Everyone seems to know the name “Dungeons and Dragons” and picture something in mind at its mention, but few people seem to know what the game actually is. “Math geeks dress up to play a Medieval board game that makes them forget about how crappy their lives are” is usually what I hear.
Well, just as Luke Skywalker said: “Impressive…every word in that sentence was wrong.” … More What is Dungeons and Dragons?
Originally published 1/21/2017. Lead Image Credit: Unsplash via Pexels. You are awesome, and you are awful This year, I was surprised to meet many adults who weren’t setting New Year’s resolutions. They all had various reasons for doing so, but the most common reason, by far, was “no one ever keeps it.” If you … More An Open Letter to New Year’s Resolutions
Yoda was wrong when he said “Do or do not, there is no try.” In reality, there is a gradient of success, not simply “succeed” or “fail.” … More The Nuances of Following Your Dreams
Sometimes, taking a break is the hardest thing you’ll ever accomplish. … More Time Management Strategies for When You’re Out of Ideas
Any reasonable person would realize that most parents would not be ok with their kids fighting dragons. Even worse: your protagonist needs to have a full arc, but here the parents are ruining that by simply telling the protagonist what to do. How boring! … More How to Get Rid of Parents in a Fantasy Novel
“How can fiction be more real than reality? It makes no sense. Nothing is more real than reality.” —random commenter on Reddit.
I don’t take issue with this statement. I take issue what the implication behind it.
Fiction that takes place in alternative societies or worlds, likewise, show us things about our own reality that we normally take for granted. … More How can fiction be more useful than reality?
Originally Published 10/8/2016
I raised my hand, since I was sick and tired of hearing responses like that. I don’t recall exactly what I said when called on, but I’ll just fill in the gap with this:
“I sure think John Wilkes Booth made a difference.”
The room erupted in laughter. The boy from before chuckled, too. I shrugged and said, “No one said it had to be a good difference.”
That begs the question: is it just easier to do bad things than to do good things? … More Can One Person Make a Difference?
Originally published 1/8/2017
Worlds can be difficult to introduce to audiences without overwhelming them, or it may be difficult to justify the existence of real-world features in the entirely fantasy world. This is where you get places like Hogwarts or the Batcave, which give you an entirely different basket of strengths and weaknesses.
Today, we will be focusing on the latter: fantasy or scifi worlds that your protagonist must discover, and the different ways they’re been discovered throughout the ages. Time for a rapid-fire list! … More 13 Different Ways to Hide Another World
To begin, what is the Law of Chaos? In science and math, it simply states that systems automatically move toward a more disorganized system without the need for extra energy input. For that, simply Google the word “entropy.”
But here at MetokaBooks.com, we like to view things from the abstract and philosophical point of view. So in the abstract sense, the Law of Chaos means that it takes more effort to create something than to destroy it. … More The Figurative Law of Chaos and Why It Makes You Subconsciously Pessimistic