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Long time Linux user (currently kubuntu). Use Windows 98, and 7 when I have to. Programmed in many languages, currently using bash and awk for most things. Learning Python.

Have one project on sourceforge:

Duplex printing emulator for non-duplex printers (Linux)


Jul
17
comment Is it okay to end a novel with a cliffhanger?
Agreeing with the answers: each book should stand on its own as valid complete (satisfying) experience for the reader. Then, if there's more, great.
Jul
7
comment Is it possible for an author's first book to be popular?
Sometimes an author will self-publish a small run and later get picked up by a major publisher. If it's good, it can succeed - especially today with the Internet to spread the news for free.
Apr
22
comment What should take precedence? Rhythm or clarity?
It's kind of the wrong question. Whatever you write has to "work" for the reader. They have to understand what you're telling them and they have to feel what it means. How that gets accomplished will vary for every situation. There is no "right" answer. Clarity addresses the first issue. Rhythm, word choice, sentence structure, and lots of other things affect the second one.
Apr
22
comment What should take precedence? Rhythm or clarity?
Nit picking: "Two ridges stood on both sides" - seems to say 2 on the left and 2 on the right. If you leave out the "Two", it works - "Ridges stood on either side". Or "between two ridges, a river flowed".
Apr
22
comment Story-telling to improve writing skills?
Where I live, there have been story telling workshops and a group that met regularly for story tellers. Maybe there's something near you. The presentation form is sufficiently different than writing that the actual technical details may not transfer well, but the plots and characters and ideas will. Plus you can see immediately if you're losing the group's attention or if they react to something the way you'd like them to.
Apr
5
comment Is Mine a Convincing Argument Concerning the Effects of Censorship?
Interesting book!
Apr
3
answered Is Mine a Convincing Argument Concerning the Effects of Censorship?
Feb
26
comment Is it permissible to write a short story with little or no dialogue?
If you wrote a story just about an animal (and didn't anthropormorphize it), dialog would be impossible. That wouldn't affect the quality of the story at all.
Jan
22
answered What can I use instead of “but” and “however”?
Dec
18
answered Using LaTex medium to enhance writing
Dec
12
comment Good idea to describe the heist place before the heist begins?
As part of identifying with the protagonists, you can follow their thoughts/emotions as they plan the heist and then their discoveries/impressions as it actually goes down. This is another way of looking at the same thing this answer addresses. What does it mean to the characters? How does it affect them?
Nov
15
comment How should I execute this idea?
Continued... Sometimes a major event can trigger a major internal change - like getting caught criminally hacking, being betrayed, or some other trauma. In any case, it would be much better for the reader to figure it out by seeing the effects of the changes/realizations rather than having them labelled as such by the author or by the protagonist.
Nov
15
comment How should I execute this idea?
Enlightenment with a "small e" ;) or even the real deal is demonstrated by actions (show, don't tell). The actions can also be realizations which are part of the story. What usually happens to people is that a large number of relatively small insights add up inconspicuously and at some point a sort of critical mass is reached where the person's overall outlook or actions change enough so that they notice that they have grown/changed. Often, it takes someone else to notice the changes because gradual change can seem like nothing is happening to the person changing....
Nov
15
comment How should I execute this idea?
Enlightenment as currently used covers a lot more than "true" enlightenment. Why is he/she "hacking"? Writing about that could lead to a re-evaluation of goals. Was it worth it? Was it done in service of the "right" cause? Did all that "hacking" really change who they are? Etc. Maybe "insight" would be better than "enlightenment". Or maybe they could merge with a machine, etc. to attain some sort of techno-enlightenment, if you can find a way to make it believable and not B-movie material.
Nov
14
comment How should I execute this idea?
It might work with some in the middle and a big one at the end. E.g. A person who has a definite impression of himself - as he writes small revelations occur culminating at the end with a dramatic synthesis that he is almost completely different from who he initially thought he was. This runs parallel to a major Eastern concept of enlightenment which entails (among other things) a dropping of all preconceptions and seeing things as they really are.
Nov
14
comment Can a book be written without an antagonist?
A book length example of a story without an"overt" antagonist - at least in human form - Pincher Martin - the story of a shipwrecked man's attempt to survive on a tiny rock in the ocean.
Nov
14
comment Can a book be written without an antagonist?
It is hard to imagine a story without some "conflict". It's like physics where there needs to be a polarity or energy gradient for any work to be done. In music, there are tone poems and ambient music compositions - relatively conflict free, but they may rely on using the non-logical part of the brain to "appreciate" them whereas language definitely engages logical processes.
Oct
16
comment How should I organize my journal as plain-text files?
Tiddlywiki is cool. Never heard of it before. Thanks. Doesn't meet OPs requirements, but might be a great solution anyway.
Oct
16
comment How should I organize my journal as plain-text files?
At the risk of ignoring your precondition of plain text, I think HTML 3 or 4 is here to stay regardless of how they improve it and it allows you some things like bold, italic, and underline which are nice at times. As for layout, I prefer small files that I can set to read only once they're done. It's really easy to mass change or delete things by accident, so small files = limited liability. You didn't specify your OS, but on Linux, tools like find, grep, and recoll can make it relatively easy to find things across many files. Along the same lines, I use subdirectories to split files further.
Sep
27
comment What are these extra phrases added to the beginning of sentences called?
@JohnM.Landsberg Not likely. If you don't make mistakes, then you aren't risking enough. Although this one was just not thinking enough about it first.