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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


Jun
4
answered It is unprofessional to use double exclamation marks and CAPS in a product or service?
Jun
2
comment Writing about drug induced hallucinations and paranoia
@One Monkey: I never said one is "rendered incapable of talking about it"; I'm talking about treading lightly in areas where you have no first-hand knowledge. In such cases you don't know what you don't know, so you may fail in ways you cannot foresee. That's all.
Jun
2
comment Writing about drug induced hallucinations and paranoia
@Craig Sefton: NOAD: "authentic ... • based on facts; accurate or reliable" — So forgive me if I use accurate as a synonym for authentic. BTW, authentic also means "of undisputed origin; genuine"; so let's not try to hide behind semantics here. I stand by what I said. You may disagree, but please don't pretend I do not mean what I say.
Jun
2
comment Writing about drug induced hallucinations and paranoia
@Craig Sefton: "You may lend your work more authenticity ..." That is precisely my point. There is a tipping point with authenticity, which if you fall below results in complete collapse of the old willing suspension of disbelief.
Jun
2
comment Writing about drug induced hallucinations and paranoia
I'm talking about technical details of feeling. Men can write women (and vice versa), but you will not see them describing, say, premenstrual emotional and physical discomfort, at least in a very detailed way. I have read very good attempts by women to write men in the first person, but even these have failed hugely in some passages. I'm thinking of Tana French's In the Woods, a police procedural/romance written from the POV of a male detective writing in the first person. The book is excellent, and French is a very talented writer. And she mostly pulls it off. But not all the time.
Jun
2
answered Writing about drug induced hallucinations and paranoia
Jun
2
comment Is it easy to change genre?
Homer's "Illias"? Really? The Iliad and The Odyssey are epic poems, and existed long before any notion of literary genre even existed. They were not even considered fiction in their day, but a grand account of noble deeds, i.e., a history.
May
21
answered Taking notes while reading
May
16
awarded  Critic
May
16
comment What sites can I use to crowdsource my writing project?
Let me get this straight. You want to crowd-source your writing project, and also you want to crowd-source the crowd-sourcing?
May
15
answered Why is this ‘loved’ italicized?
May
11
answered Quoting text from a country with different internationalization.
May
11
comment Quoting text from a country with different internationalization.
Are you translating the German into English?
May
7
comment What are some possible reasons of why my readers preferred this “writing” over the others two?
Also, I believe you mean thanks for the critiques. A critic is a person who judges the merits of something, and a critique is a written or spoken analysis such as might be made by a critic.
May
7
comment What are some possible reasons of why my readers preferred this “writing” over the others two?
Pure means undiluted or unadulterated, over-amped means overblown, opaque refers to something capable of hiding things from view, bathos is "an effect of anticlimax created by an unintentional lapse in mood from the sublime to the trivial or ridiculous" [NOAD], and muddy means something that is mixed up or not clear.
May
7
answered What are some possible reasons of why my readers preferred this “writing” over the others two?
May
5
answered English writers IDE
Apr
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awarded  Enthusiast
Apr
24
answered In what order should I describe a setting?
Apr
20
awarded  Nice Answer