Damian Mah

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Making a Great Villain Part 3 of 3 – the Character Villain

Self-portrait by RavenMedia<p>A hero is only as good as the villains they fight – but what makes a Villain great? It’s not exactly an easy question to …

Making a Great Villain Part 2 of 3 – The Combat Monster

Think about that for a minute. It’s a recipe for round after round of <i>“Roll to hit. You do damage. Roll Damage. It’s not enough. He rolls to hit. He</i> …

Board Games

Making a Great Villain Part 1 of 3 – The Mastermind

A hero is only as good as the villains they fight – but what makes a Villain great? It’s not exactly an easy question to answer, is it? I have three …

Meet The Real World Designers Behind The Fictional Video Games Of 'Her'

We chat with the two men responsible for the film's life-like gaming sequences.<p>While Spike Jonze's recent film <i>Her</i> imagined many possibilities about the near-future, one of the subtler prophetic aspects of his love story hypothesized the next-frontier of video games, including interactive characters …

Making Platforming Games

<b>Making Platforming Games</b><br>I’ve had quite a bit of interest from people wanting to hear some advice on making side scrolling platforming games... So …

Finishing a Game

Collect Raindrops: The Rhythm of the Seasons, in Gorgeous Cut-Paper Illustrations

There is something enormously enchanting about exploring the seasonability of life — of human life, of all life — in visual narratives, from French graphic artist Blexbolex’s thoughtful <i>Seasons</i> to Italian illustrator Alessandro Sanna’s <i>The River</i>, one of the most breathtaking books I’ve ever seen. In</b> …

Larry and Friends: An Illustrated Ode to Immigration, Diversity, Otherness, and Kindness

Much has been said about the lack of diversity in children’s books. But these discussions — as most conversations about diversity — have been largely co-opted by questions of race, overlooking other elements of diversity, such as nationality and native language. This is particularly perplexing in …

John Vernon Lord’s Whimsical Illustrations for James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake

The history of artistic takes on literary classics is long and colorful. There are William Blake’s paintings for Milton’s <i>Paradise Lost</i> and for Dante’s <i>Divine Comedy</i>, Picasso’s drawings for a naughty ancient Greek comedy, Matisse’s etchings for <i>Ulysses</i>, and Salvador Dalí’s prolific illustrations for</i> …

Grit and the Secret of Success

<i>“Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work,”</i> Chuck Close scoffed. <i>“A self-respecting artist must not fold his hands on the pretext that he is not in the mood,”</i> Tchaikovsky admonished. <i>“Show up, show up, show up, and after a while the muse shows up, too,”</i> Isabel Allende …

Neurocomic: A Graphic Novel About How the Brain Works

Scientists are only just beginning to understand how the brain works — from what transpires in it while we sleep to how to optimize its memory to what love does to it to how music affects it — and the rest of us fall somewhere on the spectrum between fascinated and confused when it comes to the …

The Science of Humor and the Humor of Science: A Brilliant 1969 Reflection on Laughter as Self-Defense Against Automation

What, exactly, makes a joke funny? How does an intelligent joke remain a joke without diluting the intellectual and remain intelligent without compromising the funny? From the altogether fantastic 1973 volume <b>A Random Walk in Science</b> (<i>public library</i>) — a compendium of comments, both lighthearted and …

50 Websites Every Author Should Bookmark in 2014

• Buffer<p>We’re at the end of 2013 already. Can you believe it? Throughout this year, we’ve done the hard work (so you wouldn’t have to) of bookmarking …

How to Write Descriptive Passages Without Boring the Reader or Yourself

Creative Writing

How Our Minds Mislead Us: The Marvels and Flaws of Our Intuition

Every year, intellectual impresario and <i>Edge</i> editor <b>John Brockman</b> summons some of our era’s greatest thinkers and unleashes them on one provocative question, whether it’s the single most elegant theory of how the world works or the best way to enhance our cognitive toolkit. This year, he sets out on …

How to Break Through Your Creative Block: Strategies from 90 of Today’s Most Exciting Creators

What extraordinary energy we expend, as a culture and a civilization, on trying to understand where good ideas come from, how creativity works, its secrets, its origins, its mechanisms, and the five-step action plan for coaxing it into manifestation. And little compares to the anguish that comes …

10 Books to Help You Polish Your English & Writing Skills

Whether you’re learning English as an additional language or you’re aiming to hone your writing skills, there are countless books out there that …

Overcome Writing Failure With a Personalized Writing Plan by Lorraine Reguly

by Lorraine Reguly (@lorrainereguly)<p>Well, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) has come and gone for another year. That means there are likely to …

How to Improve Your Descriptive Writing

by Monica M. Clark<i>This post was originally published Dec 2, 2013 and has been updated.</i>In New York for Thanksgiving, I took a stroll through SoHo and …

How to write better in one surprisingly simple step

What do you think is the secret to improving your writing?<p>Getting a better grasp of grammar?<p>Developing a keener eye for jargon?<p>Gaining a deeper …

How to Develop Your Creative Writing Process

What is your creative writing process?What steps do you take to get a <b>creative writing</b> project completed? Is your method sheer madness?One day, many …

The Self Illusion: How Our Social Brain Constructs Who We Are

We’ve already seen that the notions of stable character and fixed personality are a myth. And yet, our culture is wired for labels and checkboxes, eager to neatly file people away into categorical cabinets and thrown into furor over the slightest inkling of multiplicity. Take, for instance, Howard …

The Pulp Fiction Archive: The Cheap, Thrilling Stories That Entertained a Generation of Readers (1896-1946)

For the first half of the twentieth century, pulp magazines were a quintessential form of American entertainment. Printed on cheap, wood pulp paper, …

Why Everyone Should Read More Science Fiction

Science fiction is a genre long-dismissed by many as "for nerds," conjuring up the image of a glasses-wearing, pasty-faced, video-game-playing introvert. (Not that there's anything wrong with that. Between us, we've got those categories nailed.) Some think of pulpy movies from the 1960s, featuring …

Young-Adult Fiction

The Nightmare of a New Novel

A sense of incipient dread spreads though me when I first sit down to begin a new novel. No matter how many times I've done it before, the initial reaction is the same: where will this go? Will the attempt lead me to a dead end from which I can't be extricated?<p>Perhaps it's a crisis in confidence, …

Writer's Block