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May
31
comment Time measures in fantasy worlds
Not clear to me why someone who held to a geocentric universe would be more likely to use seasons to measure time than someone with a heliocentric universe. Either way, seasons are pretty important to farmers, and until fairly recent times, 90+% of people were farmers.
May
31
answered Time measures in fantasy worlds
May
30
comment How do I organize a paragraph that lists several steps after an introduction?
I don't see a problem with "like" here. He wants to make clear that this is not the only possible solution, but simply a pattern or general idea for a solution. In such a case to say "the solution is ..." would be inaccurate.
May
30
answered How do I organize a paragraph that lists several steps after an introduction?
May
29
comment Do empty pages need a number?
@NeilFein No, but it's a data point. I didn't say that one example was definitive proof, just an example.
May
29
answered Do empty pages need a number?
May
29
answered think, I think, I don't think
May
28
answered Is dialogue in a novel necessary, or just padding?
May
28
comment Is dialogue in a novel necessary, or just padding?
@DaleEmery It's not a cop-out to say "it depends" if you, (a) say what it depends on, and (b) give some idea of the range of possibilities. Not to criticize Lexi's answer, it's a fair answer, just following this tangent. I hate it when I ask something like, "How much will this cost?" and the other person says, "Oh, that depends. You'll pay more for higher quality and better service," etc, and never gives me a range or ballpark. If you tell me, "Well, typical prices are about $100 to $500. Less than $100 and it probably will break in a week. If you want ..." etc, that's a fair answer.
May
23
comment When quoting a person's informal speech, how much liberty do you have to make changes to what they say?
One of my favorite real-life misquotes: In a recent election, a candidate aired an ad that included a clip of his opponent making some statements about marriage that some people might find objectionable. But the clip was carefully framed: He cut out two words the other guy said that somewhat changed the meaning of the quote: the part where he began with "Don't say".
May
23
comment When quoting a person's informal speech, how much liberty do you have to make changes to what they say?
One very tangential comment: While it is true that an article on a web site does not have the same rigid space limitations that a print article does, that doesn't mean that it's okay to be long-winded and ramble. You don't need to respect the size of a piece of paper, but you do still need to respect the reader's time!
May
21
comment Do publishers really need to translate between UK and US English?
RE context: Yes, I tried to say something similar in my answer. A reader could be forgiven for reading that sentence and thinking that "lift" must mean escalator, or stairs, or supposing that in the UK there is some other means of travelling between floors. But unless it's important to the story exactly how the person got to the third floor, it doesn't matter. Of course, many Americans wouldn't realize that "3rd floor" here means "4th floor".
May
21
comment Do publishers really need to translate between UK and US English?
@Shantnu Good point. Logically, you would think villains would speak with French accents.
May
21
comment Do publishers really need to translate between UK and US English?
I'd think swearing and insults would be the easiest thing. If a character says, "You stupid framnar! You did it all wrong!", I think you can pretty easily guess that "framnar" is some kind of insult. As most insults pretty much mean either "stupid" or "immoral", those would be easy to guess.
May
20
answered Do publishers really need to translate between UK and US English?
May
15
comment What is the term for an accessible character that knows nothing?
I mean, I typed the text above with the numbers 1, 2, and 3, and the software automatically changed this to 1, 1, 2. I presume because the intervening paragraph made it think I was starting a new list. It's done this to me before so I'm quite sure I didn't just mis-type it. Is there a way to type in HTML directly? I don't know how to get to that mode. Would it then NOT edit my tagging?
May
13
comment What is the term for an accessible character that knows nothing?
(I typed my bullet points as 1, 2, 3, but the software on this site automatically screws up the numbering if you have multiple paragraphs within a bullet. Thanks guys.)
May
13
answered What is the term for an accessible character that knows nothing?
May
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answered When quoting a person's informal speech, how much liberty do you have to make changes to what they say?
May
13
comment ISBN - is it possible to have one and a title before publishing?
Note Bowkers is U.S. only. If you live in some other country, they'll have their own service. I understand that in many countries you can get an ISBN for free. I haven't pursued that as I live in the U.S. and am unlikely to leave just to get cheaper ISBNs.