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5 Rules for navigating the MPP.

In 1947, science fiction author Robert Heinlein penned his famous ‘5 Rules of Writing’:

1. You must write.
2. You must finish what you start.
3. You must refrain from rewriting except to editorial order.
4. You must put it on the market.
5. You must keep it on the market until sold.

This post by David Majister explains why writers today still find success when they stick to Heinlein’s rules.

In short, it’s because Heinlein’s rules — like all the best rules — are simple and easy to understand.

However, they’re not as easy to follow. …


An Update

When I published this piece nearly a month ago, I didn’t know what to expect.

I figured — at most — I’d get ten responses.

But as of this writing, there have been 231.

So, first, Thank You to everyone who engaged with the post by leaving a comment. Many folks decided to follow other commenters, which is a great way to connect with others in the community.

I’m thrilled my post has already helped some writers crack the 100-follower threshold — and encouraged many others who aren’t there yet.

Ironically, fate intervened and kept me from writing any…


Every song title contains a color.

As I drove back home from the beach last weekend, I took in the scenery: countless green trees, a bright yellow convertible, the pure blue sky.

It got me thinking about colors and music.

They’re two of those subjective experiences that are hard — if not impossible — to explain.

And maybe that’s why they go together so well. As I turned off the interstate and hit the final stretch of my trip, I had already started thinking about it:

What are the best songs for each of the colors?

Here’s what I came up with:

Purple — “Purple Haze” — Jimi Hendrix


Apparently, we all do. So read this.

I’m going to do something radical. Something rebellious. Something so revolutionary, it will come as a shock to many around here.

I — a Top 1,000 Writer — am going to help other writers on this site. And I’m not even going to try to sell anything in the process.

If you’re unaware, Meaty-um (just say it out loud) announced some changes to their Partner Program.

Starting in 2022, writers will need 100 followers to remain in the MPP.

One hundred followers may seem like a low bar to clear if you’re a writer with hundreds or thousands of…


“When I’m feelin’ stuck and need a buck, I don’t rely on luck”

You might not remember Blues Traveler. Hell, you may have never known about them in the first place.

After all, they were just another of those bands that popped up in that awesome year we call 1994.

I was reminded of them by Riff contributor Chris Zappa’s terrific piece, 10 Bands That Everyone Else Loves But I Can’t Stand. Check it out if you haven’t already.

In keeping with the theme of his post, Chris singles out Blues Traveler as the worst the 90s had to offer:

“If the ’90s were guilty of any crime, it’s that Blues Traveler was…


Satire | Humor | NSFW? (It’s only fruit after all)

I just don’t get it.

Folks, we have a problem.

Just look at this…

You see, it’s clear to me that some of you don’t know how to properly cut your grapefruit, let alone how to divide it into segments. And, therefore I have no doubt that you’re eating it wrong.

And it’s not just a problem with grapefruits; it’s happening with other food too:


Chris, Chris, Chris...Where to begin?

First off, we need to fact-check your title. DOES EVERYONE LOVE Cheap Trick? Methinks not.

Leaving that aside, I'm ok with some of your list, with these exceptions:

The Cars - Clearly, you meant to type, "I Totally get the Cars and love their melodies." It's ok; we all make mistakes.

Yardbirds - They're famous for two things:

1) having some of the greatest guitar players ever

2) constantly having those same guitar players leave their band and become superstars.

Have pity on them.

Blues Traveler - I'll excuse you if you didn't realize their debut album was released in 1994.

Bon Jovi - (in Jersey accent) What ya got against Jersey, bro?

Def Leppard - (also in Jersey accent) What ya got against strippers, bro?

But seriously, good post!


Why are Aces high instead of Kings? Where did the four suits come from?

What do George Washington, Doc Holliday, and Spiderman (i.e., Tobey Maguire) all have in common?

They all enjoyed a good game of cards.

Most of us are accustomed to the standard 52-card deck with its four suits.

But that ‘standard’ deck has taken plenty of twists and turns on its way to becoming the standard. It’s not even the ‘standard’ everywhere today.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at some other facts about playing cards that might surprise you:

Cards Were Invented in China and Refined in the Middle East

Just like rockets, noodles, and paper, playing cards originated in China. These first playing cards appeared as early as…


Satire

Wait what?

Before we start, we need to apologize.

You see, our name, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, needs to be — you guessed it — clarified.

When we say ‘Control and Prevention’, some people interpret that to mean we are in control.

And take it from us — we are definitely not in control.

Not in control of the pandemic. Not guidelines. Not even our own statements.

As it turns out, we’re completely out of control.

Which is why we’re constantly contradicting ourselves.

Like Here:

Now, actually, we need to clarify something.

That video and tweet are from…


Is your favorite in the top spot?

A few ground rules: I’ve ranked the Beatles’ UK studio album releases (minus Yellow Submarine). So you won’t see The Blue or Red Album, The Butcher Cover, any of the Anthology covers, live/bootleg albums, nor the singles albums (1, Past Masters). I’ve left Yellow Submarine off the list because I don’t care what the internet says — it’s not a Beatles studio album.

So here they are, 12 to 1, all of them great in their own way:

12) Let It Be

Let It Be (both the album and the album cover) has always suffered from the same problem —…

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