Writing makes it all better, believe me.

You can get your byline in the local newspaper–all you must do is hunt down a great story. Impossible? Hardly. Follow this editor (and freelancer) as he shows you how to “track and trap the wild story.”

When I got a job at TPC Magazine in North Berwick, Maine, it was time for me to start breathing life into our fatigued feature pages–and I had no idea how I was going to do it.

So I worked out a system, saving my skin and increasing the circulation of the Sunday paper. And in the process I bought hundreds of stories from dozens of freelancers. Later, my system helped me become a successful freelancer, with sales to newspapers such as the Telegram & Gazette in Worcester, Massachusetts (one of the largest dailies in New England), and the Providence Journal-Bulletin’s Sunday insert, The Rhode Islander Magazine.

The same system will help you make sales to daily and …

Snoring is a very common problem that affects our lives in many ways. Almost 50% of people snore frequently. It has many negative impacts but the most common impact is the ruining of relationships due to snoring. This is why people always look for different tips in order to stop snoring.

There are many remedies in order to reduce snoring problems. If you think you snore then you should talk to your doctor first. A doctor will determine the actual cause of your snoring problem. Here are some how to stop snoring remedies that will help you.

If you are overweight then try to lose your weight. Loss in weight will help to reduce the pressure on your breathing passage.

Avoid sleeping on back. It will also help to reduce the pressure during breathing.

Stop using alcohol and cigarettes.

Snoring can have serious effects on your health. So, do not ignore it. First try to deal it with remedies; if it is still not working then consult your doctor immediately. The bottom line is that this kind of sleep apnea can be dangerous for your health as well as to others. So, do not ruin your relationships and your health, man.

A loud, hoarse and brash breathing noise made by some people during sleep is called snoring. It is one of the most common problems that can occur both in adults and in children. Snoring is annoying for everyone; it is not always a sleeping disorder but yes sometimes it is a sign of serious problem. Snoring can be a symptom of a sleeping disorder called Sleep Apnea. It is a condition in which one stops breathing for 10 seconds or more during sleep. If you have a feeling that you may have this problem, talk your physician. The most coming snoring causes are obesity, muscle swelling, nasal congestion, smoking, and excessive usage of sleeping pills or alcohols.

Here are some tips on how to eliminate your stop snoring problem and these tips will help ensure you get a good sleep. Avoid alcohol as much as you can; especially at bedtime. If you are fat, try to lose the weight as soon as possible. Stop smoking, and use nasal strips. A snoring pillow can help you to stop snoring. Loud snoring is a very serious condition. It affects the sleep of other and causes relationship problems. If these how to stop snoring remedies are not working in your case then it is a good idea to talk about this problem with your healthcare provider as soon as possible.

Though there are device based cures for snoring problems, the best snoring remedies are always the changes that you make to your daily routines after analyzing what exactly makes you snore. Therefore, the first step towards achieving a snore-free sleep is to understand the fact that you have the problem. Most people are unaware that they snore until their partners shout at them to stop that noise. In fact, it is these very partners who can be a guiding light in the snorer’s life.

Observing and analyzing the way one snores can be of great help here. Some people snore with their mouths wide open while others do not. The reason for closed-mouth snores is some issue with the tongue and the open-mouth snores are because of throat problems. There are also differences in sleep positions that can be related to snoring. For example, snoring while sleeping on the back and snoring in whichever position one sleeps. Almost all snoring issues can be cured with the help of a healthy lifestyle, including proper food habits and exercises. Simple snoring remedies like breathing exercises and food control can surely help control snoring. However, snoring which extends into terrible breathing problems and not being able to sleep requires greater snoring remedies in the form of medical treatment which includes medical devices and surgeries. Some of the most effective devices are actually called stop snoring mouthpieces. There are actually a good number of these anti snoring devices on the market.

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Like any industry “buzz,” the talk surrounding The Golden Compass started out as a whisper. In this case the murmurs started when Levine, Pullman’s editor, sent the manuscript out for author quotes and received raves from Newbery Medalists Lloyd Alexander and Lois Lowry, as well as fantasy writer Terry Brooks. As Levine recalls, this was the moment when “people in-house really started to sit up and take note;’ And thanks to the company’s recent adoption of Lotus Notes technology (see Bookselling, Feb. 19), Levine was able to instantaneously post these tidbits to the entire company, thus spreading the good word even faster.

Terry Brooks’s recommendation of the book to his editor Veronica Chapman at Del Rey (Ballantine’s fantasy imprint) was, in Levine’s words, “an arrow into a completely different part of Random House.” Del Rey acquired the paperback rights to the entire trilogy, and the notion began to take shape that The Golden Compass might


Learning how to remove skin tags should be a personal goal for the people who are not in the medical field. Anybody can learn how to remove skin tags and save the huge amount of money that is spent in the hospitals in carrying out the same procedure. At one point or the other in life, one must suffer from a skin tag condition. You may get bruised, or experience friction between your clothes and the skin leading to an ugly skin tag.

