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Dargonzine 30-2 Editorial

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DargonZine 30, Issue 2

By: Jon Evans | Current Issue, Editorials

Well, it’s that time of year again – we just had our (sort of) annual Summit, which means I generally come back and write an editorial about the Summit. It’s easy, because I’ve got material ready at hand to discuss. The downfall is, it’s almost always the same: “I loved Summit, it was so great, it was awesome seeing everyone again and I got writing done!” Well … it’s true. I do love Summit. The ...

Dargonzine 30-1 Editorial

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DargonZine 30, Issue 1

By: Jon Evans | Archive, Editorials

Some folks say that variety is the spice of life, and if so, then it’s a variety of beliefs that create the spice of drama. After all, if everyone believed the same things, then everyone would get along, mostly, and there would be less conflict. And without conflict, there is no story to tell. Conflict isn’t just saying A versus B, however – in literature, you have to build believability behind the conflict, and put into perspective ...

Dargonzine 29-2 Editorial

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DargonZine 29, Issue 2

By: Jon Evans | Archive, Editorials

Writing is challenging. This is not a task to be taken lightly, and certainly not one to go into expecting an immediate level of satisfaction. I can pump out one thousand words a day, but do I feel good about them? Am I satisfied with the quality of the work I've done? Will I ever be? It's as much a battle of writing words on a page as it is of one's ego, because even ...

Dargonzine 29-1 Editorial

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DargonZine 29, Issue 1

By: Jon Evans | Archive, Editorials

It's only the beginning of May, and it's been a hell of a year -- and not in a good way. Both major US political parties are in an uproar, the coming election in the States looks like it might be Trump vs Clinton which is likely interpreted by outside parties as an entertaining clash between a Reality TV Star and the First Cuckquean (look it up) of America. What could be considered a bigger tragedy, however, are ...

Dargonzine 28-2 Editorial

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DargonZine 28, Issue 2

By: Jon Evans | Archive, Editorials

So, round about this time every year, I have an Editorial that covers the annual Dargon Summit. This year is no different. That being said, I don't want to bore you with the same old, same old. Is it one of the great bonding experiences of being a Dargon author? Yes. Had attendance (sadly) dropped off? Yes. Am I eager to get more folks wrapped into next year's Summit? Of course. ...

Nessis Romen Gets a Date

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DargonZine 28, Issue 2

By: Jim Owens | Editorials, Stories

The fall of night is always a mysterious and dangerous time. Across the city of Dargon people work to complete tasks and chores before the setting of the sun and the loss of the day's light make work difficult or impossible. Oil lamps and candles and torches can extend the day by a bit, maybe by a bell or two, but it is best to work by day and sleep by night. Such is the rhythm of life. Not everyone, ...

Dargonzine 28-1 Editorial

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DargonZine 28, Issue 1

By: Jon Evans | Archive, Editorials

It's been a very busy few months for me. Everyone is busy, I know. When are we supposed to find time to write? Well, arguably, we're supposed to prioritize the things we love, and I have recently gone back to the sport of fencing after a 12 year hiatus. That has been extraordinarily good for me -- sadly, limited to one night a week. But I've also been incredibly bogged down in work and trying ...

Dargonzine 27-4 Editorial

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DargonZine 27, Issue 4

By: Jon Evans | Archive, Editorials

Writing editorials is a bit like writing stories for Dargon, but with a lot less peer review, and I don't have to conform to any set pattern, historical information, or what have you. It's freeing, really. But while they sometimes fly off the page, there are other times when writing the editorial is like drilling out my own cavities, and purposely not using Novocain. Not fun. So, in the instance that the editorial is not striking ...

Dargonzine 27-3 Editorial

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DargonZine 27, Issue 3

By: Jon Evans | Archive, Editorials

Last issue, I was racing to get my Editorial in before Liam yelled at me. This issue, I'm two weeks behind the calendar, but he somehow has been nice enough not to ding me too much. Must be under a bit of pressure himself. The big news around the country, and much of the world, recently has been about the reemergence of Ebola, particularly here in the United States of America. The rage of conservatives and liberals are, ...

Dargonzine 27-2 Editorial

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DargonZine 27, Issue 2

By: Jon Evans | Archive, Editorials

It's that time of the quarter, again, and I'm expected to write another Editorial.  (In truth, Liam will be sending me a scolding reminder e-mail any mene now, but I'm hoping I hit "Send" before he does.) (He actually had 12 hours to spare - L.) But where to start?  We have a vast amount of possible topics, not least of which is my recent tradition of featuring specific Dargon authors each month.  However, what with the impending Independence Day ...