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36 Visual Content Creation Tools the Pros Can't Live Without

36 Visual Content Creation Tools the Pros Can't Live Without | Rick Davidson's Writing | Scoop.it
We asked 19 Social Media Pros to share their Top Visual Content Creation Tools. Here are 36 of their top tools and a handy cheat sheet for the Top 5.
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The top 10 novels about lost friendships

The top 10 novels about lost friendships | Rick Davidson's Writing | Scoop.it
From JD Salinger to Jonathan Coe, novelist Chris Killen lists the favourite books he’s stuck by while failing to keep up with his real-life connections
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8 Classic storytelling techniques for engaging presentations

8 Classic storytelling techniques for engaging presentations | Rick Davidson's Writing | Scoop.it
A good public speaker takes their audience on a journey, leaving them feeling inspired and motivated. But structuring your speech to get your ideas across and keep your audience engaged all the way through is tricky. Try these eight storytelling techniques for a presentation that wows.
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Open Yale Courses | The American Novel Since 1945

Open Yale Courses | The American Novel Since 1945 | Rick Davidson's Writing | Scoop.it
In "The American Novel Since 1945" students will study a wide range of works from 1945 to the present. The course traces the formal and thematic developments of the novel in this period, focusing on the relationship between writers and readers, the conditions of publishing, innovations in the novel's form, fiction's engagement with history, and the changing place of literature in American culture. The reading list includes works by Richard Wright, Flannery O'Connor, Vladimir Nabokov, Jack Kerouac, J. D. Salinger, Thomas Pynchon, John Barth, Maxine Hong Kingston, Toni Morrison, Marilynne Robinson, Cormac McCarthy, Philip Roth and Edward P. Jones. The course concludes with a contemporary novel chosen by the students in the class.
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Gain experience teaching online on Udemy.

Gain experience teaching online on Udemy. | Rick Davidson's Writing | Scoop.it
This FAQ section will help you understand the ins and outs of creating a course and answer any additional questions you may have about teaching online.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, November 19, 2014 1:47 PM

  I work with many beginning online teachers who are struggling to get started actually teaching online. UDEMY is one way to create your own opportunities as you develop real world experience. 


Building a free course is a way to also build your credibility and expand your network. Developing a course and charging a fee is a way to make money teaching online. 


Either path will teach you a lot about instructional design, video and audio production, and social media marketing. 


So why not add a UDEMY course to your resume and gain some experience while you are applying for online jobs? 

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Novels: On Location - 521 Novels/638 Locations

Novels: On Location - 521 Novels/638 Locations | Rick Davidson's Writing | Scoop.it
A Google-Maps/Amazon mash-up for finding books that take place where you're traveling. Search the map and make your next destination come alive!
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Mark Twain Captured on Film by Thomas Edison in 1909. It’s the Only Known Footage of the Author.

Mark Twain Captured on Film by Thomas Edison in 1909. It’s the Only Known Footage of the Author. | Rick Davidson's Writing | Scoop.it
Here's a little nugget for you. The great inventor Thomas Edison visited the home of Mark Twain in 1909, and captured footage of 'the father of American literature' (says Faulkner) walking around his estate and playing cards with his daughters, Clara and Jean. The film is silent and deteriorated.
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Create Ebooks - PapyrusEditor

Create Ebooks - PapyrusEditor | Rick Davidson's Writing | Scoop.it
Papyrus is a simple online editor to create ebooks.You can edit the cover using a simple drag and drop cover editor, import content from the web, or create new content as easily as writing a blog post.If you want to sell your ebook, all you have to do is set a price and click publish.

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Kelly Roach's curator insight, May 2, 2014 5:09 AM

Looks interesting - I'll be checking this one out when I get a spare moment!

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, May 3, 2014 2:05 PM

An awesome web based ePub & PDF creator. Create & edit online & it will generate ePub & PDF of your book for download.

sarah's curator insight, May 4, 2014 1:32 PM

Intéressant pour nos UD´s. en ligne.

