In 2013, I woke up and said, "I want to write a book about Pokémon."
In 2017, I finally wrote it.
In 2019, thanks to the fine folks at @DelReyBooks, you'll all get to read it.
I'm pleased to announce my epic fantasy debut. Formerly: "Fullmetal Pokémist." Now:
STEEL CROW SAGA.
holy crappppppp i see A THREE BOOK DEAL hidden in there too!!!!!!!!— do i dare to eat a \U0001f351 (@NicasioSilang) October 31, 2018
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But this 🧵 isn't about that
This thread is about something else not in the piece: what it was like to actually *do* this research & writing
Let's start with the fact that my main paying-job is *not* ethnographic journalist on tech companies. It's being a law professor. I teach property, info privacy, and internet law.
It is a fantastic job, but it is full time, particularly in your first few years teaching.
That means at the same time as I was traveling back and forth across the country on red-eyes to be at FB to do this work I was also giving 26 two hour speeches about adverse possession and eminent domain to 70+ 1Ls.
Would not recommend.
But how did I even start doing that? How did I get access inside Facebook?
I will tell you the secret: *I asked.*
I went to a PR person at FB & one of the people who does stakeholder engagement in early 2019 & I said:
"Listen, I think that this Oversight Board thing is going to be a big deal and you are telling people you are doing this transparently. So you should let me report it."
I have spent a long time think of this an many months writing and rewriting it I have found it very difficult to put into words my feelings about what has
happened to the Republican Party. I will say to the chagrin of my many liberal and democratic friends that I was once a Republican. I did not change the Republican Party left me, today I don’t even recognize the Republican Party for it is truly the Party of Trump.
It has morphed into a party that hates anyone who is not a hardcore Trumper who will not blindly devote themselves to Trump, Republican ideals be dammed.
I say to you, If you want to save the Republican Party leave it, for they have left you,
I will say without hesitation the rank and file of the Republican Party hates you, and no sir, it is not a small minority of the Party. Let their be no doubt this is the Party of Trump
Before Trump I thought I was pretty middle of the road, a middle right American
I support a women’s right to choose, even though it would not be my choice
Myself I am not a religious person, I consider myself Spiritual, I do believe their must be some kind of creator, what it is, is beyond my comprehension. What you believe is your right and
A blend of @david_perell's process and SEO:
1/ David starts with a quote, a vague idea, or a concept that generates curiosity.
2/ Then, he searches inside his note-taking system for extracts and reflections related to the prompt.
These ideas come from his daily knowledge consumption.
3/ He then assembles extracts to create a narrative around a thesis.
An incomplete thesis will make a reader bounce. While the opposite makes them crave more of your content.
4/ Some of us never built a database.
To fix this, type your prompt into Google and examine the search results:
-People also ask
-Related searches at the bottom
These will help you structure your post while following SEO practices.
5/ After creating an outline based on his notes, David rewrites sentences, words, and paragraphs from memory.
He adds personal anecdotes, analyzes ideas, and creates his narrative—A process he defines as POP writing.
In 2009 a few of us organized an outdoor screening to commentate the 40th anniversary of “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” at the Tribeca Film Festival. Writers such as Tony Gilroy, Aaron Sorkin, David Koepp & Scott Frank each spoke to praise Bill...
As each discussed how Bill had been instrumental in inspiring, teaching and supporting them, it really sank in as to what an extraordinary impact this man has had on the landscape of cinema...
Also at that screening we’re 5,000 people who had come to watch one of their favorite movies on a chilly April night by the Hudson River. Bill touched millions that never got the chance to know him personally, but got to know his films like close, enduring friends...
There are few screenwriter who have made the impact William Goldman has - on the form, on the culture, and on fellow writers. He is a world treasure. And though he is no longer with us, his films will be with us as long as people still have a love for cinema...
But first: Why do we so often write rules in passive voice? Outlining the "laws" of our game feels like a very formal position with an of aloof authority. Avoid that voice.
Question any instance of "the player" in a sentence. If you are addressing one player, address them directly in the first sentence of the paragraph and use "you" thereafter.
"If you are the first player, you may X, Y, then Z. If you X, see next page."
