Writing | Editing

Tips To Improve Everything You Write

man with the word swoosh on his t shirt taking your picture with a camera
man with the word swoosh on his t shirt taking your picture with a camera
Photo by on

These are my most commonly used notes as an editor on Medium.

Your article is missing a subtitle. Your display subtitle shows the first few lines of your text, which looks unprofessional. Add a subtitle below the title and format it using the small T format tool. Also, go into edit mode (click on the three dots), choose Change Display Title/Subtitle, and make any needed changes there.

Formatting is more important than you realize. Most people read using their phone. They’re daunted by large blocks of text. I try to keep paragraphs to 4 or 5 lines maximum.

Large blocks of text benefit from increased formatting. Feature a single sentence in between two blocks for emphasis. Create subtitles to break up main sections of your text. …

Space | Politics

If You Build It Will They Come?

NASA equipment in space
NASA equipment in space
Photo by on

The Space Development Agency (SDA) has their marching orders.

They plan to blanket the skies above the earth with a mesh of satellites.

Their Mission: To build the National Defense Space Architecture. (NDSA)

We’re being told we need protection from missile threats on earth and possibly in space.

It’s not clear that we’re in imminent danger, but the military is acting as if we are.

The plan is to place many satellites in low-earth orbit, with a whole lot of other equipment on the ground.

The National Defense Space Architecture will be built in layers.

  • Transport layer
  • Tracking layer
  • Custody layer
  • Deterrence layer
  • Navigation layer
  • Battle management layer, and
  • Support layers. …


The Story Behind The Story

man in sunglasses, laughing
man in sunglasses, laughing
Me Laughing Hysterically, ….Photo by on

Recent changes to our profile pages resulted in a drop in our earnings, across the board. Every writer I know reported some negative impact.

Medium kept telling us they were making sure the reads on our profile pages were counted as reads, not just scans.

“All views, reads, and Member reading time is being accurately captured and reflected in your earnings and statistics on profile views where the post is fully displayed (and there is no read more link).

So if a reader scrolls your profile and encounters posts that are fully displayed in your profile feed, the system will determine their dwell time on each post, just as if they clicked through to read it, and your statistics and earnings calculations will be correct.” …

Writing | Freelancing

Reach for the top.

Photo by on

I’m happy to announce the creation of a brilliant new publication by Dr Mehmet Yildiz, .

We’ve discovered that many writers on Medium are in it for the money.

That’s not such a bad thing. It’s important to earn a living and if you can earn money doing something you love, then the more power to you.

It’s a lonely business. Plugging away at your laptop alone in your office. …

Writing | Business

Please read them carefully.

headshot of an owl, staring right at you
headshot of an owl, staring right at you
Who Are You? Photo by on

All stories must meet the Medium Guidelines to be considered for this publication.

You can submit long-form and

We accept topics related to writing, including marketing, the business of writing, opportunities, and social media.

You can submit a maximum of three long-form and three short-form stories within 24 hours.

Repurposed articles must have links to previously published content.

Stories must have at least one photo, captioned with image sources, and a clear copyright statement if they are not from stock photos.

We prefer that you submit draft stories, but we accept both draft and published content. …

Business | Entrepreneurship

Make a personal connection in business.

an older man with a long white beard, long brown hair and a bluish hat, smiling eyes.
an older man with a long white beard, long brown hair and a bluish hat, smiling eyes.
We Are Unique by from

When someone remembers my name, I’m always impressed.

It tells me they noticed me as a person, separate from the circumstances we met in. I’m not just Janie’s mother or the clerk at the gift shop, I have an identity.

Our names are a big part of who we are.

They’ve been with us for a long time, and they’ve shaped our sense of self.

  • Sometimes we’ve been given a name we feel we have to live up to. When your name is the same as a famous person or a respected family member, you might try to emulate them.
  • Others try to live their names down. A person named Faith might refuse to associate with organized religion. A person with a name that’s associated with a criminal or a negative event, might be ashamed and hide their name or change it. …

You’re the greatest.

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by on

What a ride.

It’s been a difficult four years for all of us. I don’t think the world is finished with you yet, and I hesitate to say your role in this great unfolding has come to an end.

I have a lot of things to share with you and a few ideas for the next few years, but first I have to say one thing.

I want to thank you for your service.

We are all here on this planet with gifts to share. Everyone’s gifts are different and every single person has a contribution to bring to the whole.

I wasn’t sure I understood your gifts at first, but on reflection, I can see them for the treasure they truly are. …

Politics | Shelter Dogs

Champ and Major take Twitter by storm.

twitter header for Major and Champ, the new dogs in the whitehouse, a heart with joe and jill on it chalked on the ground
twitter header for Major and Champ, the new dogs in the whitehouse, a heart with joe and jill on it chalked on the ground
Major and Champ, by

The First Dogs are both experienced politicians, eager to get to work.

They appeared in advertisements during the 2020 campaign.

Both were selected as post-election promises to members of the family.

These dogs have taken over Trumps’ standing as the most ‘pupular’ Twitter account.

Champ And Major Biden — @TheFirstDogs (on Twitter)

“We’re The First Good Bois. We’re moving to the White House soon. Our ‘hoomans’ have decided to get a cat, so they’re not all that perfect anymore. Wilmington, DE Joined November 2020”

It’s a good news announcement: Pets are returning to the White House.

It’s been a long four years without a single pet to soften the atmosphere.

It’s the longest period of time in the last 100 years that the House has been empty of pets. …


Tree Langdon

A merchant of dreams. ♡ I love to connect the specific to the universal in Poetry, and Fiction, exploring Worldview plots. Was a CGA/CPA in a past life.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store