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How Office Culture Should Influence Recruitment — AkkenCloud

Organizational Culture: “The values and behaviors that contribute to the unique social and psychological environment of an organization.” —Business Dictionary An anthropology cliché tells us that culture is to humans what water is to fish. You probably don’t think about it, but your family has a culture. So does your neighborhood and your country. Your… Read more »

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Edit Sleepy

The average reader is exhausted. She’s skimming for the gist on her phone. He’s looking for a good stopping point because he can’t keep his eyes open.  He’s glutted with information  and hasn’t got room for your words.  She has a stack of manuscripts to get through and she knows the sooner you give her an… Read more »

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Why I’m Ditching the ‘About Me’ & Author Bio

As a rule, author bios and ‘about me’ sections are just horrible. They tend to read like a cringe cocktail of humble-bragging and answers to the worst pickup-lines. You want to be your quirky self without putting anyone off. You’re a writer who puts down reading as a hobby. You end with some pseudo edgy… Read more »

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Autumn Reading: My Massachusetts Bookshelf

Today was perfect reading weather on Cape Cod: Grey and wet with northeast winds and a small craft warning out on the water. It’s good to be home in the fall and surrounded by my books. Here are my top home-state reads. Mystic River -Dennis Lehane (fiction) The movie (more specifically Sean Penn’s back tattoos) helped put… Read more »

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Story Structure in ‘Sully’ – Meanwhile Back at the Ranch

Sully is the true story of Captain Chesley Sullenberger (played by Tom Hanks) who crash-landed US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson river, in 2009, saving everyone onboard. It’s an incredible story, but how do you make a  ninety minute feature out of a flight that lasted a mere 200 seconds? Sully solves this problem with a technique Hitchcock… Read more »

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I Need All The Help I Can Get (resources for when writing sucks)

Sometimes I need all the help I can get.   Six-second screenwriting tips from Brian Koppelman’s Vine. His ‘magic formula’ for success in the screenwriting game: unwavering belief, total commitment, and tireless work.    The Imperfectionist. A former perfectionist shares lessons learned on the road to personal fulfillment and a life of her own design…. Read more »

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Bottomless Brunch: the Navy Yard’s Best Kept Secret

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but brunch is arguably the most important meal of the week. It can be a dreamy continuation of Saturday night, a chance to see if you and a new friend actually get along in the daylight, a cheat day on your diet, or just an excuse… Read more »

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Write Like Hemingway, the App

Hemingway App is a text editor designed to keep your writing tight like Papa’s. Hemingway checks your text for areas that could be simplified or cut entirely. The app highlights hard to read sentences, and suggests simpler alternatives to words like ‘utilize’ (use) and ‘individual’ (person.) It counts your adverbs, and highlights passive voice. All… Read more »

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8 Reasons You’ll Love Living in the DC Navy Yard Area – AM Digital

Work-life balance is a challenge for Washingtonians. The city has so much to offer, yet it’s easy to miss out between work, commuting, and mandatory work-related fun. But the balance is out there, and many are finding it in the Navy Yard area. Young, vibrant, growing, and ideally situated, the Navy Yard is an exciting… Read more »

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A Guide to Kayak Camping — DD Hammocks

My first kayak camping trip was a disaster – a brilliant disaster that got me hooked on the sport for life. Three of us (kids at the time) set out on a bay in the southwest of Ireland, to see how far we could go. Our gear was loaded in bin bags; our pillows took… Read more »