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The Perfect Day! Part 12

8 pm: Party – collect smiles

Even if you only want to impress that one person in the room, it’ worth being nice to everyone and having a few jokes ready. British psychologists found that if you want to impress someone of the opposite sex, you’ll do better if you get smiled at more often.

In experiments of the Aberdeen University, women were asked to judge the attractiveness of men, by photos. Men who laughed with others on the photos, were perceived as more attractive than others. The Researchers believe that men perceive the attractiveness of women in the same way. So laugh as much as you can!


The Perfect Day! Part 11

7 pm: Dinner – the decoration is most important

Looks are more important than taste, is what US-psychologists found in their test results. According to their research the taste of food has more to do with how it looks rather than than how it actually tastes.

A psychologist of the University of Illinois served students at the cafeteria with chocolate chip cookies, that didn’t look tasty at all. Afterwards they were asked how much they would be willing to pay for them. Students that were given the cookies on paper plates said they would be willing to pay around 57 Cents. Others were given the same stale cookies on a glass plate. The latter were willing pay up to 1,50 Dollar.

The Perfect Day! Part 10

6 pm: Guest arrive – spice up cheap wine

You want to offer great tasting wine but don’t want to empty your wallet? Invest in a coloured light bulb. German researchers say that in red and blue lighting wine tastes better.

Psychologists of the university in Mainz served 500 test subjects with wine in red, blue white and green lighting. In red lighting the beverage tasted up to 1.5 times sweeter and fruitier than in other light settings. They were also more willing to pay more for a wine when under red lighting compared to green lighting. Green and white lighting had a rather negative effect on the taste.

The Perfect Day! Part 9

5 pm: Headache? Try swearing

Had a stressful day and your head hurts? According to a British study heavy swearing helps.

67 people volunteered for the Keele University in Newcastle-under-Lyme to be tested on their degree of pain sensation. They had to hold their in ice cold water as long as possible. During the test they repeated a swear word of their choice. In a second test they had to repeat a neutral word over and over again.

Comparing the results showed that when swearing participants could keep their hand in the ice cold water longer. How this mechanism exactly works, they couldn’t say but they monitored a higher pulse with the subjects that were swearing.

Write a Terrific Novel (NaNo), Minimize Revisions, & Improve Odds of Finishing AND Publishing

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Image via Flikr Creative Commons. Bansky's "Peaceful hearts Doctor" courtesy of Eva Blue. Image via Flikr Creative Commons. Bansky’s “Peaceful Hearts Doctor” courtesy of Eva Blue.

We’ve already discussed the importance of  fueling the muse BEFORE NaNo. But, fueling the muse, creativity, talent and all that jazz IS NOT enough. Finishing, while fantastic, is ALSO not enough. If we finish, yet have written something that can never exist off life-support? We’re back at Square One.

Though I am a fan of NaNo (National Novel Writing Month which is NOVEMBER) and Fast Draft, these tactics will work for writing ANY novel and minimize revisions.

AND…you don’t even have to be a plotter (Hint: I’m not. More of a Plotser–> Plotter + Pantser)

One of the major reasons many writers fail to complete the story is there isn’t a single CORE story problem in need of resolution. The story dies because it lacks a beating heart and a skeleton.

Stories with no hearts…

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9 Horrible Los Angeles People You Need To Avoid At All Costs

Thought Catalog


1. The Older Man at the Nightclub

Not the rapey kind of guys, but the ones that stand by the bar in a nice suit making eyes at any young starlet, friend of a starlet, or any wanna-be-model who’s thirsty to be snapped by a nightlife photog. They don’t drink scotch, they drink vodka Red Bulls and are basically like a slightly younger version of your dad– if your dad was a socially maladjusted pervert who’s worth like, 6.5 mil liquid. This is the guy you may go out with once, just to see what it’s like to date a generally harmless seeming rich pervert. He probably wants to make out and see your ass, tops. The first date will be a nice dinner and a couple hours of him lubing you up in his Beverly Hills condo. There will be no second date after you refuse to let…

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Lazy, are we?

Have you ever wanted to know if it might not be your fault that you’re so lazy? You’re in luck! You finally have an excuse for being a lazy couch potato. According to science, laziness can be inherited through genes. The so called “Couch-Potato-Gene” actually exists and could be the reason for why you just cannot get your behind away from the sofa. Check out this video by ASAP Science to find out more! Click here