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Hollow Knight
"An atmospheric adventure through a surreal, bug-infested world"
HollowKnight  game  done  TeamCherry  ***** 
4 days ago by l0b0
Little Compton Street (One Rainy Night in Soho) - LLAP115, Writcraft - Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling [Archive of Our Own]
Draco is lonely, Harry hates the press and it won’t stop raining in London. Harry discovers a magical street that’s close to disappearing forever and Draco realises he’s one rainy night in Soho away from finding everything he’s been searching for.
*****  f:hp  slow.build  rating:nc-17  p:h/d  coming-out  pride  homophobia  ewe  politics 
22 days ago by miss_speller
Why learning more isn’t always better – The Startup – Medium
The key to success appears to be regulating our knowledge intake, while putting the information we acquire into action.
The less we obsess about staying up to date on the latest books, podcasts and informational trends, the more time we have to create.
And isn’t that what our five-year-old selves would have wanted?
*****  counterintuitive  unschooling  productivity  learning 
4 weeks ago by gpe
14 Writing Tips from Anne Lamott
1. Write regularly, whether you feel like writing or not, and whether you think what you’re writing is any good or not.
2. Give yourself short assignments. Keep it manageable so you don’t get overwhelmed.
3. Write sh**ty first drafts. (I’m not being prissy about the word choice, just don’t want to get hung up in spam filters.) Don’t expect a piece of writing to flow perfectly out of your fingers on the first go. Of all the points she makes, many people seem to find this one the most helpful.
4. Let the Polaroid develop; in other words, observe, watch, listen, stay in the moment, until you understand what you want to write about.
5. Know your characters.
6. Let the plot grow out of the characters.
7. “If you find that you start a number of stories or pieces that you don’t ever bother finishing…it may be that there is nothing at their center about which you care passionately. You need to put yourself at their center, you and what you believe to be true or right.”
8. Figure out ways to jam the transmissions from Radio KFKD, the interior station feeding doubts and criticism into your brain. Especially about jealousy of other writers.
9. Have pen and paper ready at all times. (She always carries an index card.)
10. Call around. Ask for help.
11. Start a writing group.
12. Write in your own voice.
13. Being published brings a quiet joy, but it doesn’t transform your life, and eventually you have to write again.
14. “Devotion and commitment will be their own reward.”
list  writing  howto  *****  productivity 
4 weeks ago by gpe
Landing Page Guide: Advanced Copywriting and Design
A great homepage isn’t a nicety. It’s your first impression. The better your first impression, the better your customer acquisition efforts perform.

So treat it as diligently as you do your product itself.

Consider how around 75% of your site traffic will leave after only seeing your homepage.

That's what I mean by "first impression." So, don't waste it.

Not wasting it means following the proven template. Don't do something unique unless you have a good reason to. The more you detour from this template, the more confused the average visitor will be: You'll make it more laborious for them to identify what your company does and why they should care about it.

In other words, the template makes what your company does self-evident. It prioritizes clarity, brevity, and directness.

What it doesn't care about is design innovation. Instead, you should be innovative in the other areas of your growth funnel — like your ads and your product features. But not your homepage. Typically, people just want information quickly.

So don't stand in their way.
marketing  writing  *****  fixagraph  landing.page  howto 
4 weeks ago by gpe
The 'Future Book' Is Here, but It's Not What We Expected | WIRED
Our Future Book is composed of email, tweets, YouTube videos, mailing lists, crowdfunding campaigns, PDF to .mobi converters, Amazon warehouses, and a surge of hyper-affordable offset printers in places like Hong Kong.

For a “book” is just the endpoint of a latticework of complex infrastructure, made increasingly accessible. Even if the endpoint stays stubbornly the same—either as an unchanging Kindle edition or simple paperback—the universe that produces, breathes life into, and supports books is changing in positive, inclusive ways, year by year. The Future Book is here and continues to evolve. You’re holding it. It’s exciting. It’s boring. It’s more important than it has ever been.

But temper some of those flight-of-fancy expectations. In many ways, it’s still a potato.
books  publishing  trends  future  *****  wired  infrastructure  ideas 
4 weeks ago by gpe
How To Be A Better Writer: 6 Tips From Harvard’s Steven Pinker - Barking Up The Wrong Tree
Here are six of Steven’s tips for good writing:

Be visual and conversational. Be concrete, make your reader see and stop trying to impress.
Beware “the curse of knowledge.” Have someone read your work and tell you if it makes sense. Your own brain cannot be trusted.
Don’t bury the lead. Clarity beats suspense. If they don’t know what it’s about they can’t follow along.
You don’t have to play by the rules, but try. If you play it straight 99% of the time, that 1% will really shine.
Read Read Read. The English language is too complex to learn from one book. Never stop learning.
Good writing means revising. Never hit “send” or “print” without reviewing your work — preferably multiple times.
howto  list  *****  fixagraph  editing  writing 
4 weeks ago by gpe
Chosen Man - Chapter 1 - Sineala - The Eagle | The Eagle of the Ninth (2011) [Archive of Our Own] - R - 116,551 words
Summary: The son of the man who lost the Eagle of the Ninth would never be allowed a first command of his very own fort, would he?

Marcus is posted not to Isca Dumnoniorum, but to a wretched and run-down garrison north of the Wall. There he finds that he is the new centurion of a group of scouts and spies, all of them British. He has few supplies and no experience. His men distrust him. His superiors despise him. His second-in-command is an incompetent drunkard. And the local tribes are determined to kill all of them.

But the worst thing of all is one of Marcus' soldiers. He is an enigmatic, dangerous, and insubordinate man by the name of Esca, who makes Marcus yearn for terrifying things he has never before wanted and can never, ever let himself have...
reread!fic  fanfic  my_heart  the_eagle  *****  au:canon_based 
4 weeks ago by Moonfoot

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