Learn linking, formatting, tags, SEO, and more for Medium

A good friend started writing here right around the time that I did and it made me realize something. Medium has a gorgeous, clean interface that is great for readers. But, it can be pretty confusing for new writers.

While I was new to Medium, I’d been working in online…


I write about food, history, travel, and freelancing.

Hi folks, I’m Lara.

I’ve been a freelancer of one stripe or another for most of my adult life. These days, the bulk of my living comes from writing. I’m a pretty flexible generalist who does everything from ghostwritten business books to web content to paranormal romance novellas.

I love…


Quick, easy things you can do right now

All of us find ourselves at a creative loss now and then. The Wednesday Why Nots is a list of things you can do to keep yourself curious, moving, active, and entertained. Got a suggestion? Leave it as a comment and I’ll add it to a future Why Not. …


Quick tips and inspirations to help you publish more, save some time, and open up some new possibilities.

All of us find ourselves at a creative loss now and then. The Wednesday Why Nots is a list of things you can do to keep yourself curious, moving, active, and entertained. Got a suggestion? Leave it as a comment and I’ll add it to a future Why Not. …


Lionfish are killing the reefs. Restaurants are fighting back

No one is sure how lionfish first wound up in Florida waters. One theory is that amateur aquarium owners released them. Others say they escaped from tanks during a hurricane in the 80s.

Wherever they came from, they found an easily exploitable home once they landed in our area’s tropical…


Small suggestions and inspirations to liven things up.

All of us find ourselves at a creative loss now and then. The Wednesday Why Nots is a list of things you can do to keep yourself curious, moving, active, and entertained. Got a suggestion? Leave it as a comment and I’ll add it to a future Why Not. …


Hate yourself every time you throw food away? These tips can help.

I just did it again. I went through my fridge and threw away nearly a quarter of what I found in it.

Now, I do not have a big fridge. Living on a boat, I make do with one about the size of a small cooler.

But, during a week…


How to incorporate canned foods into nutritious, healthy, delicious meals

Whenever people talk about green eating, eating “clean,” or the like, there’s nearly always a condemnation of food that comes in cans. This is a pity, because canning, as a technology, was world-changing. …


You don’t need to spend money on a coworking space

Working from home doesn’t always mean “home.” Sometimes, it can be hard to switch gears from stuff that needs doing around the house to the writing you want to accomplish. Sometimes, other people are around and just too distracting. …

Lara Manetta

Writer, reader, sailor.

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