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SQL because it is declarative, maths because it is truth, algorithms because they are blueprints and graphics because it can be anything.

Seen on so:

St. Peter: "How did you die?" Skychaser: "MySQL query..." St. Peter: "Your what?"

(JYelton)


Jun
13
awarded  Yearling
Dec
8
comment How to discover clichés
@Standback, clichés are not limited to the spoken word or dialogs. It can be any idea or element of a work that has been overused. TvTropes lists instances and classifies them with a list of sources. You are right in that not every instance of a figure is a cliché, but you can certainly study clichés on TvTropes. +1 to the answer
Nov
21
comment Avoiding legal issues with plot similarities between my book and a movie in production
Actually if memory serves right, it's also Boy Meets Boy since Gilgamesh.
Oct
18
comment Why shouldn't I use a pen name?
I'd like to expand the question a bit; what about the legal aspect?
Aug
23
comment How to create space
+1, excellent answer
Aug
23
comment All persons fictitious disclaimer — ideas regarding modification?
Not all businesses are organizations. See en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legal_entity for ideas on alternative terminology.
Aug
23
answered All persons fictitious disclaimer — ideas regarding modification?
Aug
23
awarded  Editor
Aug
23
revised “All of a sudden…” ?
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Aug
23
comment “All of a sudden…” ?
@Standback, dictionary defines sudden as immediate and unexpected. And indeed, in your example, something unexpected was read and furthermore that reading was immediate (some would say that every act of reading is immediate) and therefore regardless of what the reactions are something sudden happened. (Do note that introducing the reader into the reading of a story makes the example particularly atypical and contorted because it is hard to see what the 'action' is here, but it still does not justify what you said).
Aug
23
answered “All of a sudden…” ?
Aug
23
comment “All of a sudden…” ?
+1, nice points and generally a good answer. Though sometimes not really precise, for example one should notice that context can make most of the counterexamples work well (re e.g. Luke, if the conversation was about something mundane, the change of subject can be sudden. Also, the reactions are definitively not sudden: reactions are to something that happened suddenly. Your main point here is, I believe, that through reactions we experience suddenness as readers, not because it has been proscribed by the narrator.)
Aug
9
comment Front Matter in a Work in Two Volumes
TOC can be shared
Aug
9
answered Multiple POVs in a single scene
Aug
8
awarded  Commentator
Aug
8
comment How do you develop a strong female character?
Define strong character and also define strong female character.
Aug
8
comment Do writing goals really work--what are the pros and cons?
+1 for writing in the right mood; on the other hand a comment regarding the muse is unhelpful
Aug
8
answered Any suggestions to improve these three introductory paragraphs of a novel I'm writing (e.g. writing style, description and flow)?
Aug
8
answered Source ideas for monsters in a fantasy novel?
Jul
1
answered How does the 10,000 hour rule apply to writing?