What’s Your Guilty Reading Pleasure?

Last week I wrote a blog about judging a book by its cover. Incidentally, that post transformed my thought process into being somewhat of a judge–for the past few days I had this uncontrollable urge to dissect and analyze various forms of entertainment. Take, for example, a typical magazine cover (like the one I created below).

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Featured Contributor: Ruth Mayhew

RuthThis week we spotlight Ruth Mayhew as our featured contributor. Ruth specializes in a plethora of categories including careers, legal, and business– truly a well-rounded individual. She can technically offer you career advice, present legal documentation, and run a business. Plus she has a great taste in film! Continue reading

What’s Your Niche? Sports

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I’ve written about niche journalism before; essentially remarking on the relative newness of the concept and the importance for writers to carve out a unique space in which to become expert. After searching around the interwebs a bit, I realized that what is happening today with niche journalism is more of a revival than a revolution — especially in the realm of sports writing. Continue reading

Happy Hour with a Seasonal Summertime Cocktail

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Stuck in a rut? Looking to add some pizzazz to your routine Friday cocktail? Why not shake (or stir) things up with a fancy summertime cocktail that you can easily whip up at home. Trust me, your taste buds will thank you. Continue reading

Let’s Judge a Book by its Cover

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I’m sure you’re familiar with the age-old saying, “Never judge a book by its cover.” A common expression distilled into many of us at a young age. Not only because it’s true with books – a mere glance isn’t sufficient enough to formulate a fair assessment – the saying is applicable to people, places, objects, etc.

The other day, while perusing the New York Times’ best seller list, that saying hit me like a ton of bricks. I couldn’t help but notice how every book on the fictional hardcover best seller list was plastered with the author’s name in letters bigger and bolder than the book’s own title. It appears you could put just about anything on a book’s cover, so long as the names “Stephen King” or “James Patterson” are prominently affixed to it in big bold letters.

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Featured Contributor: Debra Barracato

Deb bio picYou may have become acquainted with writer/editor Debra Barracato when we profiled her back in 2013, but we’d like to introduce her again as our new expert in the food section. We also took this opportunity to ask her some delicious questions about her relationship with food –eating it and reading about it. Read on to see what keeps her inspired in the culinary world.

School: University of Maryland at College Park (fear the Turtle!)
Degree: B.S. Journalism
Years at studio: 4.5

Your life in a Tweet (140 characters): Just departed on a private jet. Headed to France, Spain and Portugal. Plans: Surf. Eat. Sleep. Repeat. Rob to meet us there.

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Where the Writers Are: Homes of Writers We Love

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Whether lounging by the beach, pool, lake or air conditioning unit, avid readers likely have a book in hand at all times. That’s one of the perks of sweltering summers: extra time for languid afternoons and books. Then again, summer is also about vacationing and taking full advantage of those long weekends. This got me thinking and led me to the conclusion that the best way to embrace both perks of summer (reading and vacation) was to visit the homes of beloved bygone authors. Here are just a few of the homes you could visit this summer. If you’d like to search by state or author, visit Writers Houses: Where Stories Live for a seriously comprehensive list!

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Pros & Cons of Writing in a Bar

writing-in-a-barPrior to my research for this post, had someone told me that they go to bars with the sole intention of writing, rather than drinking, I’d assume they were crazy. However, many bars across major metropolitan cities have begun a huge push in alternative forms of advertising and offerings, including “Free WiFi,” in an attempt to lure customers (most likely writers) away from coffee shops, and through their doors instead.

And you know what? It might just be crazy enough to work.

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A Toast to E.B. White

lime-twistNot only is today Friday (woo-hoo), it’s also the day we get to celebrate the birthday of a literary icon: E.B. White. As if the end of the week isn’t reason enough for a cocktail, let’s all raise a glass (preferably with his favorite cocktail; a martini) and toast to the author of Charlotte’s Web  and co-author of the essential writing guide Elements of Style is a worthy event.

Let’s take a moment and reflect on E.B. White’s monumental life.

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