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by Colonel Travis
March 30th, 2010, 2:06 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: What Topics Would a Writer Study?
Replies: 22
Views: 3012

Re: What Topics Would a Writer Study?

I didn't say Austen mastered it, I was just saying Flaubert certainly did not introduce it in 1857. In the grand history of the novel, a big, fat, obnoxious-green, highlighter marker line has to be drawn between Austen and everyone who came before her, precisely because of the narrative technique sh...
by Colonel Travis
March 29th, 2010, 6:15 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: What Topics Would a Writer Study?
Replies: 22
Views: 3012

Re: What Topics Would a Writer Study?

Gustave Flaubert introduced the Free Indirect Discourse method in _Madame Bovary_, 1857. It was his first novel and took him ten years to write. The FID method is one of the predominantly favored methods for building and maintaining audience rapport in contemporary storytelling. Flaubert certainly ...
by Colonel Travis
March 29th, 2010, 2:28 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: What Topics Would a Writer Study?
Replies: 22
Views: 3012

Re: What Topics Would a Writer Study?

Interesting, polymath. I can think of a handful of people who may come close to what you're talking about: Dorthea Brande, Jerry Cleaver, James Frey, Donald Maass. Lots of others out there (geared toward fiction writers only, not screenwriters or playwrights). But - since this is March - I'd conside...
by Colonel Travis
March 28th, 2010, 6:30 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: What Topics Would a Writer Study?
Replies: 22
Views: 3012

Re: What Topics Would a Writer Study?

Polymath, I've been writing professionally for 20 years, so while some of what you'd offer would definitely appeal to me, other parts definitely would not. I'm not saying that because I'm being a smarty pants, or that I've reached a certain level of learning and refuse to go further. Neither are tru...
by Colonel Travis
March 28th, 2010, 5:54 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Best TV show of all time?
Replies: 48
Views: 6451

Re: Best TV show of all time?

Friday Night Lights, all the way. Especially season four, where it turned into The Wire: West Texas. ;-) I love Vince as a new character and I can't wait to see what happens in season five. I have a couple of friends who are extras on the show, so I might get a sneak peek at what is coming up. Not ...
by Colonel Travis
March 25th, 2010, 3:41 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Best TV show of all time?
Replies: 48
Views: 6451

Re: Best TV show of all time?

SCTV

case closed
*THWACK*

next case, please.
by Colonel Travis
March 24th, 2010, 8:25 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you reading now?
Replies: 520
Views: 137982

Re: What are you reading now?

Major league classical binge:

Iliad
Odyssey
Aeneid
Divine Comedy

Finding translations that agree with me was challenging but fun.
by Colonel Travis
March 24th, 2010, 8:18 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: docx files
Replies: 13
Views: 1661

Re: docx files

Erica, if you've got Office 2007: 1.) open Whatever.docx 2.) click Save As and choose Word 97-2003 Document Now you'll be able to open it in an older version of Office. You can't just lop off the x. If you save as "Word Document" in Office 2007/2010, which is the first choice listed, that's the docx...
by Colonel Travis
March 24th, 2010, 5:31 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: March Madness!!!
Replies: 125
Views: 30682

Re: March Madness!!!

Ha - Ink, my sporting credit report was ruined long ago after buying a TON of swamps and bridges. Now I only pay in cash and I can't afford anything except cold, hard reality.
by Colonel Travis
March 23rd, 2010, 10:56 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: docx files
Replies: 13
Views: 1661

Re: docx files

For the least hassle, use this site
http://docx-converter.com/

Docx is indeed a permanent format but Office has a gazillion of them now, which is good and bad. Wish they'd keep it simple but that genie is long out of the bottle.
by Colonel Travis
March 23rd, 2010, 10:47 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: March Madness!!!
Replies: 125
Views: 30682

Re: March Madness!!!

2010-11, Bosh is coming home to be a Mav, where they will hang up championship banners every year until he retires. I live in DFW so I'm accustomed to a lot of wishful thinking with the sports teams around here.
by Colonel Travis
March 21st, 2010, 8:32 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: March Madness!!!
Replies: 125
Views: 30682

Re: March Madness!!!

Two of my Final Four teams gone in the second round. I think I need some chocolate... If by "chocolate" you mean "hard liquor" I agree. Although, I could easily settle for 55 one-pound bags of M&Ms. Or a box of official GS Thin Mints, not that Grasshopper crap. Honestly, I don't care. When your bra...
by Colonel Travis
March 20th, 2010, 12:19 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Strong Voice vs. Invisible Writing
Replies: 17
Views: 7433

Re: Strong Voice vs. Invisible Writing

One of my favorite parts of Poetics is when Aristotle is talking about how changing one word is the difference between making a sentence plain or beautiful. This is his example - "The tumor which is eating the flesh of my foot." Had to look it up again because I couldn't remember the word changes he...
by Colonel Travis
March 19th, 2010, 10:52 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: March Madness!!!
Replies: 125
Views: 30682

Re: March Madness!!!

Huzzah! Tied for 42nd place with 8 billion other people, although I just passed Mr. Nathan himself in scoring. Wonder if that brings any advantage at query time? ESPN has 5.4 million brackets this year. Earlier today two dorks had every game correct. As I type this there are no more perfect brackets...
by Colonel Travis
March 18th, 2010, 3:23 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: March Madness!!!
Replies: 125
Views: 30682

Re: March Madness!!!

abc - no kidding. Those first three games almost made me reverse my lunch.