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NaNoWriMo: Anatomy of a Scene (With Critique Giveaway!)

Ahoy, NaNo-goers! This post is going to be about scenes. Scenes are important! They are what make up your novel. You are going to write a lot of them. But here’s the thing: I have no idea what a scene is. I mean, of course I know what a scene is—it’s, you know, a smallish chunk of words and…stuff.

Ugh, right? It hurts to think about.

What the Filk? Music for Every Fandom

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Filk? What is filk, you ask? In a nutshell, filk is a musical genre inspired by fandom...but as with many fannish things, it's a lot bigger on the inside. Filk is what happens when music and geekdom join hands and frolic off into the sunset, or more appropriately, collide at lightspeed and zoom through the galaxy.

Every Word I Needed to Know On the SAT I Learned from Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events

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Maybe it's just me, but I never really had a problem with the vocabulary section of the SAT in high school. Granted, this might be because of my superior intellect, but I’ve got another theory. When you make a habit of reading interesting novels with pretty interesting words as a kid, you start adapting a pretty interesting way of speaking simply through osmosis. Interesting, no?
Case in point—I credit Lemony Snicket’s superb (though completely and cruelly cliff-hanging) A Series of Unfortunate Events with 90% of my success at fooling my college professors into thinking I’m articulate. Simply put, the man’s proclivity for unnecessarily complicated terms has probably done more for the state of American literacy than all the PSSAs combined.
And so, we’re presenting you with nine superb vocabulary words that pretty much ensure you’ll never look twice at that section of the SAT again, courtesy of a man who has literally tricked us into reading the dictionary—and enjoying it—for the better part of ten years.  

Ten Creative Cross-Stitch Projects to Celebrate Doctor Who at 50!

Take note, Whovians: the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who is fast approaching. To help pass the time (get it?!) as we count down to this momentous occasion—and to help welcome the Twelfth Doctor—I've rounded up some inspired, adorable, and occasionally incredibly geeky Doctor Who cross-stitch ideas. So pick a pattern, grab your supplies, and follow me as we allons-y through time and space, one stitch at a time.

The Geek's Guide to Dating Webseries: Mikey & Allie

Welcome to The Geek's Guide to Dating Webseries!

From bloggers to podcasters, indie video game developers to celebrated filmmakers, hard hitting journalists to award-winning storytellers, over the next few months geeks-of-all-kinds will be sharing their love stories and dishing out advice.

In this week's video, you'll meet two Philly based geek bloggers, Mikey and Allie. Hit play to learn about their first date and why days off playing video games in your underpants is, in fact, a good thing.

Enjoy! And check back every Tuesday afternoon for a new video through February!


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