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by k10wnsta
October 23rd, 2010, 5:48 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: How often do you read your manuscript?
Replies: 22
Views: 6595

Re: How often do you read your manuscript?

Although I've only written one manuscript (and it's still largely in an early draft state), one thing I learned very quickly was that I simply cannot properly revise my own writing within the first few days of writing it. If I do, I catch myself processing words that are several words ahead of what ...
by k10wnsta
October 12th, 2010, 5:45 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: How many books do you read per week (or month)?
Replies: 35
Views: 12127

Re: How many books do you read per week (or month)?

Actually, I'd never heard that song before. I don't have a lot of music dealing with them. Gah, too many actuallys. Why is it when I try to reply to something simple, about fifteen people won't leave me alone for five seconds? To be fair, in that song he's using 'fallen angel' as a metaphor, so it ...
by k10wnsta
October 12th, 2010, 3:01 am
Forum: Books
Topic: How many books do you read per week (or month)?
Replies: 35
Views: 12127

Re: How many books do you read per week (or month)?

I don't read as much as I would like to, because I'm such a picky reader. I want to read books about angels\fallen angels\nephilim. ... So is it safe to say this is one of your favoritest songs in the world? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWFv5ZoVET8 It has a good deal to say about fallen angels. A...
by k10wnsta
October 10th, 2010, 6:04 am
Forum: Books
Topic: How many books do you read per week (or month)?
Replies: 35
Views: 12127

Re: How many books do you read per week (or month)?

Interesting. I've read eight books in the past 15 years or so - seven of those were the Harry Potter series. So I read approximately 0.0103 books a week (without Harry Potter, 0.0013 books a week ). In the past two years, 0 books a week . That being said, I frequently read excerpts (usually 2 pages ...
by k10wnsta
October 10th, 2010, 12:50 am
Forum: Books
Topic: YA books for a fifteen- year- old boy
Replies: 15
Views: 5369

Re: YA books for a fifteen- year- old boy

ummm....hello? Catcher in the Rye Sell him on it by explaining its more notorious notability (which I shall recount here for those who weren't aware): At 10:49 PM on December 8, 1980, having just shot John Lennon 4 times in the back, Mark David Chapman tossed his gun aside, pulled out a copy of Catc...
by k10wnsta
October 2nd, 2010, 7:47 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Passive Voice Debate
Replies: 40
Views: 10631

Re: Passive Voice Debate

Topic probably wasn't the best term to use. Originally, I'd written it out using the term subject , but I didn't want that to be mistaken for 'grammatical subject' when I meant 'subject about which details are being provided'. In other words: We're provided details about the bad chemicals/ bad idea...
by k10wnsta
October 2nd, 2010, 4:13 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Passive Voice Debate
Replies: 40
Views: 10631

Re: Passive Voice Debate

A passage from Kurt Vonnegut's Breakfast of Champions , © 1973, Dell Publishing Delta Book 1999 trade paperback edition, pages 13 through 15.    "Dwayne's incipient insanity was mainly a matter of chemicals, of course. Dwayne Hoover's body was manufacturing certain chemicals which unbalanced his mi...
by k10wnsta
October 2nd, 2010, 4:20 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: What's your favorite song that tells a story?
Replies: 58
Views: 14823

Re: What's your favorite song that tells a story?

My favorite song that tells a story is actually a story told in songs* (three of them, to be exact): In the first, a boy's mother tells him the abusive man he'd grown up hating wasn't really his father. His real father had been a man the boy knew and respected, but who had died a couple years earlie...
by k10wnsta
October 2nd, 2010, 2:55 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Passive Voice Debate
Replies: 40
Views: 10631

Re: Passive Voice Debate

What about when magic comes into play? "Roberto splayed his hands and Victor was sent hurtling backwards into the wall". Is that better or worse than: "Roberto splayed his hands, sending Victor hurtling backwards into the wall". I've seen both methods used in books and it always irks me when the pa...
by k10wnsta
October 2nd, 2010, 2:36 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Passive Voice Debate
Replies: 40
Views: 10631

Re: Passive Voice Debate

K10wnsta, you promised a jillion commas. I count only three. I like commas. Or was that comas? I'm terribly sorry - my initial estimation was based on earlier versions of the sentence in which there were as many as a jillion commas, give or take a bazillion. Once again, I do not have a problem with...
by k10wnsta
October 2nd, 2010, 1:13 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Passive Voice Debate
Replies: 40
Views: 10631

Re: Passive Voice Debate

Sometimes I think the use of passive voice - or the oft-written, unwritten rule against it - is interpreted a bit too rigidly in writing circles. Of course, the same is true of much of the advice given to aspiring writers (ie. dialogue tags ), likely because many of those honing their craft are desp...
by k10wnsta
October 1st, 2010, 9:56 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Passive Voice Debate
Replies: 40
Views: 10631

Re: Passive Voice Debate

As promised (or threatened, depending on your perspective), the actual sentence: Chase grabbed his slingshot and we wandered the neighborhood looking for a light that wasn’t surrounded by houses, because until you actually shot them out, the streetlights had an irritating habit of lighting everythin...
by k10wnsta
October 1st, 2010, 9:15 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Passive Voice Debate
Replies: 40
Views: 10631

Re: Passive Voice Debate

'We wandered the neighborhood looking for a streetlamp that wasn't surrounded by houses.' I have no problem with that sentence, K10wnsta, though I might shorten it and add a comma... Hows about if it was 5 times longer with about a jillion commas? I'll polish it and post it in its entirety for ever...
by k10wnsta
October 1st, 2010, 9:12 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Passive Voice Debate
Replies: 40
Views: 10631

Re: Passive Voice Debate

You know, I kinda think we need an "Ask Polymath" thread or sub-section. I'm not kidding. When I ask a question, I'm usually thinking, Gosh, I hope so-and-so sees this and whatshername responds, and I bet whatshisname would know just how to answer this . You're always on the list of people I'm hopi...
by k10wnsta
October 1st, 2010, 6:47 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Stuck at the 1/3rd way mark
Replies: 12
Views: 2712

Re: Stuck at the 1/3rd way mark

Just out of curiosity. When the inspiration to start this project struck, did you have any idea where it was going to end up?