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How to Write a Book in 30 Days, With Author Grant Faulkner

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This week we’re learning how to crank out that book you’ve been meaning to write in a mere 30 days, with author Grant Faulkner. Grant is the Executive Director of National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo) and author of the book, Pep Talks for Writers: 52 Insights and Actions to Boost Your Creative Mojo. Listen to hear Grant talk with Jordan and Alice about the unexpected benefits of NaNoWriMo’s community, the process of writing without editing, and why writer’s block is a myth.

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Highlights from this week’s episode

From the Grant Faulkner interview

On why everyone should consider partaking in NaNoWriMo:

[T]here’s this great quote from Picasso that every child is born an artist. The challenge is how to [remain] an artist once you grow up. And I think for so many people, creativity or writing falls lower and lower on their to-do list until it’s not even on their to-do list at all. It’s kind of like adulthood and all those practical responsibilities of adulthood take over. So I think one great reason is to reclaim your creativity, to make it a priority for just one month, to put it number one on your to-do list. And…our creativity feeds everything we do. So that, you know, if you’re creative and really embrace your creativity, it makes you a better husband or wife. It makes you a better employee, or manager. It makes you a better teacher, student. It just does so much for us.

On the benefits of the NaNoWriMo community:

[Y]ou really do feel like you’re writing with the world. You know, you feel the gusts of wind of other people writing. But what I find fascinating is that you’re motivated by people you don’t even know. And just because you’re taking part in the same challenge, you know, I guess it’s like running a marathon or you’re just catching the tail end and the momentum of other people. They are keeping you going. And I think that happens with NaNoWriMo as well and the community. It just has all different facets…so many writers build up this mythology of writing as a solitary thing. And of course, it is largely solitary. But…I always say it takes a village to write a novel. So I think you’re writing community is really important, both creatively and then if you want to get published. It’s super important then as well.

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On why the practice of writing every day is important:

You’re not necessarily born with the talent to be a writer, I guess. Very few rare people are. But really, it’s about practicing in an arena also teaches that you show up every day on good days and bad days. You don’t wait for inspiration to strike. You create your inspiration by sitting down to write and you’ll become a good writer just through putting in the hours. And also, the more you do it, the more you believe in yourself.

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To hear more of our conversation with Grant (and to garner even more inspiration to partake in National Novel Writing Month), we recommend taking some time to listen to the full episode.

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Keep That Hotdish Hot With 65% Off a Luncia Casserole Carrier, Only $11 With Promo Code

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Luncia Double-Decker Dish Carrier | $11 | Amazon | Promo code SDDU9S7F

It has been a long time since the days we could safely have a potluck or other gatherings, but we have a fantastic deal perfect for once those times return. These double-decker Luncia dish carriers can be had for 65% off when you add promo code SDDU9S7F at checkout and clip the coupon on the site (it’s just below the price). These holders fit 9″x 13″ sized baking dishes.

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That means you can insulate and keep two dishes of food warm for only $11 instead of $30. What’s more, your Luncia carrier will arrive by Christmas if you order today as a Prime member.

Just add promo code SDDU9S7F and clip the 5% off coupon to bring the price down to $11 for the blue or the grey option.

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Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

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Allergies can be bad enough as the seasons change. Don’t let pet hair and dander add to that by vacuuming it up early and often. That chore is easier said than done— unless you have a robot vacuum to do the work for you. This lovely bright cobalt Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum and mop, only $200 today at Best Buy seems like an ideal option. That’s a whopping $700 off, by the way.

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You can get the same deal for the charcoal version of the robot vac, too. This model is not only specially made for picking up pet hair, it self docks and charges when it’s finished with the work.

It also comes with a mop attachment, so it can take care of those kitchen floors for you as well. Grab it while it’s still available for this fantastic price!

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Apple will replace AirPods Pro for free with faulty noise cancellation, static or crackling

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Today, exactly one year after Apple first launched the AirPods Pro — and thus the same day the very first AirPods Pro owners will see their one-year warranties expire — Apple has launched a repair program that offers free repairs or replacements for another whole year if your AirPods Pro experience issues with noise cancellation or static.

Specifically, Apple will fix:

Crackling or static sounds that increase in loud environments, with exercise or while talking on the phone

Active Noise Cancellation not working as expected, such as a loss of bass sound, or an increase in background sounds, such as street or airplane noise

Apple says only a “small percentage of AirPods Pro” are affected by the issues, but it apparently wasn’t just an early batch — Apple says affected units were manufactured “before October 2020,” meaning every AirPods Pro ever made might be eligible. That’s quite a recall if so. Apple says it will repair faulty AirPods Pro for two years after you first buy them.

We’ve heard complaints about degraded noise cancellation before, and at least one Verge editor has replaced their AirPods Pro under warranty. It’s nice to hear that Apple isn’t just cutting buyers off as soon as that warranty expires.

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