Your Guide to Success: Goals You’ll Achieve

You can’t succeed without having goals…and achieving them. This article from Porch.Com tells us all about it.

by Daniela Gonzalez

Learn to learn

The benefits of learning new things are plentiful, whether for a hobby or work. While it can be hard to learn something new, the farther you come, the more motivated you will become, which will bleed into other aspects of life. Your brain will be healthier. All this will improve your outlook and make you happier. read article

“I Don’t Know How My Show is Doing”

Showrunners with shows on streaming sites vent about a problem they all share. (And you thought they had it made!?)

via Kathryn VanArendonk & Josef Adalian

For decades, television creators had a pretty good way of finding out if their show was a hit: They could look at the Nielsen ratings, an imperfect, universal system for measuring viewership. Now that question is a lot more difficult to answer because, according to showrunners and producers, the platforms streaming their work share almost no data with them. Third-party measurement companies are springing up to fill the void, but without input from the platforms, they can’t tell the whole story. This means the people who made a show may have little idea how big its audience is and even less of an idea about whether the streamer is happy — right up until the moment the show is renewed or canceled.

Over the past few months, the biggest story in TV has been the sharp downturn of Netflix, with its plummeting stock price, significant layoffs, and whispers of shrinking subscriber numbers. It’s unclear if the company is a bellwether for other platforms and, in this climate, a lack of transparency only makes things tougher for creators. Some do get more info than others — this business runs on relationships, after all. But even if you see a little data, what does any of it mean? How many views is considered enough? Does it matter what kind of viewers you get? What is the goal here? read article

PJ McIlvaine’s Big Adventure in the City

PJ McIlvaine, the “Dragon Writer of Magical Things,” is one of our favorite people as well as the author of the best-selling VIOLET YORKE, GILDED GIRL: GHOSTS IN THE CLOSET, which we definitely recommend y’all immediately buy. Here’s the latest from her fine blog.

by PJ McIlvaine

You get these emails all the time. You know the ones.

“Dear Beneficiary,” read article

Amazon’s eBook Return Policy has Authors Fuming

The headline above reads like clickbait, but it’s not an exaggeration. Authors are banding together to remind readers – and Amazon – that, in the words of author Lisa Kessler, “Amazon is NOT a library. When you read and return a book it COSTS the author….”

Read on…for free.

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Albert Camus on How to Be Cool

NOTE FROM LB: When I was introduced to the concept of “cool,” back in Junior High, it came in two flavors.

There was Elvis Presley cool. And there was James Dean cool. All it took for me was one look at young Mr. Dean in Rebel Without A Cause, and I knew that was my future. It had to be. read article