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Vol. II) - The Arcanium

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Happy Independence Month!
(United States, Canada, Algeria, Cape Verde, Venezuela, Comoros,
Solomon Islands, Argentina, Bahamas, Slovakia, Laos, Colombia,
Liberia, Maldives, Puerto Rico, Peru, and Vanuatu.)

Welcome to our site's newsletter; The Arcanium. Here we will not only
go over site news and other important announcements, but we also
will include some activities and some different resources to assist with
your writing! We are always encouraging of feedback so please feel
free to send me (Mickey) your opinion on the newsletter!

If you wish to read an introduction on what sections you can find in The
Arcanium, please refer back to the first issue here.

Table of Contents:
Updates - Writing Help
Activities - Other information
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There are no major site updates as of now, however, if you are interested in Dungeons
and Dragons, the first round of games are going to begin soon! Keep an eye out for
round two to join with everyone!

We also have a club for it! Be sure to check it out here! Blades & Petals DnD club
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The Arcanium - Writing Advice

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So this issue, before we add some writing advice to this issue, we have another topic
we wanted to bring up. Staying healthy is very important and we wanted to give
some ideas on how to stay healthy! However, please do keep in mind none of us are
actual doctors and depending on your situation, please speak to your medical
provider or a professional.

So directly from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) here are six ways to avoid
illness!
1) Wash your hands frequently - Before eating, after using the restroom, before
touching your eyes or face, before holding a baby, before and after dressing a
wound, and when your hands look and/or feel dirty.
2) Avoid close contact with those who are sick - Designate a room in your house
where the sick person can recover and limit family interactions. If possible, designate a
separate bathroom for the sick person to use. Consider alternative ways to communicate,
like using Face Time while the person recovers, Disinfect frequently touched objects and
surfaces
3) Stay home if you're sick - If you’re sick, stay home and keep sick children home
from school or daycare except to receive medical care. Don’t go to work or public areas
and avoid using public transportation, ride sharing, or taxis.
4) Cover your cough or sneeze - A cough or a sneeze can project germs from your body
into the air. If you're sick, cover your mouth with a tissue and throw the tissue into a lined
trash can, or if a tissue isn’t available, cough into your elbow. Immediately wash your
hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, or if soap and water aren’t available, clean
your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
5) Avoid touching your face - The average person touches their face three to five
times a minute. If you have germs on your hands and you rub your eye or touch your nose,
you’re potentially placing those germs in contact with your throat, lungs, and sinuses. Don’t
give germs the opportunity to infiltrate your body by keeping your hands away from your
face. It may take some practice and self-awareness, but it’ll be worth it.
6) Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces - Viruses can live on
the surfaces we touch and use regularly. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and
surfaces everyday like cell phones, tablets, computers, tables, counter tops, light switches,
doorknobs, and cabinet handles. If someone is sick in your household, you should clean and
disinfect multiple times a day to prevent the spread of viruses.

Hope you guys are able to use this! Now back to your regularly scheduled newsletter!