Examine any of these words or contractions. There is usually a more succinct way of phrasing that sentence in the present tense and direct address.
"The player who has just moved must..."
"After you move, you must..."
If you want to put yourself at the table with the players, do so CONSISTENTLY. A random "we" in one paragraph really sticks out. You can even play with voice that way.
"We suggest using option A for your first game."
"Ahoy, cadet! Use option A for your first game!"
"YOU MAY BUILD, HARVEST, or REST."
Break up action options into a bulleted list rather than a long sentence. e.g.
"On your turn, do one of the following:
• Build: Pay X to place a card.
• Harvest: Destroy a card to gain X.
• Rest: Draw a card from the deck."
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A long time ago, I was a talent agent. I worked for a woman named Susan Smith, who had her own small boutique agency. She was known for three things:
1. She had fantastic taste in clients. If there is someone you admire, odds are good that at some point, she was their agent,
2. She could negotiate a deal like few who have ever trod the earth. Casting would give her all the money they had budgeted for that part, plus a little more, plus promising to get her dog Barnaby groomed. She was magnificent to watch.
3. She was insane.
I'm sure you're thinking, "Quinn, it's the entertainment industry, they are all insane." Yes, many are. So consider this; if you told someone you worked for Susan, people who worked for insane people would look and you and whisper, "I hear she's insane."
The 12 Azhwars, (the Main composers of Naalayira Divya Prabandam - 4000 poetic Rhymes) are known as Nityasuris or Divyasuris; those who reside permanently with the Lord in His Heavenly abode.
They have incarnated as Azhwars -Vasihnavite Saints - to propagate Bhakthi Marga, devotion to Lord Vishnu.
Alwars have dedicated their lives towards Lord Sriman Narayana and they led their life by praising Him.
These Alwars were born in various parts of our country but they were all united in a common subject, ie dedicating their lives and praising the Lord.
Poigai Alwar, Bhoodath Alwar and Pei Alwar are collectively called as "Mudhal Alwars" were found in the same period of time.
Thirumazhisai Alwar, who thought the Perumal as his friend and has sung Mangalasasanam on Perumal.
Thirumangai Alwar was a great king and later, changed his life to work for the Perumal and for his bhaktaas.
Thondaradippodi Alwar, who is also named as "Vipra Narayanar" led his life as the servant to the God and did service to Him by offering beautiful Garlands.
2/ This phenomenon—I’m calling it a Sex Recession—really surprised me. It seemed improbable in the age of Tinder, digital porn, and attitudes that are generally permissive and sex-positive.
3/ What’s happening isn’t exclusively American: Similar trends are being observed in other countries, including Japan, Australia, the U.K., Finland, and the Netherlands.
4/ One cause is obvious: Adults under 35 are less likely to be living with a partner than in recent decades, and more likely to be living with their parents—which, it’s safe to say, isn’t great for one’s sex life.
5/ But I also found other explanations, each with profound implications. The first, unsurprisingly, has to do with internet enticements. Netflix and other online entertainment may be substituting for sex.
Beautiful Story of Guruvayurappan
Poonathanam Namboothiri was a great devotee of Guruvayurappan. One day Poonthanam was going to Guruvayur Kshetram. It was night time and eventhough Namboothiri was tired he continued to walk
Suddenly some thieves came and blocked his way. Poonthanam cried for Shri Krishna to help. Thieves snatched all valuables from him, but Namboothiri holding his Bhaghavatam book called Shri Krishna to help. That time a man came in a horse back and fought with thieves and protected
Namboothiri. Poonthanam thanked Krishna for helping him from danger and said to the man that "Shri Krishna has send you here and I don't know how to thank you". The man smiled and told that he is Mangattachan, minister of samoodhiris. Poonthanam once again thanked him and
gave his ring to Mangattachan as a token of thanks and continued his journey. He reached Guruvayur early morning for Nirmalya Darshan. Temple poojari came near him and told that Guruvayurappan came in his dreams and asked to hand over the ring to poonthanam.
When he opened Kshetra Nada poonthanam was surprised to see his ring on Guruvayurappan, which he gifted to Mangattachan. He understood that it was Guruvayurappan who came as Mangattachan to protect him. This is how Bhagwan treat his devotees.