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25+ years in software development.

6 years on an HCI PhD.

20+ years married.

19 years a parent.

I can cope with anything.

Check out my short story


Sep
26
comment Is it okay to call the reader's target audience stupid?
@Phosi I understand your reasoning, and it might be OK in some circumstances. In this context, I think it puts the blame on the user. In written and published texts, I think it would be better to say "Can this be simplified even more?" "Can you make it easier?" or something like this. It puts the blame for problems where it belongs.
Sep
24
comment Is it okay to call the reader's target audience stupid?
But @Phoshi even if "the users" make every mistake possible, that does not mean they are dumb. It means that the impact of mistakes need to be mitigated, the possibilities of making them should be reduced. The problem is not with the users, but the software, and blaming the users for technical problems is wrong.
Sep
10
comment How can a new writer make a realistic estimate of his work rate?
@jwpat Typo - I have edited. "Defined by". It means that the total time to do the task should be based on the complex pieces, as the simple pieces should fit in around these and not contribute so much.
Aug
3
comment Do flashbacks break up short stories too much?
Even short stories need structure (more so, possibly). So it can work in exactly the same way as for a longer story.
Aug
2
comment What permissions do I need for nonfiction travelogue?
Just to add - the TV show/film thing should be fine, as you are only referring to it.
Jul
23
comment Legality of Academic Ghostwriting
I think this is the core point - students are often breaking their regulations by producing work that is not their own. If found out, they risk being expelled. The writers themselves are just legal, although their advertising might be interesting to see! Morally, they are at the level of loan sharks, who only lend money because there is a demand for it....
Jul
23
comment Legality of Academic Ghostwriting
The problem with this is that they can "sell" the work as "examples of expected writing" or suchlike, and claim that they had no expectation that the students would hand them in as their own work. They are lying, of course, but that is a moral issue, not a legal one. Morally, they are wrong. Legally, the student is, almost certainly, breaking their commitment to the institution to produce original work.
Jul
22
comment When writing on paper, how do you move things about?
And it worked then. It still works.
Jul
6
comment How to publish my Research Publication
Find the relevant journal for your area. Read some of the articles. Make sure you fit, and then submit your article. You will need to get it accepted and published, then you will have a reference you can use. It can take weeks or months.
Jul
4
comment Should cliffhangers be used in every chapter?
Then no, don't have too many cliffhangers. But also, don't resolve everything from a chapter within the chapter.
Jul
4
comment Should cliffhangers be used in every chapter?
But they aren't cliffhangers - they are just interruptions in the story. I don't recommend crises at the end of each chapter. If you want to keep people reading, then not closing the stories is the route I suggest, but these are not cliffhangers, IMO, just breaks in the particular storyline.
Jul
4
comment Should cliffhangers be used in every chapter?
I don't agree. I have read books (names escape me) where the authors do this all of the time, and it works to keep you reading. It gives the sense of a set of stories intertwined, and you always want more of all of them.
Jul
4
comment Should cliffhangers be used in every chapter?
Actually, its an OK question. It is specific but not too limited.
Jul
1
comment How can I develop my ideas?
That is viable, but you still need to find the stories that work. Each one has to stand on its own. This is a good approach if you can make this work, and provides a whole lot of insights into a world. If you write these, you may find it works, or that you find one story which works better.
Jun
28
comment How do I balance reading time with writing time?
This is a good option - almost all of my reading is done at night before I go to bed, or evenings when there is nothing on TV (which can also be inspiring for writing ideas). I get through a lot of material that way - more if I also read on the train (currently on a car commute, not a good place to read). It can prove very productive to give you a little prod and inspiration, several times a day.
Jun
26
comment Should I avoid modern words/phrases in fantasy writing?
That is a good point, that many words we consider modern actually do have some meaning in earlier cultures. It may even be that in the world you are defining, a "rocket" exists as something that moves fast across a plain surface, as a toy or a weapon, something you might have to clarify.
Jun
26
comment How to distinguish if a novel is science fiction or fantasy?
Not sure I agree. Good SF has me yearning for the wolds being described, and good writing of any sort has me feeling the emotions of the characters.
Jun
26
comment How to distinguish if a novel is science fiction or fantasy?
@FearlessWriter - don't worry about the genre. There will be one it fits in, even if it is "S/FF". Restricting the work to a genre is not usually helpful to the writing, although restricting it because that is the world you want to write about is a good idea.
Jun
25
comment How to distinguish if a novel is science fiction or fantasy?
Why are you asking? As per my answer, I am not convinced that rigid definitions are always helpful, so I am interested in why you want to identify these distinctions.
Jun
22
comment How do you determine if a plot device is too coincidental?
I also disagree ( see my comment under my post ). The story of "how z got to place y with the right tools" often has to be written backwards.