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Images Motivate Readers to Share

“Great images” don’t have to be slick, magazine-quality, professional photos. But if you want people to share your posts, learn to make or find illustrations that increase the odds by 50% or more.

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Equipment Check! Signings, Social Media Events, and Travel Checklist

Know what you need, where it is, and how to use it – before you need it. Do an equipment check – both to ensure that you have everything you need and that it’s in good, working order prior to your event or travel. It’s also a good idea to keep a packing list when you travel, to ensure that everything you brought with you is accounted for and packed for the return trip. Well,... read more

A Touch of Early Spring

It stands tall, on tip-toe roots, as if it wants to kiss the sun. Its branches, crimson-dotted, stretch out wide, as if to embrace a touch of early spring – they encroach on the neighbor’s rain gutters and must be pruned now and then to prevent them scratching the tops of our cars, and now they are trying to span the gap between the sidewalk and the mailbox – perhaps, if they form... read more

Why Is the Night Sky Not So Dark?

The violation of our night sky’s quiet majesty is a crime not only against nature, but also against the spirit and imagination of humanity. In a single generation, light pollution has grown from an almost nonexistent irritant to a problem of national and global proportions. Even today, due to light pollution, many of our generation have never seen the ghostly beauty of the Milky Way, the excitement of a... read more

Deconstructing Constructive Criticism and Praise

Many years ago, I took Tae Kwon Do lessons from Grandmaster Don Wong Kang. I was not exactly one of his success stories; I was more curious about martial arts than motivated. But I did learn a mean sidekick and survived long enough to earn a yellow belt. More to the point, I learned from him something even more valuable, as a writer: When someone takes the time to correct you, or to give you constructive... read more

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