C. S. Lewis on Writing Considering he wrote The Chronicles of Narnia, one of the most popular collections of children's literature of all time, it's no real surprise that C. S. Lewis received thousands of letters from youngsters during his career. What's admirable is that he attempted to reply to each and every one of those pieces of fan mail, and not just with a generic, impersonal line or two. The fantastic letter seen below is a perfect example. It was sent by Lewis to a young American fan named Joan Lancaster in June of 1956 — just a few months before the seventh and final book of the series, The Last Battle, was published — and is actually an invaluable, generous response filled with practical writing advice, all of which still rings true. (Source: The wonderful, C. The Kilns, Headington Quarry, Oxford 26 June 1956Dear Joan–Thanks for your letter of the 3rd.
9 jobs that pay $45,000 a year Money. It’s a topic that’s inspired countless songs about its correlation to happiness and health, from the Beatles classic “Can’t Buy Me Love” to the ‘90s hit “Mo Money, Mo Problems” by Notorious B.I.G. While the universal message of these songs is that making tons of money won’t solve all of your problems, most people would be content with earning a decent salary so they can pay their bills, support their family and live comfortably. Since every worker has his own idea of what his target income would be, we like to highlight jobs at different pay levels and across different industries. Here are nine jobs that pay around $45,000*: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. *All median annual pay figures, job descriptions and education levels are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook.
You've got to sell your heart Late-1938, eager to gain some feedback on her work, aspiring young author and Radcliffe sophomore Frances Turnbull sent a copy of her latest story to celebrated novelist and friend of the family, F. Scott Fitzgerald. Before long the feedback arrived, in the form of the somewhat harsh but admirably honest reply seen below. (Source: F. Scott Fitzgerald: A Life in Letters; Image: F. November 9, 1938Dear Frances:I've read the story carefully and, Frances, I'm afraid the price for doing professional work is a good deal higher than you are prepared to pay at present. 10 occupations in high demand CareerBuilder commits to Clinton Global Initiative to help unemployed workers find jobs By Hope Gurion, chief development officer at CareerBuilder As the unemployment rate hovers at 8.2 percent, job seekers — especially those who have faced long-term unemployment — may be thinking the jobs just aren’t there. Yet jobs are available, and some companies are even struggling to fill positions. A recent CareerBuilder survey found that nearly two in four hiring managers say they have open positions for which they cannot find qualified candidates. Yet much of today’s economic news focuses on the lack of jobs, so job seekers may not know where to turn for information on fields that are experiencing a hiring surge. That’s why programs such as the Clinton Global Initiative are making an impact. Connecting job seekers with jobs CareerBuilder has made a major commitment to the CGI with the goal of providing current and future workers with information and new skills. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
Letters of Note TimeSnapper Lets You Play Back Your Time On The PC Like A Movie [Windows] Not everyone’s online behavior is enough to receive the merit of a leading role in the next box office hit, but today I’m going to open your eyes on how you can star in your very own PC motion picture! Have you ever been sitting online, maybe with Facebook open in a tab and your work open in another, and you wonder where all of your time during the day went? I’ve been there and I go there just about every day. I’m there right now, actually. TimeSnapper is slowly becoming one of my favorite new pieces of software for Windows, because it’ll let you know exactly where all of that time went. TimeSnapper is a Windows application that sits in your system tray and gradually takes screenshots of your active window so that you can have a running log of exactly what you were doing at any random interval of the day. You’ll need to enter your email address to download TimeSnapper Classic, where afterwards a hyperlink to the direct download of the software will be sent.
Sometimes, I Write About Why I Write. This Is That. Note: this post was originally written on Feb 22, 2012. I've recently been readdressing many aspects of my life and my work, and in digging through my writing, found this. I shared it with a dear friend and was motivated to share it again with you all. I hope it speaks to you and gives you some insight to why I have done and will do what I do. This post is a bit of an experiment. Play this song while you read this post. You certainly don't have to. And lately, why I write has been a question on my mind. Sometimes, I know exactly what I'm doing when I post something deep and introspective and heartfelt. Sometimes, I just want to be crass. Sometimes, I want to explore emotion. Sometimes, I have something in me I just need to share. Sometimes, I want to call bullshit on what I, you and everyone else knows is bullshit. Sometimes, I am scared. Sometimes, I just hurt, and I need to bleed. Sometimes, I feel so much joy from being alive and I want you to feel it, too. Sometimes I'm a hypocrite.
