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bio website ancestor-envy.blogspot.com.au
location Australia
age 62
visits member for 2 years
seen Dec 29 '13 at 0:22

Dabbled in family history when I first retired from full-time employment. Now regularly put in 60-hour weeks. Is that obsession?

Delighted to have a new focus for my writing.


Nov
7
awarded  Yearling
Nov
7
awarded  Yearling
Oct
7
answered How to depict Australian characters
Oct
7
awarded  Custodian
Oct
7
reviewed Reject suggested edit on Can a mock-magazine with fictitious content count legally as fan fiction?
Oct
3
answered Space Between Stanzas: Line Beaks or Paragraph Style?
Sep
30
answered Question re asterisks in MS Word using Styles
Sep
30
answered Please help to improve the following sentence
Sep
19
comment Is it required to cite the original author, when the original author is unknown and in a foreign language and adapted by an oral narrator?
So long as we distinguish between "it is unethical to copy text from the King James Bible without attribution" and "you should remind readers that Noah's ark was not your idea".
Sep
18
comment Is it required to cite the original author, when the original author is unknown and in a foreign language and adapted by an oral narrator?
Your reference to an ethical obligation to acknowledge the authors of "the Bible" rests upon the (invalid) assumption that it (or any part of it) is an original work with identifiable authors who have moral rights. It is an anthology of folk tales compiled by an unknown collector.
Sep
17
answered What's a word for a person who took a very rough story and made it into a book?
Aug
27
answered Concept map software that concentrates on ease of use?
Aug
20
comment Making a female character sound more boyish/masculine
What does it mean to "sound masculine"? Why do you want that effect? Do you mean How do I make this character more like a cliched stereotype?
Aug
9
comment Writing an effective summary for a story
Now you have (almost) convinced me to read the book, but also confirmed the problem you described - that the description (title, cover and summary) do not do a good job of drawing in a potential customer. In my case, you convinced me that I did not need to open the work! (As an aside, I cannot decide if the sixth finger metaphor is a smart idea or too clever by half?)
Aug
8
comment Figuring out when a book was printed
You may have purchased a print-on-demand reprint of a digital file that records the last conventional print run but does not indicate when that particular physical copy was produced. It might have come off the copier last week or last century.
Aug
8
comment Writing an effective summary for a story
You neglected to mention in the question that the title of the story (when read with the teaser/summary) gives away the plot completely. Or at least it convinces me that I don't need to read the story. Even to find out what on earth the cover might have to do with the contents.
Aug
8
comment Can an expanded version of an article be considered an unpublished work?
Your question is will publishing the enlarged version breach your agreement with the contest organisers. That is a matter of law (not writing) and will depend upon what you signed and the jurisdiction within which the contest is based.
Aug
5
comment Em dash: space or no space between words
Duplicate? english.stackexchange.com/questions/9070
Aug
2
comment How do you make a character witty?
A character considered "witty" in a particular time and setting might not appear to me to be amusing at all; but the responses of his contemporaries will show me something about his standing within the dramatis personae.
Jul
28
comment First person pov with more than one main chars
Do (any of) characters 2,3 and 4 appear in a chapter that is centred on character 1? It may be a difficulty if the reader suddenly finds the character they thought was the narrator being talked about in the next chapter.