Can Stress Make Us More Creative? Writing, Art, And Combat Veterans…

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I was recently watching this Ted Talk titled “How Frustration Can Make Us More Creative”and the talk is basically about exactly what the title describes: How frustration, those hair-pulling moments, can actually lead us to some of our greatest moments of creativity. This got me thinking about combat veterans and why I’m seeing so many of them turn to the …

Thought for the Day – Mary Louise Roberts (sex & war)

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“During their time in France, the GIs bought an extraordinary amount of sex. Prostitution became a widespread phenomenon during the years 1944-45 because sex was the one good not available at the local military store.” – Mary Louise Roberts  This quote is from Mary Louise Roberts’ book, What Soldier’s Do: Sex and the American GI in World War II France. …

Thought For The Day – Friedrich Nietzsche on War

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“War and courage have done more great things than charity. Not your sympathy, but your bravery hath hitherto saved the victims.” – Friedrich Nietzsche This is a controversial Nietzsche quote–one of many–but it’s one that I actually agree with. Too often a tragedy strikes and people give their “thoughts and prayers,” to the victims, but typically, it ends there. Sure, …

4 Friedrich Nietzsche Quotes on War

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Here are a few Friedrich Nietzsche quotes on war from his book Thus Spoke Zarathustra. “War and courage have done more great things than charity. Not your sympathy, but your bravery hath hitherto saved the victims.” “If one would have a friend, then must one also be willing to wage war for him: and in order to wage war, one …

The New Impractical Jokers Card Game – Play at the bar with friends! (Pics included)

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The show Impractical Jokers is one of the funniest things on TV right now. In case you’re not familiar, it’s a reality series where four friends Joseph “Joe” Gatto, James “Murr” Murray, Brian “Q” Quinn and Salvatore “Sal” Vulcano challenge each other to complete ridiculous pranks (which are, of course, filmed by hidden cameras). It might not sound like much, but …

Publishing A Book With An Indie Publisher Versus A Big Publisher

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In a publishing climate where there are two options to publish (self publishing and traditional publishing), not a lot of people think about indie publishers (small presses) to prepare and release their works to the public. In fact, many authors and publishing professionals actively discourage aspiring authors from signing with indie publishers, due to the fact that many of them …

Creative Writing (Various MFA Notes)

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Creative Writing: Combination Notes In these notes, the final in our series of MFA Notes, I’m going to combine any leftover notes that are too short to require completely new blog posts. Sections covered: The Sentimental Trap. Subtlety of Transitions. Giving Effective Feedback. Character Arc: 1st POV. Pain for Laughs: Making Characters Comedic and More Complex.  The Sentimental Trap Sentimental …

Annotative Essay on the book: ‘Cures for Hunger,’ by Deni Bechard

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Literary Pacing An Annotative Essay on: Cures for Hunger, by Deni Bechard Pacing is when athletes spread out their strength and power over a period of time rather than in short bursts; longer distance runners use the technique, as well as swimmers and bicyclists. Pacing helps an athlete save themselves for the entirety of a competition/sport rather than just the …

Notes: Serving the Memory in Memoir

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Serving the Memory Why do we chose to write memoir instead of fiction? Fiction: When you think you know it. Memoir: When you want to figure it out. Memoir: when did the real story being with me? The incident, the wedge moment, when things came together and began. Example: If something inspires you to write about your childhood, then write …