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The Importance of Fairy Tales

The Importance of Fairy Tales

Fairy tales are more than stories. Fairy tales teach children ways to view their world. They provide schemas for understanding the world. After analyzing the importance of fairy tales, it appears their impact touches on more than children, adults too, gain lessons...

Learning to Drive Creativity

Learning to Drive Creativity

During my senior year of high school, my government teacher commonly told me that learning doesn’t happen in a vacuum. When we learn about a subject, our brains link the new material to other, seemingly unrelated ideas. Our brains are extraordinary machines, that make...

Thinking Bigger About ESP

Thinking Bigger About ESP

Part of thinking about Orange Nebula’s battle cry to “think bigger,” causes me to explore the realms of possibility. Our brains house our creative genius, with each one of us able to create something incredible. What if our brains were able to do more? What if we had...

Upgrade Your Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reading Habits

Upgrade Your Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reading Habits

This piece is about how I was a moron, but also how I'm all better now, and about how much better it is being better instead of being a not-better-yet moron. It's like this: at some point, I stopped reading short stories. This may not seem like a big deal, but that...

Battling Impostor Syndrome

Battling Impostor Syndrome

Sitting in a meeting, I am straddled by two behemoths of creative design. Across from me are others who craft incredible worlds. Here I am during my first week of joining the Orange Nebula team dumbstruck by the realization that they have allowed me in. In the back of...

Origins of Creepy Dolls

Origins of Creepy Dolls

As a child, my grandmother stored the vacuum cleaner in the hallway, hidden only by this human-sized doll designed to hide the vacuum under her long skirt. By-the-way this doll stood at roughly the same height as my 4’ 11” grandmother.  It stayed and was...

Cultivating Creativity: Big C / Little C Thinking

Cultivating Creativity: Big C / Little C Thinking

The Orange Nebula Flight Crew talks a lot about creativity. While I know people familiar with the Outpost, either blog or podcast, knows we certainly address this topic quite a bit. Recently, we’ve talked about how parenting has caused our creativity to adapt, how...

The Appeal of Conspiracy Theories

The Appeal of Conspiracy Theories

Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber, was part of MKUltra - the government-funded mind control program. This is my favorite conspiracy theory. I absolutely love it and up until literally 20 minutes ago, I believed it. This presents an interesting reality to conspiracy...

The “Limping Ladies” of the Creative World

The “Limping Ladies” of the Creative World

Watching a video featuring a former CIA employee in charge of creating disguises and I'm struck by a throw-away line about a woman named Virginia Hall as the master of disguise. Referred to as the “Limping Lady” and labeled the most dangerous spy against the Reich....

Introducing Plunder Pods!

Introducing Plunder Pods!

What are shrouded in mystery, constantly changing, and plump full of goodies? PLUNDER PODS! Plunder Pod is a monthly giveaway of mystery treats, merch, and swag given out to the O-Neb community. Each pod will be different, and we reserve the right to make...