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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.


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comment How to decide whether contract “had”, “did”, and “would”?
All are fine, particularily in the case of first person narrative
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comment The tenth doctor's expression
Hi doctorwhofan. I'm afraid this isn't kind of question we can answer here, questions about what to write are off topic. Please take a look at our site guide here for more information. (If it helps though I'd say he looks half confused and half angry!)
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reviewed Approve Literary analysis: Requisites for a formal critique?
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reviewed Approve How to distill a plot into a logline?
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reviewed Approve What voice (active/passive) is most suitable for literary academic papers (literary journals)?
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reviewed Approve What is a first-person narrator able to do?
Jan
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reviewed Approve What effect on literature has the introduction of eBooks and eReaders had?
Jan
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comment What is a first-person narrator able to do?
What do you mean by "able to do"?
Jan
19
comment Is it possible to practice the craft of creative writing in isolation?
I wrote in isolation for a long time but only cam into my own after taking a series of adult learning "creative writing" classes
Jan
19
comment “That's when” vs “That was when.”
I've noticed that in most of your questions your examples are first person. In the case of first person normal rules for writing form don't have to apply, as the narrative is in the style of speech of the character.
Jan
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comment Poor man's copyright techniques
This depends heavily on where in the world you're located
Jan
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comment Can I use “a tribute to” when it is about a living person
Not really any different to a tribute band, right?
Jan
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comment Is the following “…noun, adjective…” structure allowed in fiction?
The second one seems wrong, as the sentance has no explicit subject. I'd go for the first one; getting the noun out of the way first makes the description make sense right away, were it the other way we wouldn't know what you're describing until you finish.
Jan
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comment Is the word “becoming” being used correctly in the following metaphor?
@AlexandroChen, You could make it clearer by scrapping the leading "the": the bottom of the sea—shelves and scrolls the reef and algae that keeps the light from flooding in. Actually, I prefer that, I'm going to update my answer :)
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answered Is the word “becoming” being used correctly in the following metaphor?
Jan
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comment Is there a way to know who bought my books on Amazon?
Tracking purchases; I'd contact Amazon. As a self published author you'll need to generate an audience yourself so social media is vital. And through social media you can reach out to your readers.
Dec
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comment Choosing a license for an open-source book
Creative commons is a widely used (and as such widely understood) license with a range of "settings" for offering different rights. For open source it's a good way to go.
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comment What kinds of legal clearances do you need to produce “fiction” that's “based on a true story?”
Quite a few useful hits here google.co.uk/…