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Non-Fiction

Princess of Prose: Alethea Kontis

I was raised in a family of storytellers. And when I say that, I mean that we put most voice actors and stand-up comedians to shame. You only have as much time as everyone plans on sitting around the dinner table, and you only have the floor for as long as your voice carries over everyone else’s…so whatever you choose to impart to the group, it better be GOOD.

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Slash and Teh Magick Testicles of Perspicacity

Don Symons: Slash fiction is a kind of romance fiction that is written by and for heterosexual women …

Wrong.

Non-Fiction

Clarion West Write-a-thon Begins!

“We think that writers writing to raise money for Clarion West makes more sense than writers running a half-marathon to raise money for Clarion West,” says Development Director Kate Schaefer.

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Cautiously Expecting: On Creating Life and Fiction at Clarion

It’s a different sort of choice, though, from the one we’ve made before. Many of us would elect to remain forever in the blissful second trimester of our writing careers, proudly and publicly “expecting,” humming lullabies to an imaginary cherub without ever experiencing pain or disappointment

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The Odds of Odyssey

Some are unlucky at love. Me, I’m unlucky at learning. I dropped out of high school (once) and college (more times than I care to remember). I’ve never learned how to speak a foreign language, how to feel comfortable in a fancy restaurant, or how to do my taxes right. Hell, at the age of 37, I’ve still never learned how to drive stick.

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What We’re Up To: Partnering With Powell’s Books

One of the things we try to do is look to the future and so we’ve chosen to switch our book-selling affiliation to Powell’s Books, located in Portland, Oregon, where it occupies an entire city block.

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Terribly Fond of Syncretism: Jessica Lee

Ofelia may well be a psionic superhero leading a dual life, or a frightened young woman coping with her circumstances in a somewhat unorthodox manner, or both. I held the two scenarios in equal regard as I wrote this piece. I may also have been subconsciously influenced by my Doc Holliday historigeekery—namely Doc’s desperation to go out in a blaze of gunfire rather than be laid low by a wasting sickness.

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Top Ten Differences Between True Blood And Twilight

While I admire the way Robert Pattinson, who plays Edward Cullen, looks without a shirt, I also feel a little dirty and pedophiliac about that admiration in a way that doesn’t pop up when I’m ogling Ryan Kwanten, playing Sookie’s lusty brother Jason, strutting about in a pair of tight white briefs.

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Gamemastering NPCs: Part One

I like to visualize social skills as the equivalent of lockpicking skills for NPCs. Players should balance out their approach to a character by considering what skills of abilities they have that can help with the approach.

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Hide and Seek: How a Colour can Change a Game

Wouldn’t it be fascinating to study games from an alternative point of view? Well, I thought so anyway. Instead of looking at games from a broad perspective I supposed that studying an insanely tiny detail could produce interesting results. Not the graphics, not the shading, and not even the colour. No, one colour in particular: red.