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Have you ever been in a situation where you revealed to somebody you’re pursuing a non-traditional career and receive backlash like this:

  • “You can’t be a painter!”
  • “How in the world are you going to pay rent as a writer?!”
  • “Do you know how hard it is to make money as a YouTuber?”

People will spew out all sorts of myths to keep you miserable and unfulfilled like them. I remember when people tried to prevent me from my former acting path. They said it was hard, and only a few black people made it into Hollywood.


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2020 keeps coming up with more surprising news.

The Overwatch League’s (OWL) first female player departs from the Shanghai Dragons. Se-Yeon “Geguri” Kim has been with the team for three seasons and 32 months. If you’re a fan, don’t freak out. She’ll still be involved with the OWL.

On October 26, the official Shanghai Dragons Twitter page announced members DDing, Luffy, Diem, Diya, and Geguri will be leaving the team.

Geguri has become an inspiring figure for female eSports players all over. When she was 17 years old, Geguri was falsely accused of using an aimbot for her insane skills playing as the ruthless, laser-welding Russian tank Zarya. Geguri had to broadcast her gameplay, proving she was indeed a phenomenal player. …


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A movie about a female gamer forming her own esports team? Sounds pretty lit!

News has spread all over Twitter about Buzzfeed Studios’ gaming comedy 1UP is in the works. The movie will star Ellen Page (The Umbrella Academy, Inception) and Paris Berelc (Tall Girl, Hubie Halloween).

Berelc’s character is a college gamer who leaves her team after issues with her male teammates. The problem: she’s at risk of losing her gaming scholarship. With the help of a professional esports coach (Page), she builds her own team and battles her way of keeping her scholarship.

While the movie idea seems swell initially, the audiences’ responses didn’t share the same views as the first announcements mentioned Gamergate in the mix. …


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Emily Wants to Play is a delightful Halloween treat. This is a survival horror game that doesn’t take weeks to complete; it’s short, creepy, unique, and quite clever.

You’re a pizza man out for a late-night delivery only to find yourself trapped in a stranger’s home. Where are the inhabitants?

There is only you, a strange little girl, and her three freaky dolls. It’s only 11 PM, and you have until 6 AM to get out of dodge. Emily wants to play a little game. Will you survive?

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Emily Wants to Play creator Shawn Hitchcock takes creepiness into small settings. It’s not set in an elaborate mansion or a vast forest. You have your typical, two-floor suburban home. …


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Lost continents and flying machines sound like elements from a science fiction novel. To the Hopi tribe, it’s pure history.

The History of the Hopi From Their Origins In Lemuria is a curious, mind-expanding account of the Hopi people and the whole of humanity’s past.

According to the storyteller and former chief Oswald White Bear Fredericks, society has been through three worlds, including the legendary Lemuria. Fire has destroyed the First World, ice obliterated the Second World, and the Third World (Lemuria) sunk into the Pacific Ocean.

Over in the Atlantic, the Atlanteans wanted to take over Lemuria for their power. They constantly battled with the Lemurians with their advanced flying ships. …


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Suppose you haven’t been playing Neverwinter recently. In that case, the latest module (Module 18) has players performing new tasks to enhance their item levels. One of those includes obtaining and upgrading mount collars. If you’re not already a top-dog player, you may benefit from this.

What are Mounts?

Mounts are your fast modes of transportation in Neverwinter. They’re much better than running around with your character from place to place. Mounts can be your regular horse, a shadow wolf, a manticore, a broom, a blob, and even a yeti.

What are Item Levels?

To find your current item level, go to your menu screen, and select “Character Sheet.” …


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Danielle Steel dedicates 20 hours a day to writing. Thanks to her incredible work effort, she has published over 190 books to date.

Romance writing legend Barbara Cartland has produced over 700 books. Westerns writer Lauran Paine has written over 1,000, with a bit of sci-fi, mystery, and romance to the mix. What do these authors have in common? Think about it.

You step into a library and see a bookcase filled with James Patterson’s books. Nora Roberts is steadily taking over in the romance department, and R.L Stine in children’s with Goosebumps. These writers do not give a flip about limits.


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Imagine going to the woods and seeing this levitating towards you:

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“Flatwoods Monster” by Yasuhiro Tambra (via OpenClipArt)

You would run like hell, right?

September 12, 1952: The Flatwoods Monster Appears

68 years ago, seven witnesses and a dog came across a horrifying 10-foot tall creature known as the Flatwoods Monster in Braxton County, West Virginia.

Brothers Ed and Freddie May noticed a strange fiery ball in the sky while playing ball with some friends. They gathered more people for their search and ventured into the woods. They wish they didn’t.

As soon as the search party traveled deeper into the woods, a noxious smell made them sick. A shrieking figure with glowing orange eyes and a spade-shaped head approached the crew, its feet never touching the ground. …


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“Banquet of the Gods” by Joachim Wtewael (via Wikimedia)

How can you achieve your long-term writing goals while you’re drowning in a sea of short-term pleasures? I’m talking about social media notifications and TikTok cringe videos (so bad they’re funny to watch). They feel great, but they don’t contribute to your writing goals.

You probably want to create a writing business, publish books, build a profitable blog, or establish a long-term freelance writing career.

What Should I Do?

If you want to smash your writing goals and push through your distractions, you must direct your dopamine to the writing gods.

Dopamine is a neurotransmitter, a chemical messenger. You may hear the term “dopamine detox” spread all over the internet. People have gone to the extremes abstaining from food and water to “reset” their dopamine. …


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The Ouija board: the best communication device to stay in touch with your loved ones beyond the grave? Eh, probably not. You’re more than likely to hit up the spicy incubi-succubi hotline from this family-friendly board game.

Parker Brothers acquired the Ouija board years ago, joining Monopoly and Risk. The Kennard Novelty Company sold the talking board game in the late 19th century for about $1.50. The company founders noticed spiritualism was a hot button trend at the time and took advantage of it.

Nowadays, scientists and skeptics claim spirits are nowhere involved with the board, only humans. When people believe their grandma is speaking to them, it’s only their involuntary muscles moving the board. …

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