School shootings — how could things change?

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So, a 17-year-old shot ten people in a school in Texas. Liberals for gun control are saying the same thing as before about banning assault weapons. Nothing is different, so nothing will change. Donald Trump is saying what he said last time about background checks, no guns until age 21, and arming teachers. Nothing is … Continued

Working on vacation

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I’m on vacation in Vermont right now. And I’m working. I’ll explain how that works out for me. (Your mileage may vary.) It helps to know a few things: I am completely self-employed. Nobody works for me, and I like it that way; I’m accounts receivable, sales, and the main source of talent for my … Continued

That study about using two spaces after a period? It’s bullshit.

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The Washington Post reported on a study showing that adding two spaces after a period improves readability. Now all the use-two-spaces philistines are using this to justify their depraved practices. But the study proves nothing. Three researchers at Skidmore College, Rebecca L. Johnson, Becky Bui, and Lindsay L. Schmitt, published a paper called “Are two spaces … Continued

Book signing at Content Marketing Conference 2018: 12:30 Friday May 4.

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If you’re at the Content Marketing Conference 2018 in Boston, bring your copy of Writing Without Bullshit to the event at 12:30 tomorrow (Friday). I’ll be doing a book signing. Don’t have a copy? I will be giving away a limited number of uncorrected proofs. This is a collectible! Content is 99% the same as the … Continued

What types of pain resonate with writers?

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I delivered my Writing Without Bullshit workshop and seminar this morning to 72 people at the Content Marketing Conference. When you are in front of an audience, you can immediately tell what resonates — you hear laughter, see heads nodding, and hear a warm murmur of sympathy. So what resonated with these writers? “81% of … Continued

Dear big company. Thank you for agreeing to pay me.

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It is very exciting to work with your company. As a one-person operation, I work with other individuals, small businesses, and huge companies. When I work with big companies, there is a lot of potential for growth. I am just wondering, is there a requirement that I must go through some sort of pain before … Continued

Enjoy the journey, not just the destination

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I have been relentlessly focused on accomplishment. Reaching for the top is fun, but I need to pay more attention to what’s happening as I’m climbing. I don’t know where in my youth I developed the obsession to always reach for more, but it has always been there. SAT scores, graduating top of my class, … Continued