Writer’s block – the bane of every author. You sit down to write and find yourself staring at a blank page, suddenly wondering if you’ve ever known how to string together a coherent sentence, if you’ve ever had an interesting or original thought in your life.
Not too long ago I wrote a little piece on history’s fearsome female pirates. As I said then, piracy is just one of many areas where women made a name for themselves and shaped history, in both big and small ways. There are a lot of other categories we can talk about – soldiers, queens, women’s organizations, etc.
Anyone who owns or has owned a cat has probably experienced this: Your cat has just been fed but they still keep wandering around the house and meowing. I dealt with this a lot with cats at my parents’ house growing up, but recently it’s become more of a problem – my cat (or, more specifically, my husband’s sister’s cat who currently lives with us) will just not stop meowing. But why?
Date nights can be hard. You’re often tempted to go for something tried and true, but at the same time you want a fun and memorable experience. If you’re trying to maintain a regular date night with your long-term partner, it can be daunting to come up with something that still feels fun and fresh. And a first date with someone you don’t know well can be extremely nerve-wracking – you want to do something that you’ll both enjoy, that will distill some of the awkwardness and jitters, but that also offers an opportunity to get to know each other better.
Normally, in Dungeons and Dragons, players focus on crafting characters that are strong and effective in a variety of situations. There are varying extremes of this – some build characters with a technique called min-maxing, while others engage in power gaming. But D&D is also about having fun and experimenting, and sometimes that can involve an exercise in making the worst character – or at least being the worst in a very specific way.
The world has seen a lot of incredible woman with fascinating stories who have, unfortunately, been mostly left behind by history. Or at least by the history we’re taught.