The 5 Best Writing Tips by Ernest Hemingway

Are you considering the career of a writer? We are not talking about blogging, but about the amazing works of literature that will stay with readers forever. Young writers should always look towards older, more established ones. One incredible example would be Ernest Hemingway, and his work “A Moveable Feast”. This literary masterpiece is a writing manifesto and an homage to Paris. In it, Ernest Hemingway re-tells his meeting with some of the most remarkable figures of the 20th century literature (including Gertrude Stein, Scott Fitzgerald and Ezra Pound). With the help of this book, and several interviews that the writer has accepted to take, we have managed to compile a list of writing tips by Ernest Hemingway.

1. Never Discuss the Creative Process

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One thing I’ve learned in life is that art work cannot be explained. It is up to each individual to understand and appreciate it in his own, unique way. This advice is particularly obvious in Hemingway’s manner of treating interviewers. Ford Madox Ford laughed at the idea of Hemingway even being considered a gentleman. Either way, when it comes to writing, the writing process is only for you to know, and the others to wonder about.

2. Don’t Underestimate Simplicity

The best things in life are usually simple. For example, don’t you feel that there is something incredibly familiar and organic about a pencil? Hemingway often said that when he could not squeeze the keys of a typewriter he would turn to the old-fashioned pencil. Of course, this is only one way of looking at simplicity. Your literary work itself could be simple, yet still regain a level of complexity. Hemingway had no regard for adjectives and he felt that the basest expression is usually honest, and comes from the subconscious.

3. Let Yourself Love

It was necessary to get exercise, to be tired in the body, and it was very good to make love with whom you loved. That was better than anything.

When you are in love everything is better. Everybody knows that the muses have a preference for those enamored. When you love, and make love, life happens at a different pace. The sky is bluer, the leaves are greener, and talent is amplified. The trick here is to give yourself permission to feel in love. Love comes from the heart, from a secret place which can only result in writing that is truer.

4. Don’t Write Everything You Know

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This is without a doubt the best advice that Hemingway has ever given. He says that you can omit anything that would strengthen your story and make people feel something more than what they understand. In other words, a writer should always know more than what he writes, and share information in a way that it gives the story a sense of completeness. This is also a good skill to have, to not make all knowledge universal knowledge.

5. Stand While Writing

This sounds a tad strange, doesn’t it? Standing while writing sounds downright absurd. Hemmingway has never said why standing while writing is useful, we can only guess. Some suggest that an erect body could work as a better antenna for radio signals sent by the muses, but we are pretty sure Hemmingway did not care for this. However, he would usually stand in his loafers, before his desk, and write. This habit has been with him since he first started his career.

Other tips from Ernest Hemingway include actually enjoying the process (which is basically a no-brainer for such a career), writing during morning glory (when the brain is more focused), and writing honestly. As an ending, we give you one of his most motivational quotes:

I would stand and look out over the roofs of Paris and think, ‘Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now. All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know’ 

15 Creative and Amazing Selfies by Mirrosme

There are two types of people in this world: people who hate selfies, and people whose life purpose is to take as many as possible. In all honesty, nobody cares what you are planning on wearing before you go to bed or what your new necklace looks like. There are enough food selfies popping up on social networks as it is. There are actually few selfies in this world that look cool (one of them would be the epic Oscar Selfie starring Ellen DeGeneres, Jared Leto, Angelina Jolie, Kevin Spacey, Meryl Streep, Lupita Nyong’o, Brad Pitt and many others). Yesterday, we stumbled upon another example of amazing selfies created by a young woman. Mirrorsme, a Norwegian blonde beauty. She decided to make selfies cooler than cucumbers by drawing on her bathroom mirror before snapping a pic.  In general, we only post embarrassing selfies here. But, for the first time in our existence, we are actually proud to share these selfies. 15 Creative and Amazing Selfies by Mirrosme to be exact. Here’s what Mirrorsme says about her art:

I started creating them after drawing on my mirror with lipstick, and leaving little messages for my roommate. I make them out of chalk markers, and posca markers, and some acrylic markers sometimes.

She also says that it is sometimes difficult to make her designs fit. Some of them actually look extremely weird and cause her friends to laugh. At the moment, she has over 28,700 followers on Instagram. Her faithful followers can’t wait to see more of her wacky selfie ideas. We promise you that you have never seen selfies as interesting as the ones below. Mirrorsme is another example that creativity has no limits, especially when it comes to re-interpreting one of the most prominent trends in today’s society.