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How to be Internet-famous with the help of social media

How to be Internet-famous with the help of social media | Rick Davidson's Writing | Scoop.it
In a Web 2.0 world, how can you use social media for shameless self-promotion? Follow our tips for a quick path to Internet fame.
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E-book sales are leveling off. Here’s why.

E-book sales are leveling off. Here’s why. | Rick Davidson's Writing | Scoop.it
E-book sales are rising only slowly now. Here's what that has to do with the future of the written word.

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Pam Colburn Harland's curator insight, October 8, 2013 11:29 AM

Best quote: "We may be discovering that e-books are well suited to some types of books (like genre fiction)  but not well suited to other types (like nonfiction and literary fiction) and are well suited to certain reading situations (plane trips) but less well suited to others (lying on the couch at home)."

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Storytelling Websites and Resources | Elizabeth Figa

Resources for storytelling performances, training, coaching, and research.

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Coletta P. Kahn's comment, July 26, 2013 12:13 AM
wow good one!!
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Thanks Coletta!
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Seven Tips From Ernest Hemingway on How to Write Fiction

Seven Tips From Ernest Hemingway on How to Write Fiction | Rick Davidson's Writing | 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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8 Classic storytelling techniques for engaging presentations

8 Classic storytelling techniques for engaging presentations | Rick Davidson's Writing | Scoop.it
A good public speaker takes their audience on a journey, leaving them feeling inspired and motivated. But structuring your speech to get your ideas across and keep your audience engaged all the way through is tricky. Try these eight storytelling techniques for a presentation that wows.
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Getting Started with a Twitter PLN

Getting Started with a Twitter PLN | Rick Davidson's Writing | Scoop.it
Here is a simple poster I made to help educators get started with Twitter and putting together a Professional Learning Network.build_a_pln_with_twitter
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Venn and the Art of Teaching Online: Finding Work in Online Teaching

Venn and the Art of Teaching Online: Finding Work in Online Teaching | Rick Davidson's Writing | Scoop.it

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#online #Teaching

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Skills in each of these areas is essential if you are to be effective in Online Teaching!

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130 Free Philosophy eBooks

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This page features a growing list of Free Philosophy eBooks, presenting essential works by Aristotle, Hegel, Kant, Nietzsche, Wittgenstein and many other philosophers. You can generally read these texts on your Kindle, iPad & iPhone, or web browser.
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New Literary Agent: Linda Scalissi of 3 Seas Literary | WritersDigest.com

New Literary Agent: Linda Scalissi of 3 Seas Literary | WritersDigest.com | Rick Davidson's Writing | Scoop.it
This literary agent is interested in representing authors of women’s fiction, thrillers, young adult, mysteries and romance novels.
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Open Culture Picks Our 10 Avant-Garde Favorites on Ubuweb: Joyce, Borges, Sontag, Wittgenstein & More

Open Culture Picks Our 10 Avant-Garde Favorites on Ubuweb: Joyce, Borges, Sontag, Wittgenstein & More | Rick Davidson's Writing | Scoop.it
If you know about Open Culture, surely you know about Ubuweb. If you don't, its slogan says almost everything you need to know about it: 'All Avant-Garde.
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How to convert your book file into ePub format—fast and free!

With ePub becoming the sort of universal ebook submission format the question answered here was/is how to convert your Word manuscript into ePub. Step by step.
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SEVEN STEPS TO THE PERFECT STORY [Fun Infographic]

SEVEN STEPS TO THE PERFECT STORY [Fun Infographic] | Rick Davidson's Writing | Scoop.it

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KindredReaders's curator insight, January 2, 2014 11:45 AM

great visual reference!

Ali Anani's curator insight, January 3, 2014 1:39 AM

Creative writing in steps

Gennia Holder's curator insight, January 14, 2014 9:50 AM

This a great list, but, perfect?  I don't know about that :)  Stories aren't a magic bullet. However, applying these elements and telling the right story+right time+right audience... can make an emotional connection with your audience that impacts your business.

