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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
8
comment Does there have to be a difference when writing different genders?
Possibly of use: writers.stackexchange.com/questions/4325/…
Mar
8
comment “The company from Redmond” vs “The Redmond company.”
I prefer "the company from Redmond" as well. As Sean notes above, it is the company from Redmond, and this also eliminates even the least confusion that you somehow might be talking about some other company which happens to be named "Redmond."
Mar
8
awarded  Electorate
Mar
7
comment Books to improve writing skills
Skydiving, for example. Chainsaw juggling.
Mar
7
revised MLA formatting for multiple in-text citations of the same soure
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Mar
7
comment Explaining that experience is far greater than official job title implies
You could go over to GraphicDesignSE and ask about workflow -- who in an office is responsible for creative, marketing, proofreading, and so on throughout a job's lifecycle.
Mar
7
comment Explaining that experience is far greater than official job title implies
At the agency where I was a graphic production artist, the AM was responsible for getting the correct specs to the designer and to the print purchaser. Those specs traveled with the job to production (me), through several rounds with a proofreader, to the pre-press department, and finally to print purchasing again before the job left the office. So four to six people were responsible for checking specs. AMs may be in on the initial creative meeting, but it's really the Art Director or Designer who is responsible for being creative. (cont'd)
Mar
6
revised Explaining that experience is far greater than official job title implies
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Mar
6
comment Explaining that experience is far greater than official job title implies
Yes, because a resume is intended to get your foot in the door. It's showing what skills you have. By saying you "acted" as a jr acct mgr, you are describing the tasks you did. Once you get an interview, then you can explain in detail what that line means. I will edit my answer to address the other issue.
Mar
6
answered Not knowing a character's name. Would this be frustrating for the reader?
Mar
6
comment Describing a machine's world in a metaphorical manner
Don't try be concise. It's a metaphor and it's your first draft. Keep revising your paragraph above, keep making it more lyrical and less vague, and you'll be closer to what you want. Eventually you will get the right image, but don't start small and grow grudgingly. Start big and whittle away unnecessary words.
Mar
6
answered Explaining that experience is far greater than official job title implies
Mar
6
comment Should I prefer long or short sentences in scientific writing?
@DaveBall: Great, so you've identified what not to do: Don't use too many choppy sentences. You should use long sentences when appropriate.
Mar
6
answered Should I prefer long or short sentences in scientific writing?
Mar
5
comment How could the surprise-villain thread have been less contrived in “Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone”?
The upshot is, Harry is not going to recognize his own prejudice, or his own error, until he's much older. You can't retcon the 11YO Harry to understand what 17YO Harry or 30something Harry grasps. So no, you can't make Harry more obviously wrong. (In fact, that really pissed me off at the end of book 6!) I think Gabe is right; you have to give more evidence that Snape is not what Harry thinks he is, and let the reader figure it out even if Harry doesn't.
Mar
5
comment How could the surprise-villain thread have been less contrived in “Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone”?
The problem is that the story is told from 11YO Harry's POV. We don't get an adult, omniscient, third-person narrator showing us how Snape is rereading Lily's old letters with tears in his eyes while Harry is snarfing down another pumpkin-juice frappe. We don't get that depth to Snape until Book 7. She chose to write the book from Harry's POV and Harry's ability to comprehend, and it's rare that an 11YO is going to accept that he's wrong about someone he dislikes. It takes him up to the end of Book 5 to even gamble on Snape's membership in the Order, and that only to save Sirius.
Mar
5
comment Slow openings: What is it about this Neil Gaiman opening that pulls the reader in?
It's the acceptance which interests me. Also, that he explicitly states that he has hit bottom. Once you have hit bottom, there is nowhere to go but up -- and that becomes the momentum for the story. Okay, we're starting at the bottom; where do we go from here? How do we get out of the hole?
Mar
2
comment Best practices for maintaining documented code examples?
...mostly. I could suggest some strategies for keeping track of owners, but no tested or streamlined solutions.
Mar
2
comment Best practices for maintaining documented code examples?
Does the book software you're using have a publish-and-subscribe feature?
Mar
2
answered Best practices for maintaining documented code examples?