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Now majoring in math, linguistics, and Asian studies, with a concentration in Japanese, at University of Tennessee, with minors in English, German, history, and computer science.

I read a lot, and all over the place, content-wise. I also have a bad tendency to use German grammar in my English writing...which actually works pretty well for me.

It's not my fault I was only formally exposed to grammar when I started learning German.

Calculus is totally sexy, and I would probably marry Gottfried Leibnitz if he were still alive. And just to cement my awesome dorkiness to the world: I decided I wanted to study linguistics after I read The Lord of the Rings and found out Tolkien was a philologist. That was the only reason I ever went on a language kick. Before that I was an art/history nerd, with emphasis on the art. Who knows why?

Fate is inexorable.


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awarded  Popular Question
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awarded  Nice Answer
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comment Source ideas for monsters in a fantasy novel?
I always thought the most terrifying monster was the one you see in yourself...
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awarded  Nice Question
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comment Why does using this “-ing” verb construction make my writing weaker?
Thanks! I agree with you about my sentences being weaker, but it was my way of conveying hesitancy, confusion, and eventual frustration. I began taking French and Latin on a half-hopeful whim, but I wondered if it was a waste of time. I didn't take them because I was sure it would be useful...Also, I've found that linguistics IS obscure. Only one college in Virginia (my native state) offers it as a major, many people haven't heard of it, and if they have, they often don't know what it is. :/ Still, I appreciate it, and I'll make sure I ONLY use those constructions when I want them. :)
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comment What is Literary Fiction?
BAHAHAHA!!!!! This is actually the definition I've always used! I'm not alone!
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awarded  Quorum
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comment Preventing genre-savvy second-guessing in murder mysteries
...As I said, just a passing thought. Hey! I know! Just have the murder occur at a murder mystery role-play-thing (which I admit I know nothing about...)! XP
May
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comment Preventing genre-savvy second-guessing in murder mysteries
Forgive me if this is stupid/cliche, but could you make the detective himself genre-savvy? For me being genre-savvy is just one of the tools I use to solve a mystery with the detective. It's hardly my fault if he doesn't have the same repertoire of imaginary crime knowledge. If the detective did...It could be interesting. Or terrible. Please note that this is a purely whimsical thought.
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comment Is it possible that my short novel will be boring to my readers because it only has two characters and the location doesn't change?
...I have to say, as much as I love and respect HoD, I will NEVER willingly read it again, I don't think. Understanding it gave me brain strain... That said, I emphatically recommend it! :)
Apr
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comment Has this dialogue enough suspense to engage the reader?
...Don't take this the wrong way please, but I actually like the original better. I'm in no way an expert writer, but I'm an avid reader, and, personally, I felt more drawn in by the dialogue in the question than this. I think the problem is it's too good. A real conversation (like mine) would be more like the one in the question. Stops, restarts, and awkwardness between two strangers talking about something that both would probably consider private...This is more suspenseful, but the original's more sympathetic. That's just my opinion, though. And I emphasise that I'm a reader, not a writer.
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awarded  Scholar
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accepted Why does using this “-ing” verb construction make my writing weaker?
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comment Indirect Narration Style
@Ralph I'm also pretty sure defining "narration" isn't part of grammar, either...Still the question's kind of hard to understand. Hopefully, C_P will be able to clarify what they're asking for.
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comment Indirect Narration Style
@Ralph Isn't it asking about a style of writing?
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revised Why does using this “-ing” verb construction make my writing weaker?
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comment Why does using this “-ing” verb construction make my writing weaker?
I appreciate it! :) And for the record I set out to read as much as I could specifically to try and figure out how English works. I was very ineffective, but very earnest. I mean, I read Pride and Prejudice because I heard the language was good, and despite HATING romances. XD Also, not really relevant, but everyone does have an idiolect, or their own specific dialect. Not making it up. :)