Writing Advice - Writing tips from Nobel prize winners

1) Don't use dead language.
Toni Morrison won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993. In her Nobel lecture, Morrison contrasts ‘dead language’ that ‘thwarts the intellect, stalls conscience, suppresses human potential’ with language that is used with awareness and care. She classes sexist and racist language as the former, saying that they are ‘the policing languages of mastery, and cannot, do not permit new knowledge or encourage the mutual exchange of ideas.’
2) Use concrete imagery when you write about large, abstract themes
The Polish poet Wislawa Szymborska, who won the Nobel for literature in 1996, ran a column giving advice to writers in the Polish newspaper Literary Life. In one great piece of writing advice, Szymborska told an aspiring poet the following (her advice applies to fiction authors too):
‘You’ve managed to squeeze more lofty words into three short poems than most poets manage in a lifetime: ‘Fatherland,’ ‘truth,’ ‘freedom,’ ‘justice’: such words don’t come cheap. Real blood flows in them, which can’t be counterfeited with ink.’
This ties into Morrison’s writing advice. When writing tips from authors who are widely respected overlap, it merits taking especial notice. Grand or historical themes are best conveyed and made into stories by using what is concrete and particular. Instead of describing a character who ‘loves freedom’, for example, describe a character’s actions and experiences that demonstrate this love of freedom. This gives readers a more visual and empathetic reading experience.
3) Work stories out in your head when you can’t write
The Canadian author Alice Munro, who was given the Nobel for Literature in 2013, has dedicated her writing life almost exclusively to the short story. When asked whether she always plots a story first, Munro says:
‘Usually, I have a lot of acquaintance with the story before I start writing it. When I didn’t have regular time to give to writing, stories would just be working in my head for so long that when I started to write I was deep into them.’
To add to this, you could keep a voice recorder or use the voice note function on a smartphone to record ideas or sentences for your novel as they occur to you. This will help you keep creating even when you have fewer moments to sit down and write.
4) Make people believe in your story first and foremost
The Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982. The celebrated author of novels such as Cien años de soledad (translated as A Hundred Years of Solitude) was also a journalist. When asked about the difference between journalism and writing fiction, Marquez answered thus:
‘In journalism just one fact that is false prejudices the entire work. In contrast, in fiction one single fact that is true gives legitimacy to the entire work. That’s the only difference, and it lies in the commitment of the writer. A novelist can do anything he wants so long as he makes people believe in it.’
This last sentence is key: It doesn’t matter if you write realist fiction set in contemporary London or futuristic sci-fi set in a Mars colony. Create believable characters who have credible motivations and flaws, immersive settings and realistic tensions and conflicts and your fiction will feel believable.
5) Don’t focus on the end goal excessively as you write
Of all the writing tips from authors, the advice John Steinbeck gave remains some of the best. In the Fall 1975 issue of The Paris Review (excerpted by The Atlantic here), Steinbeck writes:
‘Abandon the idea that you are ever going to finish. Lose track of the 400 pages and write just one page for each day, it helps. Then when it gets finished, you are always surprised.’
It’s easy to feel either impatient or overwhelmed if you focus only on when your novel will be finished. Focus on the task at hand instead. Write just one page today: it’s one more page than you had yesterday. Then write another page tomorrow (continue this approach and your daily page count will likely increase as you gain momentum).

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8 writing tips from authors who won the Nobel
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Since there were not a lot of replies to the last one, I am going to re issue out the
same member interview!
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THIS MONTH IN HISTORY: Ernest Hemingway (1899 – 1961) served as an ambulance
driver in Italy during World War I, and on July 8, 1918, he was badly wounded by
mortar fire—yet he managed to help Italian soldiers reach safety. The action earned
him an Italian Silver Medal of Valor. That honor was paralleled almost 30 years later
when the U.S. awarded him a Bronze Star for courage displayed while covering the
European theater in World War II as a journalist. His articles appeared in Collier’s and
other magazines.
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CHARACTER CREATION - This month's challenge is to create a character who's main
trait is that they're prideful.

MEMBER INTERVIEW - Nice to meet you!
1. Who is your hero? xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
2. If you could live anywhere, where would it be? xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
3. What is your biggest fear?xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
4. Would you rather vacation in Hawaii or Alaska, and why?xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
5. What would you change about yourself if you could?xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
6. What really makes you angry?xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
7. What motivates you to work hard? xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
8. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?xxxxxxxx
9. Who is your favorite author?xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
10. What is your proudest accomplishment?xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
11. Do you like or dislike surprises? Why or why not?xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
12. What is your favorite book to read?xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
13. What makes you laugh the most? xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
14. What was the last movie you went to? What did you think?xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
15. What did you want to be when you were small? xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
16. If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would theyx
be?xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
17. If you could choose to do anything for a day, what would it be?xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
18. What is your favorite game/video game or sport to watch and play? xxxxxxxxxx
19. Would you rather ride a bike, ride a horse, or drive a car? xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
20. What would you sing at Karaoke night?xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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1. Who is your hero? 
2. If you could live anywhere, where would it be? 
3. What is your biggest fear?
4. Would you rather vacation in Hawaii or Alaska, and why?
5. What would you change about yourself if you could?
6. What really makes you angry?
7. What motivates you to work hard? 
8. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
9. Who is your favorite author?
10. What is your proudest accomplishment?
11. Do you like or dislike surprises? Why or why not?
12. What is your favorite book to read?
13. What makes you laugh the most?
14. What was the last movie you went to? What did you think?
15. What did you want to be when you were small? 
16. If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be?
17. If you could choose to do anything for a day, what would it be?
18. What is your favorite game/video game or sport to watch and play? 
19. Would you rather ride a bike, ride a horse, or drive a car?
20. What would you sing at Karaoke night?
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So we do have a new suggestions form! Please feel free to fill it out so that we may
have some ideas for what YOU all want from us in the Arcanium! Link to the Form!

We do have a feedback survey here and would greatly appreciate to have it filled
out! Link To Survey
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