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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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Jan
18
comment Parts, books, volumes, etc
The most common order I've seen is 'Volume>Book>Part>Section>Chapter>Point' but it depends on what you're writing - fiction, nonfiction, technical, and the like.
Jan
18
comment Gadgets that make the world/story broken
It could. If it's always employed to give the heroes something to chase, it would break the story. For me, anyway.
Jan
18
comment Gadgets that make the world/story broken
Also: Applied Phebotenum and all sorts of MacGuffins. When overused or when their introduction (even if mid-story) is obviously a 'Deus ex machina'.
Jan
18
comment Find Information For Describing A Nuclear Power Plant
@NeilFein: In that case, shouldn't the Q be even more general? Something like: "How to research top-secret places or settings with not much public documentary material?"
Jan
16
revised Resource for generic plot hooks?
made the link more visible
Jan
16
suggested suggested edit on Resource for generic plot hooks?
Jan
15
comment Resource for generic plot hooks?
Yup. Here's the TVTtropes 'daily' dose. See you in ten earthly days ;) Pay attention to info-box on the right of the page.
Jan
15
comment Troubles with unfamiliar locations and settings based in the real world
Also see: Deciding the setting: Real or Invented.
Jan
12
comment A cross-[What] kind of romance?
@LaurenI, 'Sapient' is 'thinking', 'wise' or 'capable of abstract thought' while 'sentience' is the ability to sense and of being aware of it. In other words, 'sentience' is consciousness (many animals have that, they just need to be able to feel and act on feelings while limited by their range of sensory info) while 'sapience' is being aware of sentience and being capable to act on that while unconstrained by the limits of the sources of sensory info.
Jan
12
revised Troubles with unfamiliar locations and settings based in the real world
felt like doing a quick editing job. Reworded and re-tagged.
Jan
12
comment Troubles with unfamiliar locations and settings based in the real world
Welcome, loldop. I reworded your question a bit and added three more tags that I felt handled something of what you're asking. Tell me if I misunderstood your question.
Jan
12
suggested suggested edit on Troubles with unfamiliar locations and settings based in the real world
Jan
12
comment A cross-[What] kind of romance?
@LaurenI, Actually, here it is. "Sapience" is the superset, "sentience" is the subset, since both parties can 'sense' and 'process' their sensory information, but in different ways, they're both sentient and sapient, sentient (organic, inorganic, ...), sapient in the same way. I don't think there could be two ways of sapience anyway. So, using something Latin, I have "trans-sentient romance"! Phew!
Jan
7
comment Researching sensitive subjects
As to kids specifically, I wholly agree with Lauren. But I'll add another piece of advice and tell you not to choose one of the kids as your hero (in the story). In other words, don't wait for one of them to strike the bell, just get the general gist of their personalities and create a hero. And I never mean to sound smug but it's just my formal ESL educ.
Jan
7
comment Researching sensitive subjects
So I guess the general advice would be: "Find a not-so-sensitive-but-still-viable source for information. Or find a sample that has already seen what you want to research.". But then you'll be talking to living subjects (instead of reading books) and this adds lots of scruples. For example, I'm not aware of any place one can volunteer in to help rape victims, and I'd rather no such place exists as they need professional help, sometimes humane unprofessional help but that's besides the point. The point is, you can't safely research 'sensitive' subjects, neither in Real Life; nor on the net.
Jan
3
comment Researching sensitive subjects
Or is it 2. Given that I believe my intentions to be unquestionably honorable and am sure of my doings/thoughts/..., how do I hide my seemingly inappropriate activity on the Internet when researching generally sensitive subjects? Notice that I specified "on the Internet", I might be of help there if that's what you meant to ask.
Jan
3
comment Researching sensitive subjects
So, to see where I can 'help' you, which of the following are you asking: 1. How do I go about researching generally sensitive subjects? Since there are a number of subjects that are seemingly universally 'sensitive'. I can't help you with that.
Jan
3
comment Researching sensitive subjects
I think the question is more general than this specific example which the OP seemed to include merely as an, well, example. IOW: "Researching sensitive subject*s*".
Dec
25
awarded  Fanatic
Dec
22
revised How to refer to character of focus in a story
Compact; clear; grammar-corrected