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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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Apr
20
comment Will 9/11 fiction get a writer into trouble with the US Government?
@NeilFein: I was thinking something similar but not sure how to phrase it. "Touchy" is an understatement.
Apr
19
comment Will 9/11 fiction get a writer into trouble with the US Government?
The Central Intelligence Agency doesn't sue. It arrests. If you are not a U.S. native, you may need to do more research anyway so that you can write intelligently about the subject, regardless of what facts you weave into your fiction.
Apr
19
revised How/When to create deliberately boring characters?
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Apr
18
answered How/When to create deliberately boring characters?
Apr
18
revised How/When to create deliberately boring characters?
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Apr
18
comment How/When to create deliberately boring characters?
Mercedes Lackey had the "Elves on the Road" universe, although I don't think it sold well: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
Apr
17
comment Should I put colons with second-level titles?
A leetle more context. What kind of document is this? Is there any text after the titles? Sometimes? After 2 but not 1?
Apr
17
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Tips for describing features of unusual place that I often visit
Apr
17
accepted A tricky serial semi-colon
Apr
13
answered APA Formatting - Changing Adjectives in a quote
Apr
13
answered When to use the character's name and when to use she/he?
Apr
13
comment How can I effectively invent a language?
Sure, why not? As long as you're consistent and you know what your invented language means, you can create it any way you like. In Alan Dean Foster's Nor Crystal Tears, the non-human species had gestures as part of their language -- the word for "tree" had a movement as part of the word.
Apr
13
awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
13
revised How can I effectively invent a language?
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Apr
12
revised A tricky serial semi-colon
edited body
Apr
12
comment A tricky serial semi-colon
::sigh:: I would love to do that.
Apr
12
comment A tricky serial semi-colon
No, believe me, I agree that starting with "speakers include" is the better answer. But if the muckety-muck who wrote it won't let me do that, I need to know: based on the original sentence structure, commas or serial semi-colon?
Apr
12
comment A tricky serial semi-colon
The text in question is already in a bullet, so a bulleted list, while the most readable, isn't an option here. I agree that the "Speakers include" is the best alternative in the format given. But I still would like an agreement for this format. Sometimes corporate writer types won't let you rearrange sentences. :)
Apr
12
revised A tricky serial semi-colon
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Apr
12
comment A tricky serial semi-colon
@Neil: Corporate email and corporate brochure text.