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I’m a 39 year old autodidact, and very proud to be. I'm looking for work right now, but that's normal given my proclivity for accepting contracts. I write, I eat, and I enjoy life with all of the gusto I can. I love language and languages. I occasionally slip and use serial commas, and when I do I often leave them as a flag flying in the face of my enemy, Language Prescriptivism. I’m a native English speaker and I’ve studied both Latin and several Romance Languages that are derived from it. I’ve studied law, language, history, sociology, logic, debate, math and various sciences, because those subjects all fascinate me to no end.

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Jan
25
comment Creating metaphors in poetry
Most poetry would suffer greatly if you stripped it of metaphor.
May
17
comment How can I convey that my viewpoint character is lying?
I think you are over-estimating people in general...
May
5
comment Does anyone know the average number of times a new author has to submit before acceptance?
I tried opening it again, @NeilFein but no one understood that this is the edit
May
5
comment Potential confusion: referring to home planet as “Earth”
What @Standback said, additionally, it's considered very rude to give an author criticism he didn't ask for. He had his reasons for writing it that way, and if he didn't ask for input he likely already knew what you were going to say.
May
5
comment Potential confusion: referring to home planet as “Earth”
@NickBedford, Perhaps you might be better suited asking your question on writers.stackexchange.com as that's forum is specifically for this question. In the future maybe you can give it a try?
May
4
comment When to start a new paragraph and when to start a new “scene”
I don't mean to be rude, but you answered something that wasn't asked. :) He was asking about the scene transitions, and you've offered him unsolicited advice regarding the wording of a description. He may not mind, but in general some writers get really irritated when you offer advice that was unasked for.
May
4
comment Are contests an effective way to gauge the quality of your writing?
In general, it's considered bad manners on Stack Exchange sites to post answers that are essentially the same as answers that are already there. If everyone did this, we'd have 20 duplicate answers on each question. If you want to talk about it head into the chat room where some of the regulars hang out.
May
4
comment How to cite an entire paragraph?
I posted the APA guidelines below in another answer, the APA guide I have says word count
May
4
comment Title Choice: “The Girl [Without/Who Didn't Have] A Soul”
I wonder if I'm going to get a green check :(
May
4
comment Are contests an effective way to gauge the quality of your writing?
I guess you have better contests in LA, or I've never had exposure to any good ones that are here in Seattle.
May
4
comment Creating metaphors in poetry
I feel bad, like I pulled some kind of a bait and switch unintentionally by asking when I had an answer already, but, I felt that if I put my answer I wouldn't have gotten any ideas from anyone else about how to get unstuck or any other exercises to try, so I left the question unanswered. After seeing the downvotes and your answer, I decided that it was unlikely I was going to get any more ideas, so I posted my answer, but, since the question doesn't seem useful to others we should just delete it anyhow so it doesn't matter. Still, I wasn't trying to pull some kind of a bait and switch. :(
May
4
comment Creating metaphors in poetry
I could ask about how to develop a metaphor, but, I'm not interested in getting an answer to that so I would feel disingenuous doing so, so, I'd rather see it closed if it's not useful. I've voted to close and flagged. I don't have troubles coming up with metaphors, I was only wondering if there were tips to make it easier and faster.
May
3
comment In writing a cover letter accompanying a submission to a literary journal, is listing publications in less well-regarded journals detrimental?
@LaurenIpsum Hah! I'm pretty full of myself so I want my name seen everywhere. ;)
May
3
comment In writing a cover letter accompanying a submission to a literary journal, is listing publications in less well-regarded journals detrimental?
@LaurenIpsum Is that your real name?
May
3
comment In writing a cover letter accompanying a submission to a literary journal, is listing publications in less well-regarded journals detrimental?
@LaurenIpsum if I could +1 your name for being one of the funniest puns I've ever seen in my life I would. :P
May
2
comment Are online critique groups a good substitute for editors?
If you could manage to get those people here, that would be helpful, as we'd like this site to grow. ;)
May
2
comment How to plan dialog and keep it on track?
I think you're selling yourself short, dialogue can be both natural and good. ;)
May
1
comment How should I use phrases such as “uh huh”?
This is a totally appropriate question, he's asking if it's a good idea for his characters to speak like this, and if so he would like clarification as to the meanings of the words. I get the hesitation in having characters use words like this. With the understanding that he's asking about dialogue, this is definately a good question.
Apr
30
comment Adding related work to an academic project report
I believe that he's asking the best way to segue between his words and when he's about to start talking about someone else's words that were seen in another academic paper.
Apr
29
comment How does one break into the field of professional writing?
Impressive. I thank you very, very much, from the bottom of my heart for this well written and amazingly complete answer. I started writing again because I didn't have a choice, there were words in my head that needed out, so, your first goal suggestion is definitely already a goal of mine. Your second mention of a goal, to be honest, is also a goal, and the reason for that is that I legitimately believe I have a wonderful gift and by hiding it away as I have I'm insulting whomever blessed me with it. The last two are of course real goals for me, I'm not going to lie, but, not as important.