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    Columbia River Gorge
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    Hiking, Reading, Writing, PCTA Trail Maintenance Volunteer, USFS Visitor Center Volunteer

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  1. Backwoods Boy


    I like the way Dorian's character is developed here. It will be interesting to see how it mutates to what we saw previously.
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    I'm happy to see another part of this story. I like your process of picking off an interesting character to investigate further. Looking forward to more.
  3. I guess I spent too much time doing technical writing where the objective was to clarify, not not obfuscate.
  4. I saw this in use a couple of days ago. I wish I could remember where because it posed the same unsolvable ambiguity as shown in the information link. Unless you're a lawyer or a politician, why use a word that has two opposite meanings?
  5. Was that "437" by any chance "473? That would be twice the 237, and interestingly enough corresponds directly to the half-pint/16 oz container of half-and-half in my refrigerator. And I bet your "1L" carton now corresponds directly to my U.S. quart, which shows as 946 ml. Congratulations on taking a giant step backwards. So much for the metric system.
  6. Those of us who grew up with typewriters (never leave for college without one) are probably the biggest offenders. But I leave creative documents to others. I note your disdain for Comic Sans, and observe that I have found Comic Sans Bold Italic useful for such diverse purposes as fake tattoos on photos and offensive social media posts.
  7. I hadn't seen this topic before, and I find the responses interesting - and quite diverse. Which means you're never going to please everyone. So, as a writer, be sure to please yourself first. But for myself as a reader: In cost/benefit terms, it takes a lot of plot benefit to overcome bad-grammar costs. Run-on and poorly-organized sentences send me away immediately. Punctuation counts, and as much complaint as there is about the English language, the punctuation rules aren't that difficult to understand. For me as a reader, they don't have to be followed religiously, but the exceptions should be few and justifiable. I once went to a restaurant where every plural had an apostrophe in front of the terminal "s". Unfortunately, that spelled out the quality of the meal, too. As to the rest of grammar, the internet provides wonderful resources. And in spite of the value of grammar detection tools, good luck. To my own experience, even the best have serious faults. Every author needs an anal-retentive editor and preferably one or two beta readers. A grammar tool and one set of eyes isn't enough. An info-dump ends my interest. If it isn't critical to the plot, I would rather decide for myself why the guy is "hot" or "sexy". Let the readers exercise their own imagination, please. There's a fiction that circulates from time to time that the first chapter must introduce the main characters. I prefer the first chapter to grab my attention, and if some main characters don't show up for a few chapters, that's fine with me. I don't care for excessive detail. It only takes a sentence or two and a few well-chosen words to establish the environment, physical and/or emotional. Don't flog it to death. And individual relationships between each and every character expand exponentially, don't always matter, and bloat an otherwise-interesting story. I don't care if dialogue isn't written in the Queen's English. People don't speak that way, so why pretend that they do? On the other hand, about the third time an overworked cliche is used, I leave, just like in real life. I read several genres, and understand that some leap beyond earthly constraints of gravity, time, and space. But even with that freedom, the story still has to make sense, if only within the bounds the author sets. So, thanks for the opportunity to express my thoughts on the topic. Getting them out of my brain helps me understand them better.
  8. How to celebrate Valentine's Day:


  9. In the context of new words, this one came to my attention today.  It seems suitable for this environment.



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    1. Zombie


      good to see Pluto still hanging on in there... :funny:

  11. On the flat earth theme, this came to my attention the other day:
  12. Backwoods Boy

    Our Fight

    Thanks much for the "update".
  13. Well, I had to look up "Coruscant", so you can see how movie-literate I am not. I had never heard of coruscate, or any of its variants. I wonder how well-known it is. I think I'll take a poll among my 3D friends. But I have a use for it. When I remove my hat in bright sunlight, I can warn people to beware of possible blinding coruscation.
  14. That you have not hardened your heart to others, speaks of the depth of your character. That you are able to express that, is an inspiration to all of us. Thank you for sharing with us again your innermost feelings, that make us all reflect.
  15. Now that I've checked my email, I will resume the position described.
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