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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.


Dec
21
comment What is the key reference documentation and how should I cite BASH?
David, that last sentence of your question seems rather...incomplete. Typo?
Dec
21
comment I have written my first novel and I think it's ready. What next?
I just came across this blog post by Rachelle Gardner. The interesting part in regards to this question is that "electronic rights are extremely important to publishers and there wouldn’t be a chance of withholding those from a contract."
Dec
20
comment At what point does an author deal with an editor?
Calling the editor "bane" of the author seems rather harsh. Most editors suggest changes because they want to improve the work.
Dec
20
comment Breaking into journalism without a degree
(I had to look up your use of the word "Stringing" here.) Stringer: Also called string correspondent. Journalism. A part-time newspaper correspondent covering a local area for a paper published elsewhere.
Dec
20
comment What are some regular contests unpublished short story authors might enter?
I think it would be wise to only add contests here that occur on a regular basis. Answers with one-off contests will quickly become out of date.
Dec
20
comment What are some examples of modern original plots?
@justkt - I like these criteria much more.
Dec
18
comment What are some examples of modern original plots?
@Raskolnikov - How do you still have a plot if there's no problem/conflict? Is it just a novel-length vignette? Sounds kind of dull to me, but then I've never really "gotten" Modernism.
Dec
18
comment What are some examples of modern original plots?
@sjohnston - And yes, I am schizophrenic and talking to myself in the comments.
Dec
18
comment What are some examples of modern original plots?
@sjohnston - This doesn't solve the "not knowing everything" problem, but the more I think on it, the stupider my statement seems to me. We're rarely going to know "everything" in relation to a question. We just have to give the best answers we can with the knowledge we have.
Dec
18
comment What are some examples of modern original plots?
@justkt - I think it hinges on the definition of "original". If we can come up with a good way of defining that, then it will give us an objective basis for trying to find these plots.
Dec
18
comment What genre is a book in an imaginary world but no other fantasy element?
I don't feel these "what genre is this" questions are a good fit for this site. I have opened a meta discussion related to this.
Dec
17
comment What genre is a book in an imaginary world but no other fantasy element?
I believe you meant "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy". I'd edit, but I lack the reps.
Dec
17
comment Techniques for lengthening or merging chapters
@Claudiu - I don't think I've ever seen a page of H. P. Lovecraft that wasn't packed with fantastical description.
Dec
17
comment Can I self-publish, and how much would it cost?
@Quicker - I'm afraid I don't have a good answer for you there.
Dec
17
comment What are good places to post your work where it will be read by others?
This is a request for a resource related directly to writing. As far as I'm concerned, that is squarely on-topic.
Dec
17
comment Do Writers Use LaTex/TeX for writing?
In general, for fiction, it seems like most agents and editors prefer Word documents (rtf or doc). The author is usually not expected to worry about formatting beyond standard manuscript format. There may be exceptions for very special situations - if you're writing something like House of Leaves, for example. The publisher generally comes up with the layout and formatting used in the published book.
Dec
17
comment What are some examples of modern original plots?
This seems subjective and unanswerable to me. How do you decide if a plot is "completely" original? You have to compare the two plots and decide if they are similar enough that one "copies" the other, a completely subjective idea. Even ignoring the above issue, there may be connections that you don't see, so being unable to find any connections does not prove originality. Finally, ignoring the first two issues, we lack a comprehensive knowledge of all the plots in existence, so even if a plot is completely original compared to what we know, it may not be original compared to what we don't.
Dec
16
comment The “Rules” of Writing
Some writers who prefer to plan less may not know the ending when they write the first draft. It is still possible to go back on subsequent drafts, when the ending is known, to work on foreshadowing and cleanup of tangents. While this can require a lot more drafting, some writers have trouble doing it any other way.
Dec
16
comment I have written my first novel and I think it's ready. What next?
@Ralph - For the sake of accuracy, I have reworded to "many publishing houses".
Dec
15
comment Techniques for lengthening or merging chapters
@justkt - In some cases, I'm trying to give the reader a break after a series of intense, fast-paced scenes. In other cases, there is a chunk of time passing in the story, and I want to help the reader "feel" that passage of time through slower pacing (rather than an abrupt "One week later..." sort of jump).