Video: How James Cameron Changed Ripley, a look at the differences in Ripley’s feminimity between Alien and Aliens

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A video about the power of ambiguity in storytelling via The Last of Us

WARNING: Spoilers plenty

Joel Did Nothing Wrong - The Importance Of Ambiguity

Journaling doesn’t work for me; it ends up a mundane retelling of the day’s events with no flavor.

For last night’s entry, I took a real event from the day and fictionalized it a bit for a vignette/short story. I might have found a new journaling practice.

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Yesterday I received the extra fine nib for my Lamy Safari. I’m in love.

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Does anyone have any recommendations for fountain pen-friendly thank you notes?

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“Waffle House Blues”, a short story from MOSFET Magazine

This has me thinking about the time Anthony Bourdain waxed poetic about Waffle House.

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A New Story, a short story, by Mosfet Magazine:

“The red hatchback was loaded with everything she would need for the trip: A suitcase of clothes, a few boxes of books, cooler of food, laptop and chargers, ammo and shotgun.”

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Confession: I once wrote an instruction manual for using a chimney starter for a technical writing class, but I almost always have problems starting my fire with a chimney starter.

I am a fraud.

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If you’re looking to brush up on your writing skills, I recommend Writing and Editing: Word Choice and Word Order on Coursera. Patrick Barry gets writing on multiple levels.

Video: What makes a word “real”?

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Alliteration + The Rule of Three = Awesome

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I recently learned “The Animal Farm Principle” for productivity:

All hours are equal, but some hours are more equal than others.

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A short video explaining why words matter

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Passive Resistance - A short article in which Steven Pinker argues that passive voice ain’t all bad

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Check out Good with Words on Coursera if you’re looking for a class to help you brush up on your writing. Patrick Barry is the kind of professor I wish I had taken in college.

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Today is not National Punctuation Day, but a writing class introduced me to this article I thought worth sharing: Writers’ Favorite Punctuation Marks.

(For the record, I love me some em dashes.)

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