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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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Jun
16
comment Creative writing use and abuse
@NeilFein I agree — look at "to boldly go." There's a poetry in that split infinitive which can't be achieved if you stick with strict, prescriptive English grammar rules. (However, I still can't decide if your typo is a deliberate wink.)
Jun
15
revised Creative writing use and abuse
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Jun
14
answered In end user documentation, should screenshots come before or after the text that references them?
Jun
14
comment Techniques to write for a wider audience
No, but I am a massive geek in other fandoms, and I appreciate high-quality geekery when I see it. :)
Jun
14
comment Techniques to write for a wider audience
I wish I could give this 10 upvotes for the Equestria link alone. Even aside from that, solid answer.
Jun
13
comment Dream analysis research
@micapam Actually, 192.168.0.1 is a perfect example of what not to use as a generic. Anyone with more than the barest lay knowledge of computers will know what that is, that has a specific meaning and a specific usage, and using it incorrectly in context would cause a big problem for the characters. There are no U.S. phone numbers or IPs which (yet) start with 555, so those are obvious placeholders. It's like saying a character lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Any U.S. child above 5th grade knows that's the White House, not "generic placeholder address."
Jun
13
reviewed Approve Can a title be copyrighted?
Jun
12
awarded  Informed
Jun
12
awarded  Enlightened
Jun
12
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
12
answered How specific should I be when outlining the plot?
Jun
11
reviewed Edit publisher tag wiki excerpt
Jun
11
revised publisher wiki excerpt
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Jun
11
answered Is it correct to use verbs like “sighed” and “laughed” as dialogue tags?
Jun
11
comment Book Plot Sugestions
You forgot the ninja exchange students who show up riding sharks.
Jun
7
comment How do you avoid purple prose?
@sh1ftst0rm It's more that the adjectives are excessive, redundant, and unnecessary. Does it matter in the moment of a breakup what his jacket feels like? "Buttery leather" is a standard image; "butter-soft" is redundant. Purple prose just piles on everywhere there's a space to pile on, being as extravagant and flamboyant as possible while still attempting to keep a straight face and not actually be parody. It's the Liberace of writing.
Jun
4
comment Avoid blending Fantasy and Sci Fi
@jschabs Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern series went from scifi to fantasy to a blend within the universe's timeline; whether it was any good is up to the reader. Mercedes Lackey's Elemental Masters series is steampunk fantasy, while her Talents series is futuristic scifi with mental powers.
Jun
3
comment How to better describe “jet-black (pitch-black) darkness”?
@DarekWędrychowski Ones which can roll easily.
Jun
3
comment Dream analysis research
@celtschk Then the IP should have started with 555. :)
Jun
3
answered Dream analysis research