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bio website jerrykindall.com
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I'm a technical writer at Tecplot, Inc., makers of fine data visualization software for aerospace/CFD, oil and gas exploration, and general scientific/engineering uses. Python is my Swiss Army Knife of choice. I use it to help build and validate our documentation and help, among other things. I also have some proficiency with HTML, XML, AppleScript, C#, C, and if anyone ever has a question about 6502 assembly language, I'm your man. :-)


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answered What's “fair use” for borrowing someone else's invented term?
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answered Should I start work on a sequel before I have sold my book?
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answered Author's notes: yay or nay?
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revised How little “fantasy” can be in a story and it still be recognizably fantasy?
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answered How little “fantasy” can be in a story and it still be recognizably fantasy?
Jul
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comment 2nd Draft- Fix spelling/grammar or plot first?
Good question. I suppose I was in a more "don't scare off new writers" mood when I wrote that. :-) Here I'm talking more about an ideal, a goal to be striven for (in, as always, my opinion) than what's actually feasible for a given writer. And even if you get there, there's still a vast gulf between "this won't embarrass me too much if it gets published" (the ideal first draft) and "this is pretty much the best I can do" (the ideal submission).
Jul
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comment 2nd Draft- Fix spelling/grammar or plot first?
I think the value of the advice depends on whether you're writing to a deadline. But if you aspire to write for a living (or a significant portion of one) you will eventually have deadlines, and at that point, being able to turn in publishable copy at any time is literally a valuable skill to have.
Jul
13
comment How do you reference pop culture in a dialogue without proper attribution?
... as long as you're not using a snatch of lyrics from a song. Your publisher will insist that you get permission for every song you quote, and you'll have to pay whatever the owner of the song copyright wants. (There are no compulsory licenses for lyrics, either.)
Jul
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answered 2nd Draft- Fix spelling/grammar or plot first?
Jul
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comment What's a good writing software for Android phones/tablets?
Google does have an official Docs app now for Android (it's in the Market).
Jun
27
comment No English degree, what are my chances on successfully publishing a novel?
Certainly, me too, and for posterity. :-)
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comment No English degree, what are my chances on successfully publishing a novel?
Yes, I was assuming you were interested in mainstream commercial publishing, rather than small or literary publishers. Getting an MFA would probably guarantee publication in a journal affiliated with your alma mater.
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comment No English degree, what are my chances on successfully publishing a novel?
Edited to expand on that.
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answered No English degree, what are my chances on successfully publishing a novel?
Jun
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comment Which goes first: summary, background or justification?
A lot of times I've put pure background first in software manuals, as knowing what problem the product's intended to solve, and how it addresses it, can be very useful to some readers. Those readers to whom it's not important know how to get to the next chapter.
Jun
23
comment I'm getting tired of “he said” “she said” in dialogue; how do I get around it?
I imagine Edward put his example together in a few minutes, and really doubt he intended for it to be classic literature for the ages! I agree this can be a useful technique. I find using dialog tags useful to help readers keep track of who's saying what, but that doesn't mean every utterance needs to be tagged.