Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Today, we remember one of the bravest and most influential Americans in history: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a leader in the civil rights movement using nonviolent protest. He was also a husband, a father, a friend, a reverend. He was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4th, 1968 at the age of 39.

Despite being taken from the world far too soon, Dr. King left behind a legacy of hope, love, progress, and peace. Below are ten inspiring quotes from Dr. King that will change your approach towards life. Thank you, Dr. King, for the words of wisdom, your sacrifices, and your bravery. You are missed.

  1. “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
  2. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
  3. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
  4. “We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”
  5. “The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important.”
  6. Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.”
  7. “Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.”
  8. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.”
  9. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”
  10. “We are not makers of history. We are made by history.”

All quotes courtesy of Brainy Quote.

Writing Tips from the AP Stylebook


Around since 1953, the AP (Associated Press) Stylebook is a style guide for writers, editors, and journalists to reference, and “provides fundamental guidelines for spelling, language, punctuation, usage and journalistic style.”

The AP Stylebook has a vast amount of rules and regulations for writers and journalists to adhere to and for editors to be cognizant of when editing a piece. In this article from Business 2 Community, they have listed a few of these rules, one of them being (much to my dismay) the nixing of the Oxford Comma. To read the whole article and get brushed up on the latest AP Style, click here.



Letters of Recommendation Templates

I don’t know about you but every time I request a letter of recommendation from a past employer, they always ask me for a template. It always puts me on the spot and I feel so bad that I can’t really help them other than telling them whom the letter is for. However, I don’t have to fret about that anymore because now I can just recommend they go to This great site that not only contains 175 letters of recommendation templates you can download and print for free, but also articles and tips for writing your own. This site also contains information for writing letter of references for employment as well as for college and graduate school, adoption, apartment rental, and other personal and professional situations.

Pubslush Brings New Publishing Options to Writers


There are many routes an author can take when publishing their work, be it through traditional publishing houses to ebooks, etc. Now the new company Pubslush is providing even more options for authors to publish their work.

Created by mother/daughter entrepreneurs, Hellen and Amanda Barbara, Pubslush is described as “Kickstarter for the book world.” Pubslush uses campaigning methods such as crowdfunding and pre-ordering. In this way, the Barbaras are hoping to ease the financial process of publishing  for aspiring authors. 

According to Pubslush’s website, the entrepreneurial duo were actually inspired to start their business by the stories of publishing struggles faced by many famous authors, such as the Harry Potter series author J.K. Rowling! Before the best-selling Harry Potter series was published, the tale of the boy wizard was actually rejected by 12 publishers! As such, Pubslush aims to “create a more democratic publishing process” in order to publish great authors who might get overlooked and thrown into what is known as the “slush pile.” Pubslush’s site states:

“Our name is derived from our mission to give authors the opportunity to get out of the slush pile, prove their talent and market viability, and successfully publish quality books.”

It’s definitely an interesting, new approach to publishing to consider, or at least be cognizant of!  For more information on Pubslush, visit their website and check out this article from Small Business Trends. As an aspiring writer myself, it’s nice to know that there are so many options today to get my work published! Enjoy!