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location Australia
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Programmer from way way back, from home computer BASIC and several different types of assembly through C, C++, Fortran, COBOL, VB1 and then more exotic stuff like SNOBOL and Icon and more recently SQL, PHP and JavaScript.


Aug
31
answered What's the best way to show a foreign language in a manuscript?
Apr
11
comment What would sections of a book that are larger than a chapter be called?
Section would work, too.
Jan
6
awarded  Yearling
Oct
4
comment Is there a rule of thumb about the number of pages a work of fiction should have?
50K is often acceptable for children's novel.
Sep
15
answered Story for children without a happy ending
May
11
answered What breaks suspension of disbelief?
Apr
20
answered Is it possible that my short novel will be boring to my readers because it only has two characters and the location doesn't change?
Mar
23
comment Why is “It was a dark and stormy night..” not a good opening?
I like that novel but had completely forgotten the cliched opening. I do remember the opening scene was every bit worthy of that opening line, however. I seem to recall Terry Pratchett has used this line once or twice. Typically, he has a lot of fun with it, usually long before the end of the first page.
Mar
20
comment I'm an editor who generally uses Word to communicate changes with my authors. Is Adobe's InCopy better for this task?
Haven't crossed that bridge, yet, I have to admit. I'll have to just see what happens.
Mar
18
comment I'm an editor who generally uses Word to communicate changes with my authors. Is Adobe's InCopy better for this task?
As a writer who doesn't own a copy of Word, I'd be unimpressed if my editor insisted I use Word, actually.
Mar
7
answered What's the benefit of using invented languages in-story?
Feb
23
comment Are there good tips on being a better *creative* writer?
That probably means you haven't re-read his works enough. :-D
Feb
22
answered Are there good tips on being a better *creative* writer?
Feb
14
comment What should step one in writing a novel be?
This is the core activity behind each and every NaNoWriMo.
Feb
13
comment Tips for humor writing
PTerry's writing is a good example of humourous writing out of realistic responses. Most humour comes from unexpected responses, but good humour in fiction comes from realistic responses. You alluded to this by saying characters stay true their crazyness.
Feb
1
comment How to handle foreign military ranks?
Yes, the 'wall of text' option is rarely a good idea. Someone like Neal Stephenson can do it, but I daresay most authors probably could not.
Feb
1
answered How to handle foreign military ranks?
Jan
10
awarded  Teacher
Jan
10
answered original story climaxes - rules / guidelines for this?
Jan
9
awarded  Supporter