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Tom Bentley
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Attended S.F. State University
Lives in Santa Cruz County, CA
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Some luscious visuals here.
“Airline Visual Identity, 1945-1975” showcases an extraordinary period of creativity in advertising and graphic design.
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Is it a plane or a trailer? No, it’s a restaurant serving bratwurst in the Munich airport. Oh yeah: it IS a vintage Airstream, with an actual airplane engine attached. Why not? 
At first glance, this seems like an idea that would never fly. Well, it doesn’t actually fly, but you know what I mean. Don’t forget that the father of Airstream, Wally Byam, was inspired by the designs created by Hawley Bowlus. Bowlus happened to have overseen the construction of an uppity little aircraft known as … Continue reading This Trailer Flies Without Ever Leaving the Ground →
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Fascinating piece—well, um, yes, I did write it—on how front-of-book (FOB) magazine articles can be a dandy way to make some dough. 
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Scary, I know.
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Oh, the humanity! – Pinky DeVroom, blasted in an old Boston bar, as the Crash of ’29 splinters the world.

For a mere .99, you get a besotted novelist who crashes his love life, as the stock market crashes too. A lovely compilation of Hell and handbaskets (and some handwringing. And jokes. Don't forget the jokes).

[The weird thing is that the image here is not the cover of the story. The actual cover is WAY better. WTF, Amazon?]
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Oh, dear, now your iPad will be weeping. (And alternately laughing.)
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There is something oddly soothing about watching this guy cleverly place, position and fold these clothes for long, extended trips. (Maybe because my bag looks like zombies ate half the contents in their search for brains—of which there were none.)
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Many writers, particularly younger ones, struggle to find their voice: the word choice, the cadence, the tone, the very punctuation—the stuff that slyly suggests or that screams that you wrote it. Well, just how do you find that durn thing called voice?
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I still find it amusing (and gratifying) that I get paid to write articles about mixing cocktails. 
At Adeptia, integration is our mantra -- and not just data. We’re interested in all the fascinating and complementary intersections life has to offer.
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As long as the bar tending squirrels don't hide the bowls of nuts...
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Not sure of direct correlation in boosting book sales, but he's pretty durn funny in some of these vids.
Teymour Shahabi found motivation to write by posting videos about self-publishing on YouTube , which gave him both an education and an audience.
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Guest Posting? Wipe Your Feet at Your Host’s Door Before Entering
[My take on the benefits of guest blogging, both for the guest and the host, including my clever attempt to get you to read my guest posts]
Guest posting on well-trafficked sites can be an effective way for freelancers to drive awareness of their blog, their services or a product that the freelancer is hoping to give potential clients/...
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Seth waxing wroth over the quashing of expectations as "Stealing from people capable of achieving more, and stealing from our community as well." Yes.
Ask a hundred students at Harvard Business School if they expect to be up for a good job when they graduate, and all of them will say "yes." Ask a bright ten-year old girl if she expects to have a...
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A lifelong adventure photographer goes from film to digital to video (and a million photographs in between) — my Forbes piece on his life behind the lens.
Outdoor photographer Kennan Ward has been taking photographs in the wild for more than 40 years, and more than 30 of those professionally. Ward is working on his next million photographs.
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Yes, Kennan's thoughts there could be useful for any artist trying to communicate. He's an interesting fellow—I've known him for a long time (and even wrote the captions on the backs of his notecards in the 80s).
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Find that key to your story or your article: easy as—well—riding a bicycle.
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Work
Occupation
Wordmeister Extraordinaire
Skills
Lively language skills, pinpoint editing eye, pronounced sense of the absurd, good listener
Employment
  • I spank words until they scream!
    Wordmeister Extraordinaire, present
Places
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Currently
Santa Cruz County, CA
Previously
Long Beach, CA - Kosrae, Micronesia - Seattle, WA - Las Vegas, NV - Eleuthera, Bahamas
Story
Tagline
Freeing words from the bondage of linear coddling. Or something like that.
Introduction
I love language, both its nuances and its broad strokes. I'm good at scrambling it, setting it up in tight lines, and tilting it toward windmills and other fanciful targets. I can also deliver it hard, fast and straight, if that's what it takes.

Check out The Write Word - http://www.tombentley.com - it's the writing and editing business I’ve run out of my house for more than 10 years. There you can see my writing and editing services and a sampling of the hundreds of  freelance pieces I've published—ranging from first-person essays to travel pieces to more journalistic subjects—in newspapers, magazines, and online. 

My short story collection, Flowering and Other Stories, was published by AuthorMike Ink. It's available in print and as an ebook. Check out its info page here:

My novel, All Roads Are Circles, is available as an electronic download on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006L3G590

Now, back to scribbling...

Bragging rights
Invented formula for wax for Salvador Dali's moustache. Can bench-press stardust. Never have been late to an apocalylpse.
Education
  • S.F. State University
    M.A., Creative Writing