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Battle of the Bastards - May the Best Bastard Win: A Game of Thrones Season 6 Review

Jun 18, 2016

The eighth episode of Game of Thrones season 6, titled “No One,” accomplished three things: ended the Blackfish’s rebellion, kick-started the Battle of Meereen, and concluded Arya’s quest in the House of Black and White (or signal the end of the worst internship ever as many fans dubbed it). In King’s Landing, several Faith Militants, led by Lancel Lannister, sought out the Queen Mother who was being summoned by the High Sparrow. Of course, Cersei refused to listen, and she let her personal bodyguard, the Mountain, handle the rest. Later, however, whatever smugness she was feeling was wiped away when King Tommen the Blessed decreed that trials by combat would not be allowed anymo......

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No One - Can You Become No One When You Are Someone: A Game of Thrones Season 6 Review

Jun 11, 2016

Green fields. Blue skies. Chirping birds. Happy folks. Wait, are we watching the right show? Game of Thrones season 6 episode 7, titled “The Broken Man,” opened with such a serene sequence that made the audience wonder whether they were tuned in to the correct channel. It was quite jarring to see tranquility in a show known for its violence and gore, and it could honestly cause quite a whiplash. But the audience’s doubts were immediately assuaged when Sandor Clegane, the Hound, was shown, chopping wood blocks and apparently leading an unexciting life after Arya Stark left him for dead in the season 4 finale. The Hound was living with a small peaceful community led by Brother......

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Write And Live: On Your Palms Lie Your Own Universe

Jun 07, 2016

Long before I knew what stories I wish to tell, I knew that I want to be a storyteller. I have always been a reader who loses herself in worlds made of ink and imagination, and deep in my bones is a longing to let others experience the same thing with my own creations. I wrote poems. I wrote prose. I still do. When I was just beginning to understand what it meant to have the ability to put something out there, to let others see what I made, a certain kind of thrill filled my veins, and I knew that it was something I never wanted to tire of. I knew, though what I had produced were mediocre and hardly worth a second glance, that I would never stop striving to be better so that the w......

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The Broken Man - Is It True that What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger: A Game of Thrones Season 6 Review

Jun 04, 2016

Last week’s Game of Thrones was, in a word, quiet, especially compared to the previous episode’s heartrending narrative. “Blood of My Blood” heralded the second half of the sixth season, and it was the calm before a storm; paced carefully and masterfully, it set the table for more pieces of the political game, slowly but surely letting everything come together and readying them for the forward march. It might seem like the characters were moved around the board like hapless chess pieces, but in the end, isn’t that what everything really boiled down to—pitting pawn against pawn, knight against knight, king against king, all the while protecting your own? It started in the Nort......

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Blood of My Blood - Will Blood Prevail or Will It Fail: A Game of Thrones Season 6 Review

May 28, 2016

Last week’s episode, the fifth in the season, was both exciting and emotional. “The Door” featured revelations that had the audience gasping and, in the final moments, even weeping. First, there was the scene in the North, wherein Sansa finally confronted Petyr Baelish regarding his hand on what she had endured at the hands of Ramsay Bolton. “You said you would protect me,” she said, and in those few words was imbued the blame she placed on him for breaking what he vowed to do when he offered her sanctuary after Joffrey Baratheon’s assassination. Later, back at Castle Black, Sansa joined her brother Jon in going over the maps of the North and figuring out how many Northern house......

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The Exemplar Article: A Professional Author’s Guide to Great Writing

May 24, 2016

Informative, engaging, persuasive—these are just a few adjectives describing what every article should aspire to be. Anyone can write, but not everyone can write great articles. To be considered “great,” the content must not be made up of nonsensical ramblings that mislead readers. Rather, it should be of extreme value from which readers can eventually draw something worthwhile, inciting them to take action. Several components and structural elements are required to compose a well-written and smooth-flowing article. An article needs to be arranged into different parts to form a sequential flow that helps readers understand the topic more easily. The four main parts that normall......

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The Road So Far—What Has Been Happening in Westeros, and What Could Be Coming: A Game of Thrones Season 6 Review

May 21, 2016

After the Game of Thrones’ fifth season ended with a cliffhanger, when Lord Commander Jon Snow met his demise in the hands of the traitorous brothers of the Night’s Watch, viewers near and far eagerly awaited if the bastard on the Wall was gone for good or if he was going to rise again. Dozens of theories were mulled over and revised and again thought about, and speculations, both sensible and outlandish, circulated on just about every fan site and discussion board across the Internet. Jon Snow’s fate was a carefully guarded secret, and months of the audience’s outcry and demands for answers were met with only deafening silence. It was no wonder then that when the sixth season of......

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Style Alert: Internet And Web to be Set in Lowercase

May 15, 2016

In its tradition of announcing major alterations to the AP Stylebook in the annual meetings of the American Copy Editors Society (ACES), the Associated Press (AP) made yet another radical change: starting on June 1, writers who adhere to AP Style should no longer capitalize internet and web. The attendees of the meeting, which was held this year in Portland, Oregon, were generally unhappy with the announcement. In 2015, Adam Nathaniel Peck, an associate editor at the New Republic, wrote an article that discussed why people should stop capitalizing the word Internet. Peck reasons, “The word’s origins date back to the 1970s, when an ‘inter-network’ was just a collection of smaller ne......

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