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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.


Jan
20
comment What's a good way to backup your writing?
I've been using Dropbox to back up my writing for several months. It's really better than just backup, because it also seamlessly synchronizes between any internet-connected computers. Also, you can bump the maximum storage on a free account up to as much as 8GB by doing the online tutorial and recruiting other users.
Jan
20
comment What's a good way to backup your writing?
I don't think these are duplicate questions, but most version control methods will also work for backing up, so anyone interested in backups may want to check out that question too.
Jan
18
comment How do you meet a writing quota?
@jae - Ah, that was not intentional. Edited to make it more obvious what's going on (hopefully).
Jan
18
comment How do you meet a writing quota?
@jae - The layout of the site is a little busy. You can try the online version by going to the "Write or Die Online" sidebar on the right side of the page, entering in a wordcount or time goal, selecting the Consequence and Grace Period, and clicking "Write -->". The page loads for me in Firefox with NoScript, but I did have to enable javascript for writeordie.com.
Jan
18
comment How do you meet a writing quota?
@jae - It's only an option. You can choose to make it severe or very easygoing.
Jan
18
comment Techniques for writing internal monologue
You make several excellent points, but I don't completely agree with your first paragraph. To me, italics for thoughts are similar to quotation marks for speech, and can be an aid to the reader – especially if the "he thought" is at the end or middle of the thought, rather than up front.
Jan
18
comment How do you meet a writing quota?
@Dori - Do you know of a particular app that does the transcription well? In most cases, I've found that computer language recognition is iffy at best.
Jan
18
comment What are the advantages of incorporation for a writer?
@Charles - "Pedantic" is perhaps a bad word to use, with its rather negative connotations. However, I don't believe there is anything wrong with pointing out mistakes to the original poster so they can be fixed (or editing them yourself, if you have adequate rep).
Jan
15
comment Citation in AP style journalism
@Caveatrob - I do not personally own the stylebook. Perhaps someone who does could weigh in? The website does say "AP Stylebook Online has additional content beyond what is included in the AP Stylebook," but it seems like it would be rather odd if the section on citation was online-only.
Jan
14
comment What are the advantages of incorporation for a writer?
@jae - As writers, we ought to be pedantic about language, right? Typo fixed.
Jan
14
comment How to sell novel excerpts as short stories
In response to your first paragraph - if I sell rights to the short story/chapter/excerpt, then go on to try and sell the whole novel (which contains that same bit), are those short story rights likely to conflict with the whole novel rights that the publisher is going to want? If, for example, I sell FNASR for the short story, does that also exercise the same rights for the novel containing it?
Jan
13
comment What is the process for publishing academic papers?
@divided - I believe @Guy is wondering what venues are available for work like this, and perhaps how one goes about submitting. That seems valid enough to me. Also, Jeff's recent proclamation states that critiques are also on-topic for this site. However, if Guy wants critique, that should probably be a separate question for each piece of writing and should offer some guidance as to what particular aspects of the work he would like feedback on.
Jan
13
comment Is it worth switching to Dvorak?
I thought most operating systems these days had a Dvorak setting, but I suppose using computers where you can't modify that setting would suck once you got out of the Querty habit.
Jan
12
comment Essay writing contests
@franticfantom - I would guess that the ACM is your best bet, but a quick search didn't uncover much...
Jan
12
comment Formatting for stage, television, and the silver screen
I understand why this software exists, but I am hesitant to put down $250 when I only really want to goof around and experiment with screenplays. I would prefer to get a good description of the formatting and do it myself in a standard word processor.
Jan
11
comment If you get an advance do you ever have to give it back?
The Wikipedia article on Advance Against Royalties explains advances pretty well. You generally don't get "some money plus royalties". An advance is money up front, but it comes out of your royalties later (assuming your royalties earn enough). An up-front payment that doesn't come out of royalties is much less common.
Jan
3
comment When is a prologue useful?
@jae - I haven't really kept any links to specific things that made me think about this, but here are a few decent ones from Google: 1, 2, 3, 4.
Dec
23
comment When is a prologue useful?
+1 for your points about the interaction between prologue and first chapter.
Dec
23
comment What are some online guides for starting writers?
@jae - Some marathon and speed runners find that they can learn a lot from watching film of professionals. In any case, it's a metaphor, and no metaphor is perfect. The danger is that it's easy to read a lot about writing without actually writing very much. I also agree that reading others' writing can be very productive, but it doesn't put words on the page.
Dec
22
comment The “Rules” of Writing
As this is a list question and there is no "right" answer, per se, I'm accepting this one, to serve as a table of contents.