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Holiday gifts for writers, Part 2

In a previous post, I wrote about holiday gifts that I, as a writer, don’t want. Here, I’ll tell you what I would like. I’m willing to bet a stack of stickies that you’ll want some of these as well. Gift cards Like many writers, I have an addiction to stationery supplies. I drool when I walk through aisles of loose-leaf binders, pens, paperclips, padded envelopes, etc., etc. Back-to-school sales make me hyperventilate. To help feed […]

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Holiday gifts for writers, Part 1

The holidays are a time of assumptions. People assume — sometimes accurately, sometimes not — what writers would want as gifts. They mean well. They want to acknowledge our efforts and facilitate our journey. But sometimes their gifts are not want we need. Examples, all from personal experience: Pens I already have lots of them. I buy several dozen at a time because I go through them quickly (and lose them quickly, even though I […]

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1776 by David McCullough

You need to read

After talking with a friend the other day, I got off the phone and thought: “She needs to read.” It’s a great way to get your mind off things, for sure, and to touch something deep, and to be entertained. And as important — to learn new stuff. I love new stuff. The world is so big and complicated and interesting. All this brain food feeds the head and heart, and before you know it, the […]

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The 4-Hour Workweek, by Timothy Ferriss

Book pick: Tim Ferriss and the “Four-hour Workweek/Body/Chef”

I’ve been a huge Tim Ferriss fan since reading his first book, the Four-hour Workweek, which I picked up again this week because I needed a refresher. A friend gave me a copy, even though she knows I’m not fond of self-help books. It’s hard to differentiate among them. Their advice is often hackneyed, whatever the subject. (Too, and this is embarrassing, self-help books sometimes make me feel crummy about myself. Anyone out there have that experience? If so, let […]

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Beth Mende Conny, founder of Write Directions and Lifenicity, writes a humorous piece about parenting best-sellers she wishes she had written.

Parenting bestsellers I wish I had written

What joy of what sex? For parents who believe that having a kid is the ultimate form of birth control. Each chapter offers practical advice on getting the old engines humming again. Includes tips on staying awake during sex. How will I tell my child the facts of life when I can’t remember what they are? A primer for parents who are not yet ready for What joy of what sex? Comes complete with pictures that clearly […]

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Judy Korotkin

People You Need to Know: Judy Korotkin

Who is Judy Korotkin? Well, aside from being a published poet she also just so happens to be my wonderful mother. I recently shared this post on my Lifenicity page all about her new book “Horizons,” her second volume of poetry. I may be biased, but I think this is a wonderful book filled with insights that that only Judy could share. Take a minute today and enjoy!

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Book Review: Content Rules

Book Review: Content Rules By Ann Handley and C.C. Chapman Content Rules: How to Create Killer Blogs, Podcasts, Videos, Ebooks, Webinars (and More) That Engage Customers and Ignite Your Business Should you buy this book? Absolutely, even though it has a loooong subtitle. I don’t like long subtitles because they take forever to read and make empty promises. This one, however, accurately reflects what’s in the book. I bought Content Rules because I knew I’d […]

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Microstyle: The Art of Writing Little

Author Christopher Johnson, Ph.D. (linguistics) is a verbal branding consultant and blogger. http://www.thenameinspector.com. His book, Microstyle: The Art of Writing Little is about micromessages; namely, messages encapsulated in a word, phrase, short sentence or, in the case of a tweet, 140 characters. Whether or not you’re a writer, you’ll get a lot from this book. I actually bought a copy (no small praise) because I knew I’d be doing some serious yellow highlighting. Much to […]

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Beth Mende Conny of Write Directions.com reviews external hard drives, including the SP Silicon Power Drive for Mac.

External drives I love, like, don’t like

I’m on a Mac, use Time Machine for backup and have four external hard drives, some off site. That probably seems like overkill. (Actually, now that I’m reading this, it really is overkill.) But if you’ve ever had an external drive die on you or suddenly hear clicking coming from one, you can get a bit paranoid. Sounds horrid, but I’m expecting one of these babies to keel over any minute. Thinking about my files and […]

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Beth Mende Conny of Write Directions and her favorite bookmarks and The Bully Pulpit by

Unique bookmarks and Pulitzer Prize books that I love

I LOVE these “Sprout Leaf Book Marks”, which were a gift from my daughter. Put them inside the pages of a book and when you open to your page, voila, they pop up. You can also use them in a more traditional way, of course. If you do, remember to wedge them between the pages because they’re quite small. It’s pretty wonderful to hold a book upright and see this sweet little plant sticking up. […]

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