3 Ways The Portable Apps Platform Will Make Your Life Easier Portable apps have a huge place in my geeky heart simply because they are quite numerous (if you don’t believe me, check out the Best Portable Apps here). They don’t modify the registry, and can be used in different Windows machines (though there are portable apps for Linux as well). Up until recently though, maintaining portable apps was not pleasant for me. I’d have to go into Windows Explorer and click on the executable to launch the program every time, and if there was an update to the program, I’d have to download the program and “install” it all over again. If your answer is yes, you should probably take a look at the Portable Apps Platform, currently on version 10.0, available from the same site that offers portable versions of popular programs. Start Menu For Application Organization & Launch If you have quite a few portable apps (even our suggestions from our Best Portable Apps reach 50+), having a way to access them is probably optimal. Obtain New Portable Apps
Malcolm Gladwell Is Underrated — I.M.H.O. I know - it’s like proposing The Beatles are underrated. Malcolm Gladwell is the king of non-fiction writing and publishing. His new book is a million-seller lock. His writing is referenced hundreds of times a day in newspapers, magazine articles, talk shows, boardrooms and bars. He could pay off the national debt of a small Latin American country with the proceeds of his annual speaking tour. But sometimes, popularity can obscure achievement, and such is the case with Gladwell (by the way, The Beatles are underrated, but that’s for another day). Among our tablet-toting, Foreign Policy-reading, Foucault-citing cultural elites, Gladwell’s name is rarely mentioned without a hint of ironising disdain. “Well I suppose that’s just the Malcolm Gladwell version (of a complex idea).” “It’s the kind of glib formula pioneered by Malcolm Gladwell.” “Yeah, Gladwell? When lists of “Most Influential Thinkers” are put together, Gladwell rarely makes the top cut.
Top 20 Best Android Apps You Need To Get (That Aren’t Games) The Android Market has come a long way since its initial release a couple of years ago. With more than 80,000 apps, including MakeUseOf’s Android app, there’s something out there for everybody. Here at MUO, we’ve covered Android apps extensively. Just off the top of my head, we’ve written articles about apps for students, busy moms, runners, movie fans and even programmers. We’ve also shown you the best finance, voice and health apps, as well as how to write your own application. But, what are the best Android apps? In this article, I’m going to cover the top 20 best Android apps that aren’t games. Communication & Social Apps Since this is your phone we’re talking about, communication and social applications are probably a good place to start. 1. If you’re like most people, you spend more time on Facebook than any other website on the Internet. 2. With the Twitter app, you can do everything you can do online with Twitter. 3. 4. Place calls and send text messages showing your Google number.
Poetry Isn't as Useless as a Lot of Poets Say It Is - Noah Berlatsky A recent speech at Yale inadvertently sums up what's wrong with the art form these days: Its gatekeepers believe poetry matters because it's poetry, not because of what it says. Rudyard Kipling and Nicki Minaj, poets. (Wikimedia, AP Images) Poetry is useless. That's the prevailing sentiment in our culture, as far as I can tell. CEOs and lawyers rule the world. Oddly, this isn't just the position of outsiders. Standing apart I looked at her and said – We have poetry So we do not die of history. Poetry, then, is contrasted with history and the world; it's outside cause and effect and even reason. Even without Alexander's painful reliance on clichéd phrases like "deeply felt," this is all familiar, of course. "There have been moments in our shared human history in particular parts of the world where poets and also singers have been banned," Alexander says. But why? Poetry is always already revolutionary, then. Of course, this is nonsense.
Impact — On Publishing Last week I attended the yearly backyard barbeque organized by my publisher. There were, of course, a lot of writers present and I took place at a large table and drank my glass of wine and talked with known and unknown people. At some point I got into a conversation with the salesperson. “How many books were sold?” “What if I only sold ten books?” The statistics would show only a number of ten sold books and so people would frown their eyebrows and think it must have been a terrible read. The truth is, numbers don’t have real impact. to let you know how much he appreciated the words, the lines, the impact he’s felt, is worth much more than a number. Some time ago I worried about numbers and sold books and money and everything that had to do with ranking. ‘I don’t know why exactly I felt the urge, but I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciated your words. I was amazed. It has everything to do with impact.
31 Ways To Uncover The Interesting Parts Of You NEW to the blog? Sign up for email updates and I’ll keep you in the loop each time I have something new to help you. Back in January, I asked a question. A question that, once answered, would help you stand out and be noticed in a crowd. What do you include in a response to the question: What’s Memorable About You? I heard from a number of you who expressed frustration with this question. So this is a follow-up to that post to help you think through this question with more depth. But more often, you will simply like to share something memorable when you build your elevator pitch. But its not just about being interesting while you are career networking. Having little gems to share can keep a conversation going and give people a reason to ask multiple follow-ups. And if you are not one who sits on a large book filled with lists of what makes you memorable, well, this post should help. Because I created a list of interview questions. Where were you born? And once you find two or three gems.