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This 'about me' will probably be updated when I have the time to edit every site-profile manually, and when I can be more active on the network.

Till then, this remains a placeholder account with all of my previous questions, comments, and whatever else is tied to my alias on SE.

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Nov
12
comment How should I execute this idea?
@dmm Heh -_- That was a joke, right?
Oct
7
comment Trouble with punctuation and style of a sentence
"Punctuating long stacked dependent/relative clauses"?
Oct
2
comment Is there enough money in writing for me to quit my dead end job?
Yup. Furthermore, for practice, lessen the time you write everyday, commit yourself to one project, work on it for a year or so (reading about writing, rewriting, reviewing at critique circles, etc) and then try it at Amazon Direct Publishing or something similar. If you feel up to it, you could even try first-hand marketing through open social networks (twitter, Reddit, G+, etc) or tailored forums (sorry, can't remember any ATM).
Sep
26
comment Should I use present or past tense when the narrator talks about an universal/most-often-true statement?
@AlexandroChen Yes. Past tense, third-person.
Sep
25
comment Should I use present or past tense when the narrator talks about an universal/most-often-true statement?
It confuses me only when, from the POV (omniscient/limited/etc.) of the narration (not the narrator, if it exists), the sentence discusses a universal/most-often-true statement. For that I usually use the same tense as the rest of the narration. - When it's internal dialog/monologue, I just write it so it sounds right, as spoken dia/mono-log; and it is.
Sep
10
comment How to shorten meandering dialogue?
First: more body language. It'll make the remaining dialog lines flow better. And was the first speaker a therapist or sth? S/he was discussing relationships so s/he should be more... interactive. Body language will help with variety and might shorten some otherwise unwieldy spoken lines. Second, avoid redundancy whenever viable. A reader's working memory is much better than a listener's so your dialog doesn't need to be as low-entropy as spoken dialog. I only skimmed through so don't hold me to it.
Sep
1
comment Can Readers Relate to a Book without Humans?
@LaurenI, So you can't recommend only one of Cherryh's works? Use whatever criteria you want, just say which of her books (or series) you think is the most... well, round/whole/though-out/worth-it/ etc.
Aug
31
comment Can Readers Relate to a Book without Humans?
(CONT'D) Biology, ecology, history and contemporary society are what ultimately decides how 'human' the aliens are. So other challenges would be: How and in what ways are they similar/different to us given the differences in everything in their environment (which is what what shaped them) to ours (what shaped us), and why are they similar/different in these ways?
Aug
31
comment Can Readers Relate to a Book without Humans?
Mot answers here seem to imply that 'humanness' is purely biological/anatomical. Seriously, I've seen too many wooden, stupid, unsympathetic, and plainly, too me, non-human human characters to count. On the other hand, I can't see why elves or hobbits are any less 'human' than the biological humans in LOTR. From the OP's description, his characters seem to be mostly 'human-like'. What I'd really be concerned about in his shoes is the social/sentience/sapience differences they'd have compared to us. (-->)
Aug
31
comment Can Readers Relate to a Book without Humans?
Asked to recommend just one of her books (your favorite or the one you want to read most), which would you choose?
Aug
20
comment Making a female character sound more boyish/masculine
Can you post the link to the website you mentioned?
Aug
16
comment Characters with non-standard names
So it's not so much as 'unfamiliar/uncommon names are bad/hard to keep up with', but rather about the ease of pronunciation of the name (the phonemes used, length, name-chain structure, etc). So, would you recommend anglicizing foreign/weird sounding names?
Aug
10
comment Declaring short forms in an essay
How about "<published name> (henceforth <shortened, recurring name>)..." ?
Aug
10
comment How to write in past tense?
I believe it's slightly different as I've seen writing where "now" is used in pieces that are entirely in past tense. Rough example: "Now he found it. Now he was mesmerized.", or something like that.
Aug
10
comment How to write in past tense?
Ugh! Now I forgot it! The moment I started thinking what it might be, my mind divided by zero and queried offline neurons! Also related, I think, is "How do we use 'now' and 'then' in past/3rd-person writing?".
Aug
4
comment Hand gestures of “Come on” and other short words
What's wrong with: "He signaled for his partner to follow." or "He swayed his hands in a 'bring it on!' provocation."?
Jul
6
comment Affordable way to translate sentences?
Stay clear from language-learning, non-forum sites (like livemocha). From experience, I wouldn't call the translations from users their (from most of them, anyway) 'artistic'. Also, you can pick up translate stories in both English and the original language you want, find the 'idea' you're looking for in the English text, online-translate a keyword from the text (it must be a word that stands out) and look for it in the equivalent section in the original book, then compare and patch. Too risky and bothersome, but it worked for me at least once ;)
Jul
6
comment Affordable way to translate sentences?
Automated; next-to-impossible. Human; mostly unreliable (not many can carry a 'style' safely through translation). Forum-based; unreliable for the same reasons human-translation-services are, but it's free and you'll be able to discuss what you want with the volunteer user. Downsides of asking on forums, you probably can't use the translation in a commercial work without proper agreement with the translator, and it's not professional, it's by design voluntary and mostly amateur work, but you might get lucky.
Jul
5
comment Project Management Software Using Google Drive
Can't you just use notes in Google Docs? I don't use it so I don't know if it even has that; but if it does you can just add notes with status updates and the like. You can also have a doc that's never deleted or renamed, list the to-do points and their statuses; everyone updates it as necessary. No SW addon solutions I'm aware of.
Jul
3
comment Using the Minto Pyramid
I think the more complete answer would be to discuss all necessary dependencies (maybe B is imperative for understanding Why while A isn't as much) and save the other low-level points for an 'Origins' or 'Development' section that's to come after the higher-level ones are finished.