writing

Let’s End The GIF/JIF Pronunciation Debate Right Now 

Let’s End The GIF/JIF Pronunciation Debate Right Now 

Photo by Sander van der Wel Once a week, for the past eight-odd years, I overhear it: “It’s GIF, not JIF.” “Actually, it’s officially JIF.” If the arguers are educated in the subject, they will rattle through their supporting arguments: It’s JIF because its inventor says so and it’s like…

How To Use Tabletop Games To Become A Better Writer

How To Use Tabletop Games To Become A Better Writer

Not every game is about winning. Amidst the rise in tabletop gaming, dozens of storytelling games have emerged that challenge you or your teammates to create entertaining stories instead of beating each other. If you want to hone your skills as a creative writer, these are an excellent way to…

How A Brush With Death Inspired The Only Living Boy

How A Brush With Death Inspired The Only Living Boy

David Gallaher and Steve Ellis’ ongoing scifi webcomic The Only Living Boy follows Erik Farrell, a 12-year-old lost on a strange alien world after he runs away from home. Gallaher reveals the personal tragedy that inspired Erik’s story — and how being diagnosed with epilepsy transformed the way he wrote…