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bio website adrianmccarthy.com/blog
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I'm a life-long programmer with a variety of interests, including ray tracing, text processing.

I've written a murder mystery about a software engineer who discovers that solving a crime is a lot like debugging a program. Check out Blue Screen of Death at your favorite ebook retailer. A second novel, Access Violation, is in the works.


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comment Self Editing tips/tricks
"Somebody else" can be a text-to-speech feature on your computer.
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comment Keeping track of multiple plot lines
I outlined my latest with a (wide) spreadsheet. Time goes down (my story is mostly chronological). Various story locations are columns. Each cell has a very short who and what "Joe finds the hidden message". I've started using the cell color to tie the plot threads together.
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answered Publishing for Kindle
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answered I have written my first novel and I think it's ready. What next?
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comment Should you use two spaces after a period, or just a single one?
Oh the irony! The HTML in that article forces wider spaces after colons (another contentious typing conundrum), and it does it the wrong way. When the line break happens after a colon, the next line is indented by one space. I'm supposed to take typing/typesetting advice from this so-called design site? Ha! ;-)
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comment Should you use two spaces after a period, or just a single one?
According to this screenwriter, actors do a better job sight-reading scripts that have wider spaces between sentences, suggesting that the visual breaks may be important to comprehension. johnaugust.com/archives/2005/…
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answered Resources on plotting mystery stories
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answered Finding before/after examples where writing has been improved, to learn from
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answered Should you use two spaces after a period, or just a single one?
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comment Should you use two spaces after a period, or just a single one?
The article is not compelling because it conflates what you should type with how it should be typeset. Much modern typography is done with TeX, which--by default--uses wider, stretchier spaces between sentences than it does between words. We can blame the horrific plague of WYSIWYG tools for the confusion.
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comment Should you use two spaces after a period, or just a single one?
Most of the answers are conflating two distinct questions: what should you type and how should it be presented. I wrote about this several years ago. adrianmccarthy.com/blog/?p=32