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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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Jun
29
comment Does the country matter in a story if it is set in a real one?
Although radical patriotism is out there, I firmly believe that honest, productive devotion to one's country (notice: 'country', not 'homeland') is something that should be aspired to. That said, you're describing "adding cultural traits to an existing mind-image of a real place". Do what you want if you don't specify the country. If you specify one because of a trait you want to use (like earthquakes in Japan) then you'll have to include all the cultural baggage and keep in mind riceballs, honorifics, annual festivals, CRT displays, etc.
Jun
28
comment Intervening Characters in fiction
@user5438, Notify a user of your reply by including @<username> in your comment. \\ See: The Watcher and The Chessmaster.
Jun
27
comment Intervening Characters in fiction
Um. Like the G-Man? (From the Half-Life series.)
Jun
26
comment How to tell if a fiction workshopping site protects my rights?
If you can find it, it's published. If you can't, it may or may not be; there're more ways to find text on the web than just Google.
Jun
4
comment Gadgets that make the world/story broken
Commenting on the Harry Potter example: it looks to me that the Harry Potter Universe supports (or maybe requires) 'stable time loops'. Many of what the trio did after they traveled back in time elicited reactions from their past selves, reactions we'd already seen when it'd been their 'present'. Voldemort was already alive, so I think his past can't include him dying in anyway.
May
27
comment Finding words through meanings
What about WordNet? The 'concept' could an uncommon sense of an existing word. The writer first needs to think of a 'close enough' word and work their way through WN's synonym trees from there.
May
27
comment How can I search for words by meaning/definition?
For late comers, I now use WordNet to do this. It does need more work than I first imagined it would, but it's worth it. Find the word with the sense nearest to the meaning/concept you're looking for, then navigate your way from there (hypernyms/synonyms/hyponyms/etc) and hopefully you find it soon.
May
25
comment How best to format a novel written in Markdown
But those 'several hours of experimentation' are a one-time deal, no? Since the MS format is largely consistent among publishers, only one markdown->RTF template should be needed, if I understand correctly. In other words: apart from the time it'd take, is this detour technically worth it?
May
25
comment Is dialogue in a novel necessary, or just padding?
A simple workaround is to assume the character to have been born deaf (hence, also mute). This would also justify whatever advanced language you use through his voice, since he learned it all through books, etc. \\ Simple to consider; but, I think, very difficult to tackle.
May
13
comment What is the term for an accessible character that knows nothing?
I'd like to nominate "neophyte".
May
13
comment What do you do if you enjoy writing, but have no ideas?
I get ideas as spontaneous monologues; then the idea matures, I form a mental map; a timeline, the main axis, connects characters, events, and other components together and defines their relations. A curious case of ideasthethia means that putting such an abstract mental map to a physical medium remains beyond me. And I can't tell at first whether an idea is worth it, so I jot down the monologue on the spot. \\ That much? That's unexpected. You mentioned some wildly disparate ideas from your writing here before; to think they're all MLP FF! \\ Any other web personas I can contact you through?
May
12
comment Placing similes at the beginning and at the end of a sentence
you cannot connect "pouring an ingredient" to "washing hands like a surgeon." Mad scientists can do that and more! But the character here seems to be a bartender so, yeah. It's more about the characterization and how much flavor your characters add to your narrative voice, which is generally assumed, at the beginning of reading, to be impartial, esp 3rd-p narrations. Would your character be making a drink, smile sinisterly on the inside, and wash their hands like a surgeon because... You get the idea.
May
12
comment What do you do if you enjoy writing, but have no ideas?
I wasn't notified. \\ Then you must have a hell of a concentration ability :) My mind is somewhat like perfume/spirits; ideas are always very brittle so I have to blurt them out to a recorder and end up the idiot of the scene whenever I'm outside. - I don't watch MLP but I'm aware of it, esp its FF scene. What about it?
May
11
comment What do you do if you enjoy writing, but have no ideas?
Also, 3 Q's: How fast do you 1. concept-write? 2. type? 3. handwrite?
May
11
comment What do you do if you enjoy writing, but have no ideas?
Me wants to read!
Apr
29
comment How to assure your plot isn't a carbon copy of another story?
Also, using that method you could be, unintentionally, suggesting to the reader that, yes, it is just another rip-off...
Apr
27
comment Where can I find a good vocabulary list?
Also, I've yet to see any online dictionary with pronunciations as clear as theirs. In fact, compared to the next best contender, Macmillan's online English Dictionary, Vocabulary.com's pronunciation recording's are crystal clear. It's only American, though, AFAICT.
Apr
27
comment Background speech with foreground dialogue
Shouldn't the speaker's lines be cut in-between? The characters get more face time (and I assume the speaker doesn't get any stage direction/narration apart from dialog) so I expect words to be lost from the speaker's speech in the transcription (here, 'transcription' is what you show in dialog, as opposed to outline/summarize in narration).
Apr
25
comment Visual methods of plot development?
I have to ask: is the Mac OS really that prominent in the literature/publishing industry?
Apr
24
comment Best Practices To Learn By Reading?
Just to make this clear, quickly: Writers.SE is not a forum, neither is any other SE site. This is a Question/Answer site and you're using it correctly so far. This is, AFAICT, on-topic. I've seen optimal results reading during daytime, no caffeine or any other stimulants, with background classical or abstract music (trance/ambient/etc).