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You Can Learn Story from the HGTV Network

<b>The Sequential Nature of a Story…</b>Sounds like a well-duh, but so many writers are stuck in that problem. And that makes writing so much harder to do …

This gorgeous app will find the right subtitles for any movie or show

Few things infuriate me as easily as having picked the wrong subtitles for a movie – and finding the right ones could often be a malware-ridden hassle. But this gorgeous app turns this frustrating process into a child’s play.<p>Built by Dutch developer Giel Cobben, Caption is a nifty app for desktop …

Apps

Alpha Footage for MMORPG 'Ashes of Creation' is Stunning

Ashes of Creation Looks Really, Really, Ridiculously Good Looking<p>You’d be forgiven for not knowing about upcoming MMORPG <i>Ashes of Creation</i> from …

20 Essential Travel Tips for Gamers Going to Tokyo (Game Show) - Playstation 4

If you grew up playing video games, chances are you feel some kind of connection to Japan. So many of the iconic games we all played – and the …

Hollywood targets gamers with slew of video game movies

For the vaguely nerdy at heart, this is a very good year. A bevy of comic books movies are coming to a cinema near you, as are some YA big-hitters, …

More than manga: what I learned from the human stories of Yoshihiro Tatsumi

Years ago, as a naive 21-year-old stacking shelves in a branch of a now-defunct chain of bookshops, I was drawn to the heavy, black cloth binding of a book containing what appeared to be a serious collection of manga, with stately Japanese characters marching down the spine. It didn’t have much in …

Graphic Novels

Harlan Coben: 'Every successful author still has to treat it as a job'

“I’m in a self-hatred mode right now, actually,” the New York Times-bestselling author Harlan Coben tells me on the phone. “I’m writing a little slower than I want to be writing.”<p>It’s odd to hear this from a man whose biography is studded with the kind of numbers that torture the more penurious …

Books

JK Rowling Had A Brilliant Response To Fan Who Said She 'Can't See' Dumbledore Being Gay

Brilliant.<p>A "Harry Potter" fan recently took to Twitter to thank JK Rowling for writing the magical series and to ask why Dumbledore is gay, writing: "Thank you so much for writing Harry Potter. I wonder why you said that Dumbledore is a gay because I can’t see him in that way.”<p>Rowling had the …

41 Invaluable Lessons Books Taught Us About Life

"Books will always be there for you."<p>2. From <i>Exit to Eden</i> by Anne Rice:<p>"Like what you like, love who you love, and understand that being different doesn't make you undeserving or incapable of love."<p>Suggested by Krysti L. S., via Facebook<p>3. From <i>Slaughterhouse-Five</i> by Kurt Vonnegut:<p>"Accept that things …

That Way We’re All Writing Now

You’ve likely seen this style of writing all over the place — on Tumblr, Twitter, Snapchat, Yik Yak, or anywhere that people communicate in writing. …

Language

SHORT IS THE NEW LONG - article by Anne R. Allen

Do you read or write short stories?<p>Author and highly respected blogger, Anne R. Allen, has published an excellent article on <b>the re-emergence and</b> …

How to Write a Prize-Worthy Short Story: A Step-by-Step Guide

by Editor Jodie Renner<p>Writing short stories is a great way to test the waters of fiction without making a huge commitment, or to experiment with …

Publishizer Is A Crowdfunding Solution That Connects Authors With Publishers

As a seasoned self-published author with an excess of one book under my belt, I’ve been looking for new and interesting publishing tools for indie writers. Recently I found something called Publishizer, a crowdfunding system just for books. While I’m not entirely convinced it’s the way to go for …

Star Wars gets its first official LGBT character added to canon

The Star Wars universe is getting its first LGBT character added to the official canon with the release of author Paul S. Kemp's upcoming novel <i>Lords of the Sith</i>, Big Shiny Robot reports.<p>The character, known as Moff Mors, is described by the website as "an Imperial who has made some very serious …

Meerkat is a little app that's turning live video into a big deal again

It's a sensation on Twitter. Can it last?<p>After a year and a half working on his video startup, Yevvo, Ben Rubin had started to think about pulling the plug. The app had been conceived as a way of letting you share live video with your friends, but soon accrued a set of arguably useless features: …

