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It takes discipline

Have you heard of NaNoWriMo? It’s National Novel Writing Month, and it usually happens in November. NaNoWriMo is a virtual writing group: you sign up online, keep track of your word count online, and communicate with your fellow writers online. This year they’re holding a summer edition called Camp NaNoWriMo, which is for the month…

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How do you decide what to blog about?

I was recently tagged in a post by Paige Brown over at From The Lab Bench to answer a few questions for her on science blogging. She wanted to know what science bloggers blog about, how we blog about it, how we decide what’s ‘blogworthy,’ and how our writing process works. Matt Shipman over at…

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When a student asks for career advice…

…what do you say? I wrote a new post over at Canadian Science Publishing answering this very question. How do you advise a keen student on science careers in general, not just those in academia? “It’s a familiar scenario. A promising young undergrad visits your office one sunny day near the end of term in…

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Fish, forests, and snow

You’re standing on a stream bank in your local mountain watershed. The sun is rising, warming the back of your head, and you see a fish drifting lazily in a still pool just off the rock you’re standing on. You peer closer, but with a flick of the tail it’s gone. You wonder if it…