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Written by Darice de Cuba on January 26, 2011

The heart, mind and murder test for writers

Even if you’re writing passes the heart test with flying colours, even if it sails through the mind exam without any problems whatsoever, you may still need to murder your darlings.

A good read about how to judge your writing and when to take action.

How Twitter Slowly Destroyed Jay Cutler

Twitter allows for a mob mentality to erupt with ease. It requires no effort to send out your opinion online, and it becomes easier to be negative when you can follow the lead of someone else.

Twitter has become like a small town, where everybody is talked about and being exposed. It doesn’t matter if you have a Twitter account or not. Jay Cutler is a huge example, but what happened to him I’m sure happens at highschool’s, college’s and work places all over the world.

Living In The Moment

Tomorrow is coming whether I sleep, eat, party or work. It’s a matter of hours and minutes. I could worry about what it will bring, or what could go wrong. But instead, I choose to enjoy being alive right now, to live in this moment, and to trust in myself that I will be able to handle whatever is coming.

I do my best to live in the moment, it’s way easier said then done. But like the entry says, we have no control over what will happen in 5 minutes, the next day or over 10 years. You can plan of course, but basically you have to go with the flow.

Which Browsers Do and Don’t Use “Do Not Track”

[…] both Mozilla and Google announced that they will be offering up ways for Firefox and Chrome users to opt out of behavioral tracking. But where can consumers find the new features, what exactly do they offer, and will they really work?

I’m still waiting for the really do no evil company who will choose for privacy instead of selling out. The web needs a ‘freedom’ fighter.

Reading Overload

Couple of weeks back, I realized that I have to step back and take a look at my reading habits. I realized that I didn’t have to read everything that I may find interesting.

This is very true, I read so much online that most of the time when referencing to something I read about, I can’t remember where I read it. At least an hour a day is wasted reading stuff I forget the next day. But then again I’m a compulsive reader, I always need to be reading something.

Noteworthy Content of the Week

Written by Darice de Cuba on January 19, 2011

This week entries have nothing in common with each other, except that they are all written with a personal touch and familiarity.

20 Things to Have on Hand for Power Outages

Basically, it became the 1800s, and there are important things I learned from that experience. Here is a list of affordable items to make sure you have when you’re heading into a possible power outage.

Recently I have been thinking that I have nothing in the house for in case of emergency, not even a flashlight. With the extreme weather change the chance of a power outage is getting more and more real. This entry is a must read, it’s 101 basics in emergency cases.

The Power of Living Small

The best part about living in a smaller space is that it has forced me to edit the belongings I have and has kept me from buying as much as I would in a larger space. If your home closets that are small, if you don’t have a basement, if there is no garage…then these situations can truly work for you as a way to keep your clutter naturally under control.

In my experience, removing or getting rid of things and furniture you don’t use brings peace of mind. I think that’s why we tend to want to organize and clean up when we have work to do in front of us, you know, besides procrastination.

Prepping for 2011

The gray table in the guest room, I was later told, was actually white when he was done cleaning it. Coins appeared magically sorted by their value, stacked neatly on my shelf. Pairs of socks were joyfully reunified after a long sundering.

Dave’s stories are always a pleasure to read, the way he writes about missing socks takes the ordinary out of it.

How Do you Want to Write?

Each type of writing format works with different topics and your own feelings about the topic. Pick a style and then the topic that works for you. Just thinking about how you want to write can give you great ideas for what you want to write about.

Check out Laura’s pointers if you are looking to vary your writing style. Most people write free form, it would be a interesting mix to give other writing forms a try.

Noteworthy Content of the Week

Written by Darice de Cuba on January 12, 2011

This week I’m highlighting two interviews and an entry about becoming a travel writer. Except for this weblog once I have never done an interview. I have played several time with the idea to interview someone, thinking about whom I would like to know more about and write about.

The tricky part of doing interviews, especially with people who have been interviewed before, is to come with new and interesting questions. If you are planning to do an interview, check out these two listed below. Note how they approach the question based on what they blog about.

Interview With A Myth Buster

Kari brings a unique perspective to the show as an artist, a science chick, and a working mom. We’re honored to get her take on how to encourage young girls to take a greater interest in science.

I watch Myth Buster once in a while, I never give a second thought to Kari’s background. She must spend a lot of time telling her kids to not try what she does at home.

So You Wanna Be a Travel Writer?

Sitting on a beach, being plied with free drinks, and writing leisurely is far from the reality of travel writing. Picture this instead: If you are lucky enough to get a free trip, expect to be ushered in a maniacal fashion from attraction to attraction, pressed with the personal agendas of local tourism boards. Downtime is usually spent holed up in your room, desperately typing notes and trying to keep up at the expense of sleep.

A very sobering reality about what many view as a dream job.

Interview with Maurissa Guibord – Author of Warped

Warped hit bookstores yesterday, and my copy is currently winging its way to me from Amazon. This is one of my most anticipated 2011 releases, and I was delighted that Maurissa Guibord was able to drop in for a virtual visit.

Noteworthy Content of the Week

Written by Darice de Cuba on January 5, 2011

It’s back to business this week, work to catch up with and weblogs to read. A lot of new year’s resolutions have been made all over the web. My new year’s resolution is to not have any new year’s resolution, just to stay positive and to do my best.

Laura’s post reminded me of WordPress Daily Post Challenge –

Are you Doing the WordPress Daily Post Challenge?

Will you start the WordPress Daily Post Challenge? There’s a blog with daily prompts and ideas, or you can follow the Twitter feed.

I don’t think I’ll be able to do that daily, but I will be checking in each day and see if there is a topic that I want to write about. It is a very stimulating project and I guess if I was in a very sharing mood I could easily write thousand words on today’s topic: are you stressed out?

Kenny needs no inspirations, as he wrote a poem about having his own small library at home.

I Want Neil Gaiman’s Library

What do you spy with your little eye, amongst the towers of tomes?
A title, a colourful cover, a manga assassin nun from the city of Rome?
These are the many pages (and spines) that make up our home sweet home.

If I could fit that much books in my apartment I would barely leave the house and instead spend it in a comfy chair surrounded by all the books.