Earlier today, I was stalling on Pinterest. I ran out of fresh pins on my home page, so I clicked the new option “Preview! Explore Interests” to see what that might yield. It turns out that Pinterest has analyzed my 2500+ pins and now has a really, really good idea of what I like. I […]
Some people (and characters) are afraid to take sides: they may not like confrontation, or they may want to keep their options open and hedge their bets rather than be caught on the losing team. (An excellent example is Corporal Nobby Nobbs in Terry Pratchett’s war satire Jingo; during a battle, the generals would gauge […]
Sometimes, the most brilliant ideas come from pairing concepts that seem to be totally unrelated. The best example I know is Firefly, Joss Whedon’s short-lived TV series that sparked a fierce and widespread fandom. The idea of a space western sounded ridiculous — but it worked, and was nothing short of amazing.
To give another, […]
This week, I’m looking to some of my favorite authors for inspiration. Here’s some interesting quotes to jump-start your creativity and get you writing your own story.
“‘Life is wasted on the living.’” Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
“‘Don’t put your trust in revolutions. They always come around […]
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