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bio website ancestor-envy.blogspot.com.au
location Australia
age 62
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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.


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.
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comment Can an expanded version of an article be considered an unpublished work?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.
Jul
23
comment What format should I use for this project?
You are ignoring the very real possibility that the distribution system will determine the final form of the "manuscript". If I want to write a movie, would you tell me to have it published as a hard-bound book first?
Jul
8
comment Books for children: complexity
@Jay There is no dispute that we can readily distinguish books primarily directed to 7 year olds from those intended for 15 year old readers. That is not the same as agreeing that any given 7 year old will read and enjoy one but not the other. She might enjoy one, both or neither. Your reference to a median 7-year-old does not specify the attribute you are using to order the children -- height perhaps?
Jun
19
comment What paragraph style should I use for an e-book?
A "space" appears between characters in a line, not between lines and certainly not between paragraphs. What many people refer to as a "blank line" between paragraphs is actually padding. You should control this with the style sheet (css file) that determines the presentation of your text from the HTML file. You would specify the indent on the first line of each paragraph in the same place. The thing that you MUST NOT DO is hit the enter key a couple of times. That does not "move the next para down a bit"; it creates an empty paragraph which can upset e-readers.
Jun
6
comment What is the better job for an English major: copy-editor or editor in chief?
Have you checked that there are actually two different positions or just one role encompassing the full range of editorial responsibility and you get to choose your own title?
Jun
4
comment HTML Formatting for ebook
The essence of the matter is that to you "it looks fine". To an expert looking into how the effect has been achieved, the underlying code might be bloated, tangled and otherwise just nasty. Does that matter? Well that depends on lots of things ...
May
28
comment How to convert handwriting into text
@SF Decent speech to text software allows you to speak the punctuation as you go. It should also include the facility to "correct" any inappropriate choices between homophones; simply watch the screen as you speak and fix errors as they occur.
May
27
comment Do empty pages need a number?
Are you asking about the page numbering of the manuscript or of the final publication? Do you mean should the page be assigned a number or should its number be printed on it? The differences are important.
May
9
comment Create automatic index from text document
Does Microsoft Word no longer have the capacity to do this automatically from a concordance file? I recall doing this without any additional software.
May
9
comment Which one is correct?
If you opt not to use the second "will" then there is no requirement for "allow" to refer back to the first. So "This book allows you to ...". If you don't like "allows" then make the second "will" explicit as in your second version.
May
6
comment Chopped sentences with too many conjunction, and repeating the subject again and again
To what extent is this question limited by the condition "for a screenplay"? Would the same techniques be relevant in the case of a news report or a literary novel?