Fourth Genre’s new “Off the Page” series

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If you’re a fan of all things writing, then Fourth Genre’s new podcast series “Off the Page” is for you. Each episode highlights a different author published in Fourth Genre, discussing their work and covering various issues in the realm of nonfiction as well as their writing process, the editing process, and, of course, what animal they would most like to be.

So far, “Off the Page” focuses on authors the Fourth Genre editorial staff met at the annual Associated Writers and Writing Program conference when they traveled to Boston earlier this year. In the first episode, Eric Walters talks with Daisy Hernandez, the author of “Before Love, Memory” which received a Notable Mention in Best American Essays 2013. In the second episode, Brenda Miller is interviewed about her various published pieces, especially the most recent of her Fourth Genre pieces, “How to Get Ready for Bed”. With only two episodes so far, catching up is simple! Don’t miss any more episodes; check out “Off the Page” here.

Bookbub provides free ebook downloads

As the literary world moves closer and closer to a wholly digital reading experience, new reading devices seem to crop up every day. As delightful and convenient as ebooks can be, it’s frustrating when you can’t find the right format for a book that you want to read. Bookbub can help with that. By signing up with your email, you can receive daily offers on free or discounted ebooks. The website supports numerous digital platforms including, but not limited to: Kindle, Nook, iBooks, and Google Play Books. They provide links to download the book of your choice for your preferred ereader. Learn more about Bookbub at Lifehacker. Happy Reading!

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Source: Lifehacker

How to Prep for Turkey Day

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Source: Lifehacker

If you’re like me, Thanksgiving is a time to gather around family and eat delicious food. However, as you grow older, the preparation for this holiday rests on your shoulders. You start to be responsible for a pie or two, then the stuffing and mashed potatoes, and then before you know it, you’re elbow deep in the turkey wondering how this became your job. Fear not! Lifehacker has tips on how to prepare for Thanksgiving ahead of time to avoid any disasters that might occur.

From Daily Writing Tips: Honor vs. Honour

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Source: Wikipedia

You’ve noticed it. It’s hard not to. They’re everywhere. The more you read, the more you see – the extra u’s. You may have seen them in words such as colour, humour or behaviour. The truth is this: a long time ago Benjamin Franklin and Noah Webster argued over spelling. Yes, yes, Noah Webster was the Webster of Webster’s Dictionary; however, he was the one that wanted to keep the extra u’s in words such as favour and honour! Benjamin Franklin was actually the one that proposed the u’s be dropped. Webster basically scoffed and said we must “speak our language with propriety and elegance as we have it”, or whatever. Franklin laughed, published his ideas, ordered a custom type font and continued to be brilliant.

Thankfully, by 1789, Webster saw the light and changed his mind about the new spellings and by the time he published his first dictionary in 1806, he had dropped the extra u’s altogether. I, for one, am glad Franklin was around to talk some sense into Webster. Or else I would labour over my endeavours rigourously without humour or flavour. And we wouldn’t want that. Be sure to check out the list of weirdly spelled British words on Daily Writing Tips!