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The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter — it's the difference between a lightning bug and the lightning. — Mark Twain

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Mar
26
comment How can I consistently distinguish among tables, fields, and records in a database?
I think your sentence-level formatting is excellent. I'd have to see an example of the relational database, but it sounds like you have a good idea.
Mar
23
answered Critique wanted for a fantasy prologue
Mar
19
comment What is the correct way to write a fractional number in a formal letter?
@Jay I'm not stepping into a steel-cage death math for anything less than "the fight to ban impactive, impactful, and the use of impact as a verb when not applied to meteorites."
Mar
19
answered How to tell or retell basic character and setting information in a series?
Mar
18
comment What is the correct way to write a fractional number in a formal letter?
@Jay Yeah, I wouldn't get in the steel cage over it either. Neither is wrong.
Mar
18
answered Effective techniques for describing pain
Mar
17
comment Are there any contests for teenage writers?
Why does the publisher have to accept only under X age?
Mar
16
comment Are there any contests for teenage writers?
:) No, sorry, I was being snarky. "A winning competition for a novel" is getting a publishing contract.
Mar
16
comment Are there any contests for teenage writers?
a publishing contract?
Mar
15
comment Does this qualify as a prelude or prologue?
Tightened up a little to make the last line more of a punch, yes, that's a nice hook. It would work fine as a prologue.
Mar
15
comment Does this qualify as a prelude or prologue?
I have never heard of the prologue posing a super question. I can see how it should be a hook, but if the book has no prologue, the first chapter has to serve that purpose, no? It's not like the prologue replaces the first chapter.
Mar
15
comment Does this qualify as a prelude or prologue?
Let me ask you: Why do you think it would be dis qualified? A prologue, literally, is "before the words" -- text which you are reading before the story starts. It doesn't have to be chronologically prior, although it usually is. If you stick it before "Chapter 1," it's a prologue.
Mar
15
comment What is the correct way to write a fractional number in a formal letter?
@Jay But you can have one third vs. two thirds. You can only have a half or you have a whole. "Five and one half" sounds pompous. Also, AP style is to use numerals above 10, not 20.
Mar
15
reviewed Reject Should freelance writers keep their online business separate from offline?
Mar
14
comment What is the correct way to write a fractional number in a formal letter?
Eh, okay. Those grate on my eyes, but you're citing official sources.
Mar
14
answered What is the correct way to write a fractional number in a formal letter?
Mar
14
revised What is the correct way to write a fractional number in a formal letter?
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Mar
13
answered singular or plural for index entries
Mar
13
comment Not happy with format of self-published book. How to proceed?
At the risk of annoying the SE bots, can you tell me what details you're concerned with so I can describe them? The paper is a little thinner than what I find in traditionally-published books, but it's the same off-white. I did the typesetting so it looks visually right, and the cover art was a professional commission. It's perfect-bound. Are there other details you need?
Mar
12
comment Not happy with format of self-published book. How to proceed?
I do have a book from Xlibris, and the paper looks like books from "traditional" presses. I do not have any from other self-publishers to compare it to, however.