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If it consumes electricity, chances are good that I worked with it or at least know about it. SysAdmin and Programmer, worked with Basic and PHP as well as with Delphi. My current bread and butter is C# and JavaScript. I like to do Commodore 64 development as a hobby and dabbled in XNA for prototyping purposes.

I'm also on Twitter and I have a blog.


Jul
24
comment What are PoD options for a 5M Bible?
What do the fonts have to do with the question about printing a 5 Million Word Book?
Jun
16
comment Is there a complete guideline for which tense to use?
@Neil Yes, thanks for clarifying that. My question is not What is Perfect Progressive Past Tense? but In what situations is it appropriate to use when writing a work of fiction?
May
28
comment Are there more character alignment grids (like D&D)
Wow, I didn't realize that the world of Magic was so well developed. Thanks, some of these stereotypes are pretty helpful.
May
28
comment Are there more character alignment grids (like D&D)
@NeilFein I also want to see what are commonly seen as opposites - D&D has "Lawful" and "Chaotic", Myers-Briggs has Sensing vs Feeling (among others) - those types of charts.
May
28
comment Are there more character alignment grids (like D&D)
@NeilFein That's not the intention, although I'm not sure if the wording is clear enough. This is specifically an attempt to find categorizations/stereotypes either as a starting point for a character or as a way to populate the novel with a few side characters. I'm looking at it as a tool to help imagine the characters. For me, if someone says "Chaotic Good" I immediately imagine a certain "vibe" which gives me a few starting points from where I can flesh out the character.
May
24
comment How to introduce a world that's alien to the reader
One thing to note about Star Wars: There is an opening crawl that serves as a prologue - `It is a period of civil war. [...] Pursued by the Empire's sinister agents, Princess Leia races home aboard her starship' - basically, that is telling, not showing. Apart from that, Star Wars is a great example because the first movie is a very small story with few moving parts - it's a huge universe, but a narrow scope and thus a gentle introduction.
Jul
9
comment Do You Use Any Version Controlling Software/Methods As Writers?
@JW Not really. At one point I actually started writing my own Version Control system for Celtx, but in the meantime I switched to Scrivener and haven't followed it through.
Nov
3
comment Spaceships - It or She?
Good thought. The "it" comes from "the ship" earlier in the sentence, but making the connection between "The Invincible" and "the ship" is the kicker.
Nov
3
comment Spaceships - It or She?
It's an important "character", maybe comparable to the Battlestar Galactica. So you would stick to "she"?
Oct
16
comment I'm not a great pantser; what kind of preparation do I need for NaNoWriMo?
@Ralph Well, "Erotic Fiction" is one of the possible categories for NaNoWriMo Novels.
Nov
24
comment When should one *not* present events in chronological order?
@Axonn Well, "rejected" would have been the proper word, but I guess the idea is clear :P
Nov
23
comment How much planning should go on before beginning writing?
@slashmais Yes, but it's a very technical approach. There are people that can just start writing without knowing where they are going and are just surprised themselves when they see where the story ends.
Nov
23
comment Out of this world… Giving it time?
@John I thought this is a site for Writers :D Can't help it, once I start the first sentence the next 5 paragraphs just flow naturally.
Nov
23
comment Out of this world… Giving it time?
If that works for you, do that. But don't be afraid to later change the numbers to make them "feel" better or because you want to give the year or whatever. Unless the reader knows the absolute year, it's just a number that can be changed.
Nov
23
comment Out of this world… Giving it time?
Meh, typing on an iPad is still hard, sorry for the typos, will try to correct them tomorrow.
Nov
22
comment How do you track random thoughts and ideas?
+1 As well. I'm a tech geek that owns 3 PDAs and 2 Phones, an iPad and 3 Laptops, yet I always carry a paper notebook and a small pen with me because you just can't beat the bootup time and fidelity you gain from it. Moleskine is great because of the hard back and the rubber string that keeps it closed
Nov
22
comment Organizing your Universe?
This actually looks fantastic: Mac and Windows and it keeps everything in simple RTFD files, so writing a Version Control/Publishing system for it is simple enough.
Nov
21
comment Is there a standardized size for Books?
Just btw, I've asked a question about the number of pages now because I think it's a good question or Writers.SE and you had a good answer: writers.stackexchange.com/questions/352
Nov
21
comment Is there a rule of thumb about the number of pages a work of fiction should have?
Just for the record: I'm asking this because an earlier question about size was misu0derstood and I think that a question (#349) about the number of pages makes sense.
Nov
21
comment Is there a standardized size for Books?
I'm sorry that my question was unclear, I meant physical dimensions rather than number of pages :(