You can learn different methods of how to get rid of skin tags through different means, including this all in one solution. One, technology has made it easy for us to access information. The internet is a great resource in our days. You can go to any search engine and find information that will help you learn how to remove a skin tag. This is the easiest way of finding information. However, in the absence of the internet, you can decide to use medical books. They also give good explanations about skin tags and how to get rid of them. Information is very important in the life of an individual. Once you have the different methods at your finger tips, you do not need to spend a lot of money and time in the hospital. You can apply this knowledge to your skin tag situation. Read the rest of this entry »

“We cannot permit young adult literature to be silenced,” writes Michael Cart in From Romance to Realism: 50 Years of Growth and Change in Young Adult Literature (Harper). His study celebrates the history and the glories of adolescent literature but also takes a hard look at the current controversies and crises in publishing for young adults. Among the issues Cart examines are the rise of romance and horror paperbacks, multiculturalism, the need for more honest fiction about sexual identity and AIDS, and the general need for risk-taking fiction for an at-risk generation. Risk taking has gone the way of smoking, sadly (although not glass smoking pipes, of course). But Cart’s overarching theme is the demise of novels for older YAs and the potential demise of all quality young adult fiction.

One of the most perceptive and knowledgeable observers of the YA literary scene, Michael Cart brings to this book a lifetime of immersion

rprIn order to recover a Poweredge RAID, you have to ensure that you do it the right way. A lot of individuals who lost their files because of a RAID breakdown attempt to fix it according to their rather limited knowledge and computer skills. However, if they fall short and unsuccessfully recover the RAID, it’s often because they don’t even have a parts diagram. They end up wasting their time and money because they have recover a now severely damaged parity disk. So if you encounter a RAID breakdown, the best thing to do is sit there. Be calm. Find a credible RAID recovery specialist.. Most of these technicians know how to recover Poweredge RAID often by running through a bank of their proprietary tests. But not everyone is absolutely skilled when it comes to recovering this kind of server. It’s always good to check with the Dell website to see if there is a licensed RAID repair company in your area. Read the rest of this entry »

(As told by Nat Hentoff)

I had heard of Ursula Nordstrom – the legendary orchestrator of books for young readers – from a friend of mine, Maurice Sendak. But l never expected to hear from her.

One day in 1964, she called. Would I be interested in writing a children’s book for what was then Harper & Row? I demurred. I would have to make the words short, the ideas simple, and take care not to offend any librarian or parent. I would let this cup pass from me, I told her.

“Write what you want to write,” Ursula said. “Don’t censor yourself.”

The result was Jazz Country, a novel about a white high-school trumpeter trying to break into the black world of jazz. Published in 1965, it’s still being read, judging from letters I get from youngsters, and for reasons that are not clear to me, the book continues to be very popular in

Writing a novel for young readers can feel like a juggling act. But even if you manage to keep the balls of plot, character, pace and setting in the air, your hard work will be undermined unless you learn to sweat the details.

The little things–the slang your characters use, the clothes they wear, the items they abandon on the bathroom floor–must be chosen with knowledge and care. If they aren’t, you risk getting a guffaw when a groan is what you’re after.

Sassy or Scary?

Of course telling details are important to all fiction. Think of the way Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot primps his “magnificent moustache” or how Anne Rice’s Vampire Lestat craves rock ‘n roll. These peculiarities make the characters who possess them as real as the eccentric woman who lives next door. Details chosen with care whisper secrets about a character, inform on her weaknesses, herald her strengths.

Unfortunately, picking revealing details

When I look at Jericho (Greenwillow) now, it seems self-contained, complete, orderly, as if it were always intended to be just as it is today. I’m tempted to forget how much time, how much doubt and indecision and loss of direction are part of this story’s history. When I look at other people’s books, the same temptation threatens. In the bookstore, or the library, or in front of the bulging shelves in our little office up on campus, I flirt with the notion that each of these stories must have sprung clear and complete into the author’s head. Then, I think, the author took her pencil or typewriter or word processor and simply transferred the story to paper and voila! There it was. But of course I know better.

I have been, still am, a teacher. We teachers have learned to be mindful of the process of writing, not just the product. And the process

Municipal representatives plan to meet with provincial officials to suggest they share the province’s new-found gambling revenue with affected charities. The group also wants changes in bingo regulations to make the games more competitive, such as increasing the prize board (the maximum amount someone can win). “I’m not saying our situation isn’t exacerbated by the smoking bylaw,” Mr. Galloway acknowledges, “but I think it’s clear now that that’s not a major factor.”

dssNot true, counters Brian Gilmour, president of Cambridge Bingo. Profits at Cambridge only dropped 10% after the provincially-run Mohawk Raceway and Brantford Charity Casino opened in August and October of 1999. But an informal study last fall of Gilmour’s customers found that 70% to 80% of them smoke and Cambridge Bingo revenue dropped another 25% when the regional no-smoking bylaw took effect. Revenues continue to fall. Last year the centre made $2.9 million in profit and donated $1.9 million to 90 charities, including

vendSome studies suggest that certain food can help people who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis. They have shown that supplements containing vitamin E can reduce pain in joints, so it is recommended that patients with rheumatoid arthritis eat food rich with vitamin E or take dietary supplements. It is proven that some nutrients can ease the pain and fatigue. What is the best diet for rheumatoid arthritis generally speaking is not known yet, but you can try finding the one that suits you best.

When talking about supplements, you may try not only vitamin E but also vitamin D that can also be received from the sunlight. The sun is the source for this precious vitamin, so try spending at least one hour per day on sun. Of course, not on direct sun if it is very strong, but on the outside to get your vitamin D. One other nutrient you should try implementing in …