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I want patience and I want it now.

Also, I find that nostalgia isn't what it used to be.

Laziness is what gets me out of bed in the morning.

正宗で大根を切る。

言い出しっぺ。

Some of the smartest things people have ever said:

No language makes perfect sense. — John McWhorter

Neurosis is always a substitute for legitimate suffering. — Carl Jung

A child educated only at school is an uneducated child. — George Santayana

Tactics is knowing what to do when there is something to do. Strategy is knowing what to do when there is nothing to do. — Savielly Tartakower

One of the painful things about our time is that those who feel certainty are stupid, and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with doubt and indecision — Bertrand Russell

Every good thing that happens in your life is a gift. — Yours Truly


Aug
6
comment Should you specify camera action in a film script?
@Aerovistae: This is why writers are at the bottom of the pecking order in Hollywood. If you have any power, you become a producer.
Aug
5
revised Is it better to divide writing time for a 'many short times' approach instead of 'one long session'?
deleted 5 characters in body
Aug
4
revised Are there any specific rules to write Prequels and Sequels so that we don't end up with conflicting situations?
added 4 characters in body
Aug
4
comment Do flashbacks break up short stories too much?
The flashback in the Bierce piece you mentioned is actually an inside-out framing device for the real action of the story. I wouldn't really call it a flashback, either, since it's more of a dream sequence — part memory, part fantasy.
Aug
4
answered Are there any specific rules to write Prequels and Sequels so that we don't end up with conflicting situations?
Aug
4
answered Is it better to divide writing time for a 'many short times' approach instead of 'one long session'?
Jun
28
awarded  Popular Question
Jun
20
awarded  Talkative
Apr
11
awarded  Good Answer
Apr
10
comment How can I catch more errors when I proofread?
+1: This is the foolproof way to proofread. If you read it out loud, every mistake is apparent. The only quibble I have is that frequently you find more to edit than you imagine, and so have to read the whole thing over again.
Jan
28
awarded  Yearling
Dec
15
comment Dealing with personal trauma in writing
Do you mean "mythos" (singular) or "myths" (plural)? There is a difference.
Nov
26
revised What should I know to better decide which of my names to conceal/abbreviate/elaborate/modify/invent for signing my writing?
Title needed a preposition
Nov
9
comment Unpunctuation: bug or feature?
@bwkaplan: If the Czarina was writing in Russian, there wouldn't have been a copula anyway.
Oct
9
comment Are fantasy books expected to be trilogies?
And, in the case of George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series, way too long.
Sep
19
comment Any experience with Serenity Editor software?
@StevenDrennon: True, to a point. The problem is all the false positives you find using such software. Do you really need it to flag all instances of ain't, for example? It takes too much brainpower to deal with the mechanics of imperfect software, which is why I always turn off the grammar checker in MS Word. I don't need someone's crummy heuristics forcing me to justify my writing style. My proofreading method is much simpler and way more effective: I read all my serious writing aloud before I consider it complete.
Sep
19
answered Any experience with Serenity Editor software?
Sep
17
comment Is there a rule of thumb about the number of pages a work of fiction should have?
50K is a very short novel. I've been told that most novels are over 80K words at least.
Sep
10
comment What to do if I can't meet my chapter word count?
+1: Any piece of writing is organic, and its length should be dictated by the necessities of plot, character, and action.
Aug
29
comment If in real life the antagonist is often oneself, shouldn't it work in a full length novel?
I disagree about Remains of the Day. Miss Kenton certainly is an antagonist. She struggles to pull him out from behind his facade. The irony is that, in defeating her, he defeats himself. A brilliant book, by the way.