Gan Ying Walks the Silk Road from China to Rome: Will He Make It?

It is the first century AD. Han China and the Roman Empire are the two “superpowers” of east and west.…

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How to Create Good Characters in 3 Steps

You’ve been struck by a creative bolt of lightning and now a new project sits before you. What do you…

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How Alexander the Great Asserted His Authority

Because he was such a force of nature, we tend to think that Alexander the Great’s accession to the throne…

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What You Can Expect on the Epic in 2022

The year begins with me asking for your help. I have a proposal that I’d like your opinion on. With…

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Enter 2022: The Woke Kaiserschlacht

The year of the Empire of Lies is nearly over. It was the humiliating, degrading experience we expected. Appropriately, the…

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How Nathan Handwerker Made the Hot Dog Famous

Nathan Handwerker had spunk, but not much else. Having arrived to the United States from one of the poorest parts…

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The Sword of Rome: Marcus Claudius Marcellus

It is late 216 BC. The Romans have just suffered a catastrophic defeat at Cannae. 40,000 Romans were packed in…

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Wired for Story: Review

Most communication involves storytelling. According to the “Godzilla of Persuasion” himself, Robert Cialdini, communication itself evolved more to persuade than…

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High Concept, or How to Make Sure Your Idea Doesn’t Suck

Most communication rests on storytelling. Even a mundane task, like explaining that there’s a traffic delay, or telling your audience…

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Head Hopping: The First Mistake New Authors Make

Let’s say that there’s been a steady influx of off-world officers onto your planet and into your town. You don’t…

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