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I dabble in writing; I've become increasingly proficient in keeping my condescending nature in check. Haven't written much though. Working on that.

A lot of my experience comes from reading, from books on writing, and from blogs on writing. I've also done a lot of critiquing at Critters.org, and reviewing at The Fix Online. Science-fiction and fantasy are my natural stomping grounds, but everything else is good too.


Aug
20
comment “All of a sudden…” ?
Could you give us an example or two where you've been having problems? What is it about your writing or your feedback that makes you feel your use of these phrases is not effective?
Aug
19
awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
17
comment How to create space
Great question! Some focus would be very helpful - what setting are you working in? Do you have a good idea of a mileau you're trying to get across, and you're not managing to? Or do you yourself see the story setting as being vague, indistinct, or unimportant? What have you written about the setting, which has proved insufficient?
Aug
16
comment Pros and Cons of different styles of publishing
@Kate: But a wide-array answer - or an array of them - doesn't answer that very well. "I'm considering publishing strategy X for writing project Y" is answerable and constructive. "What are the dangers of vanity publishing?" is also helpful, but "My epic vampire saga is great, will vanity self-publishing maximize my profits?" or "Can vanity publishers be trusted to print my autobiographical recipe book professionally and in high quality?" are ever so much better targeted. SE doesn't do well with addressing broad generalities- you find yourself voting between essays and worldviews, not answers.
Aug
16
comment Pros and Cons of different styles of publishing
@John: Yeah, I know. Not gonna keep me from griping about it, though :P Seriously, I've never had any qualms about edtting others' posts, but the purpose is usually to improve their answer - not contradict it outright. That's kinda what community wiki posts are for, and even that gets arguments.
Aug
16
comment Pros and Cons of different styles of publishing
@Kate: The "who would win" was a clear exaggeration; he boiled it down much more succinctly in the comments‌​: what problem are you trying to solve?
Aug
16
comment Pros and Cons of different styles of publishing
So on the one hand, I find myself trying to write a thorough answer, and of course half of it is repeating what others have said. OTOH, I don't want to just edit somebody else's answer into something they might disagree with. And back on the first hand, the SE blog just posted this, which I agree with pretty wholeheartedly. I do not like this question.
Aug
16
comment Press Kit proof-read in exchange for an app license?
No worries :) Sorry about the link - should've been meta.writers.stackexchange.com/questions/301 .
Aug
16
revised Press Kit proof-read in exchange for an app license?
edited tags
Aug
15
comment Press Kit proof-read in exchange for an app license?
Hi! i'm afraid proofreading requests are off-topic here, but asking where to find proofreading services is on-topic. I'm editing your question accordingly. More details here; in a nutshell, the FAQ discourages looking for writing/editing/publishing services ("Question is not about: Finding a professional to write for you, be your agent, etc."), except as per our critique guidelines.
Aug
15
revised Press Kit proof-read in exchange for an app license?
removed off-topic proofreading request
Aug
14
comment Pros and Cons of different styles of publishing
Well, yeah. That's where a lot of the bad reputation comes from. (Hint: it was pretty foolhardy earlier, too.)
Aug
14
comment Pros and Cons of different styles of publishing
Define "large." Certainly some people self-publish print runs for commercial purposes. Self-publishing existed before the internet got so nifty :)
Aug
14
comment Pros and Cons of different styles of publishing
Also, downvoted because this really seems like a broad discussion topic rather than an answerable question. Not that that's going to keep me from answering it :P
Aug
14
comment Pros and Cons of different styles of publishing
Self-published is not simply e-publishing, nor POD. Self-publishing is any venture where you are marketing a book that has not been bought by a publisher. Literally: there is no publisher involved but yourself; all publishing-related efforts have been either carried out or paid for by the author.
Aug
12
revised On writing an essay, what are some good techniques to teach to schoolchildren?
edited tags
Aug
11
answered Do you need to get author's permission to quote him in a non-fiction book?
Aug
11
comment Do you need to get author's permission to quote him in a non-fiction book?
Could you explain the book idea and how you intend to use quotes by this author? At least in general terms. ("This is a work of literary criticism examining the author's work," or "This is a biographical piece and I use quotes from this author to illustrate theme and atmosphere.") How you use the quotes and for what purpose is crucial to answering the question.
Aug
9
awarded  Enlightened
Aug
8
awarded  Nice Answer