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Health benefits of cigarettes | A Writer's Blog

Health benefits of cigarettes | A Writer's Blog | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
A copywriter is like a defense lawyer. A defense lawyer can always find a way to make their client appear innocent. Here are the health benefits of cigarettes.
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This post has nothing to do with trying to promote or defend smoking. What is it about, then? A bunch of things, but mainly about learning how to think for yourself and come to independent decisions.

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‘Selfie’ beats out ‘twerk’ for Oxford 2013 Word of the Year | EW.com

‘Selfie’ beats out ‘twerk’ for Oxford 2013 Word of the Year | EW.com | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
We are a generation obsessed with abbrevs. So why wouldn’t we take something regal-sounding, like “self portrait,” and turn it into something we can easily...
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Great to see our vocabulary is growing in so many meaningful ways.

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Creating speech bubbles in Photoshop using the Custom Shape Tool | Laughing Lion Design

Creating speech bubbles in Photoshop using the Custom Shape Tool | Laughing Lion Design | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
Speech bubbles are used a LOT around the web in logo designs and as icons. Photoshop comes with a set of speech bubble shapes just waiting to be used, but they
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Bookmarking for later reference and because there are probably others out there who have wanted to know how to easily create cartoon speech/thought bubbles.

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How to Stop Google from Using Your Photo in Ads | Bill Hartzer

How to Stop Google from Using Your Photo in Ads | Bill Hartzer | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
Google is updating their Terms of Service on November 11, 2013. There are several updates to their TOS, and notably one of the changes has many people in an
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This writer doesn't mind them, but if you don't want your photo to be used in Google ads, he tells you how to stop them. Bill Hartzer often writes interesting blogs, so you might want to sign up for his feed while you're there.

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The Rise of Humanism in Advertising, Copywriting and Journalism

The Rise of Humanism in Advertising, Copywriting and Journalism | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
The rise of humanism in advertising, copywriting and journalism can be attributed to a public that no longer falls for behaviorism's manipulative tricks.
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Words are Wonderful and Terrible Things | Freelance Writers Resources

Words are Wonderful and Terrible Things | Freelance Writers Resources | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
Words are wonderful and terrible things. They can be used to inspire and inform or to manipulate and deceive.
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Developing 21st Century Critical Thinkers - Infographic

Developing 21st Century Critical Thinkers - Infographic | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
Download an 11X17 version of the Developing 21st Century Critical Thinkers Infographic by Mentoring Minds.com.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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All of this is very good. I'd like to suggest unlearning as a starting point. By that I mean questioning what we have previously learned and accepted as truth.

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Maria Lopez Alvarado, MBA's comment, September 26, 2013 9:05 PM
Mathy: Definitely the time to make some changes...
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Diane: I agree, the Flipped Classroom is a great strategy to engage the students!
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Diane: I agree, the Flipped Classroom is a great strategy to engage the students!
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“Tip-of-the-Tongue Syndrome,” Transactive Memory, and How the Internet Is Making Us Smarter

“Tip-of-the-Tongue Syndrome,” Transactive Memory, and How the Internet Is Making Us Smarter | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
"A public library keeps no intentional secrets about its mechanisms; a search engine keeps many."

"The dangerous time when mechanical voi
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Another great pick from brain pickings.

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Don’t Fall Into This Trap That Could Destroy Your Blog : @ProBlogger

Don’t Fall Into This Trap That Could Destroy Your Blog : @ProBlogger | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
Last week I spent time with a young blogger who was completely stalled with her blog (for the purpose of ...

Via Sherryl Perry
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My pet peeve with the blogging gurus is that they want you to listen to what they have to say. The result is a million copycat bloggers who don't find an audience because their audience is already taken. The only way you're going to find your own voice will be to listen to it instead of the gurus. This blog touches on that.

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Ari Meier's curator insight, September 9, 2013 3:24 PM

Are you a blogger? If so, have you shut down your writing because of comparing your work with other, more well known bloggers? Read this.

Sharilee Swaity's curator insight, November 3, 2013 1:14 AM

Such wise advice: don't compare your blog to other blogs.  Starting to compare can actually paralyze you! I agree with this, based on my 0wn experience. 

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On smoking, writing in longhand and Elmore Leonard | Freelance Writers Resources

On smoking, writing in longhand and Elmore Leonard | Freelance Writers Resources | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
Yes, there is a connection between smoking, writing in longhand and Elmore Leonard. Find out what it is.
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Half Of Us May Soon Be Freelancers: 6 Compelling Reasons Why

Half Of Us May Soon Be Freelancers: 6 Compelling Reasons Why | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
My cofounders and I started Contently in 2010 because we saw the world of journalism shifting. Where newspapers and magazines once provided stable, salaried jobs for reporters, writers and editors,
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Surprisingly, I rarely find anything of interest coming from LinkedIn. This article was an exception.

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Advertising and Market Targeting | Freelance Writers Resources

Advertising and Market Targeting | Freelance Writers Resources | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
Advertising and Market Targeting is a case study about my own experiences in online marketing and advertising.
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Seven Tips From Ernest Hemingway on How to Write Fiction

Seven Tips From Ernest Hemingway on How to Write Fiction | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
Before he was a big game hunter, before he was a deep-sea fisherman, Ernest Hemingway was a craftsman who would rise very early in the morning and write.
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"Write with a pencil" is my favourite. I've just rediscovered writing a first draft with a pen. It makes an amazing difference, especially if you're in a rut. Try it if you're writing something that matters.

