Category Archives: Writing tips

Tracking Queries With Google’s Calendar

I’m now using Google’s Calendar feature (external link) to keep track of queries. I wish I used it before. It’s a free service with a Google account. You already have it if you use Gmail. The calendar is pretty straight … Continue reading

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Finding Your Way With QR Codes

In my Rock&Gem Magazine articles I supply GPS coordinates for sites lacking a street address. Here’s a common example, this one leading to a noteworthy monument in Catheys Valley, California: N 37° 26.292 W 120°05.177 This approach is practical but not completely … Continue reading

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Working For a Content Creation Site

What’s it like to write for a content generation site? Or, as some people call it, a content mill? It reminds me a little of my past newspaper reporting. I get a topic I might know little about, I research it, and then … Continue reading

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The iStory — A Way to Improve Your Writing?

NarrativeMagazine.com (external link) is promoting a new kind of writing for our too wandering thoughts, a 150-word prose form called an iStory. Here’s how they describe it: An iStory is a short, dramatic narrative, fiction or nonfiction, up to 150 … Continue reading

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Trying to Find a Private Foundation

There hasn’t been enough interest in my Nevada agriculture book proposal so I am turning to private foundations for help. This is unexplored territory for me. I know that foundations and large corporations are run by boards of directors. These boards meet … Continue reading

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Newsmastering for Illinois

I’m now newsmastering (internal link) about Illinois roadway accidents. This through my Vancouver employer. When an accident report comes in matching our criteria, I hurriedly rewrite the story, post it to our client’s blog, then add the URL to Google. (internal … Continue reading

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A Response to Writers Market

Writers Market has a nice .pdf called Query Letter Clinic (external link) that contains many helpful hints. It also contains some assertions I don’t agree with. Consider this paragraph: “Many great writers ask year after year, ‘’Why is it so … Continue reading

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