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Online support system for new sci-fi writers

I'm starting to write short science fiction. Where should I look (online) for support, guidance and, eventually, publishing? [more inside]
posted by signal on Jun 22, 2016 - 4 answers

script tease

What script is this painted text written in? This feels like an embarrassing sentence to write, but I suspect it's either a Brahmic script or something from Tolkien. (Bonus question: What does it say?)
posted by threeants on Jun 20, 2016 - 2 answers

Diary

I want to buy a diary [more inside]
posted by metajim on Jun 16, 2016 - 7 answers

When did newspapers start using bylines?

Was this a journalism issue? Why?
posted by ebesan on Jun 12, 2016 - 3 answers

A thoroughly modern magi

A young heterosexual couple in San Francisco try to give each other gifts for their anniversary. They give up something of value to themselves to buy each other a gift, but when the exchange occurs they realize that what they bought for the other is dependent on something the other has already given up. What have they given each other, and what have they lost? [more inside]
posted by permiechickie on Jun 11, 2016 - 22 answers

How to write a letter/flyer advertising painting and handyman services?

Hi all, I am struggling on how to word a letter (or a flyer) advertising my buddy's company that provides handyman services to property management companies. I've been putting it off for weeks and the google is failing me. Is anyone good at this, or can you recommend a source for how to write or format such a letter? Many thanks! [more inside]
posted by Kombucha3452 on Jun 11, 2016 - 11 answers

Software for dissertating, 2016 edition

I'm writing a dissertation (specifically, an ethnography). What writing software do I need (Mac OSX)? [more inside]
posted by a sourceless light on Jun 9, 2016 - 9 answers

Classical music newbie needs suggestions

I'm a classical music newbie and need suggestions on composers and pieces that are similar in vein to Wagner's Tristan & Isolde. [more inside]
posted by hollypolly on Jun 9, 2016 - 7 answers

Is there any good way to deal with a disappointing teacher?

Caveat up front: It's entirely possible that I'm being ... childish ... in this situation. I honestly can't tell. Do I have to adjust my expectations and grow up? Do I suck it up, keep my mouth shut, and endure the class? Do I go to the administrators? Or do I get more hands-on? Short novel to follow. [more inside]
posted by Rainbo Vagrant on Jun 7, 2016 - 26 answers

Distraction free writing tools - 2016 edition

This was asked back in 2008, and maybe some of the answers haven't changed since then, but I thought I'd ask. What are the best writing tools for a distraction-free experience? I'm looking primarily at hardware right now, but software is welcome too. Or hell, if pen and paper is the best, say so. [more inside]
posted by naju on Jun 7, 2016 - 5 answers

How to get jobs as a screenwriter/script doctor?

Simple enough -- how to get work in this line. Examples from real-life cases/people who did it are appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Peregrine Pickle on Jun 4, 2016 - 9 answers

Cultural Appropriation in the Mechanics of Magic

I am a white cis-het male working on a writing project that includes both a fantasy novel and a tabletop RPG system and setting, based in an alternate history Earth where magic is a part of normal life. I believe in the importance of diversity in representation, so I would like to depict an America in which European/American culture is less hegemonic than in reality. One of the ways in which I want to do that is having non-European systems of magic be influential on the art and science of magic in this world. In particular, I am considering whether there is a way to incorporate chakras into both the fiction and the game's system without it being cultural appropriation. More details after the break. [more inside]
posted by Caduceus on May 27, 2016 - 11 answers

Can I pay the Internet to write my emails?

I suck at correspondence, and would like to pay another human to draft the occasional very brief email message for me-- standard thank-yous, requests, friend check-ins, etc. (I don't need a full-on virtual assistant; just the occasional $5, 5-minute task). Is there an established gig website that handles this sort of custom short content request? How else could I go about tracking down someone to provide this service? [more inside]
posted by Sockinian on May 27, 2016 - 10 answers

(Virtual) Summer writing programs for a teen?

