Place Review: Gamer’s Inn, It’s a Magical Place

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Jul 22

Thing 1: Today we’re reviewing Gamer’s Inn in Lehi, UT, the town was previously known as Skunkwater. Thing 2: However, Gamer’s Inn did not smell like skunk, water, or even any gamer place I’ve ever been. Thing 1: Very true. You never know what it is going to smell like when you step into one of those places. Thing 2: No. Usually they are kind of musty. They always smell like someone’s attic or basement.

Painting Programs for Artists

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Mar 05

There are a number of different painting programs out there, each with its own quirks, and it can be hard to decide which to use. They all have their pros and cons, so this post will give a quick overview of four popular painting programs.   Adobe Photoshop Price: $699 for CS6 or $49.99/month for CC (30 day free trial available) Adobe Photoshop seems to be the go-to program for artists

Author Spotlight: Brandon Sanderson

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Feb 26

250px-Brandon_Sanderson_signWe had a fabulous time at LTUE this year, especially for the Sibyl’s Scriptorium award ceremony! One of the fun authors that played at LTUE with us this year was Brandon Sanderson – a regular at the sci-fi/fantasy conference. He is best known for his Mistborn series and his work in finishing Robert Jordan’s epic fantasy series The Wheel of Time. Sanderson worked as an editor for the semi-professional magazine Leading Edge while attending

A Six Month Plan

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Feb 20

Finally my copy of Volume 1 of Sybil’s Scriptorium is sitting on my bookshelf, and it’s a book I love to look at up there. The written works that were published are all amazing and entirely worth reading, and the illustrations are beautiful! If you weren’t at 2014 Life, the Universe, & Everything Symposium, or you simply didn’t pick up a copy of the book while you were there, you can still buy one

LTUE!!

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Feb 12

42 What? That’s not enough? Fine. In 2010, I was just getting started hooking myself into the writing community, and I stumbled across the Sci-Fi / Fantasy symposium Life, the Universe, and Everything. Imagine my shock when I realized that this three-day fest of awesomeness was nearing the end of its third decade, and that it had been active the WHOLE TIME I was at BYU. I know, right? I live about 4 hours from

Two Weeks to Go

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Jan 29

I can hardly believe that Life, the Universe, & Everything 32 will begin in just over two weeks. Almost one year ago exactly we made the announcements for the Æther Illustration Contest and the Sibyl’s Scriptorium publication. This year has flown by and the excitement and anticipation is reaching its climax. LTUE 32 will mark culmination of this year for the contests into the release of the first volume of contest winners. If you haven’t

Author Spotlight: Orson Scott Card

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Jan 21

ScottCardWith the annual conference of LTUE fast approaching, I thought it would be prudent to spotlight some of our all-time favorite authors who will be in attendance there. So… today’s author we’re spotlighting is Orson Scott Card. He is the third of six children. Card served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Brazil and graduated from Brigham Young University and the University of Utah; he also spent a year

New Year’s Writing Resolutions

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Jan 08

‘Tis the season to set some goals! What do you hope to accomplish with your writing this year? Where do you see yourself this time next year? While you’re setting goals for writing, consider the following: 1. You can only control yourself, not agents or editors or even your crit partners. Therefore, set goals for what YOU will do, not what someone else will do for you. “I want to write 500 words a day”

Stealing Secrets

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Jan 01

Happy New Year! At this time of new beginnings and fresh starts, let me tell you a secret: unlike many things in life, you don’t have to learn everything in art from scratch. Instead, you can build on the experiences of centuries of artists who came before you. One of the fastest ways for an artist to improve is to do careful, focused master studies. Master artists have spent a lifetime building on their skills

Chris Van Allsburg

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Dec 25

220px-Chris_van_Allsburg_-_Northborough_MA_12-2011Since it is December and during the holidays (Merry Christmas to all you Christians out there today!), I decided to spotlight an author that has become famous for his children’s book, The Polar Express. This piece of literature came out in 1985 and is now considered a classic Christmas story. I remember when I was a child, we watched the book being told on a projector