4 Legal Ways To Get Free Textbooks.


1. Open Culture:  Not a large a selection, but high quality texts. If you just want to skim a book to brush up on a course you took in ninth grade, download one of these. I have yet to be disappointed.

2. Book Boon: Provides free college-level textbooks in a PDF format. Probably the widest range of subjects on the web. The site is also pretty.

3. Flat World Knowledge: The worlds largest publisher of free and open college textbooks. Humanitie texts are particularly difficult to come by, this site has a great selection in all disciplines.

4. Textbook Revolution:  Some of the books are PDF files, others are viewable online as e-books, or some are simply web sites containing course or multimedia content.

5. Library Pirate: I’ve always had an addiction to torrent based pirating. When this site opened a few months ago, I went a little overboard. After dropping two hundred on a paperback spanish textbook, I downloaded the ebook version illegally. I also got a great Psyc text i’m obsessed with.  It will be interesting to see how this site grows- they already have a great selection. 

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Thirty Day Challenge (not to be done in thirty days)


Day 1: Re-write a classic fairy tale.
Day 2: Write a fanfiction.
Day 3: A story that takes place pre-1950.
Day 4: A poem using the words: blue, mistrust, half, twang.
Day 5: A story revolving around an object in your room.
Day 6: Start your story with: “He glanced at his watch impatiently…”
Day 7: Create a superhero. Have he/she save the day.
Day 8: Write a prequel to that Superhero. Pre-Superhero life. Maybe their childhood.
Day 9: A story in 250 words or less about your favorite city.
Day 10: Start story with: “She touched the little box in her pocket and smiled…”
Day 11: A story where the characters go without power for a day.
Day 12: Find 10 random words and create your own definitions.
Day 13: Begin with “I thought I saw…”
Day 14: Randomly find someone in your yearbook. Create a story about their life today.
Day 15: Write about a stranger you see. Either their back-story or what they are thinking in the moment you see them.
Day 16: Go to iTunes, put your music on random. Write a story about the first song that comes up. (250 words or less)
Day 17: Use time travel in a story.
Day 18: A story set in a ghost town.
Day 19: Write an obituary for a historical figure.
Day 20: Use these words in a story: grandfather, photo album, post office, and folder.
Day 21: He or she sees their crush in a library. Describe the incident.
Day 22: Write a story based on a dream you had.
Day 23: Describe/fictionalize a childhood memory.
Day 24: Write a story that takes place 100 years in the future.
Day 25: Write a story about a mythical creature.
Day 26: Write about the 30th picture on your phone or computer. Write about the story behind it, or make up the story behind it.
Day 27: Story taking place during a sporting event (any sport).
Day 28: Story on a ship. Past, present, or future.
Day 29: Story about space.
Day 30: Story or poem about ice.

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Literary Magazines and Journals Database


Connect your poems, stories, essays, and reviews to the right audiences by researching over eight hundred literary magazines in our database. Here, you’ll find editorial policies, submission guidelines, contact information—everything you need to direct your work to the publications most amenable to your vision.

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Margaret Atwood’s 10 Rules for Writing Fiction
1 Take a pencil to write with on aeroplanes. Pens leak. But if the pencil breaks, you can’t sharpen it on the plane, because you can’t take knives with you. Therefore: take two pencils.2 If both pencils break, you can do a rough sharpening job with a nail file of the metal or glass type.3 Take something to write on. Paper is good. In a pinch, pieces of wood or your arm will do.4 If you’re using a computer, always safeguard new text with a memory stick.5 Do back exercises. Pain is distracting.6 Hold the reader’s attention. (This is likely to work better if you can hold your own.) But you don’t know who the reader is, so it’s like shooting fish with a slingshot in the dark. What fascinates A will bore the pants off B.7 You most likely need a thesaurus, a rudimentary grammar book, and a grip on reality. This latter means: there’s no free lunch. Writing is work. It’s also gambling. You don’t get a pension plan. Other people can help you a bit, but ¬essentially you’re on your own. Nobody is making you do this: you chose it, so don’t whine.8 You can never read your own book with the innocent anticipation that comes with that first delicious page of a new book, because you wrote the thing. You’ve been backstage. You’ve seen how the rabbits were smuggled into the hat. Therefore ask a reading friend or two to look at it before you give it to anyone in the publishing business. This friend should not be someone with whom you have a romantic relationship, unless you want to break up.9 Don’t sit down in the middle of the woods. If you’re lost in the plot or blocked, retrace your steps to where you went wrong. Then take the other road. And/or change the person. Change the tense. Change the opening page.10 Prayer might work. Or reading something else. Or a constant visualization of the holy grail that is the finished, published version of your resplendent book.