Jerk cats, furniture assembly, subway systems: How gaming is making the mundane fun

As video games continue to soak into all aspects of modern society, often eyes are on how some form of gaming is become a sort of high culture: interesting, sometimes bizarre, often provocative interactions that delve into things like post-traumatic stress disorder, amputation and food as …

Georgia Tech

Ubisoft Accidentally Leaks The Title Of An Upcoming ‘Assassin’s Creed’ Game

Game publishers tend to run a relatively tight ship when it comes to spoilers leaking out, but slip-ups are inevitable. And one of them seems to have revealed a new <i>Assassin’s Creed</i> title on the way.<p>As part of Ubisoft’s PDF of a recruitment brochure, you can see some smiling developers as they do… …

Watch The New 'Bloodborne' Story Trailer

<i>And so the hunt begins again.</i><p>So says the mysterious woman’s voice at the end of a brand new <i>Bloodborne</i> trailer, which is dubbed a “story” trailer but is plenty opaque in the style of all From Software games.<p>We glimpse the hunters in their nightly hunt. Various characters give us scraps of dialogue. …

PS4's game-sharing feature used to delete a kid's 'Destiny' characters

The very conceit of PlayStation 4's Share Play feature is futuristic as all get-out, but it has a dark side too. Take 5th grader Henry Kramer's recent <i>Destiny</i> woes for example. After virtually passing his DualShock 4 to another player to access a glitch that Kramer hoped would quickly boost his …

High Level

11 Google apps you probably didn’t know existed

Google introduced a brand new standalone app called YouTube Kids today, initially available in the U.S. only, which is its first product “built from the ground up with little ones in mind,” according to the Internet giant.<p>From Maps and Gmail to Translate and YouTube, Google already offers a myriad …

Why are so many adults reading YA and teen fiction?

It’s not a secret that books written for children, teens and young adults (YAs) often sell far more copies than even the most popular adult reads. Although a relatively new market, having only really fully developed over the past 50 years, the children’s book industry has grown astronomically to …

Books

Shadow Of Mordor players have killed 5.65 billion Uruks so far

Monolith Productions, the developer behind <i>Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor</i>, has released an infograph detailing every act of violence to take place in the game since its September launch.<p>According to the studio, players have killed a whopping 5.65 billion Uruks across 74.6 million hours of gameplay. …

Gameplay

Crowfall is an MMO that mixes Game of Thrones with Eve Online

A trio of MMO veterans is pulling together a game in which strategy, not grinding, is paramount.<p>Todd Coleman likes to tell a story that, he says, illustrates how his MMO <i>Crowfall</i> differs from most multiplayer worlds.<p>"Imagine you visit your family, once a year for Thanksgiving," he says. "And, every …

Game of Thrones

This is why paid DLC is here to stay

Wall Street's favored news outlets are in a joyful lather today, following Electronic Arts' most recent financial statement.<p>The company did better than expected for its third quarter revenues and profits, with chief financial bigwig Blake Jorgensen explaining that "our revenue keeps going up and …

Wall Street

The Reason To Be Cheerful About HoloLens

<i>Editor’s note: Tadhg Kelly is a games industry consultant, freelance designer and the creator of leading design blog What Games Are. You can follow him on Twitter here.</i><p>The question I’m always asking of any invention in the games-tech space is “can I see it being used every day?”. Or is it slight, a …

The next episode of MythBusters takes on Doom

The next episode of Discovery Channel's <i>MythBusters</i> — the show in which rumors, urban legends and myths are tested with a scientific approach — will explore an aspect of video games that most first-person shooter fans take for granted. The question the show will attempt to answer is: "Is it possible …

Does the PS4 Need a Price Drop? - Podcast Beyond - IGN Video

The crew of Beyond speculates on whether or not Sony needs to cut the price of PS4 in response to Microsoft's price cut of Xbox One.

21 Fast Hacks to Fuel Your Story With Suspense

Occasionally I talk to school children about writing. I begin by asking them how many sheets of paper it takes to write a novel. They guess, and …

Creative Writing

On Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe was and is a turbulence, an anomaly among the major American writers of his period, an anomaly to this day. He both amazed and …