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bio website twitter.com/JMcAfreak
location Utah
age 22
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seen Jul 17 at 17:50

This is just a basic description, by the way. I'll make it more readable later.

Project Euler Problems Solved: 22

I'm a programmer. My primary focus is Ruby, but I have also dabbled in several other languages over the years since 2008. Not going to go into detail, since it's long and boring.

I'm studying Social Engineering. Probably one of my favorite subjects. I don't plan to use it illegally, and I actually want to start a service to train companies on avoiding it (there are other companies like this already, but I also want in). I'm also studying social engineering because it's just plain fun to learn about.

I am also a writer. I am working on a series of books (title will remain undisclosed until I feel like it) that I hope to have published sometime in the future. I have written parts of several of the books, with the first of them being the most complete (the other parts are parts serving as anchored events in the story). This has been a particularly fun project for me to work on when I have spare time (which, oddly enough, is quite often right now).

I'm very interested in the field of psychology. I don't entirely know what drives this interest, but part of it stems from wanting to know more about Bipolar Disorder and ADHD (I have both). I also like to see how the brain works, what stimulates certain behaviors, and how people react in certain situations. I guess my biggest interest is in why we do the things we do.


Jul
2
comment Do publishers take the time to look at works from writers who have no qualifications or experience in the industry?
It looks like you left out the link that you were going to include.
Jun
17
awarded  Talkative
Jun
13
comment Getting short fiction published
This may just be my own misunderstanding, but what do you mean by looking for places to publish? Also--and this is probably a no-duh answer--what do you mean by rejected work? I assume it would be stuff you write and submit, but I'm uncertain because of my first question.
Jun
13
revised Is there such a thing as a “setting sketch” for a science fiction writing?
Added one paragraph from his answer. User may supply short synopsis in another edit.
Jun
12
comment Is there such a thing as a “setting sketch” for a science fiction writing?
Maps are amazing. I wish I could show the entire collection of material I've got now from world and character development. Maps aren't critical in the early stages, but they certainly do help when you need to figure out where a certain thing should take place.
Jun
12
revised Is there such a thing as a “setting sketch” for a science fiction writing?
Yay, more context. This should be the final edit.
Jun
12
revised Is there such a thing as a “setting sketch” for a science fiction writing?
added a bit more info, context
Jun
12
answered Is there such a thing as a “setting sketch” for a science fiction writing?
Jun
12
suggested suggested edit on Is there such a thing as a “setting sketch” for a science fiction writing?
Jun
12
comment Craft group exercises or chapters in critique groups?
I'm adding this here since answering would just be redundant. I have to agree. As a parallel, you can't learn to swim without getting into the water. I doubt I've ever read a writing style/technique guide (except in school when I've absolutely had to). While technique books can be good (I guess), they are also stumbling blocks. On the other hand, there is a difference between a writing style/technique book, and a grammar/language book.
Jun
11
reviewed Reviewed Referring to sign language in conversations
Jun
11
reviewed Reviewed Craft group exercises or chapters in critique groups?
Jun
11
comment Legal and Social effect of story involving real life people
Yeah, I'm pretty sure I may have answered a question about this. If not, I at least used it as part of an answer. In my answer on writers.stackexchange.com/questions/7554/… , I actually say "Don’t use real people’s names unless you know them and/or have gotten their permission." It applies everywhere, though. Not just fanfic :P.
Jun
11
awarded  Critic
Jun
10
comment Is it considered faulty language to use Spivak pronouns in an essay?
Even though this is the case, the word "he" was used as an all-inclusive pronoun in certain contexts. It's only recently with the whole issue of political correctness and pandering to the angry people that it no longer means "any individual regardless of gender" in certain phrases. Singular they is worse than the awkward he/she usage in my books.
Jun
10
comment Is it considered faulty language to use Spivak pronouns in an essay?
@LaurenIpsum I feel the same way about it, but I've sadly seen myself slipping into using it as I've been harassed for using the "universal he" approach, which I've always taken to imply inclusion of both genders (but apparently some people like to think otherwise and make a big deal of it). While I haven't seen the "universal she" approach, I'd sooner see that made a new standard than the "singular they."
Apr
6
comment Should I highlight or downplay a character's quirk to make her seem more odd?
When you say "making furniture out of (living) people" do you mean just treating them that way (which may even be physical), never taking it farther than making it uncomfortable for people to be around her; or do you mean that she tries to make semi-permanent or even completely permanent furniture out of people, making it unbearable or even impossible to be around her? (you'll see why I'm asking this later). Also, just so I'm clear, what's the purpose of the story? Is it a murder mystery? Mystery in general? Or something else?
Mar
6
awarded  Yearling
Nov
20
comment How detailed should I be when writing a character bio?
While I didn't select this as the answer, I'll still be using ideas from it. The selected answer answered my question in the way I needed it. This just added some extra detail and worded things differently. Thanks!
Nov
20
accepted How detailed should I be when writing a character bio?