Author name: Graciela Newman

Graciela is a dedicated news writer with a background in lifestyle, books, sports, education, and tech. She loves to write about the latest trends in all five of those categories. She also enjoys reading and playing sports. She got her to start writing for Stroom News because she wanted to do something that would allow her to make a difference in the world—and she found it!

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Can you manage to read at the beach? A summertime choose your own adventure.

May 17, 2024, 1:31pm Many pitfalls and impediments lay between you and a day of enjoying your book in peace. Can you manage to get past everything arrayed against you? Choose wisely! Your phone buzzes. A text: “Hey we’re all headed out to the beach this Saturday. You should come!” Even though you’re a bit

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Here are the literary adaptations to look out for at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

May 17, 2024, 12:06pm Since the 1930s, the annual Cannes international film festival has been a glamorous hub for new cinema. (And, according to an audacious claim on its website: the world’s “most widely publicized cultural event.”) While the festival’s carefully cultivated position at the apex of High Culture masks what I imagine are brutal

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One great short story to read today: Sarah Gailey’s “The Daily Commute”

May 17, 2024, 10:30am According to the powers that be (er, apparently according to Dan Wickett of the Emerging Writers Network), May is Short Story Month. To celebrate, for the second year in a row, the Literary Hub staff will be recommending a single short story, free* to read online, every (work) day of the month. Why

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Better in the Middle: Eight Writing Hacks From a Mid-List Author

When my editor suggested we call the protagonist of my novel a “mid-list author” for the book copy, I must admit—I had to google it! Wikipedia told me that mid-list is a publishing term that refers to books that are not bestsellers but are economically strong enough to justify their publication. In other words, books

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Solving the Mystery of the Dancing Honey Bees

For centuries, the meanings of the conspicuous shaking, waggling, trembling, buzzing, and piping behaviors of worker honey bees were deep mysteries. In 1788, for example, a German beekeeper named Ernst Spitzner wrote the following words after watching a bee perform a waggle dance: “Without warning, an individual bee will force its way suddenly in among

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A Mouth Holds Many Things: On the Magic of Hybrid Writing

I am walking along a shoreline.A shoreline is a place, a geography,where two elements—water and sand—meet.We call this place of meeting a line,but it is also the continual erasingof line. How water writes, erases, rewrites.Its own delineation of: the encounter.The shape of how these two realms meet a constantInconstant. Fluctuation of.Demarcation. Is it water’s tendency

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Love Junkie

The following is from Robert Plunket’s Love Junkie. Plunket was born in Greenville, Texas, in 1945 but raised in Havana and Mexico City. After college he moved to New York and embarked on a successful career as a waiter and office temp, then moved to Sarasota, Florida, where he became Mr. Chatterbox, the gossip columnist

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