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Nov
11
comment Making modern references
I agree with the basic idea. but Casablanca isn't the best example. The story is very clearly and explicitly set during World War 2. The whole idea of a French resistance fighting Nazis pretty much makes it clear that it's not set in 2015.
Nov
9
answered 'I would argue that ABC.' vs 'ABC.'
Nov
9
answered Confidentiality Concerns
Nov
9
answered Speaking of Living Rooms
Nov
3
answered Making modern references
Nov
3
comment Making modern references
... occasionally influential novels, on the "know your enemy" philosophy. But in general I just throw such books away. I'm not interested. My point being: Sure, you're completely free to write books that anger or disgust 90% of your potential readers. But then don't be surprised when you don't have a lot of readers.
Nov
3
comment Making modern references
If by "there are no taboos" you mean that there is no subject a writer could discuss that should result in his books being banned or the writer being imprisoned, I absolutely agree. But there are plenty of subjects that a writer could discuss that make me not continue reading the book. I've read books that go into graphic, detailed descriptions of a character defecating or vomiting. I find that just unpleasant. I don't want to read it. I've read books that glorify evil, like praising communists as the saviors of the world. I read non-fiction books that I totally disagree with, and ...
Nov
2
comment What are appropriate uses of rhetorical questions?
@TheThom Sure, I didn't mean that 49 is fine but 50 is too many. It depends on many factors. Just saying, don't overdo it. I probably should have said "Fifty can be ...".
Nov
1
comment What is the number above rrd-h on copywrite page
Well, and someone who has this particular book in his hand. Or someone who has divined the mysteries of the universe to the extent that he can discern what the layout of the copyright page of any book would be just by knowing the LCCN. :-)
Nov
1
answered What are appropriate uses of rhetorical questions?
Nov
1
answered Acronym issue transitioning from prose to dialogue
Oct
29
comment Complicated names - spelling question based on a character hearing the name said
If it's only one, I think you should spell it phonetically and call attention to the fact that you are spelling it phonetically. Like, "Sally said, 'I visited this amazing place called ...'" It sounded like she said 'Kin-oh-car', but I couldn't quite make it out. So I tried Googling it ..." etc. If there are many such names, this could get tedious, but you could explain once that these are phonetic spellings. Especially for a first person story, if the point is that the narrator doesn't know the spelling, it would be out of place to give the spelling.
Oct
29
answered Avoiding the “as you know” trope in exposition
Oct
28
comment How add my alphabet to new book?
Not clear what you're asking. Do you mean, How can I get text printed in a book in an alphabet that I made up? i.e. how mechanically to get a made-up alphabet into a computer file? Or are you asking how to discuss such an alphabet, from a literary point of view? Or what?
Oct
28
answered Where can one go to get a hard cover book bound?
Oct
28
answered How to copyright a book without lawyer and outside USA?
Oct
28
answered In what parts of a newspaper/magazine one could get an article published?
Oct
16
comment Choice of format for publishing to Kindle
Maybe I should qualify: Depends on the sophistication of the formatting that you want/need. The simpler your requirements, the more likely that the auto-conversion will do what you need. I don't want to disparage it more than is warranted!
Oct
16
answered Can non-interactive stories make an audience feel guilt, and if so, how?
Oct
16
answered Choice of format for publishing to Kindle