1. This App Should be Called iGeenie

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2. Don’t Forget to Brush Your Teeth

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3. Bat Man & Joker – BFFs in Reality

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4. Pulling the bunny from the Hat

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5. Sometimes It’s Easy to Follow Your Dreams

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6. Mirror Drawing in the Norwegian Ambassador’s Residence (D.C.)

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7. The Thug Life

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8. BrB! I’ll Just Grab Something

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9. Here we Go Pink Helicopter

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10. Sherlock Holmes

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11. Pippi Longstocking

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12. Building Castles in the Clouds

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13. Cupid

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14. Say “Hello”!

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15. Workout Time

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16. Jumping out of a CupCake

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Four days ago she also visited the Brooklyn Bridge hotel, where she made one of her great drawings. In the end she decided to remove the art.

Thus far, Mirrorsme received incredible feedback from her followers. Everybody loves her work. I always considered Norwegians to be extremely creative people, with an uncommon sense of humor. Mirrorsme has proven me right again. Stay tuned for more hilarious and original selfies from her. Who knows, you might even start loving selfies because of her.

What do you think about her artwork?

15 Creative and Amazing Selfies by Mirrosme

The 5 Types of Geek Friends You Need in Your Life

Geeks are usually made fun of in popular culture. Other times, they are portrayed as funny and interesting individuals with rich personality traits and brainy qualities that make them quite charming. Sometimes these qualities are presented as compensating for something that lacks in other ways. These brainy qualities may only be a bonus. The traits themselves, as you’ll see (or maybe noticed it yourself already), are extremely varied and make for different types of geek, more varied than you could imagine a single label to contain. The only constant is how it always tends to be either about the clueless and socially awkward geek versus the knowledgeable and fun one. We obviously tend to incline towards the latter, and this post will hopefully open your eyes to how wonderful it can be to have at least one of these 5 types of geek friends.

The 5 Types of Geek Friends You Need in Your Life

1. The Gadget Geek

You surely have at least one friend who reads updates on every move Apple and Google make and who looks at new gadgets released like a thirsty man in the desert looks to a pail of water. The same kind of friend will give unsolicited advice on every app or function you’re not yet using on your smartphone. He or she may tell you all about what new technical thing you should definitely buy. Sure, this friend can be a little tiring if you’re not into gadgets yourself. Think about it this way: you have a free consultation whenever you really are looking to buy a new piece of IT.

2. The Gamer Geek

This one is probably one of the most ridiculed types of geek in today’s popular culture. But if you have at least one gamer geek friend, you’ll see that not all negative stereotypes about them are true. First of all , they can be useful and imaginative and fun whenever you want to organize a fun evening with friends completely offline and away from any computer. Just tell your gamer geek buddy that you want to organize a D&D party and you’ll see just how fun he or she will make it.

3. The Fantasy Franchise Geek

This one is that friend who is all about Star Wars / Game of Thrones / Star Trek / Harry Potter / Lord of the Rings or any other such franchise. They are basically an encyclopedia of knowledge on the matter, and collect all sorts of fun stuff related to the universe they fell in love with. Sometimes, the less gifted of them can be a little mindless perhaps. In other cases, they absorb the stories in that universe in a very wise and perceptive way. This not only makes them better people but also a beacon of inspiration for everyone around them. Also, they may take you to fun events like cosplay conventions or reenactment festivals.

4. The Science Geek

If you know someone who never earns less than an A minus in chemistry, biology or physics, that’s your science geek friend right there. This buddy can have much coveted practical qualities: they can teach you how to survive or DIY while camping, they can make replacements for a lot of substances or tools you need in your house, as well as help you pass those subjects as well in school if you’re less gifted. Besides, if they get started on an interesting story from nature or history or whatever encyclopedia-scale thing they’re into lately, you’ll never want them to stop. It’s no wonder these peeps are some of the most brilliant types of geek in the world.

5. The Music Geek

Whenever in doubt about which music to play at a certain event or how to impress a certain someone, this is the friend to call. Not only will they give you expert advice. They also know interesting trivia about lots of artists and have a million stories to tell. As a bonus, they sometimes play an instrument of their own and do it quite well. You can’t really get bored with them, and they’ll encourage you to feel and dream just like a manic pixie would.

The list could go on with other interesting and fun types of geek the world has to offer, but space limitations deem this short list to be enough for the moment. We hope the post has inspired you to appreciate your lovely geek friends more and to search a bit for the geek within yourself.

Creative and Funny Ways of Repurposing Toilet Paper Rolls

Not every household object can be efficiently repurposed and there are some that wouldn’t spark your interest right from the get-go, but if you give them a chance to impress you, there are some amazing things that you can do with toilet paper rolls. We therefore decided to show you some of the sweetest and most creative ideas of repurposing toilet paper rolls and make them feel useful (and why not, loved?) . So sit back and write down any idea that you feel might benefit you in any way!

