How to Have Long-Term Rivalry & Emerge as Friends

I was a decent fan of tennis in the 70’s and 80’s. If you were any sort of fan back then, you basically had to choose sides: Chris Evert or Martina Navratilova. I chose early and never wavered from my choice until she retired: Chrissy Evert. Here’s an article from Parade.com about these two tennis greats’ rivalry and friendship. The best quote from Chris Evert in there was this: I was one of the greatest players who ever won Wimbledon who didn’t have a serve! I’d say 99.9% of Evert’s serves were returned. If she played another baseline player, you were…

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“Serious” Games vs “Casual” Games

My boss went to a PS4 event and came back with brochures and free gifts. Somehow, he and I got into a big discussion about games, who plays them etc. It started when I noticed the audience for the Street Fighter tournament (which he attended) was 99% male. In fact, in his small video scan of the audience, I don’t think I saw a single female. I noted this fact so he comes back with, “Well, games are played by boys.” When I pushed back on this statement, he then made the subsequent and false observation, “Boys play ‘serious’ games while…

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Open the Floodgates! Chapter 9 Here I come!

For almost two weeks, I’ve been stuck. All because there’s parts of an outline that is covered by a general statement instead of specific events. So when you get to that part of the outline, it’s like hitting a brick wall. The climax of Part 1 is the 1st Critlings encounter. I’ve known that since the last book. But saying Critlings encounter and sitting down to write it are two different matters. When writing, you must know the characters, more or less what’s going to happen, and what the outcome of the event is and where you’re going with the next…

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