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What I Learned Doing Something I Hated

The other night, I made a bad decision.

I let my partner put a pair of clippers to my hair. …


#2: Don’t keep an “event journal”

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I’ve been journaling on and off for over 10 years now and I’ve developed a variety of strategies to make my journaling more effective. Turns out, there is a wrong way to do it. …


And how to succeed without it.

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Last January, my friends and I all started working out and dieting around the same time.

We were excited about getting in shape, imaging the opportunities that swimsuit season would provide once we had lost the fluff and toned our six-packs. The more advanced “worker-outers” committed to tackling P90X: a…


You have your whole life ahead of you

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Last week my Italian professor assigned the movie “Tutta la vita davanti” which roughly translates to “You’re Whole Life Ahead of You.” …


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And one bad one.

Why do we love reading and writing fantasy? Many might answer that they love the magic, or the elves, or the dragons. But these things are actually all one and the same: they’re tropes.

A trope is not necessarily a bad thing, though it is often accompanied by a negative…


Handpicked tactics for the warrior novelist

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I like to think of writing in the same way that many ancient people thought about war.

Writing, then, is a noble thing. It is a courageous thing. It can also be a dangerous and frightening thing. Sometimes you will meet fools, and sometimes you will meet heroes. There are…


Here’s the harsh truth.

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Here’s the harsh truth: life is full of regrets.

If you don’t have them, you’re probably too obtuse to realize you do. Or too sheltered to have had the chance to mess your life up a little. Or you’re some sort of God. In which case, congratulations.

Coming to the…


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How I learned to stop messing around, take writing seriously, and start outlining my work.

In English class I always outlined my essays before writing.

If I didn’t, I got incomprehensible mush. If I did — well I could spit those babies out in an hour or less. Make that keyboard sing, sister.

I had it all down to an exact science and became very…


Unlikely tips for story crafting from the fantasy tabletop role-playing game.

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It has fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles…

No, it’s not The Princess Bride — it’s Dungeons and Dragons.

And it has more than just all that.

It also has map-making, world building, adventuring, story telling, character creation, improvisation, and acting.

And those are all…


And it’s not easy.

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I’m the kind of person who really values space — physically, mentally, and emotionally.

As soon as I moved out of my parent’s house and into college I felt an immediate, palpable sense of relief. I was alone, finally.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate other people. I love…

G.A. Castleberry

On writing, reading, living, and other dangerous businesses.

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