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Toy Organizing

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Your son surely must have a never ending supply of miniature toy cars and in that case, it’s close to impossible for you to not have stepped barefoot on such a contraption for the millionth time. And while it is sweet to see your darling play with them, they need to be well organized somewhere. Well, why not make a make-believe garage from an old crate where you stack toilet paper rolls on top of each other so that the miniature cars are perfectly tucked away from your feet? Perfect!

Original Garden Decorations

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Picture your garden. Now imagine some sweet and original decorations that you yourself have made. It’s not just about the pride of making it yourself but it’s about the fact that no one has the exact decorations you have. So try cutting the toilet paper rolls to different widths, dip them into paint and hang at different heights to get a beautiful and colorful chandelier- like decoration.

Cord Organizer

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It’s not just toys that can be organized simply with toilet paper rolls. You can also use them to organize cords or even a crafts table so that your desk is always neat and tidy. Elegant and simple. Just glue them on top of a surface or in an old box and you’re done.

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Mirror Mirror on the Wall

If you’re a bit more talented and have the time to invest, you can also try to create decorations for your walls or mirrors. Here for instance, you just need to cut the toilet paper rolls, paint them and cover them with a bit of glitter. Then attach them around your mirror and voila! Beauty.

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Toilet Paper Roll Art

Molding them differently and spraying them with some metallic paint is also pretty easy and it can get you stunning results. Just check out these pretty examples of toilet paper art.

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Arts and Crafts with Your Special Someone

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When was the last time that you sat down together with your son or your daughter and had fun while painting or doing something creative? Well toilet paper rolls are something to have in your arsenal since you can dip them in paint, use them to make heart stamps and generally have a lot of fun with.

Even More Organizing

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Another thing you can do is to store your ribbons and lace for instance on old toilet paper rolls- whether you cut them down to a desired length, tuck them safely in a drawer or simply let them on your table, they’re going to do the job.

Bird Feeders

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You can always stick some grains and generally bird feed on your toilet paper rolls and hang them around in the garden (sticking colored paper to them in order to make them more attractive is optional but you can always do it with the little ones). It’s not just going to attract sweet birds to your home but it will also make it a chirping and singing oasis. Perfect for your relaxing afternoons.

Do These Glasses Look Ok on Me? Crazy Glasses for a Crazy Look

Men seldom make passes at girls who wear glasses, goes the old quote. Wear any of these crazy eyewear creations and people of all known sexes and inclinations will be giving you an extremely wide berth.

The Melting Sunglasses

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It would be pretty horrible if your sunglasses melted onto your face, wouldn’t it? In fact, there are relatively few things that I would welcome melting onto my face. That is, unless we’re talking about chocolate chip ice cream melting on my face. That would be delicious.

The Multiple Sunglasses

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These sunglasses would be great for people with 10 eyes. If you have the normal two eyes like the rest of us, I can’t help thinking that it is a bit of an overkill. I guess the idea here is to stop the sun’s evil rays from hitting your eyes from just about any direction. If you’re that worried about protecting your eyes, why not stick your head into a cardboard box before you venture outside?

The Tattoo Glasses

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Let’s face it; if you had a great name like MatthewG15, you probably wouldn’t bother buying real glasses either. Oh no, partner. You would just wander down to your local tattoo parlour and get these little beauties painted directly onto your face. This lovely picture has me wondering whether I should just get a hearing aid tattooed onto my ear when my hearing finally gives up the ghost.

The Stick on Glasses

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Ok, so let’s imagine for a second that you are too cool for normal glasses. You’re also too sensible to have them tattooed on. Wait, are you sure you don’t want them tattooed on? Fine, there’s an alternative idea for you here. I have to warn you that it might look a bit…odd. The design geniuses at Azumi and David came up with the cunning idea of stick on sunglasses.

The Dog Glasses

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Do you know something? These are first crazy glasses we’ve looked at that I can imagine myself wearing. Sadly, they appear to have been designed solely for small, annoying dogs.

The Hi Tech Glasses

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Does anyone have any idea what these crazy glasses are actually meant to do? I mean, they look great. But, the lack of glass in them makes me think that improving vision or blocking the sun’s rays weren’t high on the list of possible benefits.

The Nose Piercing Glasses

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This was bound to happen one day, wasn’t it? Some incredibly cool dude with bad eyesight was going to come up with the stunning idea of mixing body piercing with prescription glasses. This one looks stupidly painful. I’m almost half tempted to get it done myself.