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Drawing is the best way to learn, even if you’re no Leonardo da Vinci

“I just can’t draw.” It’s a refrain most adults say when confronted with a blank piece of paper. Something happens in our teenage years that makes most of us shy away from drawing, fretting that our draftsmanship skills aren’t up to par, and leaving it to the “artists” among us.<p>Spartan Holiday<p>But …

Leonardo Da Vinci

How to Adjust Your Writing Process and Embrace Your Writing Season

Writer’s anxiety is often caused by a belief that I MUST BE WRITING ALL THE THINGS ALL THE TIME. It simply isn’t true. Even those who write full time …

Stephen King

The Importance of Reading Like a Writer - Signature Reads

Learning how to read like a writer — to read receptively, parasitically, theftuously — is an important aptitude for a practitioner. I can’t think of many professional writers who don’t have this aptitude.<p>Writers won’t necessarily read to try to “understand” a story in the sense of figuring out …

Creative Writing

For Over 50 Years, a Strange Independent Micronation Has Existed Off The UK Coast

Welcome to Sealand.<p>You've more than likely heard of some of Europe's tiniest nations - countries like Malta, San Marino, and the Vatican City state …

North Sea

How to begin a figure drawing

Great figure drawings feel alive. One of an artist's greatest tools to communicate life in a drawing is gesture. It's the movement from one form to …

Drawing

Modern Sunni-Shia Tensions

Timeline<p>1979 – 2017<p>Iran’s Islamic revolution, which brought Shias to power in 1979, and the Sunni backlash have fueled a competition for regional …

Middle East

Volunteers re-enact World War I encampment in Verdun, France

VERDUN, France (AP) — Hundreds of volunteers from 18 countries have gathered in the northeastern French town of Verdun to keep alive the memory of those who fought under appalling conditions in World War I.<p>Re-enactors dressed in soldiers' uniforms brought to life a big military encampment in the …

World History

Opinion: Our Celtic identity might not be what we think it is

WHENEVER IRISHNESS IS discussed, the word “Celtic” comes to mind. Indeed, “Celtic” is often a synonym to describe things “Irish”. We label things as …

Ireland

Where to Write

<i>Written by Geary Smith</i><p>Several years ago, while vacationing with the family in Key West, Florida, I can remember looking up at the home of Ernest …

Creative Writing

Thousands of People Live in These Ancient Spanish Caves

Culture & Exploration<p>The Sacromonte and Guadix caves in Granada have been occupied for centuries. See what life there is like today.<p>Caves have long provided shelter for people around the globe. In south Spain, the rocky formations first served as a sanctuary from wild storms and predatory animals. …

Granada

Russia takes a new look at an old enemy: Genghis Khan

Mukhorshibirsky District, Russia<p>In the south of Buryatia, near the present-day border with Mongolia, there is a mountain-sized rock outcropping known …

Genghis Khan

Photos of Abandoned Russia

Across the vastness of Russia—the world’s largest country, at some 6.6 million square miles—and over the span of its long history, countless houses, factories, churches, villages, military bases, and other structures have been built and then left behind: imperial-era palaces, log cabins of pioneers …

Jordan's Ancient Ruins, Desert Landscapes, and Starry Skies

<i>Join us in a vibrant country with stark landscapes and dramatic ruins, exploring magnificent Petra, floating in the Dead Sea, riding a camel across</i> …

16 Epic Places in Germany Even Germans Don't Know About

Whether or not most people realize it, Germany is a country filled with spellbinding scenery and marvelous historical buildings, towns, and villages. …

Castles

Discover Europe's Secret Villages

TravelTraveler Magazine<p>These surprising hamlets are shrouded in mystery, steeped in history, and blissfully off the beaten path.<p>When I was four, we lived in a Midwestern suburb of flat ranch houses and straight lines. The only whiff of magic languished at the local, storybook-themed miniature golf …

Writing Isn’t Even, Like, That Hard

It Comes Down to Three Simple StepsI tend to overthink things. A lot.When I first started writing three years ago, I suffered from extreme paralysis …

The Russian Family That Cut Itself Off From Civilization for More Than 40 Years

In 1978, four geologists were surveying for potential iron ore from a helicopter hovering above the mineral-rich, but ultimately uninhabitable, taiga …

Immune System

A handful of recent discoveries has transformed our entire understanding of human history

Recent discoveries have revealed that much of the traditional understanding of the human origin story is wrong.<p>Until the past few years, most anthropologists and archaeologists believed that the first members of our species — <i>Homo sapiens</i>— evolved in East Africa approximately 200,000 years ago.<p>As …

Lost Ambition: Taiwan's Millennials Drown in Despair

A grand tour of Jieru You’s life takes all of five seconds. Stool. Window. Bed. He logs long hours working at a nearby pharmacy inside the congested …

Central Europe is a lesson to liberals: don’t be anti-nationalist | Ivan Krastev

The breakup of Yugoslavia fed the belief that flag-waving leads to bloodshed. But this eroded support for the centre ground and fuelled ethnic-based intolerance<p>‘I’ve only ever been afraid of signs and symbols, never of people and things,” wrote the Romanian novelist Mihail Sebastian at the start of …

Europe

Poison-Laden Books From The 16th And 17th Centuries Discovered In University Library

'One wouldn’t expect a book to contain a poisonous substance. But it might,' says Kaare Lund Rasmussen, the professor who made the discovery.<p>The …

South Korea’s Enduring Racism

SEOUL, South Korea — Hundreds of desperate Yemenis fleeing civil war — more than 550 — arrived on the South Korean island of Jeju and applied for asylum between January and May. In response, more than half a million South Koreans have petitioned President Moon Jae-in to turn away all refugees. …

Mysterious ancient civilization left signs across vast desert

People don’t tend to spend days traveling through the desert if they can help it.<p>Which could be why most people outside Saudi Arabia have never heard …

How eye disorders may have influenced the work of famous painters

Vision is an important tool when creating a painted artwork. Vision is used to survey a scene, guide the artist’s movements over the canvas and …

The Dreaded Rewrite

You pick up your manuscript after the self-imposed wait period and notice plot holes that need fixing, a scene that would fit better elsewhere, or …

Unique

The secrets of a diary written on castle floorboards

<b>A hidden diary written by a carpenter on the floorboards of a French Alpine chateau provides a rare insight into the private lives of villagers in the late 19th Century, writes Hugh Schofield.</b><p>When the new owners of the chateau of Picomtal decided to renovate the parquet in some of their upstairs …

An Intense Animation That Imagines What Might Have Happened During the Last 48 Hours of Pompeii

In 2009, the Australian digital animation studio Zero One created “A Day in Pompeii“, an incredibly intense visualization that recreated what may …

Pompeii

Meet Supercontinent Pangaea Proxima—in 250 Million Years

Magazine<p>Our maps show how Earth's mountains collide and oceans swirl as a new landmass takes shape.<p>The continents are in constant motion: Tectonic plates crash together and break apart, creating new crust while old crust is pulled below the surface. The process shrinks and widens oceans, uplifts …

This Maya Village Was Frozen in Time by a Volcano

<i>Under the thatched roof of a squat adobe house, Maya families eat their evening meal — dishes of bright yellow corn, beans and a root vegetable</i> …

This movie about a 1300-year-old family business is the most sublime thing you'll see today

Built in 718 AD, Hōshi is the second oldest ryokan (hotel or inn) in the world and, with 46 consecutive generations of the same family running it, is …

Family Business