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bio website oz.itsalocke.com
location UK
age 28
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seen Oct 15 at 11:39

I currently work in finance, mainly using SharePoint, Excel and SSRS but I am looking to become a developer; home learning ASP, PHP, JavaScript, JQuery, HTML, CSS, SQL and so on.

I am a writer but pure laziness has led to me never being published, though I have had reasonable success in local competitions and been short listed for a BSFA award. I am currently polishing my portfolio, that includes everything from flash fiction up to two novellas.

I'm learning photography purely as a hobby. Started out recently, using my Sony Xperia Z camera phone and PhotoShop. I've got a protfolio at http://ozlocke.deviantart.com/ and would greatly appreciate any feedback from the community.

Finally, I'm also the Creative Director of the fledgling table top game design and publishing company, Clocksmith Games, as well as being active in the local game design community.


Oct
15
comment Punctuating dialogue with oneself
@what, this would be what I know, from the many, many English language books I've read over the years. Damn near every book, short, novella... every story I've ever read that includes thought shows it as italics. This is so much the case that instances where it isn't immediately stand out.
Oct
13
comment What are some tricks for managing debilitating writing anxiety/phobia?
If you're struggling to get out to a therapist, in the meantime you may want to check out Mood Gym: moodgym.anu.edu.au/welcome, it's an excellent onlione CBT course (though a bit patronising)
Oct
9
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Which skills should an editor have?
Sep
30
awarded  Explainer
Aug
14
revised Does the following opening grip you?
Changed preformatted to quote so it was readable on one page
Aug
11
comment Tension built upon whether the main character will commit suicide or not. Problem: I'm using first person narrative
I agree that the "rule" is another of those ones that doesn't really exist, and that first person doesn't mean the narrator can't die at the end. However, I just wanted to flag up that I've had a story rejected in the past because it was first person and the narrator died at the end.
Aug
11
answered Tension built upon whether the main character will commit suicide or not. Problem: I'm using first person narrative
Aug
8
answered Can I change between the use of past tense to present tense for the story being told by a character in first person?
Aug
1
revised Usage of metaphors
Amended formatting
Jul
25
comment Is writing even profitable
Agreed, you've just got to put yourself out there. Still, it would also help to consider what you mean by profitable. Most of the fantasy and sci-fi authors I read are very well known, but still have day jobs. Writing with the aim of becoming the next 50 Shades has nothing to do with writing, and everything to do with marketing see here, I recall reading that E. L James' husband was a high end marketing executive.
Jul
22
comment How far does libel extend in writing?
@Teknikitsune I think it's less that your rights are being reduced as that your rights and their rights are in conflict (they both get reduced?) Personally I'd always stay well away from such stuff, the cost of hiring someone to defend myself alone would ruin me :)
Jul
22
comment How far does libel extend in writing?
I don't know @drusepth, anyone who would get the reference by the name would get it by the event, and anyone who doesn't know about it (I had to Google Tebow) wouldn't get it any more by the name than by the action. If your goal is to set the time it would be better to focus on larger events (Afghanistan, Crimea, Coalition Government in the UK, sudden far right movement across the EU) because these are the things that truly define the time, rather than short term celebrity scandals.
Jul
22
comment How far does libel extend in writing?
Don't forget, you can avoid the issue entirely by not naming names; don't show Tebow doing it, say a sportsman did it.
Jul
22
comment Good tools for writing (game) manuals and sourcebooks
@ThomasE. My employers don't mind me running a company on the side as long as it's not in competition. If you're not already I recommend joining the Board and Card Game Designer's Guild, Kickstarter Best Practice and Tabletop RPG Facebook groups; they are a vital source of info and support for taking a game to Kickstarter. The LaTeX Wikibook is very useful, and if we manage to make our rulebook template more user friendly I'll come back here and send you a link to it. Good luck :)
Jul
21
comment Good tools for writing (game) manuals and sourcebooks
@ThomasE., it's available from the personal+ version up. We have Pro just becuase the colaboration and change tracking tools are useful but if you're happy to export the zip manually there's not any pressing need to subscribe at all. I only have because I find the features handy, rather than vital.
Jul
21
comment Good tools for writing (game) manuals and sourcebooks
Sorry @ThomasE. You would need to subscribe for that feature, I forgot about that. Before I subscribed I used the Zip feature. So go to Project, and press Download as Zip, then just put that Zip in your DropBox folder. Honestly it's only one more step than I have to do :)
Jul
21
comment Story length and the term used
+1, but it's worth noting that the word counts vary wildly from organisation to organisation, the base count for a Novella goes from 7,500 to 20,000 depending on which group you're submitting to, and that's just a small sample.
Jul
21
revised Good tools for writing (game) manuals and sourcebooks
edited body
Jul
21
comment Necessary online resources while writing: too much versus too little
Regarding your edit, perhaps split the task into two parts; editing prose (offline) filling in blanks (online)
Jul
21
comment Necessary online resources while writing: too much versus too little
Same here @dmm, that's another great thing about LaTeX, you can have each section/chapter in it's own module so once one is done you can just close it and move on :)