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Using Google Books As An SEO Tool To Find New Readers

Using Google Books As An SEO Tool To Find New Readers | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
If you are an author and you want more readers for your book, Google Books presents an SEO opportunity for you to find those readers.
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Getting your book noticed is not an easy task. This might help.

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How to Draw Speech Bubbles in Photoshop - Gag Cartoons Blog

How to Draw Speech Bubbles in Photoshop - Gag Cartoons Blog | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
Comic speech bubbles, or cartoon bubbles, have several important uses in comic strips, comic novels, and even single-panel cartoons. They are the standard method of displaying speech inside comics and cartoons.
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Another speech bubbles tutorial I found this morning

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Infographic Builders: 9 Free Tools To Create Great Visual Charts

Infographic Builders: 9 Free Tools To Create Great Visual Charts | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Here is a handy short guide to nine free infographic creation tools that can be utilized to create enticing visuals, word charts and data-based infographics without having special technical skills.

 

Useful. 8/10

 

Check them all out: http://www.infographicsarchive.com/create-infographics-and-data-visualization/ 

 

(Unearted by Andres Taborga)


Via Robin Good
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May be just what I've been looking for.

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Mary A. Axford's curator insight, April 1, 8:27 AM

Nice collection of infographic tools from an expert in digital curation.

 

David Baker's curator insight, April 3, 11:47 AM

I am adding this to my seminar resources. Having another set of tools for my teachers to create their PIE Infographics is important.  Creating visual representations of learning is such a powerful learning for teachers and is a skill they can transfer to their classroom and for students to create in the classroom.

Trude Burnett's curator insight, May 9, 3:48 PM

Good tools to make Infographics

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4 Ways To Get Creative With Content | A Writer's Blog

4 Ways To Get Creative With Content | A Writer's Blog | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
Guest poster Sam Wright creatively offers 4ways to get creative with content.
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Attribution, Linking and Plagiarism Prevention Tips for Online Journalists


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Sharing because it's so important. I realized how important it was after forgetting to attribute a source to a photo. Plagiarism just plain sucks on all levels, but overlooking source attribution is bad manners at best.

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FrancoisMagnan's curator insight, October 8, 2013 5:32 AM

Des conseils pour éviter le plagiat destinés aus journalistes comme à tous ceux qui écrivent régulièrement en ligne. Un rappel de bonnes pratiques.

Carlos Bisbal's curator insight, October 8, 2013 9:08 AM

Presentación en Slide publicada hace unos días por Steve Buttry que enumera todas las situaciones en las que es posible correr el riesgo de ser acusado de plagio.

La presentación es un resumen de consejos para periodistas online que tienen que lidiar a diario con la adición de enlaces de referencia, la concesión de créditos y la atribución de autoría y evitar ser acusados de plagio.

Un buen consejo que no debe tomarse a la ligera

Janet Vasil's curator insight, October 8, 2013 1:34 PM

How to properly credit others for their work.   Good primer.

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BooksShouldBeFree - Thousands of free audio books

BooksShouldBeFree - Thousands of free audio books | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
Thousands of free audio books that you can download in mp3, iPod and iTunes format for your portable audio player.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Wow! What a find! I'm downloading Walden now.

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Time to Write? Go Outside - New York Times (blog)

Time to Write? Go Outside - New York Times (blog) | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
Time to Write? Go Outside
New York Times (blog)
Fall promises crisp days with ample sunlight, a lifting of the humidity and ideal temperatures for being outdoors. This also means my writing will be getting better.
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Good advice.

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The Anatomy of a Perfect Google+ Post

The Anatomy of a Perfect Google+ Post | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
There is a reason that certain people get more engagement, more followers, and are more successful on Google+ than others. A lot of it has to do with they way they craft their posts. In this post I...
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At last! This is a "how to G+" article that really delivers. The blog is excellent. Short, succinct and highly informative.

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Five free Dropbox tools you're not using (but should be)

Five free Dropbox tools you're not using (but should be) | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
Easier sharing. Simpler sending. Secure encryption. Make Dropbox even better with any of these handy utilities.

Via Peter Azzopardi
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I couldn't get by without Dropbox. These suggestions make it even better.

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Peter Azzopardi's curator insight, August 31, 2013 4:53 AM

These are brilliant aids!!

Margarita Parra's curator insight, August 31, 2013 9:45 AM

Muy útiles, y gratuitas.

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Getting into Gamma Brain Waves - A Cookbook of Consciousness

Getting into Gamma Brain Waves - A Cookbook of Consciousness | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
Getting into Gamma Brain Waves describes my experience using a gamma brainwave entrainment session and includes an infographic explaining gamma brain waves
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Brainwave entrainment gets a bad rap in some circles. I think it's largely because it's been hyped as a toll for meditation and altered states of consciousness. I've been using it for years off and on and have found it to be incredibly helpful on a number of levels. This post is about how I used a gamma session while writing, with dramatic effects.

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How New Writers Can Dominate Google | Freelance Writers Resources

How New Writers Can Dominate Google | Freelance Writers Resources | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
Guest poster Jenn Greenleaf tells how new writers can dominate Google.
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A guest post with some interesting insights and links.

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Marilyn Monroe’s Unpublished Poems: The Complex Private Person Behind the Public Persona

Marilyn Monroe’s Unpublished Poems: The Complex Private Person Behind the Public Persona | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
"Only parts of us will ever touch only parts of others."

Did you ever begin Ulysses? Did you ever finish it? Marilyn Monroe did both. She
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What do you think of when you think of Marilyn Monroe? Think again.

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