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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)


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
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
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
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
Jul
1
comment How does the 10,000 hour rule apply to writing?
10,000 hours is 5 years of 8 hour working days, working 5 days a week, with no annual leave, but observing holidays. If you 'practice' anything for that long you should be an expert in it. Also, I would say that it already varies wildly only on the approach to these 10,000 hours how effective they will be.
Jun
27
comment Is it okay to quote a saying, even if i don't know who said it?
Define okay....
Jun
22
comment What literary techniques are evident in this quote?
@Craig Sefton, thanks, learned something. Still :), that particular example you should remove: 1) see more precise requirements in poetry en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alliterative_verse#Alliteration 2) stress is on ik-spoh-zher not ik-spoh-zher 3) suhn-ee does not alliterate with ik-spoh-zher
Jun
22
comment What literary techniques are evident in this quote?
@Craig Sefton, reference? (are you sure you are not thinking about en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Literary_consonance)
Jun
22
comment What literary techniques are evident in this quote?
@Craig Sefton, exactly: '-sure' portion is not at the beginning, which is requirement for alliteration.
Jun
22
comment What literary techniques are evident in this quote?
def: Repeating the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words - therefore "ex-po-sure" does not qualify; you might also check out assonance
Jun
20
comment What literary techniques are evident in this quote?
Also, you should have not deleted the migrated question english.stackexchange.com/questions/30388/literary-technique
Jun
17
comment How can I make a story bigger?
I think you first need to answer two things 1) Why are you aiming for 50-70k words? 2) Why 30k is not enough?