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Food article: Winter Squash Dishes to Try This Fall

Winter Squash Dishes to Try This Fall

We are big fans of winter squash in my house, so I’m pretty excited to try out some of these ideas I came across while researching this food article:

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Business article: 8 Things You Didn’t Know About French Fries

8 things about french fries

I really want to go to #4 now! Such a fun piece to write:

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Food article: Eating Healthy Meals and Snacks for Workplace Success

How to prevent getting hungry at work

Even though I work from home, healthy meals & snacks are essential to my workday too. And working on this piece defo gave me some good pointers for foods that = productivity.

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Business article: Create Shared Team Inboxes for Your Company for Better Productivity

Spending too much time with email? Might be time to make the inbox a team duty.

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Business article: 5 Best Business Email Sign Offs for Busy Professionals

How should you sign off your work emails? I’ve certainly changed my signoff as a result of working on this piece, and the research definitely surprised me.

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The look in her eyes

In the library’s story room the music came on, my daughter took my hand, and she and I and twenty-some other kids and adults started dancing. Aster grinned and laughed. She loves to dance, loves to move. As long as I’ve known her, I’ve known that my daughter finds so much joy in moving for the sheer sake of moving.

Then I saw it.

On a row of chairs beside us, a little girl, maybe five years old, sat next to a woman. In that little girl’s brown eyes, I saw the look.

The lonely wish.

Wanting to dance with someone, but having no one to dance with. Wanting to be part of a group, but not sure you could ever belong and afraid of being turned away. And no one welcoming you in.

It’s a look I knew my entire childhood. To see it, I only had to look in the mirror.

In some ways, my childhood loneliness forged me. It helped me dive deep inside my mind, creating rich worlds full of fascinating people. But that loneliness also came with a deep, longing pain.

I don’t feel that pain anymore. Those hurts healed long ago, and I know where I belong.

But I will never forget that look. That feeling.

So when I saw the look in that little girl’s eyes, I squeezed Aster’s hand and told her what I thought we should do. She nodded, and we danced over to the little girl.

“This is Aster, and I’m her dad, Anthony,” I said. I held out my other hand. “Would you like to dance with us?”

The little girl nodded, then looked at the woman next to her, who smiled and gave a nod.

The three of us danced for the rest of the song. The lonely look in the little girl’s eyes faded, replaced by a shine and a bright smile.

After the song finished the little girl went back to her chair. But she stayed smiling.

When you know loneliness and come out the other side, you learn something: To recognize that lonely look in the eyes of another. To raise an open hand. To welcome them in.

Because you know what it is when no one else will. So you become the person who does.

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Business article: Why You Shouldn’t Email Your Customers From a DoNotReply Address

Whenever I get an email from a DoNotReply address, I’ve always felt annoyed. I just didn’t fully know why. Now I understand why DoNotReply emails aren’t only annoying to customers, but they can be bad for business too.

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Business article: Gmail Add-Ons That Will Boost Your Productivity

Things that have transformed my productivity:

  • Gmail’s Canned Responses. I use these to save and use templates for queries, book sales, and such.
  • Trello for Gmail. Jodie and I use Trello for managing my content and other projects. Trello is making a lot of things more organized so I don’t have to try to keep them in my brain. With TfG, I can now add Trello cards (tasks, basically), straight from my inbox.

What helps you stay productive?

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Business article: How to Stop Email From Slipping Through the Cracks

Business article: How to Stop Email From Slipping Through the Cracks

So. Much. Email. I struggle with getting back to people too. Working on pieces like this gives me new tools and ideas I can put to work to do a better job on my inbox, and I hope this business article helps you with your backlog too!

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October 2018 writing report

Anthony St. Clair's October 2018 Writing Report

By the numbers, during October I wrote 42,513 words, at an average of 1,371 words per day. I wrote every day, which put my writing streak at 381 days in a row as of Oct. 31. October’s scribbling puts me at 446,558 words for 2018—on track for 500,000 words for the year. Those 446,558 words include fiction, 8 article assignments, content work for clients, and things for my Wanderers, my patrons on Patreon.

Here are a few things that really stuck out to me from October’s writing, plus a few links to some previously submitted pieces that were recently published:

Rucksack Universe stories

Wander is out! I still can hardly believe it. Thank you for ordering books, sending congratulations, and telling others! If you haven’t gotten your copy yet, you can order Wander here in e-book and paperback.

Chief Reader is about to start reading Cloud Fortress, which will be the sixth Rucksack Universe book. All I will say at this point is that if you’ve read Forever the Road, Cloud Fortress will have you scratching your head wondering what the hell I’m playing at. Cloud Fortress also takes place in between The Martini of Destiny and Home Sweet Road. And… nope. That’s all for now.

After drafting part of Wet (which will be the seventh Rucksack Universe book), I did something I hadn’t felt a need to do in a long time: I started over. Between outline and drafting, something in the story had changed. My understanding changed. A character introduced themselves earlier. Action’s pace said it was going to be different. Instead of fighting it, I went with it. The resumed drafting is going so much better now.

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Anthony St. Clair - Travel Fantasy Author / Craft Beer Writer / Business Copywriter

Author and copywriter Anthony St. Clair has specialized in online content since 2000, blogged since 2004 and is the author of the Rucksack Universe travel fantasy series.

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