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by Phyllis
May 11th, 2010, 7:16 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: the "passive voice"
Replies: 9
Views: 1706

Re: the "passive voice"

"The quotation is applicable to this point" or "the quotation applies to this point" in a vacuum of context could be construed as passive voice. It's not passive voice though I will concede that the first sentence may be paraphrasing a sentence in passive voice: The quotation can be applied to this...
by Phyllis
May 3rd, 2010, 2:30 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: 5/3/2010 - Commemorating a Futuristic Date
Replies: 0
Views: 519

5/3/2010 - Commemorating a Futuristic Date

1984 lies behind us, so does 2001. Today begins the plot of the influential novel Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner, written in 1968.

Have you read it? What are your thoughts?
by Phyllis
January 4th, 2010, 6:12 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Reading Translations
Replies: 10
Views: 1732

Re: Reading Translations

I do read translations, and quite a few. But I do wish there were more to choose from, and I don't feel my interest in foreign writers is particularly common. Personally, though, I appreciate the chance to see literature that comes out of a different storytelling tradition. I think it widens my sco...
by Phyllis
January 4th, 2010, 11:39 am
Forum: Books
Topic: Reading Translations
Replies: 10
Views: 1732

Reading Translations

Happy New Year, everybody! Over the holidays, mediabistro linked to this post at a blog about translations. The author compiled a spreadsheet about all the translations of fiction this year. He found 348 titles. Being German, I found this number shockingly low. There are loads of translated books on...
by Phyllis
December 22nd, 2009, 1:50 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Partial requests, attached text, etc
Replies: 7
Views: 1344

Re: Partial requests, attached text, etc

That's what I meant. Thanks.
by Phyllis
December 22nd, 2009, 1:36 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Partial requests, attached text, etc
Replies: 7
Views: 1344

Re: Partial requests, attached text, etc

Just a little bit of hairsplitting: The first ten pages in an e-query means I send roughly 2500 words, even if not double-spaced. Right?
by Phyllis
December 16th, 2009, 12:54 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Speed Reading Pitfalls - Link
Replies: 6
Views: 1852

Re: Speed Reading Pitfalls - Link

I followed the link and read the article. I don't understand the whole discussion about reading speed. Everybody has their own speed at which they comfortably read and comprehend the content. I do understand the frustration when you have to read and process loads of information and would like to qui...
by Phyllis
December 8th, 2009, 10:52 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Outline or Out of the Mist?
Replies: 50
Views: 8976

Re: Outline or Out of the Mist?

I keep a kind of outline journal. I start with the idea and form it into a very very raw outline. It contains a lot of sentences like: And then he goes somewhere (where?) and does something (whatever) that he can't tell her. And so on. When I feel I know where to begin, I start writing. When I get s...
by Phyllis
December 7th, 2009, 6:23 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Monkeys vs. Bears
Replies: 63
Views: 19128

Re: Monkeys vs. Bears

Nathan, I have to ask. Where and how did this monkey fetish start? I believe it all started when I got into a staring match with an orangutan at the San Diego Zoo and the orangutan won. I can relate. I once looked at an orangutan at the Berlin Zoo and got utterly confused who was supposed to entert...
by Phyllis
December 6th, 2009, 12:51 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Monkeys vs. Bears
Replies: 63
Views: 19128

Re: Monkeys vs. Bears

Hey, the site looks really good. All links I clicked on worked out perfectly, and it appears perfectly well on my screen (which is not a given).

Oh, and it's monkeys, always.

Phyllis