There are two ways to use commas…
You can use them according to well-understood grammar rules. https://www.grammarly.com/blog/comma/
Or you can use them as most people have for centuries of written English: as the place where you would pause for a moment, if you were saying it out loud.
What grammar rules miss is the importance of commas – and every other punctuation – as tools for communicating meaning, grammar only provides a guarantee of *correct* meaning.
But meaning must always come first.
People working in technical fields: stop sending emails or posting to team chats with giant, convoluted text blobs.
Learn how to use bullet points!
* Giant text blobs are difficult and error prone to parse
* Bullet points force you to clarify a thought on its own without leaning on context before or after; context a reader might miss
* Comments or questions to bullet points are unambiguous, as they refer only to that point – making responses and conversations easier to follow
I was looking for ways people mix Markdown with YAML and stumbled across Quire. https://quire.getty.edu/about/quire/
Not open source, though they they say 'it will be'. But still pretty interesting and maybe worth fooling with.
Updated to note: they are wrapping Hugo, so if you already have Hugo content and want to publish it in other formats – here you go…
Gibson's genius (and Stevenson's, to a lesser extent) lies in writing stories you can enjoy with half your brain tied behind your back – while weaving in word puzzles and little epistemological mysteries for those of us willing to work for a richer experience.
Related: If anyone is interested I'll tell the story about the first time I met Gibson in the late 1980s and asked him if he'd read Vinge's 'True Names' before he wrote Neuromancer.
> 'Well of Hell,' gaping desert hole, is shrouded in mystery, https://www.accuweather.com/en/travel/well-of-hell-yemen-desert-mystery/966921
It occurs to me the difference between melodrama and drama is the amount of time focused on people being upset versus the amount of time focused on them getting upset and doing something about it.
In this, melodrama is more like real life.
By ‘Writing Epiphanies’ I mean epiphanies about writing, not writing about epiphanies. To explain what I mean, I’m going to tell a story about an epiphany David Levine had.
I heard David talk about this epiphany many years ago at a writing retreat on the Washington coast where he gave a workshop session. This was long before David had won any major awards or sold a novel. What he said resonated with me deeply and I remember it quite clearly.
> The one where #writing books is not really a good idea. https://ellegriffin.substack.com/p/creator-economy-for-fiction-authors
Breaking into (and remaining in once you get there) traditional publishing has ALWAYS been a problem for writers and the conglomeration of the market into two or three giant publishers has only made it worse.
The Internet promised to solve the problem, but Amazon broke it again. Publishing, especially fiction, is swirling around right now; it might find a new lease on life or it might get flushed. We don't know…
Harlan Ellison literary executor J. Michael Straczynski (yes, *that* J. Michael Straczynsk) is arranging publication of Ellison's uncompleted 'Last Dangerous Visions' #ScienceFiction short story collection and is opening up one short story slot for an unpublished writer.
The hitch? The submissions window will be open ONE DAY, April 30… https://www.patreon.com/posts/last-dangerous-49426267
Got an edgy, challenging SFF short story with strong characters sitting around? You might stand a chance!
Why isn't there more fanfiction or fanart set in Ian Banks' 'Culture' universe?
For example, fanfiction.net's Bank's page is completely empty: https://m.fanfiction.net/crossovers/Culture-Iain-M-Bank/8004/
Others have asked the question: https://forums.giantitp.com/showthread.php?200031-Looking-for-quot-The-Culture-quot-fanfiction
Mind you, there is some, for example: http://trevor-hopkins.com/banks/
My friend M.J. Holt's new novel 'The Devil's Safe' is available on Amazon now, with a publication date of 3/17. https://www.amazon.com/Devils-Safe-M-J-Holt-ebook/dp/B08YW8HGFR/ref=sr_1_2?crid=1X2NPM2R1N9LR&;dchild=1&keywords=the%20devil%27s%20safe&qid=1615751370&sprefix=Devil%27s%20safe%2Caps%2C269&sr=8-2&fbclid=IwAR1GVFMPyDL7xtGRPSD2sc9EtNH_tV-d_UpFcZ_Ed4q2S-iXII5Cl96tKkU
Free if you have Kindle Unlimited. If you read it, the author is requesting reviews.
"Writing advice: Read and reread. Think of a story you have never read but wish you had; then write it as carefully as you can. Finish it, and send it around till it's published." – Samuel R. Delany on #writing
The Theory of Narrative Selection. https://www.ribbonfarm.com/2016/06/02/the-theory-of-narrative-selection/
Fascinating essay about memes and stories; delving not just their transmission between people, but how the process works.
"Here I will look at stories as if they were biological organisms. Stories can’t reproduce themselves; they rely on humans for their survival and reproduction. In that sense, stories are symbiotic (or perhaps parasitic) in their relationship with humans."