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Serif vs. Sans: What’s your type(face)?

Serif vs. sans-serif—the battle continues. Or does it?

Some writers prefer a comfortable, warm serif. It's what they know. It's what they love. It's nostalgic. And they like that.

Meanwhile, other writers—particularly of the younger generations—say screw that ish! San-serif is the font of Apple, Google, Reddit. Pretty much the whole damn Internet. Need we say more?

So when one of our writer pals, Rachel Marie, sent in this infographic from and told a little story to go with it, we had to share ...

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20 questions and a selfie: A day in the life of Barbara Bracht Donsky, writer of Desperately Seeking Paris and Veronica’s Grave

For this installment of “20 Questions and a Selfie,” we catch up with Barbara Bracht Donsky, writer for Desperately Seeking …

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And the #1 and #2 Social Networks Around the World Are …

"While Facebook is the most widely used social network in most countries, it’s not the biggest in every country, including China and Russia," reports MarketWatch.

Facebook is the clear global leader, but in China and Iran, where Facebook is blocked, other approved networks have emerged. Facebook is not blocked in Russia, but users there prefer V Kontakte and Odnoklossniki.

The map of the #2 networks shows a different story -- one where Instagram's popularity (Instagram is owned by Facebook) is growing fast worldwide, while their primary competitor, Twitter, retains a strong foothold in Europe.

Now compare to the same map of most popular social networks in 2009. That was before Facebook went public and back when networks like Zing, Mixi and Friendster were still popular around the world.

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How important are deadlines? Ask George R.R. Martin, author of the books behind HBO’s ‘Game Of Thrones’

If you are the type who likes to read the book before it becomes a motion picture, there is one famous author right now who just broke your cardinal rule: He won’t finish his new A Song of Ice and Fire book before Game of Thrones airs its next season—just as readers have long feared. (The Atlantic)

George R.R. Martin, author of the A Song of Fire and Ice series, which inspires the hit HBO TV show Game of Thrones, just announced the sixth installment in his fantasy series will not be finished before its on-air version plays on HBO.

This from Yahoo TV ...

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Congratulations to Mimi Zollars, poet and author of one of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2015

Congratulations to Mimi Zollars, poet, author and friend of Stuff Writers Like, for having her debut book selected as one of Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of 2015.

Kirkus Reviews not only chose Mimi's Benediction for a Black Swan as one of its top 100 books of the year; the editors also chose it as one of the 12 winners featured on the cover of the special "Best of 2015" issue, released Dec. 21.

Mimi, we are proud to say "we knew you when ..."

In September, we featured Mimi in our popular 20 Questions and a Selfie interview. It was one of our most shared interviews of the year.

We have since gotten to know Mimi even better through the design of her new website,, built by our partners over at

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20 questions and a selfie: A day in the life of Poetess Mimi Zollars

For this installment of “20 Questions and a Selfie,” we catch up with Poetess Mimi Zollars. “Some poets focus on …

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