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  • 23May

    Fantasy Fiction Has Real World Applications!

    Did you see this amazing story about the boy who survived a plunge over the edge of a waterfall because of advice he got from Pendragon, by D.J. MacHale? In the water, the teen quickly thought of advice from a fantasy-novel character Bobby Pendragon of the Pendragon Adventure books by D.J. MacHale: “Go feet first, stay to the sides and kick off the rocks,” the Seattle Times reported. He managed to scramble onto a narrow rock shelf just before the main falls. The whole story is amazing, complete with a video of the rescue, go check it out. What strikes me about the whole situation is his presence of mind, but also the way he was able to cope with real life danger based on what he read in a fantasy book for kids. Whoever said teens don’t gain anything from dangerous fiction?

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  • 23May

    Under Fire: The Halo Challenge

    Back in my Kombo days, a fellow writer challenged me to play through the Halo games after I rolled my eyes about them at E3 2010. I told everyone I didn’t get the obsession because while watching friends play it years ago on the Xbox, I was so bored. I also may have dropped the comment that Halo fanboys were worse than Call of Duty. I had just finished my Portal challenge with another Kombro (he had to play Heavy Rain), so this friend challenged me to play through the Halo games so I could see for myself what they were like. I said something like, “Yeah, yeah, whatever,” and then got sucked into whatever released that fall, the next spring, and so on. You know, like what usually happens when you plan to play an older game right before a massive release schedule. I did ask a friend of mine

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