A talented and typically sullen sixteen-year-old girl is about to meet the vast free time of Summer Vacation and I'd like to find something that feeds her inspiration more than her desperation. She's a fine writer and it's good for her mental health for a whole pile of reasons. Registration for the local, in-person summer writing programs has come and gone, so I'd like to find some online options that encouraging her writing. Give me your online classes, camps, communities, apps, or anything else appropriate for a teen who likes to write, but could use some constructive encouragement. [more inside]
posted by Ookseer on May 26, 2016 - 7 answers

Another brick in the wall

Freelance writer considering education in front- and back-end coding. I've chosen an educational path, but I don't know how to make the best of my new-found skills as I move forward. More inside. [more inside]
posted by mr_bovis on May 19, 2016 - 3 answers

Help me navigate a meeting for a biotech contract writing opportunity

Full time and mostly happily employed as a tech writer at company A, but it's not a long term career plan. Company B asked me to come in to see about a potential short term gig. This could be great. Or not. Help me navigate? [more inside]
posted by aperturescientist on May 19, 2016 - 1 answer

Android phone, take dictation! No, not a vacation!

I write best while I'm walking, and for an upcoming project I'd like to streamline this using some sort of speech-to-text word-processing setup on my Google Nexus phone. Google's native voice recognition in Docs hates my voice and produces only large paragraphs of semipunctuated gibberish. What app(s) + accessories setup will give me accurate, extended voice-to-text transcription with minimal oversight, ideally also with good punctuation functionality? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on May 18, 2016 - 4 answers

Benefits to formal diagnosis of dyslexia as an adult?

I think my boyfriend might be dyslexic and I'm debating how much to bug him about getting it checked out. But how would you even treat dyslexia in a 30-year old, and is there any benefit to getting a formal evaluation and/or diagnosis as an adult? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 15, 2016 - 9 answers

First they were writers, then they were writer/directors.

There are plenty of successful writer-directors out there, but I'm curious about successful directors who started out as writers only (screenplays, novels, plays etc) before they transitioned to directing. I'm especially interested in minority or female directors.
posted by egeanin on May 14, 2016 - 18 answers

Copyright on 1942 Documents

In the course of archival research, I've come across transcriptions and author's notes of some remarks that were given during a private conference in 1942. I'm having trouble sorting out the 1909 and 1976 Copyright Acts and how they impact these documents. Are they in the public domain, or are they still under copyright?
posted by NotMyselfRightNow on May 13, 2016 - 13 answers

Tears are Words that Need to be Written

There are things that make me sad, and things that make me sad about being sad. For example, some things don't really merit a lot of sadness (especially when it is ill-informed or useless), but consistently and sincerely break my heart all the same... [more inside]
posted by Dressed to Kill on May 6, 2016 - 19 answers

Tune in, turn on, read a book.

Who are the modern Robert Anton Wilsons? [more inside]
posted by cmoj on May 5, 2016 - 17 answers

Talk to me about getting an MFA

I'm already a professional writer, and have been for a decade, but I've been slowly trying to shift stakes. I feel like going for an MFA would offer valuable guidance, validation, and permission to try new things. But I also feel like maybe I'd be better off lighting thousands of dollars on fire. MFAs of MeFi, please observe my snowflakes and tell me what to do! [more inside]
posted by babelfish on Apr 28, 2016 - 21 answers

eReading + eResearch refresher

I have been doing most of my research digitally for a number of years, with varying degrees of success. As I finish up my phd (!) I want to refresh my research habits and streamline for efficiency. For pdfs, epubs, and online articles I currently use several services and software platforms, only some of which are compatible. Help me best this [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Apr 24, 2016 - 2 answers

Gregg Reference Manual: 2004 or 2010 edition?

I'd like to buy this for work but I didn't want to spend $50, as I'd never get reimbursed. A used copy circa 2004 is $6. Is there any significant difference between the 2004 and 2010 editions? It's probably a no-brainer to get the 2004 version but I don't want something that's completely obsolete.
posted by onecircleaday on Apr 21, 2016 - 2 answers

What is an enjoyable novel, with depth, suitable for freshman comp?

