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scientist/engineer (condensed matter physics, photonics, biology)

not professional programmer, but experienced in Fortran, Matlab, VisualBasic

science fiction author


Jul
18
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Pros and cons of using real brand/company names?
Jul
17
comment Typical Fairy-tale Story Especially Princess Stories
Also check out tvtropes.org, which will undoubtedly have tropes about princesses. Note that tropes are not necessarily bad, if you are aware of them and use them to your (and your readers') advantage.
Jul
17
comment Necessary online resources while writing: too much versus too little
I can't be online while writing. No self control. To add to what CLockeWork said, I try to not even look back at previous chapters while writing new stuff, because I start editing the old stuff instead. So if I forget the name I had for something/someone/somewhere, I put in a placeholder. Sometimes I'll go so far as to write the new scene/chapter in its own document.
Jul
6
answered Template for IT technical report?
Jul
2
awarded  Curious
Jun
29
answered Are there copyright issues with a novella title if it's a famous line?
Jun
26
answered Is it possible for an author's first book to be popular?
Jun
21
reviewed Approve suggested edit on What's the distinction between “vanity publishing” and “self publishing”?
Jun
20
comment What are PoD options for a 5M Bible?
At its heart, this is a question about PoD publishing of a large book, which is not an uncommon problem for authors. Perhaps if someone edited the wording/title of this question to make that the overall general question, with the COB as the specific example of particular interest to the asker, this question would get more answers and more widespread interest. @JonathanHayward: hint, hint.
Jun
19
reviewed No Action Needed Switching from past to present tense to increase narrative speed?
Jun
19
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Can a textbook contain heavy reference to other materials?
Jun
17
answered How can we have foreshadowing in a story that takes place in a universe where the future can't be known beforehand?
Jun
16
answered Can a textbook contain heavy reference to other materials?
Jun
3
answered Beginning an article/essay with a one word sentence, cliché?
Jun
1
answered I want my coauthor to feel comfortable making changes to my work
May
30
comment How to sift through all those illustrators?
Thanks, everyone, for the advice. And borderline insults [clearthroat]@what[clearthroat]. :-D
May
30
asked How to sift through all those illustrators?
May
23
comment Must protagonists be flawed for satisfying character evolution?
@what: It might imply a hidden flaw, but I think it's more interesting if the author keeps it ambiguous and challenges the readers to decide. Or anyway, at least that's a possible way to tell a story. For example, a pacifist is drafted into the Army and becomes a skilled warfighter (e.g. Sgt. York). So, is he a "killer who abandoned his principles" or a "hero who prevented evil from triumphing"? It's even better if the protagonist himself is torn, or if the protagonist and author appear to disagree.
May
23
answered Must protagonists be flawed for satisfying character evolution?
May
23
revised Must protagonists be flawed for satisfying character evolution?
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