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Non-Analog Gaming: Bastion and men as automatic protagonists [SPOILER WARNING: This post deals with Bastion, an excellent action-RPG PC game available through Steam. Be warned that some pretty serious spoilers lie within; if you haven't played and are a fan of action-RPGs, I'd recommend picking up a copy and playing before coming back to this post. Bastion is easily the best action-RPG I've played since Kingdom Hearts.] I’ll admit, folks, that without a regular tabletop group, I play video games just as much as I play tabletop or board games these days. That “mostly” in the GAW tagline is something I asked for, because sometimes I play a good video game that just begs to be blogged about.

02 Know How to Write a Short Story I LOVED your golfing story. Read every word. You're a wonderful writer. (Peter Bowerman, the Well-Fed Writer) How To Write A Novel Using The Snowflake Method Writing a novel is easy. Writing a good novel is hard. That’s just life. If it were easy, we’d all be writing best-selling, prize-winning fiction. Frankly, there are a thousand different people out there who can tell you how to write a novel. There are a thousand different methods.

Sexual Dimorphism in World of Warcraft Game designer-in-training Andrea Rubenstein has just published a great article about fantasy bodies in MMOs, focusing in particular on sexual dimorphism in World of Warcraft. She points out the bizarre differences between male and females of nonhuman races, asking whether it makes any kind of sense that female Draenei would be so small in comparison to their male counterparts: The race with perhaps the starkest contrast between the sexes would be the Draenei. What stands out first about the sexes is that the male is massive: tall with unnaturally large muscles and equally large hooves. 12 Celebrated Novelists-Turned-Screenwriters And How They By The Playlist Staff | The Playlist October 24, 2013 at 2:10PM There was a time when everyone wore hats and screenwriting was a lot less respectable a specialization for a writer than it is today. Stories of “legitimate” authors and playwrights doing the “Barton Fink” and selling out to Hollywood were nearly as legion as the tales of their boorish mistreatment once there: the studios that commodified their creativity, the honchos who more or less paid for words by the pound, the seismic shift between being the author of a finished piece of work, however underappreciated, and being regarded as one pair of hands on an assembly line. It’s no wonder that for a while there, Hollywood became a bogeyman to authors and the adage that screenwriters were little more than failed novelists was born.

17 Famous Authors Who Didn't Major In Writing Jonathan Franzen developed an early interest in the sciences: his juvenilia includes a story about Greek mathematician Pythagoras and a play about Sir Isaac Newton lauded by his high school physics teacher. Later a prospective physics major himself, Franzen only took one English literature class during his first three years at Swarthmore College. Far from deterring his literary career, his scientific inclinations pushed it forward: a post-graduation job crunching data on seismic activity inspired his second novel, Strong Motion (1992), about a family disrupted by a series of unexpected earthquakes. Before he ever shook the literary scene, though, a physics-bound young Franzen was to change academic paths for purely non-academic reasons: “I’d landed in a nerdy situation,” he confessed in an interview with The Paris Review, “[plus] there were very few cute girls [at Swarthmore] and those few had no interest in me.”

Lost Humanity 15: Booth Babes I was disappointed not to make it to the Eurogamer Expo at the weekend there. By all accounts it was a great event, and it managed to distract people from the inevitability of death for a few days. I was having to enjoy the event vicariously, by stalking those people who did attend on Twitter and Facebook. Here's the thing, though. Something kept coming up. And it's a tricky thing to talk about on these pages, because... well, because I appreciate the platform Eurogamer has given me here.

20 Writing Tips from Fiction Authors Writing success boils down to hard work, imagination and passion—and then some more hard work. iUniverse Publishing fires up your creative spirit with 20 writing tips from 12 bestselling fiction authors. Use these tips as an inspirational guide—or better yet, print a copy to put on your desk, home office, refrigerator door, or somewhere else noticeable so you can be constantly reminded not to let your story ideas wither away by putting off your writing. Tip1: "My first rule was given to me by TH White, author of The Sword in the Stone and other Arthurian fantasies and was: Read. Read everything you can lay hands on.

I Don't Want My OKCupid Dates To Know I Like Video Games "Being unable to hold myself to normal human waking hours, for example, means I might find myself cruising OKCupid at 4am. But if you're checking me out at a similar time? Flags raised. What are you doing on OKCupid? Don't you have something better to do? 21 Harsh But Eye-Opening Writing Tips From Great Authors A lot of people think they can write or paint or draw or sing or make movies or what-have-you, but having an artistic temperament doth not make one an artist. Even the great writers of our time have tried and failed and failed some more. Vladimir Nabokov received a harsh rejection letter from Knopf upon submitting Lolita, which would later go on to sell fifty million copies. Sylvia Plath’s first rejection letter for The Bell Jar read, “There certainly isn’t enough genuine talent for us to take notice.”

Squidy Girl: "Fake" Nerd Girls, "Whores", and Sexism (Note: This is an open letter to Newsarama columnist and writer Dirk Manning, who earlier today posted this meme on his Facebook. I'm responding to that and the comments that followed.) Dear Dirk Manning, Aerogramme Writers' Studio23 Tips from Famous Writers for New and Emerging Authors “I have advice for people who want to write. I don’t care whether they’re 5 or 500. There are three things that are important: First, if you want to write, you need to keep an honest, unpublishable journal that nobody reads, nobody but you. Where you just put down what you think about life, what you think about things, what you think is fair and what you think is unfair.

Fanboy Rampage: Jennifer de Guzman Vs Dirk Manning Dirk Manning is a writer for Newsarama and he has also written for Bleeding Cool as well as having work published by Image Comics. And yesterday he shared the above meme on his Facebook page. Can you guess what happened next? He added the following in comments. However, it is a pet-peeve of mine when I see a fashion model (for example) slip on a pair of glasses, hold-up a comic book over her ta-tas and then try to say “Look at me!

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