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Why your brain needs more downtime
Scientific American
From Oct. 24: Every now and then during the workweek — usually around three in the afternoon — a familiar ache begins to saturate my forehead and pool in my temples. The glare of my computer screen appears to suddenly intensify. My eyes trace the contour of the same sentence two or three times, yet I fail to extract its meaning. Even if I began the day undaunted, getting through my ever growing list of stories to write and edit, e-mails to send and respond to, and documents to read now seems as futile as scaling a mountain that continuously thrusts new stone skyward.
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Should you work for free?
Seth Godin (blog)
From Feb. 21: That depends on what you mean by "work" and by "free." Work is what you do as a professional, when you make a promise that involves rigor and labor (physical and emotional) and risk. Work is showing up at the appointed time, whether or not you feel like it. Work is creating value on demand, and work (for the artist) means putting all of it (or most of it) on the line.
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Press pass access — GWA membership benefit
GWA
From Feb. 28: A key benefit of your GWA membership card is recognition and press pass access to major industry shows at no cost. For a list of shows and events who offer standing invitations to GWA members, and for more information, visit ...
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Blogger fined $2.5 million — NOT a journalist
Mashable
From April 11: In a case that's sending a frightening message to the blogger community, a U.S. District Court judge ruled that a blogger must pay $2.5 million to an investment firm she wrote about — because she isn't a real journalist.
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7 bogus grammar 'errors' you don't need to worry about
The Week
From March 14: By Ben Yagoda: When it comes to the English language, I'm not an anything-goes kind of guy. If I were, I wouldn't have written a book called "How to Not Write Bad: The Most Common Writing Errors and the Best Ways to Avoid Them." It's just that I hate to see people waste their time hunting down so-called mistakes that really aren't mistakes at all. So consider this a public-service announcement in the wake of Monday's National Grammar Day.
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6 things about publishing a book that very few books will tell you
The Huffington Post
From Jan. 11: Nataly Kelly writes: "Landing a book contract with a major publisher, Penguin, was a dream come true, and I thought I knew what awaited me. Prior to that wonderful day, I spent many years acquiring knowledge about the publishing process, mostly by reading books, articles and blogs. Even so, there were quite a few things that I learned along the way. Here are some of the ones that surprised me the most."
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5 things that should be on every writer's bucket list
Writer's Digest
From Feb. 7: When you stumble into this writing life, you're met with a massive lifetime to-do list of what's expected and required of you to ensure success: Write a lot, read a lot, start a blog, know your grammar, write a novel, attend a writers' conference, join social media ...
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2013 GWAF October Garden Trends Report
GWA
From Nov. 8: The Garden Writers Association Foundation (GWAF) released its 2013 October Gardening Trends Research Report. The report is the fourth of five national consumer attitude surveys on gardening to be conducted this year by the GWAF. A review of consumer summer gardening activities was the primary focus of the research.
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2013 Garden Media Award recipients announced
GWA
From Aug. 23: The 2013 Garden Media Awards were announced at the GWA Awards Banquet in Quebec City on Monday, Aug. 19. Visit the website to see who this year's recipients are.
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10 words to cut from your writing
Entrepreneur
From Oct. 18: As Mark Twain famously wrote, "I didn't have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead." His point? Strong writing is lean writing. When you want to make your writing more powerful, cut out words you don't need — such as the 10 included in this post.
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