Live, Laugh, Photoshop: How to Use a (Coloring) PSD


So, since I’ve gotten now a few questions about what a PSD is or how to use it, I’m just gonna make a quick little tutorial!

  • Download a coloring PSD from sites such as mine or drunkandcoloring and open in Photoshop (File » Open), or double click the PSD and it should automatically open in…

Whether you’re a Photoshop beginner or have some experience, I highly recommend memorizing shortcut keys as soon as possible. This image is a great guide to learning them! And they will save you tremendous amounts of time in the long run! (Click through for high-res.)

How to Give an Image a ~Glowy Effect~


Note: This is a super simple, super quick tutorial.


Adobe Photoshop CS3 or later



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Graphic Tutorial #6 - Outer Glow Effect Around Image


How to take a photo like this:

And turn it into a graphic like this:

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How to Add a Watermark to Tens or Hundreds of Images All at Once


If you’re a photographer and have hundreds or thousands of photos that you’re trying to sell and/or you need to watermark them all, but don’t have the time to do them one by one, luckily there’s an easy way to do it!

Requirements: Basic knowledge of the Photoshop interface (but most tools/features in this tutorial I will show you how to use).

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Live, Laugh, Photoshop: Live, Laugh, Photoshop's Guide to Gradient Maps


A gradient map is basically a way you can apply a gradient to a photo. There are 2 or more colors in a gradient map. The color(s) more towards the left of the…

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here’s a list of blogs/websites that I think will come in handy to you when using photoshop or just simply updating and changing your theme. 

Themes:themehunters - queenlouis - agarfeels - maraudersthemes - stupidbloodyidiots - steferine - ohmyklaus - rainingfires - agrons - joshdevines - feelpayne -  bieberslength - hellmouths - gnny - itshazza - pevensied - lmthemes - bornofthestorm - bakerrstreet - northerndawn - polinomial - starlland - stewlovers - drunkniall - magicblood - midnightsnitch - confunded - galeismineiamhis - dystopie - nutty-themes - mockingjaysnitch - rockvatoz - macavoys - kidrauhl - tashabartons 
Textures:texturesource - bi01 - quinnanderson - accio-glow - infint7 - dei-oh - ofabeautifulnight - netherfields - samchord - niall-horans - shocklock - playedtilmyfingersbled - swiftpsds - thisslight - stewark - emsigtimes - yellowlemon - lestreep - 10august92 - neverlands- - sweettasteofbitter - ohdear-prongs - behindmylove - psychadeliachild - slayground - waretote - wicked-fate - planets-bend-between-us - lestrads - grringirl - emmelia - kamrin - behindmylove - truesouls 
PSD’s:psdland - paradise-coloring - tastesofparadise - bieberspsds - swiftpsds - coloringthedark - dudleycolourings - libertypsd - darlingpsds - celebritycolorings -  psdelicious - drunkandcoloring - bellepsd - recreatemepsd -  epic-psds - brightestsmile - gocoloring - coloringarainbow - lovoto - struckbypsds - prettylittlecolorings - stormwolves - thosecolors - colouryourlifewithpsds - epicdirection - yeahniall - newcolours - truesoulspsds - pretty-psd - psdisney
Brushes:rossalinesenty - psbrushes - brusheezy - brushesdownload - deviantart - inobscuro - brushlovers - brushking - photoshoproadmap - lovelytrash - getbrushes - myphotoshopbrushes - qbrushes
Templates:welovetemplates - lovephotoshop - angelnine6 
Gradients:efervescentia - dirrtylady - outshiner
Fonts:dafont - urbanfonts - acidfonts - 1001freefonts - fontspace - fontfreak -  fontsquirrel - fontsource
Everything:yeahps - pscs5 - lovephotoshop - yeahphotoshop -  fyeahphotoshop - fuckyeahresources