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The End of a Bridge

How does a community celebrate a bridge’s impending implosion?

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The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

A book hasn’t reached off the shelf and grabbed me like The Library at Mount Char in years. The cover, the blurb, the first page—it hooked me and reeled me in, leaving me up hours past my bedtime a few nights in a row.

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Cirqus Voltaire Pinball Machine: Circus History

Normally, pinball machines tell you, “Don’t do drugs” and, “stay in school.” But, during our latest visit to Pinball Perfection, the Cirqus Voltaire machine had a little more to say.

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The Belgariad by David Eddings

The Pawn of Prophecy, the first book in David Edding’s famous Belgariad series, was the first character-driven fantasy book that resonated with me. I was a mere middle-schooler at the time and, aside from classics like The Hobbit and The Chronicles of Narnia, was new to the world of fantasy.

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Character-Driven Fantasy Stories

I love character-driven stories. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy an engaging, intriguing plot, but to be one of my favorite books, the characters have to be so dynamic, funny, and/or loveable that I’d happily watch them buy groceries. These are the books that I come back to every few years, because no matter how familiar I am with the story, the characters feel like old friends.

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Day One at Big River Steampunk Festival

Labor Day weekend was a combination of quaint anachronisms and stunning performances at the Second Annual Big River Steampunk Festival in Hannibal, Missouri.

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Review of The Dungeoneers by Jeffery Russell

Jeffery Russell’s debut novel, The Dungeoneers, has a blend of humor that tickles my chuckle glands in a way that only Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series has done before.

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How DIY Should You Go?

In my last sprint article, I mentioned having multiple projects is demotivating because each project competes for your time. Whether you’re an indie author or traditionally published, writing a book is already many projects.

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Sprint 8: Breaking into August; Reflecting on July

This past month, Leslie completed 100% of her tasks for three weeks in a row, and we ran out of pins to put tasks on the board.

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Treat Your Wrists Well

I’ve been less productive lately due to wrist pain. I was starting to worry; I build software for a living, write in the evenings and weekends, and play video games for entertainment. Luckily, the doctor gave me some good news.

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