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The Novelist: A Videogame About Writing

If you play just one video game before the onset of NaNoWriMo, I’d advise you make it this one. The Novelist is a first person game where you observe a typical family and have the strange ability to manipulate the choices of the father. He’s an author looking to finish his second novel, the entire…

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NaNoWriMo Productivity Apps and Pomodoro

If anyone’s got issues with productivity during NaNoWriMo, it’s me. And if you are also someone who has issues with keeping focus then it’s great to know that there’s an array of software options to rein in bad behaviour. Well, if you let it. Here are some of my personal recommendations for NaNoWriMo writers who…

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The Geekiest Art Imaginable: Decorating with Warhammer Rulebooks

Geek culture is closer to being mainstream than ever before, with huge stores across the UK proudly stocking vintage comic book posters and animated movie shots. But I’m pretty certain there’s one geeky pastime that will never go mainstream: tabletop strategy boardgames. Warhammer, Mordheim, recreating historical battles and/or regiments, these are all hardcore gaming activities…

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Three “Getting Over You” Songs Who’s Lyrics Tell The Opposite Story

It often strikes me that music is the poetry of our age. Passed around to communicate shared experiences, music can easily encapsulate emotion and that’s part of what makes it so popular. Just like sonnets and other poems, love and relationships are still subjected to the most intense scrutiny. And, just like poetry of the…

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Fantasy Humanoids in Evolution: Elves

Fantasy humanoids are a massive part of the fantasy genre, fulfilling a niche of not-quite-human that we can both relate to, and keep distant enough to enjoy the fantastical worlds they reside in. From haughty elves to lumbering ogres (or the more animalistic were-creatures) these humanoids vary in size, shape and culture. Some stories provide…

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Grammarly: Sort Your Grammar Out!

There is nothing more embarrassing than getting your thoughts and ideas in order, only to discover that a few slipped digits have resulted in typos and misspellings. Though there is nothing more human than mistakes when editing your own work, many of us suffer from a small amount of hypocrisy on this topic: we judge…