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Creativity Boosting & Inspiration, Hobbies, Board Games & Lego, Writing Tips & Career Advice

You Don’t Have to Monetize Every Skill

In today’s culture, in America especially, there is a pressure to monetize every single skill that you possess. It doesn’t matter what it is… It could be something utterly obscure like yak raising. But dammit, if you raise yaks you’d better be making money off of them. It doesn’t matter if you simply want to …

Hobbies, Board Games & Lego, Random Generalizations & Observations

Not Every Girl Aspires to Geekdom

Geek painting

Ever since I stepped into the Lego gender war by openly admitting my love for the Friends line of products and embracing those elements in my own builds, I’ve been fascinated by the controversy these little bricks have engendered. I spend an inordinate amount of time reading articles about the pink ghetto and the unequal treatment …

Benefits of Play, Writing Tips & Career Advice

Turning Research Into Play

Research play

When you say the word “Research” to many writers (particularly writers of fiction), you’ll get a moan or an eye roll. For many, research is the least pleasant part of writing. Many writers would rather get on to the fun stuff of stringing words together and creating worlds than dwell on pesky things like geography, …

Creativity Boosting & Inspiration, Productivity & Time Management, Writing Tips & Career Advice

Where Do Ideas Come From?

Ideas

Many writers, myself included, are frequently asked where we get our ideas. “I’d write, but I just can’t come up with anything,” is a common refrain we hear from non-writers. Getting ideas isn’t as difficult or mystical as many make it out to be. It’s not a matter of being struck by lightning or having …