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A Decisive Point: Differentiating May Be and Maybe

May 01, 2019

Homophones are easy to dismantle once you have the right information. The same goes for similar word pairs—all it takes is knowledge of the meaning of each word so that they can be differentiated. But what if there are two words that are spelled in nearly the same way, sound exactly the same, and have the same meaning? That’s the problem that ‘may be’ and ‘maybe’ present. The two words both indicate possibility for something to happen or to reach a potential state. So how does one differentiate between the two, especially when listening? The key is in knowing which figure of speech they fall under. On one hand, “maybe” is an adverb that indicates uncertainty and is synonymous t......

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Making Blogging Profitable

Apr 30, 2019

  Over time, blogging has become a jargon among most users online. It has also served as an avenue for individuals who want to express their thoughts and ideas and share their life stories, travel escapades, productivity hacks, and many others through the Internet. While it can honestly be considered a trend, the purpose of these blogs may still vary from blogger to blogger: it can be for either personal use or something to earn money from. Blogging, however, is not something to be underestimated. While many have succeeded in turning their blogs into something profitable, some have failed. To avoid falling into the traps of blogging, it’s essential to learn the ins and o......

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Gillian Flynn: Beating the Norm

Apr 25, 2019

  Female protagonists such as Katniss Everdeen, Bella Swan, Nancy Drew, and Anastasia Steele, to name a few, have made a name for themselves in literature. Long gone are the days when only male protagonists are celebrated in the books that we find on our bookshelves. Heroines are no longer sidekicks or simple female versions of their male counterparts, but instead, they have their own backstory and developing characterization that set them apart.   But who said heroines need only be badass and compassionate female protagonists? Sometimes, they can be dark, they can be cruel, and they can be bloodthirsty. Now, if we’re talking about writing ferocious and savage wo......

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Laying It All Out: To Flesh Out or to Flush Out?

Apr 24, 2019

Flesh out and flush out are phrases useful in extracting more information out of anything or anyone. In daily conversation, they can be fun to use because they’re easier to pronounce and understand than their formal one-word counterparts (i.e., explain, expound, reveal, etc.). However, daily conversation is also where these two phrases are often used mistakenly in place of the other. Only one letter differentiates them, but stay tuned—this difference will be helpful later. Out is the common denominator of flesh out and flush out. And true enough, their meanings are similar in that they both imply outward movements. However, the first words in either phrase mean completely differen......

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Patrick Canning: On Escapist Entertainment

Apr 18, 2019

Patrick Canning, avid writer and coffee drinker, shared with us his very realistic writing process, his favorite Palahniuk advice, and his exciting new book, The Colonel and the Bee. Canning was born in Wisconsin and grew up in Illinois. He shared that writing was just something he wanted to try. Eventually, he got the hang of what he calls the alchemy of writing: turning coffee into words. His writing process is very loose, assembling ideas until they become large enough to be turned into a first draft. Then write said draft. Read, cry, rewrite, cry less, repeat. Since he started writing professionally, he has published two books. The first is an anthology called Five Fantastic......

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The Naked Truth: Differentiating Explicit and Implicit

Apr 17, 2019

Sometimes life forces us in situations where we have to be transparent with the messages we relay. Sometimes we have to be vague and hope that the person gets it. Both of these situations call for us to either be explicit or implicit. Do you know which is which? Explicit and implicit are adjectives that have similar endings. This can cause them to be confused for the other sometimes. Let’s break them down and find out what they actually mean. When something is explicit, it means that something stated is directly. Messages that are said explicitly are to be taken literally and at face value. Here are some easy examples: Professor told the class explicitly to not contact her via......

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Blogging Bug: Building Up Your Blog-Reader Base

Apr 16, 2019

  So you’ve created your blog and reeled in some interested readers, now what? Check out these helpful pointers to maintain your reader base and keep them interested in your content!   Any seasoned blogger—or any online user, for that matter—would notice that the efficiency of the Internet keeps people either incredibly interested in something . . . or incredibly bored just as fast. Content creators in several social media platforms often come up with ways to keep their readers, viewers, and listeners hooked on to their blogs, video channels, portfolios, and so on. We’re here to offer some tips on how to not only help your reader base grow but a......

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Don’t Let Them Get You Down: A Handmaid’s Tale Review

Apr 14, 2019

  Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum. “Don’t let the bastards get you down.” In the world we live in today, this is valuable advice.   In 2017, Hulu carved its position in the online streaming niche alongside established greats like Netflix and HBO by hopping on the original production bandwagon. The Handmaid’s Tale, based on Margaret Atwood’s novel of the same name, was launched to great acclaim.   It may not seem like it at first, but The Handmaid’s Tale actually classifies as postapocalyptic dystopian science fiction. The story is set after the Second American Civil War, which captured fertile women and wrangled America in......

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