 

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How to Build a Universe: Philip K. Dick on Reality, Media Manipulation, and Human Heroism

How to Build a Universe: Philip K. Dick on Reality, Media Manipulation, and Human Heroism | Rick Davidson's Writing | Scoop.it

by Maria Popova

 

[quoting Dick]

 

"As soon as you begin to ask what is ultimately real, you right away begin talk nonsense. Zeno proved that motion was impossible (actually he only imagined that he had proved this; what he lacked was what technically is called the “theory of limits”). David Hume, the greatest skeptic of them all, once remarked that after a gathering of skeptics met to proclaim the veracity of skepticism as a philosophy, all of the members of the gathering nonetheless left by the door rather than the window. I see Hume’s point. It was all just talk. The solemn philosophers weren’t taking what they said seriously.

 

"But I consider that the matter of defining what is real — that is a serious topic, even a vital topic. And in there somewhere is the other topic, the definition of the authentic human. Because the bombardment of pseudo-realities begins to produce inauthentic humans very quickly, spurious humans — as fake as the data pressing at them from all sides. My two topics are really one topic; they unite at this point. Fake realities will create fake humans. Or, fake humans will generate fake realities and then sell them to other humans, turning them, eventually, into forgeries of themselves. So we wind up with fake humans inventing fake realities and then peddling them to other fake humans. It is just a very large version of Disneyland.

 

"The authentic human being is one of us who instinctively knows what he should not do, and, in addition, he will balk at doing it. He will refuse to do it, even if this brings down dread consequences to him and to those whom he loves. This, to me, is the ultimately heroic trait of ordinary people; they say no to the tyrant and they calmly take the consequences of this resistance. Their deeds may be small, and almost always unnoticed, unmarked by history. Their names are not remembered, nor did these authentic humans expect their names to be remembered. I see their authenticity in an odd way: not in their willingness to perform great heroic deeds but in their quiet refusals. In essence, they cannot be compelled to be what they are not."

 

 

 


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Jim Lerman's curator insight, September 9, 2013 1:05 AM

I find Dick's definition of reality, as quoted by Popova, to be most intirguing. First he equates "the authentic human" with "reality". Then he defines the authentic human as "instinctively" knowing "what he should not do, and...balk at doing it." He, thus, arrives at a definition of reality as what we instinctively choose not to do, despite a lack of recognition by others and potentially negative consequences to loved ones. In essence, I read this to mean that reality becomes defined by individuals, acting alone, who "quietly" refuse "to be what they are not."


I am reminded of the honest policeman at the center of the film "V for Vendetta" or John Luther's associate, Justin Ripley, who is killed near the end of the current cable TV program "Luther" or countless others who have been responsible for sheltering or saving persons targeted for genocide.


At first it may seen curious to define reality in terms of what one chooses not to do, rather than what one does. But then comes the realization that choosing not to do something is as much of a deliberate action as choosing to do something. Accordingly, reality bcomes defined as what, in acting alone and upon our instincts, we choose to resist having imposed upon us. In a sense, this definition is analgous , in style, to B.F. Skinner's quotation (also attributed to Albert Einstein), that "education is what remains when what has been learned has been forgotten."


In today's world, where alternate "realities" compete relentlessly for our attention, our engagement, and even our souls, being able to define reality for oneself  (or in Dick's words, what we will resist doing) becomes an exceptionally challenging and vital task. What do we , individually and instinctively, refuse to do or give in to? That is what is real.

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5 Things Beginners Need to Know About E-Book Publishing

5 Things Beginners Need to Know About E-Book Publishing | Rick Davidson's Writing | Scoop.it

The e-book publishing landscape is changing fast—with new services, new terms, and new formats. Despite the pace of change, here are 5 things that have remained fairly constant this year—and that you must be aware of—before you undertake any kind of self-publishing process for e-reading devices.


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WhizGuide's curator insight, July 15, 2013 6:10 AM

Yes, the landscape is changing very faster!The winners will be those who will take this information on board!

 

Caren Cantrell's curator insight, July 15, 2013 12:39 PM

Some great basic information for everyone looking to publish e-books.

Thomas Wilson's comment, July 17, 2013 1:54 AM
Always helpful info. Thanks