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I have a degree in Linguistics, but I work as a programmer. Most of my expertise about English is self-taught, plus lots of random trivia I've acquired here and there.

This is my favorite EL&U comment ever:

This isn't really a question about English so much as a question about hugs. Source


Nov
16
answered Striking the balance between dialogue and narrative
Nov
6
revised What is the “three-asterisk-break” section called?
fixed title
Oct
27
comment Adding Detail/“Filling” the story
Related: writers.stackexchange.com/questions/1044/… writers.stackexchange.com/questions/3637/how-to-create-space/…
Oct
27
answered How much should I reveal of how the world functions in fiction?
Oct
22
comment Is an anthology a valid NaNoWriMo entry?
My NaNoWriMo this year is just a set of short stories. Not even an anthology... just some stories I want to write. It's more important that you do it than that you obey the rules.
Sep
26
comment Which well-established vanity publishers offer publishing for money and how much money is enough?
Also, no big-name publishers with established distribution networks will simply publish books for money. That's what makes them different from vanity presses: they have to maintain some kind of reputation for quality, and the only way to be published by them is through an editor.
Sep
26
comment Which well-established vanity publishers offer publishing for money and how much money is enough?
I don't have time for a full response right now, but no reasonable amount of money can buy widespread distribution. You can pay for editing, cover design, printing, etc., but getting your book into the big box stores requires a distribution network, and that's not something you can just buy.
Sep
6
awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
25
revised Which language to use when writing a multinational story
fixed spelling
Aug
25
answered What can an agent do for me if I only write short stories?
Aug
12
comment What's the significance of ancient mythology in literature?
Is this a writing question? It seems to me that this is more of a literary criticism question.
Aug
10
comment Writing a novel which has the same structure and a particular theme in each chapter
Something very similar to this structure was used in Ekaterina Sedia's The Secret History of Moscow, so it can be done in published works. However, I hated that book, and hated the repetitiveness of the structure, so YMMV.
Aug
1
answered What permissions do I need for nonfiction travelogue?
Jul
31
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Jul
30
awarded  Enlightened
Jul
30
awarded  Nice Answer
Jul
27
revised IF i want to write an episode to a TV sitcom, how can i send it to the TV network?
edited tags
Jul
27
comment IF i want to write an episode to a TV sitcom, how can i send it to the TV network?
Well, your first problem is that Beavis and Butthead hasn't been on the air for over a decade.
Jul
24
answered Is going 'off-topic' a sign of bad dialogue?
Jul
24
comment How to find an agent for a children's picture book?
@ShantnuTiwari, exactly right. Step #3 is meant to include this research.