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So, you’ve decided to write a story. Whether it’s for a short story, a novel, or your excuse to your boss about why you were late last week, every story must have a beginning. Look at any of your favorite books, movies, or TV shows. It’s almost a sure shot that it has a beginning and while every story starts off one way or another, a good writer knows how to grip the audience from the first line.

After reading a lot over the last week, I have decided to compile a list of five different ways that writers can…


A look at the upcoming immersive point-and-click adventure

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One of the scenes found in-game

Imagine being trapped between life and death. Surrounded by colorful and poignant objects and places. You don’t know how you got there but you know that you must push forward to discover how it is that you died. While alone, you are surrounded by secrets that could be the key to unlocking the whole mystery.

This is the plot of ‘The Almost Gone’ a new point-and-click adventure game developed by Happy Volcano. This melancholy tale throws the player into a beautiful world made up of isometric facades and suburban scenes that hide dark secrets beneath their whimsical appearance.


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It is the 1996 in the morning, you rush down to the living room still in your pajama’s. You turn on the light, sit cross-legged in front of the CRT TV and flip the switch on your Super Nintendo. Greeted by that all too familiar red Nintendo logo, your screen is awash in pixels that light up the room and put a smile on your face.

This familiar scene may bring back some nostalgia you didn’t even know you had but I believe that this is just one small reason why so many love and still appreciate pixel art, years…


An early look at the new mobile game ‘The Farm: Sassy Princess’

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A view of The Farm’s in-game world.

Who would have thought that farm games would have become so popular among casual and mobile gamers. While we certainly didn’t expect chores to become a fun pastime, Farmville proved us wrong.

Today, Farm games are still blowing up in the mobile gaming space, occupied by popular titles like Hay Day and Farmville’s sequel. So, it’s no surprise that another farm game is coming to stake its claim in the hands of casual gamers. The Farm: Sassy Princess is an upcoming title that will strike familiarly for those that grew up playing the Harvest Moon games.


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A stack of newspapers

There is statistically more bad news in the media than there is good news. With a simple search on Google Trend’s, Google’s proprietary trend indexing program, users will find that words like death, terrorism and murder out-compete search terms such as alive, saved, or won.

Many assume the world is just becoming a cesspool for crime and discontentment, but is it our overarching access to constant media that is drawing our attention to the negative stories that readers and viewers like to indulge in? In short, yes.

With full-fledged mini computers in our hands constantly connected, we read more news…


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Man covers his face with his palm, seemingly distressed.

In a new study published by the Medical University of South Carolina, researchers found that “burnout” may be more linked to depression than previously thought.

In an article published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, researchers look at the link between burnout and depressive symptoms in medical interns.

Authored by Constance Guille, M.D., and Lisa Rotenstein, M.D., among others, the article helped correct long-held misconceptions about burnout and depression and their relationship to one another.

“There is a long-standing thought that burnout is associated with workplace factors and that depressive symptoms are associated with workplace factors but also heavily…


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Research finds connections in brain leading to stress reaction

According to new findings from Yale University, a team of researchers have finally determined where stress lives in the brain. A finding that could potentially save millions in the fight for those that suffer from debilitating anxiety and depression. The findings were published in Nature Communications journal on May 27.

When researching brain scans of those faced with troubling images such as dirty toilets, snarling dogs, or mutilated faces, scientists were able to find a network of neural connections emanating from the hippocampus — the part of the brain responsible for motivation, emotion, and memory.

While stress in animals has…


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Avatar: The Last Airbender is truly one of the most iconic, beautifully animated and written series that exists today. It is both comedic, honest, and tragic and focuses on character development, mental illness, handicaps, and the overall effects of world war on a world suffering both mass genocide, corruption, and overall tragedy.

Avatar: The Last Airbender was recently released on Netflix and the show has gained immeasurable traction among both old and new fans. The show was originally released in 2005 on Nickelodeon where it was met with great reviews from fans and critics alike for its art, story, and…


How I escaped abuse and weathered the storms of life

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My life has not been easy. I was dealt a bad deck of cards from early childhood, a deck of cards that I am still facing the consequences of to this day and will be for quite a while. I have been on top of the world and I have been to the lowest that a human can be. However, despite all of this, I have decided to keep on living and to use my storms to help others navigate their way out of similar situations. …


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This is it, the beginning of something new (and no I’m not talking High School Musical). This publication is going to be many things to many people. To me, it is a place to recount what I have learned in my journey to becoming a coder. To others, let it serve as whatever you need it to be. If you like the content and you learn something along with me, then it has served its purpose.

Along this journey, you’ll see what programs I have managed to create, websites that I’ve shuffled together, and you will see failures. I’m okay…

Colin Schwager

Lead writer and owner of TEKNIK and The Fireside Company. Featured writer on Medium. Creative thinker and innovator. Aspiring web developer.

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