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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.


Feb
10
comment Where can I find a good vocabulary list?
I agree with almost everything here, but why no bloggers? I agree their standards can be low, but so can anyone's. I've learned a few words from the news posts at penny-arcade.com. I've learned more from various blogs, although I admit, I don't follow them as closely. My main point is that it's irrelevant what you read so much as the quality thereof, and there are some extremely intelligent, well-written bloggers, web-cartoonists, you-name-its out there. :)
Feb
10
answered Where can I find a good vocabulary list?
Feb
10
comment Where can I find a good vocabulary list?
....Some of us LIKE words like asperity and cavil. :) Although, actually, "asperity" isn't that unusual. I've also come across "cavil" a few times. "Pusillanimous" or "adumbration," however...I cackle delightedly when I come across one like that. And why settle for "good enough" when you can have perfect, or at least extraordinary?:)
Feb
7
answered What can I do to improve my concentration when reading?
Feb
4
answered Finding before/after examples where writing has been improved, to learn from
Feb
3
answered Where to find some good examples of combat or action scenes?
Feb
3
comment How to handle foreign military ranks?
Some authors, like Simon Scarrow, put a "historical note" at the beginning briefly clarifying ranks, organization, and very the setting. I obviously can't speak for anyone else, but I never bother reading something called a "glossary" unless it's in a textbook...probably because of the textbook association...
Dec
9
comment How to vary writing style?
...As a socially inept introvert, terrible speaker (awkward pauses, forgotten sentences, etc.), and recent teenager, I'd like to point out that sometimes writing as your imaginary friends speak is a much, much better idea.
Dec
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Dec
8
comment What makes writing emotional?
I agree with this whole-heartedly. Especially the Tolkien, although I don't think it's absolutely necessary to see the movies first, just recommended.
Dec
8
comment What makes writing emotional?
I might just say, "I finished. Finally. Thank God." That's just me though. I'm inclined to be abrupt. :) Or for those that respect grammar, "I thanked whatever gods might listen when I finally finished the project."
Dec
8
comment What makes writing emotional?
I like alliteration and assonance among other things. Archaic sentence structure and obsolete words are also wonderful... :)
Dec
8
answered What makes writing emotional?