As I teach it now, my first semester composition course is geared toward inquiry. My primary text is From Inquiry to Academic Writing, and Ernest Cline's Ready Player One. I'm on the hunt for a new novel. [more inside]
posted by girlbowler on Apr 11, 2016 - 13 answers

Orbital Mechanics for Dummies

Where can I learn about the physics of spaceflight if I don't know calculus? What books, movies, video games, websites, etc., would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by contemporarySlob on Apr 5, 2016 - 8 answers

Help me learn to edit longer stories.

I need help learning how to do structural edits on longer pieces of fiction (and maybe how to think about story structure more while I’m writing first drafts as well). I’m looking for book recommendations, articles, tips and techniques, and stories of what works for you. There’s more specifics below, but the tl;dr version is: what are editing strategies that might work well for someone a) highly attuned to sentences and the beautiful details of language and b) on the intuitive side in terms of process? [more inside]
posted by overglow on Apr 4, 2016 - 8 answers

Mixed-Meowdia Art

What is a great website for teaching how-to-write kanji, with animations? [more inside]
posted by j_curiouser on Mar 17, 2016 - 4 answers

Seeking biological weapons science info

(asking for a friend) I'm writing a novel - a thriller - set principally in the Antarctic in WWII which takes the idea of the development of a biological weapon as its premise. What I need is an insight into a suitably nasty bacteria or virus that could have been developed into a weaponisable form; something that the British might have been working on towards the end of WWI; and something that could have been resurrected again in 1943 as a back-stop to deal with two possible scenarios. [more inside]
posted by jessamyn on Mar 16, 2016 - 5 answers

what would happen if cell phones could kill us?

(asking for an author pal!) This scifi writer wonders: If electromagnetic waves were linked to cancer, what systems (electronic/political/social) would be impacted, and how? [more inside]
posted by changeling on Mar 14, 2016 - 28 answers

How can I overcome compulsive perfectionism with ADHD / OCD?

I have ADHD with a lot of OCD symptoms. I think the ADHD is primary, and the OCD symptoms are my lifelong coping reactions to feeling overwhelmed all the time and making endless mistakes. I'm now on Adderall, and it has illuminated how much the OCD slows me down and burdens me, but at the same time, many of my OCD behaviors are rational. They help me catch my many mistakes (while writing or in life) when my ADHD is at its worst. I need strategies to pull myself out or to help me immediately recognize when I'm spiraling. [more inside]
posted by chaos_theory on Mar 12, 2016 - 9 answers

I think I may need to offer my head up for hunting...

I'm a writer and former academic with a diverse skill set. I'm looking to make a major career transition, but am unsure how to find the kinds of jobs that I believe would be professionally satisfying to me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 6, 2016 - 4 answers

What I do have are a very particular set of skills

Can I build a new career out of the things I'm actually good at? Please help me figure out what careers could fit what I do. [more inside]
posted by castlebravo on Mar 4, 2016 - 15 answers

Oldest (as in longest running) character in Marvel Cinematic Universe?

Who, out of the entire MCU (TV and Movies, but not Animated series), is the oldest character? By oldest I mean was published in comics first? [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams on Feb 27, 2016 - 6 answers

Can I see the course syllabus for life?

I've been having a bit of a rough time for the last while, and I'd like to try to start writing to help me work through some things. Turns out, that's easier said than done. Can you help me get going? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Rattery on Feb 25, 2016 - 23 answers

Tips and tricks for working on writing that bores you

I have a paper due tomorrow, which is about 2/3rds done, but I am absolutely bored out of my mind with the topic. I had just about brought myself to accept that I would spend most of the next 48 hours being this level of bored, when I discovered that I have lost the last half-day of work I did on it, so I have to redo it. This will add the tedium of rewriting stuff I wrote already to the boredom of working on a topic I find uninteresting in the first place and feels almost unmanageable. I have perky music, a clock to race against, and snacks, but what other tips and tricks do you have for working on something that bores you silly? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Feb 24, 2016 - 7 answers

Tips for writing a gender-neutral interview?

I have been asked to edit an interview using they/them/their instead of gendered pronouns. Please give me your tips / best practices for clarity! [more inside]
posted by Isingthebodyelectric on Feb 22, 2016 - 6 answers

What's it like to work in fundraising?

