Drawing of a Dungeons and Dragons character sheet. Name: Ra Alignment: CG Drawing of "tattooed, pierced Adult me." Character Sheet: Strength 7, Constitution 6, Dexterity 9, Intelligence 16, Wisdom 9, Charisma 17. Skills: Perform (jokes), Craft (art things), Knowledge (crap), handle animal

...Warriors are good at some things, like smashing things with an axe and using all kinds of weapons, and wizards are good at others, like casting spells and knowing a lot about things you may come across. Every class has its own specialties and affinities, and a group needs a diverse set of characters to be able to tackle the challenges ahead. As I playfully filled out character sheets with what I imagined my own stats would be, it made me realize-- “I've been playing the game of life all wrong.”

I had the priv­i­lege of attending the National Science Writers Conference this weekend, which was con­ve­niently about a forty minute drive from where I live. The mem­ber­ship heavily tilts toward sci­ence jour­nal­ists, but the­o­ret­i­cally includes anyone in the sci­ence com­mu­ni­ca­tion field, and

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