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The Connection Between Poe's 'The Raven', a Chance Meeting Over a Parking Space, and Sto

Over one hundred and seventy years ago, on this precise day Edgar Allen Poe's poem "The Raven" was published. For a storyteller/writer/observer like myself, the poem holds an obvious fascination – it is a narrative poem that tells a tale of a young man visited in the middle of the night by a raven. This young man, who is pining for his lost love – Lenore – seems to teeter on the edge of distress and dismay, and slowly lean towards mental abandonment. The scene is dark, dreary and fantastical. The raven is formidable and foreboding, the only word it speaks is 'Nevermore'. This dramatic and fantastical poem was in the back of my mind this morning,when I came face-to-face with a very different

Numbers versus Words in Online Publishing

If you are anything like me, then in the numbers versus words battle, words will always win. It isn't a matter of competence or capability – words speak to me and numbers don't. So what's a writer to do when in order to get a proverbial foot in the door of online publishing, one needs to first take on the number olympics? If you want your publication to be found, here are some of hurdles you will need to surmount; get ready to warm up those arithmetic muscles: Carefully choose your keywords. Keywords are the meta data that are associated with your publication. Ultimately, these words should – with the highest probability – lead your target reader to your door. It sounds like a words game, bu

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