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More Advice For Writers

( culture / writing / advice )
It doesn't have to be great, but it DOES have to be FINISHED. -- William Arthur Holmes UPDATE: ...and then I saw where Lee Child had a similar but better quote: "Don't get it right, get it written!"... read more

Thoughts On Writing

( culture / writing / advice )
Louis L'Amour once said he could write while sitting in the middle of the freeway. That didn't impress me at the time, but now it does. Not one, but two dogs threw up behind me as I wrote. Was that a commentary on my writing? Wouldn't be the first time. As I told these guys in the job ... read more

Get Rid Of Dog Urine Smell

( family / pets / advice )
See how to get rid of dog urine smell for details, but it's basically hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, baking soda, sodium bicarbonate, and lemon. ... read more

Be Ready For The Next Power Failure

( education / tech / advice )
A cousin just installed a 16kW generator to power the whole house. It goes on and off automatically, triggered by power failure and restoration, and runs on natural gas. See video here. It costs about $4K plus installation. Various models on www.generac.com. He says, I was going to use a small... read more

Best And Worst Self-Publishing Sites

( culture / writing / advice )
Good site showing who to trust (or not) when it comes to self-publishing: self-publishing-service-reviews... read more

Digging A Shallow Well

( life / help / advice / water )
This guy makes it look easy: https://youtu.be/5rYPRMm8Arw... read more

Great Foreign Travel Tips

( life / travel / advice )
The Hobo Traveler tells it like it is: don't rent a car, some cultures dishonest, police dangerous. See https://youtu.be/GNBfZ6oX73w What Countries Give You The Most Respect, The Least?... read more

Words To Live By

( life / help / advice / quotes )
Stay loose, keep moving, stay true to yourself... always. This is pretty good advice, too, though.... read more

How To Drain A Toilet

( life / help / advice )
I realized halfway through the task of draining the toilet that I didn't know how. I'd never done it before. I've drained the tank plenty of times, but not the toilet bowl itself. It all started after I had to use a "snake" to unclog it. The snake left marks. My wife bought s... read more

Signs Of A Stroke

( life / health / advice )
STROKE: Remember The 1st Three Letters... S.T.R. A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke... totally . He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within ... read more

Spend Time Instead Of Money

( life / health / advice )
Great idea! ... around the world, people are using a system of exchange that requires something everyone is, for the most part, given equally, every day: Time. via are-you-tired-banks-credit-cards-and-debt-consider-system-trading-time-instead ... read more

Parenting Tip #426

( family / advice )
Parenting Tip #426: When taking out recycling/trash, check its contents. I almost threw out our daughter's purse and wallet! #parentingtips... read more

If Your Brakes Go Out

( life / help / advice )
If your brakes ever go out, just shift into Park. Better to ruin the transmission than to die! You're welcome!.Don't ask. :)... read more

Writers Need Followers?

( culture / writing / advice )
Publishers and writing "gurus" preach that writers need followers. The problem is that emotionally-stable people don't want followers, they want friends, compatriots, people who listen, not followers. Especially zombie followers. They're the worst! :)... read more

Dare To Be Nice

( life / help / advice )
... (or friendly, even) once in a while instead of cool. As my brother-in-law says, Jus' sayin'.... read more

Just 'Cuz You Cut Off Its Head

( life / help / advice / animals )
Just 'cuz you cut off its head... don't assume it's harmless. Chef dies after spitting cobra he was cooking bit him on the hand ... 20 minutes after he had cut its head off. See Chef-dies-spitting-cobra-cooking... read more

Advice For Writing

( culture / writing / advice )
A writer's narrative perspective (their voice, or, how they come across to their reader) must be: This is me talking to you.That's it. Nothing more, nothing less.It's not: This is me 100 years ago speaking in a classical voice.It's not: Speaking as if from professor to student or... read more

Sit Up Straight

( life / health / advice )
... like my father always said. Apparently, there's more than just a physical benefit. via The Science Behind Posture and How It Affects Your Brain Body language is closely related to posture - the way we move our bodies affects how others see us as well as our own moods and habits. In terms o... read more

Lessons In The Art Of Living

( life / help / advice )
Good guidelines. This snipped below is the most useful part: via Lessons in the Art of Living  Psychology Today. In DBT dialectical behavior therapy, the skill is encapsulated in a mnemonic device known as DearMa...... read more

