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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.


Aug
12
comment Source ideas for monsters in a fantasy novel?
I always thought the most terrifying monster was the one you see in yourself...
Jul
10
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. :)
Jul
6
comment What is Literary Fiction?
BAHAHAHA!!!!! This is actually the definition I've always used! I'm not alone!
May
7
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
6
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.
Apr
20
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
19
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.
Apr
14
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.
Apr
14
comment Indirect Narration Style
@Ralph Isn't it asking about a style of writing?
Apr
10
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. :)
Apr
8
comment Why does using this “-ing” verb construction make my writing weaker?
I have a problem with this, although I accept that your first two edits are better than my original, the last one changes the meaning from my original sentence rather drastically! I agree that simplicity rams home a point better than prettified complexity, but it's best to make sure you ram home the right point. ;)
Apr
8
comment Why does using this “-ing” verb construction make my writing weaker?
I agree in principle, but there's a lot of context to this sentence that I left out. "Trying" was meant to imply the frustration and dissatisfaction I found trying to delve my own language in that way, which is, of course, part of why the scholarship committee should give me lots of money so I can stay in college and learn linguistics! So, I ended up using "in an attempt to" to keep that level of meaning, but without the context, "in order to" is better.
Apr
8
comment Why does using this “-ing” verb construction make my writing weaker?
I'm glad I'm not the only one who uses that construction, and while I agree that on its own it doesn't necessarily help a sentence, and the one I wrote isn't the greatest anyway, I know, I still don't wholly get how/why it's a bad thing. Possibly a distinction between fiction-writing (where I picked it up) and essay-writing...? A jump like that can be useful in the right context...Thanks for answering, though. I was beginning to feel a bit unloved after half an hour. :p
Apr
8
comment Why does using this “-ing” verb construction make my writing weaker?
...That makes a lot of sense. I have had my most "fun" writing compared to the Old Testament before. I'm guessing she said past action because I was talking about the past, but you're right. So, the main reason it's considered weaker comes down to its being less fashionable? Also, thanks for the grammatical explanation!
Apr
8
comment Books to improve writing skills
The second I read this question, I wanted to write "All of them." Your way is better, though. ;)
Mar
30
comment Common words to avoid when writing formally
@ Kelly C Hess: Ah! Thanks for pointing that out! Originally, I typed "It might be thought that..." and then I changed my mind without changing the rest of the sentence to match. Sorry.
Mar
29
comment Common words to avoid when writing formally
It's basically a style thing...If you constantly use the verb "to be" it starts seeming repetitive, almost like when you use "and" too much. Neither is a bad thing to use, but if they're overused...? Then, IMHO, it becomes a bad thing and makes the writing seem immature. I'm probably pushing it too hard in my answer because I really do think avoiding "to be" when you don't have to use it is a good habit, but it's hardly a rule, anymore than avoiding lots of "and" sentences is a rule...Hope that makes sense. I'll go edit in a disclaimer that it's a good habit, NOT some inviolable rule .
Mar
29
comment Common words to avoid when writing formally
@jae: Yeah, sometimes "to be" is the best option...and it probably would be in the death example. That's just what I get for answering on the verge of unconsciousness! Still, I think that overusing "to be" is a good way to make your writing seem simple and immature.
Mar
29
comment Common words to avoid when writing formally
I don't like overdosing on latin either, and I think this advice is a superficial sort of salve... but it can give a formal gloss to a paper. Always use caution, though. A lot of "synonyms" are only synonyms in the grossest sense. If you get a Germanic word that fits perfectly, use it. Don't use a less perfect smart-sounding word just because it sounds smart, especially if you're unfamiliar with it. As I said, the formality of latin is superficial, and if the latin screws up your meaning and makes you sound like an idiot...? No amount of supposed "formality" is going to rescue you.
Mar
29
comment Common words to avoid when writing formally
You could post this at the writers.stackexchange site too. This seems like something they might like.