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Jan
26
awarded  Yearling
Jan
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awarded  Yearling
Jul
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comment Writing a programming book: how to present directory structures
I am not sure what audience is your book targeting. Hardcore c-programmer does not need any explanation at all. Programmers working at a higher level (e. g. Java, Mono, etc.) will - likely - appreciate a higher level of abstraction, so I'd choose the last option.
Jul
4
comment Is it a bad idea to ground a fantasy world in earthy culture(s)?
It is quite challenging task. Author must not neglect close study of historical details, definitely. In my opinion, staging the story into an alternative history allows using - e. g. - Gatling gun in the Thirty Years' War or smoking tobacco by crusaders. (But making post-Marian scuta from steel smells of ignorance, so be very careful.)
Jun
23
comment Using latin words in fantasy
To large group of people (including publishers, editors and even readers), Latin denotes Middle Ages, particularly atrocities allegedly committed by Roman Catholic Church. I'd be very careful, in some cases.
Jun
4
comment Does this microfiction provide a slightly surreal sense when describing an ordinary scene?
@Edward Rose: Trebonius was just pathetic, Hannibal was a coward and Savos ...? O tempora o mores!
May
25
comment Using today's moral compass in fantasy
@Neil Fein: If the question was about different attitude to cruelty and about preventing readers from being appalled/attracted by it, I think it would be an answer.
May
25
revised Using today's moral compass in fantasy
added 17 characters in body
May
25
comment Using today's moral compass in fantasy
@Lauren Ipsum: The downvotes were for the last statement, weren't they? Although I am standing my ground I must admit that I was very impetuous. It is out of topic, definitely. So I do apologise for it.
May
22
comment Do I have to revise my book on paper?
Someone stated that people see one thing on the screen and another on the paper. "Screen blindness" was the term used there. Unfortunately, I am not able to provide the correct source coordinates.
May
22
answered Using today's moral compass in fantasy
Mar
13
comment How do I express opinion informed by my beliefs without being hamfisted?
Excellent examples: Bruce Marshall's "All Glorious Within" (and his other novels) or Franz Werfel's "Jeremiah".
Jan
26
awarded  Yearling
Jan
2
comment Does reading books help writing skills?
Needs explanation: who is the master?
Nov
25
answered Why would an author not agree to license his book to a foreign language?
Sep
14
comment Dialogue writing practices?
@John Smithers: No offense - who wants to read (e. g.) the dull dialogues of John Steinbeck's characters?
Sep
14
comment Dialogue writing practices?
Although the second fragment sounds fresh and funny, I am not able to believe that two real people could have conversation like that. Maybe, if they both were unhealthy self-confident (or just drunk or loaded) ...
Jun
23
answered Is it really so “impossible” to get published by a traditional publisher?
Jun
8
comment Citing classics in Bibliography
I was just writing an answer with the same statement. You are the faster one.
Jun
7
comment Conlang question
Exactly. When I was twelve I had been trying to plough through the Tolstoy's "War and Peace". It was an edition where the sentences in French were left untranslated. Cried from anger, literally.