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The protagonist in Laurel Dewey's novel Protector has some, well, issues. But this character also exudes a deep sense of humanity, a feeling that has truly moved so many of the book's readers. So how did Laurel pull give her "damaged" character texture, dimension -- and soul? We asked the author for her insights, the latest of our series of conversations with Laurel about the novel-writing craft. Read on:  Continue reading...
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Blog Excerpts

Let's Write Together

Becoming a Writer Seriously, a blog that shares "tools and trade secrets for aspiring writers," offers a list of websites that "encourage active writing" through online collaboration between authors. Check out the post here.
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We all know the amount of information thrown at us is overwhelming: from over-flowing email inboxes stuffed with the latest industry reports and e-newsletters to that tottering "to read" pile sitting on our desks, we're deluged with stuff that we either need or want to read.  Continue reading...
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Blog Du Jour

Ed Tech Blogs

Want to understand how technology is impacting students, teachers and schools? These blogs tackle the issues -- and controversies -- surrounding educational technology:

DITBits

The K12 Geek

Not So Distant Future

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The benefits of working from home are obvious. If you're a regular employee: you skip the commute and there are no office distractions for the day. If you're an entrepreneur: reduced overheads, no commuting and a congenial working environment.  Continue reading...
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We asked Tim Maleeny, the author of the thrillers Stealing the Dragon and the newly released Beating the Babushka, what's he's been reading lately. Here are his picks:

A Field of Darkness by Cornelia Read. "A smart and provocative novel featuring Madeline Dare, one of the most compelling characters to appear in a long time. Suffused with a dry wit and social commentary that illuminates both the characters and the world we live in, this is one of the best written books I've read in a loooooong time."

The Sacred Cut by David Hewson. "Hewson might be the best writer working today when it comes to capturing a sense of place. This intricate investigation of a grisly murder in Rome maintains terrific pacing from the first page without sacrificing attention to detail. You can practically feel the cobblestones beneath your feet as you turn the pages."

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Shout out to our VT puzzle solvers: Your September crossword has arrived! Like with all our puzzles, the Visual Thesaurus can help you figure out the theme. Think you know it? Click here to let us know. Please send your answer by October 1st. Oh yeah, last month's puzzle: The theme was "minor league." Thanks to all who sent us the answer!  Continue reading...
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