Writing, Content Marketing, Blogging, Creativity, Copyblogger Weekly


18 copywriting tips for boosting your conversion rates

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Tags: Writing, Marketing, Websites, Toby Knott


1 day before International bookbub – Marketing Report

My Facebook ad for The Saint’s Rise continues to deliver, though the price of clicks has increased. I was getting them for less than 20p, now it’s closer to 25p. Tomorrow is the Bookbub, and I think I’ll just switch the FB ads off for the day – then maybe turn them back on in the aftermath, to try and maintain rank. On the 7th, 8th and 9th I spent 32 pounds on FB ads. I switched off the Bookbub ads as I got nothing. On those days I sold 15 copies of The Saint’s Rise on Amazon uk and ... Read Mo...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Photography, Writing, Marketing, Bookbub


The Science Fiction Writers of America inducts William Gibson as its next Grand Master

What an excellent choice! Dr William Gibson, Grand Master of Science Fiction has such a nice ring to it. Go Bill! You can watch him get his award at the next Nebula Awards weekend, May 16-19, at the Warner Center Marriott Woodland Hills in southern California. I have been to a Nebula weekend in at least a decade, but I'm putting this one in my calendar. (Image: Frederic Poirot, CC-BY-SA)
Tags: Post, Happy Mutants, Science Fiction, News, Writing, California, America, Events, Cyberpunk, Canada, William Gibson, Sfwa, Cyberspace, Bill You, Don't Let The Little Fuckers Generation Gap You, Warner Center Marriott Woodland Hills


12 Methods to Get from Blank Page to First Draft

If you’re like me, after taking some time off from writing, you’re refreshed and champing at the bit to translate... Continue Reading The post 12 Methods to Get from Blank Page to First Draft appeared first on Copyblogger.
Tags: Productivity, Featured, Writing, Content Marketing, Blogging


Blame authors' fortunes on monopolism, not university professors, booksellers and librarians

The New York Times weighs in on an Authors Guild survey that shows a "drastic 42% decline in authors' earnings over the past decade. John Scalzi offers some important perspective. Here's the summary: * Authors Guild: authors' incomes are way down, thanks to Amazon's monopolism, which is crushing indies and traditionally published authors alike; universities are relying on fair use and Google Books for coursepacks, and big tech overall is "devalu[ing] what we produce to lower their costs fo...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Post, Copyfight, News, Writing, US, America, New York Times, Nea, Hemingway, Simon, Ernest Hemingway, AG, Authors Guild


3 days before International Bookbub – marketing report

My ad on Facebook continues to perform pretty nicely, in the last 4 days since ads started it has sold 8 copies on amazon, half of those at the full 4.99 price, half at 99p, and 4 copies through iTunes, half at full price, half at 99p. So I’ve made about 20 pounds, for an outlay of 40 (at 10 a day). A 100% loss of 20 pounds. So why so chipper? These are better results than I’ve ever really had with a Facebook promo before, and my goal here is not to make momey (yet), it’s to juice the ... Read ...
Tags: Facebook, Photography, Writing, Marketing


Avoid Meaningless Words

From Seth Godin’s post Meaningless, published today… There are words that now have no meaning at all… ‘Well’ and ‘so’ have been doing this work for a long time, but add to that the more syllabic words like ironically, literally, and hopefully. And don’t forget all the adjectives, beginning with ‘very’  and ‘really’ that (ironically) make something sound smaller, not bigger. When you remove meaningless words, the power of your words goes up. I very much enjoy the simplicity of Seth Godin’s wr...
Tags: Writing, Sales, Seth Godin


Discussion with two-time Doomsday cult survivor Claire Ashman

Yesterday I spoke with author and speaker Claire Ashman, a victor (not victim) of two Australian cults which sucked up most of her life, from her childhood to the age of 36 when she finally escaped with her 9 kids. It was a fascinating, eye-opening discussion for me, and a brilliant step in my research journey to better understand cults, sects, and NRMs (New Religious Movements – which Claire explained). I’m grateful both to Claire for being so generous with her time and her life story, as well ...
Tags: Photography, Writing, Research, Cults, Claire, Claire Ashman, Rob Nugen


Discussion with two-time cult survivor Claire Ashman

Yesterday I spoke with author and speaker Claire Ashman, a victor (not victim) of two Australian cults which sucked up most of her life, from her childhood to the age of 38 when she finally escaped with her 9 kids. It was a fascinating, eye-opening discussion for me, and a brilliant step in my research journey to better understand cults, sects, and NRMs (New Religious Movements – which Claire explained). I’m extremely grateful both to Claire for being so generous with her time and her life story...
Tags: Photography, Writing, Research, Cults, Claire, Claire Ashman, Rob Nugen


New ads for The Saint’s Rise

With my International Bookbub on The Saint’s Rise coming up in 6 days (Jan 10), I’ve started up a couple of new ads focused on the UK market (my biggest market after the US) to try and juice the ranking ahead of time. Here’s the FaceBook ad: I’ve never tried putting all retailers links in the body of the ad before, or leading with the major audiobook headline. I also rewrote the story summary – before it was primarily about the bizarre world, but now: All Sen’s young life he’s been hunted – by t...
Tags: Photography, UK, Writing, Marketing, US