There are a lot of great storytelling lessons that writers can learn from the work of Brian K Vaughan. But his collaboration with Fiona Staples on Saga, their ongoing YA/NC-17 sci-fi fantasy space family soap opera comic, goes even further. In the video above, Strip Panel Naked breaks down the simple but thoughtful narrative tricks and systems that help make the comic so damn compelling. If you're a storyteller of any kind, there are plenty of lessons you can learn here that apply beyond the comic book realm as well.
Writer Jumi Bello recently saw her highly-anticipated debut novel The Leaving pulled from publication by Riverhead Books, an imprint of Penguin Group. The reason is that Bello reached out to her editor and conceded that she had in fact plagiarized several passages in the book. A few months later, Bello published an essay on LitHub… READ THE REST
Stop gripin' and start typin'! The Manuscript Writing Cafe in Tokyo's Koenji neighborhood is built to help writers make progress on whatever novel, article, report, or manga they may be working on. Customers are required to set a writing goal and to be working away while in the cafe. From Thrillist: The shop provides writers… READ THE REST
The Clarion Writer's Workshop is a prestigious breeding ground of sorts for science fiction and fantasy writers. Certainly no one has to go to Clarion to succeed in the field, but a lot of brilliant and award-winning genre writers have gone through the immersive six week program. I can tell you from personal experience that… READ THE REST
Belgian waffles are a blank template for unforgettable weekend breakfasts. From savory creations with avocado, bacon, and goat cheese to the traditional sweet kinds with berries, powdered sugar, and syrup, waffles are unstoppable. However, nothing brings down a waffle-inspired dream morning like the antiquated, dirty waffle iron that cooks unevenly or worse, unexpectedly burns and dries… READ THE REST
Summer is here, which means we're spending less time under blankets and more time under stars. And, while we're no longer chasing the sun quite as fast, sometimes random household chores do need an extra flash of light here and there. This One80 LED Headlamp will help you get the darker things done so you can get back… READ THE REST
From your music streaming subscriptions and bank accounts to your work laptop, passwords unlock the most vital things in our lives. Unfortunately, that's a mess to track unless you're exceptionally organized or have some intricate communication system for your passwords and logins. If you aren't, you might deal with many forgotten unique passwords, annoying security questions, and botched password… READ THE REST