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So you’re a writer, right? Ever since you were a kid, you felt a real draw towards the written word. When other friends took up music or visual art, you were scribbling away in some notebook or computer. Your whole life, you’ve identified as “a writer.” There’s only one problem, writing is hard. The actual act of sitting down and doing it is so antithetical to the kind of life we live anymore. Actually sitting down and writing takes focus, patience, and consistency. Not to disparage the social media age, but these are not qualities in wide supply in the…


So you’re thinking of playing D&D for the first time…

The public perception of Dungeons and Dragons has changed immensely since its inception. Once the realm of sweaty weirdos in basements and terrifying nightmare fodder for evangelicals, it has seen increasing mainstream acceptance in recent years. Nowadays, it has developed into one of the most welcoming and open-hearted communities around, a few gate-keeping holdouts aside. Perhaps you have some friends who play, or someone who was talking about it at work and a vague sense of curiosity came over you. …

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