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Programmer by day, writer by night.

Java web developer with experience in Spring, JSP, DHTML, Javascript, yatta yatta yatta.

I love Science-Fiction, Fantasy, and all the less easily classified forms of speculative fiction. While my writing is typically within these genres, I will read almost anything, fiction or non-fiction.


Oct
7
comment Formatting for stage, television, and the silver screen
I was hoping for an answer that either contains a good list of formatting rules or links to a good list. Failing that, I've accepted an answer for a book on the subject. I'm not really interested in just buying software that purports to format for me. I should be able to do it myself, if I so choose. Even if I do end up using software, I'm a firm believer in knowing the basics before relying on a software crutch.
Jul
26
comment How Much Can You Make From Writing a Book?
@Steven - The numbers I had originally posted were rough numbers from "traditional" publishing. Self-publishing electronically will produce significantly different royalty rates. And, as I mentioned, the electronic market is still pretty wild and these numbers may be volatile for some time.
Apr
25
comment Will my readers feel like they are reading a children's storybook if there are illustrations in my novel?
Yes, specifically comic books (as opposed to newspaper-style shorts). "Graphic novel" is basically equivalent to "comic book," but the term is more often applied to comic books of a serious, literary tone, aimed at an adult audience, as "comic book" has a strong superhero/childish connotation. See good ol' wikipedia.
Apr
25
comment Will my readers feel like they are reading a children's storybook if there are illustrations in my novel?
With graphic novels becoming more of a mainstream, "adult" thing, I suspect many of today's readers will be open to something like this. However, it may depend heavily on your audience.
Apr
18
comment How to refer to character of focus in a story
@Lynn - I like your advice of "clarity first, variety second." I think the danger here is a pathological fear of pronouns. Sometimes the author feels the need to use a different descriptor every time the character is mentioned. It's the same sort of fear that causes people to pepper their story with Swifties just to avoid using "said." Better to stick with the pronouns (or the said's), which most readers won't notice, than to overcompensate.
Apr
18
comment How to refer to character of focus in a story
This is very good advice. Not only does it slim down your prose, but implicitly showing everything from a character's perspective helps the reader get under that character's skin, so to speak.
Apr
18
comment How to avoid getting confused while adding symbols within symbols (novel writing)?
+1 "Anything that you (the author) finds confusing, your readers will definitely find confusing."
Mar
24
comment How many writers use fountain pens/dip pens today?
@iajrz - I'm starting to work on the the excerpts today. I'll probably post some meta discussions to work through some of our messed-up tags.
Mar
23
comment How many writers use fountain pens/dip pens today?
@iajrz - I think both fall under the term "tools" just fine. If anything, I think we should add the "software" tag to all those questions that don't have it.
Mar
21
comment Help! I've got Writer's Block
I'd suggest looking at this thread, which lists many places where you can find writing prompts.
Mar
8
comment Does giving away free stories boost sales?
Seems like a very complicated issue to me. If freebies do increase sales, do they increase them enough to offset the losses? And how long does it take? Is there a maximum of freebies where they stop paying off? I would love to see some real-world figures for particular authors.
Mar
8
comment What's the benefit of using invented languages in-story?
@rianjs - Great find! It's nice to see some examples from real life.
Mar
7
comment What's the benefit of using invented languages in-story?
@TehShrike - Even worse when the foreign word translates to "The Chosen One" (which is usually does).
Mar
3
comment Which techniques can I use to become a better editor when editing my own writing?
I really like #1. I have never heard that before, but it sounds like a good idea.
Mar
2
comment What's a good program for tracking submissions?
I find an ordinary spreadsheet to be perfectly adequate. I have one row per submission, with columns for the story title, the periodical title, date submitted, expected response time (if they list it), the response date, and the response (accept, reject, rewrite).
Feb
9
comment How important is typing speed to a successful writing career?
Related question.
Feb
3
comment Why are papers written in a two column format?
Could this be expanded upon? What exactly is "optimal" supposed to mean in this case? Is there a word limit per line where text becomes hard to read? If multiple columns are optimal, why do many things, like novels, never use this format?
Feb
1
comment How to handle foreign military ranks?
I would always strongly caution against a "wall of text" strategy for anything. Two characters discussing the rank system (or comparing it to one familiar to the reader) is a better alternative, provided the situation allows for this to occur naturally. I like the fourth option, but it could become confusing if characters cover a wide spectrum of ranks.
Jan
21
comment What's a good way to backup your writing?
@John - I did not say they're identical. Version control and backup are not strictly the same thing, but most version control software can be used for backup. You may not have yours set up that way, but it's common for the version control server to be a separate machine from the machine you work on. In that case, it functions just fine as a backup.
Jan
20
comment What's a good way to backup your writing?
Even free Dropbox accounts can undo revisions and deletions for 30 days. The process is explained on their webpage. That said, it certainly never hurts to have multiple backup systems.