OPINION: "You've booked us on a health retreat?" I couldn't believe my then-partner had done this without consulting me. Oh, hang on, he had - during a boozy night out - and I'd conveniently erased it from my mind. A few days later we were leaving London for a country house in Suffolk where we were to spend three days of juicing and calming meditation. How I sulked about the lack of a bar and having to sleep on the floor in a communal hall with snoring strangers.
As I writer I find that no two days are the same - which is why I love what I do. But when I have a deadline looming, there’s nothing else for it but to knuckle down and get on with the job…6 am Alarm pings. When I was younger I used to work into the wee small hours - until 3 am sometimes. Now, I realise that’s counter-productive, and anything I write in the middle of the night will be tosh. In fact, I’ve turned into one of those types I used to find so bizarre - a morning person.
14) Do admire their garden - but don’t say, ‘That’s a lovely big bush you have, Margaret. How do you keep it looking so lush?’15) And don’t even think about smoking out there. 16) Don’t take personal comments personally. They are probably as on edge as you are, and a jovial remark such as, ‘Gosh, you’re a big girl!’ was probably only meant in fun. Probably…17) Do offer to pick up the tab. This is not the time for bill-splitting, or reminding them that you didn’t have a starter.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".