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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


Jul
23
answered Is it good idea to create a Sarcastic tone for provocative thoughts
Jul
23
awarded  Enlightened
Jul
23
awarded  Nice Answer
Jul
11
comment Is it typical to add variation to the words used for a character's name to keep it spicy?
@JW, I find it awkward and unusual to use something like "Mr. John de Havilland" at all in a dialog tag, unless you're deliberately affecting a Victorian style. I would not recommend alternating between different versions of the name in the way that you describe.
Jul
1
answered Publishers favoring, or temporary initiatives tailored for, young authors
Jun
22
comment How do you determine if a plot device is too coincidental?
I love this. The distinction between tension-increasing and tension-decreasing coincidences is crucial, and provides a really excellent tool for understanding the way that readers perceive your writing.
Jun
21
answered What are good places to post your work where it will be read by others?
Jun
20
comment What are good places to post your work where it will be read by others?
@NeilFein, no objections at all.
Jun
12
awarded  Talkative
May
26
answered How to make out that my work doesn't require any more editing?
May
21
comment Fixing fundamental flaws of structure and composition under deadline
This is an excellent answer. No one has time to do everything perfectly, so just do the best you can with the time available.
May
16
comment What binding and paper should be used on a self-printed novel?
Is this really on-topic?
May
4
answered Sympathetic portrayal of an evil protagonist with good motivations
May
1
comment How should I use phrases such as “uh huh”?
With your edits, this question is probably acceptable here, but I think that the OP would be better served by asking at english.stackexchange.com.
May
1
answered Are online critique groups a good substitute for editors?
Apr
30
comment The ethics of multiple contest submissions
Personally, I wouldn't consider contests to be a very good gauge of how good your writing is, since there are lots of contests, and most of them bring very little by way of payment, credibility, or validation. Instead, you might consider searching Duotrope for markets for your stories and submit there. This will be harder, but will give you a much better picture of how good your story is.
Apr
30
comment The ethics of multiple contest submissions
And just to be completely clear, aside from the restriction on simultaneous submissions, there is absolutely no ethical or legal restriction on sending the same story to multiple markets.
Apr
24
answered Creating a compelling story from a prebuilt world
Mar
27
comment Are there any syllable-counting applications for poety writing?
I don't think that any such software exists. Additionally, I'm not sure what purpose it would serve: if you aren't fluent enough in English to know how many syllables are in a word (and therefore in a line, etc.), then you're going to have a pretty big problem writing poetry of any kind.
Mar
9
comment Problems with constructing a complex sentence with many ideas in it
This question is better suited for Writers.se than for English.se.