World Poetry Day: An Open Letter to the Guy at Work by Liz Ruddy

If there is one poem I’d like to share on World Poetry Day 2017, it’s this one:

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How A Novel Is Edited: A 34 Step Program

Step 1: Sit down at desk. You spent £150 on this desk and assembled it yourself. You bloody well should use it productively.

Step 2: A clean work space is a productive work space. Tidy away clutter and select a scented candle for today’s activities. Meticulously select your writing playlist on iTunes while you’re at it.

Step 3: You’ve forgotten your cup of tea. Make one. Debate for 2 mins whether or not to bring biscuits back with you too.

Step 4: Document your hilarious lack of progress so far on Twitter. #amwriting / #amediting

Step 5: Open up your manuscript. Feel guilty about how long it’s been since you’ve looked at it. It may be a .doc file but you feel compelled to literally blow the dust and cobwebs off it.

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March 2017 Releases – Watch List

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February 28, 2017 · 2:00 pm

Review: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

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I love a good family saga, a sprawling generational tale of several hundred pages that’ll keep me engrossed for days. I’m always on the lookout for ones that are set in different countries, so I was especially excited to pick up Pachinko, a supposed sweeping story about Korean immigrants living in Japan at the turn of the 20th century.

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To be human is to claim your weakness

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Have you ever been on the receiving end of the universally-hated interview question? You know the one: what would you say is your greatest weakness? We all react the same way: a bit of internalized dread and then we chance it. We’ll either embrace the cliché and turn a weakness into a strength (“I’m such a perfectionist, you have no idea”), we’ll lie and bring up a meaningless weakness (“I just cannot resist a piece of cheese!”) or we’ll summon our courage and share one of our greatest vulnerabilities to a complete stranger. It’s incredibly hard to do, but what we should remember is that, for any interviewing business worth its salt, the honest and most human admission of weakness should be the very thing that earns you the job. Continue reading

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