Photos: How to visit California on a budget

October 27, 2014 5:54pm
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Now I know why my friends who move to California never come back. The sights, the scenes, the food! Of course, the Golden State is also quite expensive. But good buddies who live there made the trip both affordable and memorable. In September, my bf and I spent five days in the San Francisco Bay […]

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Taking on NaNoWriMo

October 20, 2014 11:57pm
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During November, I plan to write every day until I churn out 50,000 words. I will do it along with writers around the world who have set the same goal for themselves. The official name for this month-long creativity marathon is National Novel Writing Month. Better known as NaNoWriMo, it was founded in 1999 by […]

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Rock your writing! 9 easy storytelling tips

September 22, 2014 6:25pm
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Some people are born storytellers. The rest of us can learn how to do it. And the good news is, we really can improve! Tip #1: It’s all about the 5Ws. Stories need facts. The basic facts are the 5Ws: who, what, when, where, why. Usually, the 5Ws are joined by an H-factor: how. Every […]

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How to write concise

September 9, 2014 12:33am
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Concise writing might not sound sexy but if you can do it, you are hot! The ability to express yourself clearly, simply and briefly is powerful. The trick is to let go of wordiness. Let’s start with a definition for “concise” from dictionary.com: Expressing or covering much in a few words; brief in form but […]

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#Ferguson. Hear the black man’s cry. Our cry.

August 18, 2014 2:04pm
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If we’re going to talk about the national outrage called Ferguson, we must include certain key facts — information that isn’t getting enough play in the news media. The race-and-politics numbers are depressing Two-thirds of Ferguson’s residents are black. The mayor is white. Five out of six City Council members who run Ferguson are white. […]

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How to write a bio about yourself or someone else

August 16, 2014 6:36pm
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Writing a good bio isn’t that hard. This is great news because everyone needs a decent bio. But since most folks find the process rather intimidating, I’m going to share some basic how-to’s that have worked well for my students. In my writing classes, the first assignment is usually the bio. Most students groan because […]

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