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Essentially 1) Do I need to know technical details of creative writing? 2) Am I disadvantaged because I don't have an MFA? 3) How do I work in relative isolation? 4) Are online writing courses useful? [more inside]
I'd like to do some comparisons of abridged and unabridged books. Can you suggest some books that have abridged and unabridged versions that are both available as ebooks? I'm open to all genres/periods/etc, but I have a preference for books that would appear on a list of classic or must-read books.
I'm looking for sci fi short story compilation recommendations. I've read Wandering Earth by Liu Cixin, which I really enjoyed for it's engaging read and what felt like fresh topics to me. Are there others that folks would recommend? Hoping to curl up with a book this Thanksgiving.
Do French speakers still say enchanté(e) on first meeting or is it outmoded? What are possible (more) casual alternatives? [more inside]
Looking for a place/places to write blog-style posts where there's an actual audience, or a chance to build one? [more inside]
Yesterday, I read the gorgeous, perfect, sweet all-ages comic "The Tea Dragon Society" and fell in love. And then realized how badly I need to disappear into a really good book or 10. Recommendations? I'm looking for some fantasy, historical fiction, regular fiction, or sci-fi novels to read for the purposes of escapism. I'm open to webcomics, too, and podcasts/audiobooks, and kid's books, and movies. Anything where I can really sink into another world and lose myself. [more inside]
I wrote a short nostalgic essay. Where is a good place to submit it and get it shared? Any good places to have a quick review of it? [more inside]
Which is correct: Half of the class are women OR Half of the class is women? I think the former, but someone I'm editing for insists it's the latter.
Where on the internet can I compose a book (from a browser and a mobile device) and know with a high degree of confidence that it won't disappear if I am incapacitated? [more inside]
In conversation this evening we were talking about the use of nauseous vs nauseated. Often I hear “I am nauseous” when from my understanding the correct usage is “I am nauseated.” However, the former is so prevelant that it has become an acceptable usage. (**Not here to argue about what is technically correct or incorrect,**) This reminded me of another example that’s been on the tip of my tongue the whole night but I can’t quite recall. It is a similar situation in which a different form of the word is used incorrectly but it is done so often that it has become an acceptable usage of such. The example I am thinking of is very similar in that “I am....” Can you think of any examples?
i read a poem by warsan shire that used to be available. i can't find it anywhere now. [more inside]
I have a couple of creative and academic projects that I would like to get done by the end of this year, and one project that urgently needs to be wrapped up in the next couple of weeks. I have a 1-2hr block each weekday, at best, to try and get this work done -- but when I get to this block of time at last, I find my mind is all over the place and I can't get focused or achieve much. What can I do? [more inside]
I'm writing an obituary for my father and I know it would be important to him to get the details of his time in the US Marine Corps right. I've never really understood the structure of the Corps so the odds of me getting this right are slim - particularly as I'm not 100% sure of the details. [more inside]
Please recommend: recent science fiction books (and stories) that are based on sciences and disciplines other than the usual 'hard' ones like physics, chemistry, astronomy, math, biology, computers and engineering. Looking for things like musicology, linguistics, sociology, philosophy, criminology, economics, etc. [more inside]
We're transcribing a late 18th-century legal document at work, and our late 18th-century clerk seems to have used *two* different ampersands (&c.). Are they both meant to be et ceteras? [more inside]
I'm learning Spanish and something which I found really helpful when learning German was Sachgeschichten - short educational videos about diverse topics aimed at children. Is there any equivalent in Spanish? [more inside]
Please recommend short stories with (a) fascinating character(s). Ideally, a character or characters that you find interesting, want to read and follow within 1 page. Alternatively, recommendations (or a really good book that explains) how to write interesting characters. Filters: short stories, how-to write fiction books, Nanowrimo prep [more inside]
If, for instance, I am citing a book and I have the page number, author, title, publisher, year, etc. in the endnote, what is the purpose of a bibliography? All the information contained in the bibliography would already be in the endnotes. Is the information supposed to be written twice, if so why?
Is calling a blog post a "blog" accepted usage? [more inside]
I'm looking for novels written in first person in which the narrator is telling other people's (or a person's) stories. [more inside]