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The Art of Essay Writing: Q&A With Meghan Daum

The Art of Essay Writing: Q&A With Meghan Daum

I recently had the pleasure of asking essayist Meghan Daum about the art of essay writing. Meghan is the author of four books, most recently the original essay collection, The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion. She is also the editor of a collection of essays, Selfish, Shallow & Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not To Have Kids. Her other books include the essay collection My Misspent Youth, the novel The Quality of Life Report, and Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived In That House, a memoir. Here’s the Q&A: Read more…

A Key Phase in Manuscript Refinement: Beta Readers

A Key Phase in Manuscript Refinement: Beta Readers

You have finished your draft manuscript, worked with an editor on developmental and line edits, and hired a proofreader who has done one round of proof. You’re feeling great about your book, and thinking you’re done, right? If you’re smart about making sure your book is the best it can be, you have at least two steps to go. What is an important next step in the development of your book? Beta readers. Read more…

July 11 is World Population Day

July 11 is World Population Day

World Population Day is coming up; it’s an annual event observed on July 11, and seeks to raise awareness of global population issues. The event was established by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme in 1989. It was inspired by the public interest in Five Billion Day on July 11, 1987, approximately the date on which the world’s population reached five billion people.”  The Population Clock shows the world population increases in real time-the last I looked it was: Read more…

How to Create a Zero Waste Home

How to Create a Zero Waste Home

Today, our modern lifestyle includes so many ways to get things done faster and make life more convenient. Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life by Reducing Your Waste by Bea Johnson helps us recognize the huge impact our way of life has on the world; it creates mounds of garbage. In her book, she shows readers how they can live a life that generates very little waste. She knows – she is a real-life example. Read more…