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When I came back to the United States as a fifth grader, I got in trouble with my teacher for using British English spellings instead of American English. One of those was towards rather than toward, and I’ve made a conscious effort to remember which one goes to which country since. Doubting myself during a recent edit, I ran into this article about the difference. Everything is now clear as mud, though still interesting.
Calls to action are a way to help readers find your next book and connect with you so they won’t miss out on deals or new releases. This article goes through the different possibilities to put at the end of your book when readers are already engaged with your characters and writing.
Sensory Issues (Medical Research)
What we don’t know about the human body far outweighs what we do, especially where rare conditions like Ehlers-Danlos and hypermobility spectrum disorders are concerned. This article lays out similarities between connective tissue disorders and autism with respect to sensory issues, including what is known about the causes and physiology. Understanding this is important for people with those disorders (like me) and/or caring for someone who has them. The information can also offer an opportunity to writers looking for ways to challenge their characters, whether human or alien. (Via EDEN)
A rundown of what efficacy means in terms of vaccines. There are a lot of misunderstandings, and these numbers are frequently used to weigh one vaccine against another, so it’s important to understand what they mean.
Archeologists have uncovered an ancient beer factory in Egypt dating about 5,000 years ago. They estimate this brewery could produce 5,000 gallons of beer at one time and may have been designed to provide for rituals rather than normal consumption. (Via The Dig Site)