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Random writing, sometimes about writing, sometimes not
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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.

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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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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 ...

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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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How Not to "Write" a Hobie Cat | Freelance Writers Resources

How Not to "Write" a Hobie Cat | Freelance Writers Resources | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
The only real way to learn anything is by doing. Watching a how to video or reading a how to blog isn't enough, as I learned the hard way.
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My sailing mishap taught me as much about writing as it did about sailing.

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How to embed a web page in a WordPress blog post | Digital Journalism, Multimedia Journalism, Online Journalism: A journalism instructor's observation and thoughts

There are times you need to show a "live" web page in your post, not just a screen shot of that web page. Here's a simple solution.
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I've been looking for this information for a long time. Dead easy. If you don't know html, just cut and paste. Read all the instructions, though. I had to replace my pasted quotation marks.

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Pax Bennett's curator insight, June 24, 2013 12:59 PM

Helpful for bloggers. I've needed this before and had to have my web guy do it for me. Eek.

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Here's How Rob Schneider Writes | Freelance Writers Resources

Here's How Rob Schneider Writes | Freelance Writers Resources | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
Here's How Rob Schneider Writes is a shameless rip-off of a series of blogs on Copyblogger.
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Seeing Art Through Jane Austen’s Eyes

Seeing Art Through Jane Austen’s Eyes | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it

On May 24, 1813, Jane Austen went to a crowded art gallery on Pall Mall in London, looking for Mrs. Darcy.

“I dare say Mrs. D. will be in yellow,” Austen wrote that morning to her sister, referring to the romantic heroine whose happy ending she had sketched out in “Pride and Prejudice,” published four months earlier.


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How to Move Rankings Up On Older, Existing Content - Whiteboard Friday

How to Move Rankings Up On Older, Existing Content - Whiteboard Friday | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
If you're ranking number four for a keyword, there's no doubt you want to move up to that coveted number one spot. So how do you boost your rankings for the old keyword you've been targeting?
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Some good tips for breathing new life into older content.

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Why Google Sucks | Freelance Writers Resources

Why Google Sucks | Freelance Writers Resources | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
Right after writing Why Google Rocks I learned about Google's complicity in a pretty major crime and decided it was time to write about why Google sucks.
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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.

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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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30 Free Vibrant and Visually Appealing HTML5 WordPress Themes | Design Drizzle

30 Free Vibrant and Visually Appealing HTML5 WordPress Themes | Design Drizzle | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
If you are a consistent user of WordPress, we are definite you will agree that WordPress themes are permanently worthwhile. In fact, if we say that WordPress
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This article was shared on G+. Some of the themes are nicer than paid themes. Have a look.

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Things Nabokov Hates

Things Nabokov Hates | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
Why you should never, ever use the phrase "the moment of truth" in your writing.

Vladimir Nabokov -- celebrated author, butterfly-lover,
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Vladimir Nabokov on inspiration.

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Free Brainwave Entrainment App for Your Android | Freelance Writers Resources

Free Brainwave Entrainment App for Your Android | Freelance Writers Resources | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
Transparent Corp has just released a free brainwave entrainment app for Android devices.
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I'm a big fan of brainwave entrainment, both for relaxation and work. I'm an even bigger fan of the company that offers this app. Professional therapists and even BWE developers use their products.

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ZEN PENCILS - Cartoon quotes from inspirational folks

ZEN PENCILS - Cartoon quotes from inspirational folks | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
Cartoon quotes from inspirational folks
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I stumbled across this site on Stumbleupon. It reminded me why I like Stumbleupon so much. We tend to get in ruts when we follow search paths from Google or sites we're familiar with. Stumbleupon can be random and refreshing. What a clever way to quote!

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A Day In The Life Of The Internet – infographic

A Day In The Life Of The Internet – infographic | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it

'There are close to two and-a-half billion people online around the world – this number has grown 566 percent since the year 2000 – and 70 percent of them use the internet every day. As you might imagine, with that kind of presence, which amounts to more than a third of the global population, quite a lot happens over the course of each 24 hours.

The Internet never sleeps.  Is it possible to even fathom the idea of any given moment without someone in the world being connected to the Internet for one reason or another?  It wasn’t that long ago that the Internet wasn’t even a thing, but anymore it’s something that we can’t do without.  ztake a look at “A Day in the Life of the Internet”...


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Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, May 22, 2013 1:58 PM

Think we are in the middle of a collaborative revoluton or what?

Taylor Mergele's comment, May 22, 2013 2:05 PM
Absolutely. I'm willing to admit that I'm a part of all of those statistics!
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You Can Now Send Money Via Gmail

You Can Now Send Money Via Gmail | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
Google announced Wednesday that users will now be able to send money via Gmail.

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wanderingsalsero's curator insight, May 17, 2013 3:49 AM

Just one more way the NWO is getting irrevocably embedded in our lives.  I don't trust Google.  Use'em.....yeah.   Trust'em.... no.

Song Ik-june(Gerrard)'s comment, May 17, 2013 9:15 AM
Innovation = Google .... Revolution = Google
Rob Schneider's comment, May 18, 2013 1:39 AM
Google's getting a little creepy. I think I'll stick with PayPal.