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60 mind-bending rock formations from around the world [PICs]

60 mind-bending rock formations from around the world [PICs]

Much like rare cloud formations, these rocks, stacks, pillars, caves, cliffs, massifs, volcanic plugs, karsts, arches, hoodoos, and concretions illustrate the tremendous diversity present in all Earth systems.Once you’re fired up by the images below, check back to our rock climbing page + destination pages to plan your next expedition.

5 things ghostwriting taught me about people

5 things ghostwriting taught me about people

WHEN YOU’RE TRYING TO BE a writer for hire, you agree to writing pretty much anything people will hire you to write. Sometimes that means agreeing to write for a celebrity dentist/beautician when you’re a disgusting bearded guy with no healthcare. Sometimes that means convincing Nobel laureates to attend a global forum on a topic you got a 1 on for your high school AP exam.

8 ways of seeing people that can sabotage your writing

8 ways of seeing people that can sabotage your writing

The tips in this article complement the curriculum of the Travel Writing program at MatadorU.IT’S NO original insight that writing can be a problematic gig vis-à-vis your mental health.This seemed evident again on the way to the bank last week when I saw a Mapuche man with the perfect look of a TV or movie ‘Indian chief’ only he was dressed more or less like me (jeans, collared shirt) and stood on the sidewalk unwrapping a stick of gum.

Pacific possession: An interview with J. Maarten Troost

Pacific possession: An interview with J. Maarten Troost

The release of Headhunters at My Doorstep marks the third book that J. Maarten Troost has written about The Pacific Islands. Tom Gates talks to him about his return to the part of the world that made his name as a writer.TG: The Sex Lives of Cannibals is almost compulsory travel reading now. It’s currently 10 on Amazon’s Travel books and I’ve seen it on just about every bookswap shelf in every hostel or guesthouse I’ve stayed in.

The Galápagos is no place for a fear of the ocean

The Galápagos is no place for a fear of the ocean

It was a shadowless day in the Galápagos — overcast skies rendered the water grey and opaque, even in the shallow inlet where our boat rested. The ocean current carried us east at a walking pace towards open water. Beyond that, there was the Pacific, and at its dark threshold was the spot we were given to snorkel.

How to deal with out of control comments on your blog

How to deal with out of control comments on your blog

Over the past few weeks we’ve had some unprecedented levels of dink-behavior in the form of people attempting to leave threatening or slanderous or hateful comments. Here are some thoughts on how to deal with this problem.BLOGS ARE REALLY just points of entry for conversations. Even the simplest post can lead to comments that build on one another and go in unexpected directions.