Emotional arcs make stories popular, according to researchers

Years ago Kurt Vonnegut presented graphs of common story ideas, analyzing their popularity. Now, researchers from the University of Vermont and University of Adelaide have computerized those graphs, using a variety of classics from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Apparently, alternating high and low emotional arcs in a plot makes […]

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Help your hippocampus by having more sex

According to researchers at McGill University in Canada, regular sex can help improve women’s memory, particularly when it comes to words. Hopefully not having sex won’t have the opposite effect, like the Seinfeld episode where Elaine goes for a long stretch without sex and becomes stupid. Download Video as MP4

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Plagiarism and author impersonation == theft

This really pisses me off. An author achieves success, then some lazy scammer decides to ride on that success by appropriating the name and reputation of a legitimate author in order to sell their crap under that legitimate author’s name. It’s a shame that these particular authors had to go through expensive litigation in order […]

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Buy my book! Buy my book! Buy my book!

That’s not what this post will be about — although, it would be nice if you’d purchase Breaking the Alpha Beast. It just seems that most authors’ blogs are filled with that plea. Obviously, it’s an important plea, but it can be a bit off-putting when such posts appear with frenetic frequency. So, the aim […]

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