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

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

science fiction author


Nov
19
comment Is pantsless writing practical for NaNoWriMo?
+1 for "spewing logorrhea." Personally, I'm a combination plotter/pantser.
Nov
19
revised Is pantsless writing practical for NaNoWriMo?
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Nov
19
revised How to structure paragraphs of dialogue properly?
fixed grammar/typos
Nov
19
comment Spaces within abbreviations, acronyms, and initials
The way I was trained (old school), p.s. is supposed to be lowercase, always, and have periods and no spaces. It is a Latin abbreviation, e.g., i.e., op.cit., a.m., et.al., etc. ;-)
Nov
19
answered Is pantsless writing practical for NaNoWriMo?
Nov
19
comment How to write in a VERY thick notebook
Adding to the answer: Go all the way through the book, using only the top half of pages, then flip the book and use the "bottom" half, which is now the top half. Minimizes confusion, eases both reading and writing, and the ink has plenty of time to dry thoroughly before your hand is lying on it (except for the last few pages before you turn, of course).
Nov
10
comment Use of punctuation within quotes with single words or letters
As a proud American, let me say that I think the American convention is irrational. Rule Brittania (at least for quote punctuation)! :-D
Nov
6
comment Is repeating the action/verb in a metaphor a sign that is a bad one?
How about: We might as well have been squirrels gathering acorns in her yard, for all she cared. Or change the ownership of the metaphor: I've paid closer attention to squirrels rummaging in my yard. (Although, personally I find squirrels funny and interesting, and like to watch them. So your metaphor/simile doesn't work too well for me.)
Nov
3
reviewed No Action Needed How short can a poem be until it can no longer be a poem?
Nov
3
reviewed No Action Needed Where can I find a good online thesaurus?
Nov
3
awarded  Critic
Nov
3
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Nov
3
reviewed No Action Needed Why is “It was a dark and stormy night..” not a good opening?
Oct
29
awarded  Custodian
Oct
29
reviewed Looks OK Resources for writers: websites for posting stories and poetry
Oct
29
reviewed Leave Open How do you mention the same character with two very different descriptions?
Oct
29
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Where can I find sales numbers for books?
Oct
29
reviewed No Action Needed Chapter titles or numbers?
Oct
29
reviewed No Action Needed Multiple Characters in one scene
Oct
29
reviewed No Action Needed Are modern authors still using colons and semicolons in dialogue?