My client Grant Writers, LLC (now dba Weathervane Strategies) loves to get in the Halloween spirit. We've put together a few spooky posts on their blog and there's another one coming out today! Here are some of my favorites:
Are we faster than cancer?
My client ESGO (European Society of Gynaecological Oncologists) thinks we can be--and they want to demonstrate that by highlighting the progress of one of their members in the New York City Marathon later this year.
I'm very happy to have been involved in the setup of ESGO's first crowdfunding campaign, on Fundrazr. They asked me to help them research the crowdfunding possibilities available for European nonprofits and also to help create the text for their campaign, which went live this week.
Donations will support ESGO in its mission to train oncologists and educate professionals and the public about women's cancers. If you have a spare euro or two, this is a good cause.
Women’s genital cancer affects millions of women worldwide every year but many women don’t know that they are sick until their illness has become serious. Additionally, in parts of the world, prevention and screening is lacking, or doctors lack the training to promptly and correctly care for patients with genital cancer.--ESGO's Fundrazr campaign
You can find the campaign here: https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/3qbb4
Click on the image above to go to this month's book review on The Displaced Nation. "Passionate Nomad" by Jane Fletcher Geniesse looks at the early life and development of hotshot wartime Middle East expert and lifelong adventurer Dame Freya Stark and is a gripping read.
This week in my Booklust, Wanderlust column on The Displaced Nation, I review Peter Hessler's "Country Driving: A Chinese Road Trip."
I loved old China hand Peter Hessler's books on his early years studying and working in the Middle Kingdom. "River Town" and "Oracle Bones" are detailed memoirs that were both good reads and a good primer for what to expect when I moved to China. "Country Driving" continues in Hessler's tradition of showing the small details of everyday Chinese peoples' lives to illustrate some of the bigger challenges facing the Middle Kingdom.
Please stop by the site to take a look at my review and the dozens of other articles by The Displaced Nationers--international creatives.
I'm excited to announce that today my first review as a columnist for The Displaced Nation is live!
The Displaced Nation, which bills itself as "a home for international creatives," invited me to start a book column to review books on topics that would be of interest to their readership of long-time expats and adult "third culture kids."
My first column looks at an engrossing series I recently finished, the Dublin Murder Squad books by Irish writer Tana French. Please stop by the site and check out my review, and the other great articles by Displaced Nationers!
I'm not a huge fan of organized sporting events, but I *am* a big fan of social media!
One of my clients, the social media analytics company Socialbakers, has released a fascinating (and addictive!) new tool that will measure fan participation--mentions are counted as "cheers"--for the FIFA 2014 World Cup, happening now in Brazil. Want to find out which teams get the most love on Twitter? Which players are pictured most often on Instagram? Check out the tool--and my blog about it on the Socialbakers site. Who will you cheer for at #Brazil2014?
I mentioned at the beginning of the year that I am participating in the generous challenge set up by the Untreed Reads publisher, to read and review one of their titles each month. The deal is, I get a free book and agree to write an honest review about it.
The last three months I chose stories that put murder mysteries in an interesting setting.
In February, I chose Nightmare in Morocco, by Loretta Jackson and Vickie Britton. Check out my review on Goodreads here.
In March, I devoured An Inconsequential Murder, by Rodolfo Peña. Check out my review on Goodreads here.
And, in April, I went back in time with fellow Sisters in Crime member Kaye George's Death in the Time of Ice. My review is here.
Have you read anything interesting lately? I love getting book recommendations!
Beth is an American freelance writer who has lived in Europe and Asia since 2003. She grew up on a sailboat and, though now a landlubber, still enjoys a peripatetic life. She writes articles and suspense about travel, expatriate living, and many other topics.