I'm writing a piece of fiction and have a character who works in fundraising for a big nonprofit. Is there anything I can read to find out what this sort of work is like? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Feb 15, 2016 - 13 answers

Examples of foreshadowing in movies and literature?

I'm thinking if writing something that heavily uses foreshadowing in any/all permutations possible. [more inside]
posted by prufrock on Feb 13, 2016 - 26 answers

"Only the x-iest is x"

Can you offer some names for this line of discursive reasoning that goes "only the strongest is strong at all" or "only the most pretty people are pretty." So far I can think of two: No True Scottsman and the various ways of saying "might makes right" but I have a tip of the tongue feeling there are a lot of these.
posted by Taft on Feb 9, 2016 - 24 answers

I WANT TO GO TO THE SCHOOL PLZ LET ME IN KTHX BYE

I am working on my grad school application essay and am freezing up. I haven't had to write an application essay since 2002 and I'm not sure how to begin. Help! [more inside]
posted by thereemix on Feb 9, 2016 - 10 answers

writing and focusing tips for someone with cognitive complications

I'm trying to finish my PhD thesis. I need help, tips, anything from methods for focusing for someone with probable cognitive issues related to Bipolar I disorder to ADHD or OCD behaviors, and reducing anxiety related to this so that I can function. I would appreciate any advice anyone could offer. [more inside]
posted by suddenly, and without warning, on Feb 4, 2016 - 22 answers

Turning a PhD dissertation into a book - any tips?

I'm just getting started on the process of turning my PhD dissertation into a book. On rereading, I'm a bit shocked by how clunky the writing is and how much I haven't said. I'd love any advice from anyone who has done this or anything similar. What's the best approach I can take, and what pitfalls are there? [more inside]
posted by Aravis76 on Feb 4, 2016 - 8 answers

How does a desk potato get comfortable typing all day?

I have finally gotten over the initial stasis of PhD dissertation writing. Now that my brain came around to the idea of writing and reading all day, my body is protesting: achy back, tight legs, sore wrists. Tips/tricks/recommendations/links to ergonomic chair, pretty please? [more inside]
posted by atetrachordofthree on Feb 1, 2016 - 16 answers

Tech writer wants to advance in science communications career

I had an entry-level science communications role in quasi-academia. Due to funding cuts I was let go, and fell into a job as a tech writer. But I strongly prefer my previous role and would like to advance in that career path. How do I do this? Career details inside. [more inside]
posted by aperturescientist on Feb 1, 2016 - 4 answers

What's the best way to get a hand written manuscript typed up?

I have a nearly completed manuscript of a novel that I'm writing that is entirely handwritten. I need to get it typed up, but it's over 400 handwritten pages and I'm a.) overwhelmed and b.) trying to finish the novel with a limited amount of free time, so I don't want to spend all my time typing instead of writing. How do I get this thing typed up? [more inside]
posted by coolguy#1 on Jan 28, 2016 - 8 answers

How to Submit to Book Publishers?

One of my closet relatives has self-published a book and now has revisited with hopes of submission to book agents. Aside from being a really interesting and good story, he is flummoxed by the plethora of requirements agents require (synopsis page, sample page, query letters, no attachements etc). He has used OpenOffice to create and is looking for software to help make agent submissions? Any ideas? More Inside the fold! [more inside]
posted by Funmonkey1 on Jan 26, 2016 - 9 answers

A publisher wants my book. How to pay the bills while I write it?

A publisher is interested in my unfinished book manuscript, and has asked for an estimated completion date. I’d love nothing more than to finish writing it. But my financial situation is precarious, and I haven’t been able to find a day job that will leave me with enough time and energy to write. Plus, I’m facing a rent increase in April that may cost me my home if I don’t find another source of income soon. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by velvet winter on Jan 21, 2016 - 47 answers

Best ink for dip pens/calligraphy?

Artists/Calligraphers, help me find the perfect ink for art and writing with a traditional dip pen. Tell me your favorites! [more inside]
posted by InkDrinker on Jan 20, 2016 - 11 answers

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