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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
28
answered A letter of recommendation
Aug
28
answered How could my friend publish his Steve Jobs biography?
Aug
25
answered Does this FAQ accurately convey the mission of DIY.SE?
Aug
25
revised Does this FAQ accurately convey the mission of DIY.SE?
edited tags
Aug
25
awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
24
comment How would one use punctuation to indicate tone changes?
Why do you consider it necessary to indicate the change using only punctuation? Consider: He's a _different_ sort of person, I suppose,, or "He's a different sort of person, I suppose," said Keith. He paused on "different" when he said it, making the word sound like a question, and hardly a subtle one. Punctuation only goes so far :P
Aug
24
answered Finding words through meanings
Aug
23
awarded  Revival
Aug
23
comment “All of a sudden…” ?
@Unreason: Thanks :) I'm not sure I understand what you're trying to correct - if I read a book, and the last line is "Standback, I am Oberon the King of Fairies and I AM WATCHING YOU," I'm not reacting to something that happened suddenly. It wasn't written suddenly; I didn't read it suddenly. The suddenness is in my reaction to it - my train of thought was wondering who's got that darn Maltese Falcon, and as a result of something unsudden, I am now suddenly reacting in an entirely different way (even if my response is to do nothing). That's what I meant by "the reaction is sudden."
Aug
22
comment What are jobs that prefer or require MFAs in Creative Writing?
Here is a discouraging portrayal of post-MFA career paths tending to be very oriented towards teaching at junior college/university level.
Aug
22
accepted What's the distinction between “vanity publishing” and “self publishing”?
Aug
22
comment What are good criteria to consider when looking to enroll in an MFA program?
I'm not sure I agree. "Being successful" in literature is a tall order, and is a lot more dependent on the writer than his teachers. I don't think any department can offer any kind of guarantee; there are a lot of great writers, but I'm familiar with very few teachers who could be described as pivotal mentors to large groups of fledgeling writers.
Aug
22
comment Pros and Cons of different styles of publishing
@Jürgen: Not exclusive, no, but rather more typical, at least to my humble knowledge. I'm not aware of self-published authors selling these types of rights; if I'm mistaken, by all means edit appropriately :) And: en.wiktionary.org/wiki/saleable
Aug
21
answered “All of a sudden…” ?
Aug
21
comment What's the distinction between “vanity publishing” and “self publishing”?
OK, that makes sense. What about the other way? If I offer authors a package deal of, say, copyediting, cover design, e-distribution and POD+delivery - does that mean I'm a vanity publisher?
Aug
21
revised Pros and Cons of different styles of publishing
vanity vs. self-pub
Aug
21
comment What's the distinction between “vanity publishing” and “self publishing”?
So what would a "legit vanity publisher" be, and would such an entity be distinct from self-publishing?
Aug
21
comment Pros and Cons of different styles of publishing
Since I wasn't sure, I decided to ask :)
Aug
21
asked What's the distinction between “vanity publishing” and “self publishing”?
Aug
20
revised Pros and Cons of different styles of publishing
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