If Called To Jury Duty, Be Informed

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Click below for more info: fija.org FIJA works to inform potential jurors... of their traditional, legal authority to refuse to enforce unjust laws that they cannot be required to check their consciences at the courthouse door that they cannot be punished for their verdicts Inform everyone tha... read more

Your Novel Blueprint

( culture / writing / advice / novels )
Good article for writers. via Your Novel Blueprint  WritersDigest.com Writing a novel and building a house are pretty similar when you think about it. For instance, most builders or homeowners spend a lot of time dreaming ...Featured book deals on Smashwords or go to Another peak at my books ... read more

You Are The Solution You've Been Looking For

( life / help / advice )
Instead of joining one more group, walking on one more march, giving to one more money bomb, sending one more breathless email about how important this issue is, do me a favor, go to the mirror and say to yourself... You Are the Solution You've Been Looking For.Instead of joining one more gro... read more

Escape From Zip Ties

( life / people / advice / crime )
If you're ever unlawfully detained, this might be good to know: escape from zip ties - rear escape - front... read more

Advice To High School Graduates

( life / help / advice )
To anyone teaching or raising kids, of any age, here's some advice recently (2011) dished out at a high school speech about 11 things they did not learn in school. He talked about how feel-good, politically correct teaching has created a full generation of kids with no concept of reality and how thi ... read more

Don't Take Potassium Iodide Unless You Are Exposed To Radiation

( life / health / advice )
Click below: dont-take-potassium-iodide-unlessHere's a website all about nuclear energy, courtesy of my brother: all things nuclear/... read more

New Rules For Writers

( culture / writing / advice )
Anis Shivani: New Rules For Writers: Ignore Publicity, Shun Crowds, Refuse Recognition And More. These rules totally go against every prescription for writing success you'll hear as a young new writer from all quarters: the conformity-driven MFA system, the publishing industry's hype... read more

How To Anonymize Your Browsing

( education / tech / computers / advice )
To anonymize your browsing, use one of these anonymizer sites and/or programs:Sites Anonymouse.org ConnectInPrivate.com The Cloak.com HideMyAss.com TheFreeCountry.com Programs FreeNetProject.org GnuNet.org --... read more

Transferring ITunes To New Computer

( education / tech / computers / advice )
QUESTION: How do I transfer iTunes to my new computer? ANSWER: I have copied your iTunes from the old computer to the new. If you haven't already authorized your current computer, here's how. ... read more

How To Make Outlook 2003 Open To Your Calendar By Default

( education / tech / computers / advice )
copied from helpdesk.ilstu.edu/kb/index.phtml?kbid1326 By default, when you launch Outlook it opens to your Inbox. You can create a shortcut to Outlook so it opens to your calendar instead.  To force Outlook to open your calendar as your default view, do the following: 1.Right-click on your ... read more

How To Restore Contacts In Windows Live Mail

( education / tech / computers / advice )
Q:  I had some problems with this program.  I fixed the POP and SMTP server designations, and it works now.  However, I've lost my contacts - the folder is blank.  The funny thing is, when I type some letters in the to box, names come up.  Do you have any idea how I ca ... read more

Fixing Profile Problems In Outlook 2003

( education / tech / computers / advice )
To recreate/fix your Outlook 2003 profile, do the following:Click on Start, Settings, Control Panel, Mailclick on Show ProfilesAdd a new profilegive it any NEW name you wantclick OKAdd your same old account back as a new account, click NextAdd it as a POP3 account, click NextYou can use the same s... read more

Mailbox Over The Limit

( education / tech / computers / advice )
QUESTION: I started getting notices that my mailbox is over its limit. I have archived items over 90 days. What else can I do to stop these messages?Isn't this pretty much the same as archiving to my hard drive?I use three months.ANSWER: You can create an Outlook Personal Folder (PST file) where ... read more

Missed Appointment

( education / tech / computers / advice )
Well, it's happened again, luckily for only the second time in my career. A customer called me to their house, only to not be home or pretend to not be home when I got there. People, if you change your mind, just call and cancel! There is no cancellation fee! In this case, I had called her about... read more

Advice

( life / help / advice )
You're asking me?! Actually, here's some advice: People need to be listened to -- preferably agreed with -- more than anything else. If you could do one thing for someone that would be it. Controlling a bad habit can be like controlling a car. You have to get inside it and take the wheel... read more

A Few Tips

( life / help / advice )
Reheat Pizza Heat up leftover pizza in a non-stick skillet on top of the stove, set heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No soggy micro pizza. I saw this on the cooking channel and it really works. Easy Deviled Eggs Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal, mash t... read more