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Ice Cream Essay

Transcript of actual e-mail conversation between me and another contributor to The Last Word on Nothing, a little over a week ago: Me: I’ve been particularly low on lwon ideas lately. Got anything for me? Cameron: Ooooo…. I’m low, too. … Continue reading

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Life in the Gig Economy

A few weeks ago I took part in a conversation with some other smart science writers about the “gig economy”–a new world in which nobody has jobs and everybody makes a living by stringing together gigs. It’s a tough way … Continue reading

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Life After Science Writing

Ever wondered if there could be life after science writing? This week for The Open Notebook, I got in touch with people who used to be science writers or non-science journalists to find out what they’re doing with their skills. … Continue reading

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Doing the Work, in 30 Minutes a Day

One of the hardest things about being a freelance writer is getting stuff done. Not so much the things with deadlines–missing a deadline would be completely humiliating. I mean the things that don’t really have to happen, like posts for … Continue reading

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Living With Pain

My friend and former National Geographic colleague Jenny Holland wrote a lovely guest post for The Last Word on Nothing this week. She writes clearly and honestly about her experience with nasty, chronic abdominal pain–while also being funny. (Jenny’s good … Continue reading

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Museum Tourist: Charles Dickens Museum

Nowadays, most people’s encounter with Charles Dickens is probably not a voluntary one. I first had to read him in college, when Bleak House was assigned for a class in 19th century fiction. I don’t know that I would have … Continue reading

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