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bio website jedoliver.com
location Chico, CA
age 36
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I live in California. I write. I game. I cook. And I'm a Dad.

I'm a journalist by trade, and I've worked for one of the the local papers and a now defunct business journal. I've also worked as a typesetter, a graphic artist and was the production manager for an international trade magazine, so I have a pretty good grasp of the printing industry.

In 2007, I quit my job to be a stay-at-home-father. One thing that I promised myself when I made that decision is that I would use my down time to start writing again. Five years and three kids later, and it looks like I can finally fulfill that promise.

Other "accomplishments" of mine:

  • In Kindergarten I wrote a sentence about raccoons that used the words 'nocturnal' and 'diurnal' correctly without any help from anyone.

  • In the fourth grade, I wrote Doctor Who fan fiction.

  • In the eighth grade, I got published for the first time. My short story "The Day the Earth was Disintegrated" was published by The National Junior High School Writer. I got extra credit in my English class and that Friday the whole class got pizza. Somewhat ironically, the only pizza they bought was 'supreme', which I detest, and therefore did not have any pizza.

  • In high school I was the senior editor of the school paper and the yearbook chief.

  • In college I was the first (and perhaps only) student who, as my major changed, went from the Business Manager of the school newspaper, to the Art Director to the Senior Editor.

  • During the 2008 presidential campaign, my observations were frequently read on air during "The Cafferty File" on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer".

  • To Be Determined


Feb
4
reviewed Needs Improvement How can I keep my characters' identities a mystery successfully?
Sep
26
awarded  Nice Answer
Jul
6
awarded  Critic
Jun
6
comment What purpose does it serve to obscure the title of a TV show?
It is not a literary device; it is an artifact of the electronic version you're reading. It is likely a poorly OCR'ed scanned version. The original version of the books uses the original M*A*S*H, available to see at the Amazon preview on page 18, here: amazon.com/Perks-Being-Wallflower-Stephen-Chbosky/dp/0671027344/….
Jun
3
comment How do I determine if a paper has been plagiarized?
@Standback I vote for "on topic". A proper answer could provide advice on avoiding "accidental" or otherwise unintentional or misconceived plagiarism (improperly citing a source or using a phrase that appears in another written work. And as a professor (if the OP is indeed a professor), one of his jobs is critiquing the writings of others, and part of that critique is ensuring the proper use of citations and ensuring that all uncited written work is original content.
May
28
comment Citing the same source several times
In MLA, my understanding is that you cite the name and abbreviated title ... [Microsoft blah blah blah blah blah ("2010 paper name"). In addition, Microsoft more blah blah blah ("2010 other paper name").] OR [Blah blah blah blah blah (Microsoft, "2010 paper name"). In addition, more blah blah blah (Microsoft, "2010 other paper name").]
May
25
accepted Fixing fundamental flaws of structure and composition under deadline
May
25
comment How to leverage social proof?
+1 for the "fetch me a bucket, dear Liza, dear Liza" reference. Also for being helpful and correct.
May
24
revised A Polish manual of style.
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May
24
suggested suggested edit on How to leverage social proof?
May
24
revised A Polish manual of style.
added miscellaneous information on international guides
May
24
answered A Polish manual of style.
May
23
answered Using today's moral compass in fantasy
May
21
asked Fixing fundamental flaws of structure and composition under deadline
May
21
answered What are the legal implications and best practices for publishing screenshots of web sites in a book?
May
20
answered Incorporating diagrams and equations into text when writing
May
20
comment Self publishing: Do I still need to follow the arbitrary word count limits?
I thought about adding a blurb about charging less for a shorter work but then I realized that implied that length and not quality of content should be the driving force behind price. And while I know the feeling of being shortchanged by an overpriced and remarkably short e-book and a self-published novel, I still think that readers are more interested in the quality of the ride than how long it is. I'd much rather pay more for 40,000 words of awesome than 60,000 of dreck. Provide a good enough story and you can charge what you like; to charge less implies your work isn't as good.
May
20
awarded  Analytical
May
20
revised Self publishing: Do I still need to follow the arbitrary word count limits?
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May
20
answered Self publishing: Do I still need to follow the arbitrary word count limits?