Gower, The Grandmaster of the Written Word

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"He was slightly less unfun."




"Somehow there was comfort in coffee despite his misery; the only comfort in a black world." -- Hornblower in the West Indies


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Earning 100 Points Earning 500 Points Earning 1,000 Points Earning 2,000 Points Powerful Professor with an A plus grade on many aspects of this site. Be it writing, helping others, or a positive attitude while doing those things. Having 3 Storygame(s) Featured Rated 91.3% of all Stories Given by BerkaZerka on 12/14/2019 - For an inspiring display of creativity ^v^ Given by EndMaster on 01/07/2020 - You may be fooling the rest, but I know you’re up to no good. Given by Killa_Robot on 02/24/2021 - For having all the best words. Also great contributions to the site. Given by MadHattersDaughter on 03/29/2021 - Your stories are some of my favorites on the site. I’m still not convinced you are not my writing doppelganger. . . Given by mizal on 10/11/2019 - For your exceptional games and articles, many forum contributions, and disturbing sweetness and light. (Sorry about McAllen, it wasn’t our idea either.) Given by ninjapitka on 10/22/2022 - Overdue tuition payment Given by Will11 on 10/12/2019 - For your excellent stories and many worthwhile contributions to the site :)


Featured Story Kelly Unicornstrider and Friends (1982-1985) Super Quiz

A comprehensive quiz + bonus fan faction about the the underrated cult classic show "Kelly Unicornstrider and Friends" (1982-1985). Questions range from really easy to really difficult.

Featured Story Private Game for Natalie

I think putting this on "publish" makes it so only we can see this. It's just for us, sweetie. I made it to celebrate our anniversary and remember some special intimate moments together over the years in an interesting way as a present for you.

I hope you love it, Natalie, as much as I love you!

(Of course if there's any admin looking at this, or if I messed up, don't read this, because it's got private things in it.)

Featured Story Sabbatical Report Presentation

This is my required report to the full faculty in accordance with the rules noted in the Faculty Handbook (version 15.1, as of October 2017)

Sixteen Words

"Personally I can only read 16 words in one go before words stop working," wrote Mizal.


This game has sixteen words per path.  Not counting "The End."  So you can play quickly.


When reviewing, please use precisely sixteen words.   That should be plenty for your suggestions and observations.


Note this challenge connected with this game:  Write the Last Page!

Articles Written

Basic Sentence Structure: Additive Sentences
Comma Use and Additive Sentences with lots of examples

Commendations, Orders, and Titles
An introduction to commendations, orders, and titles, and an explanation of how commendations differ from points.

Cumulative Sentences, Part 1
An introduction to the sophisticated and elegant cumulative sentence style.

Cumulative Sentences, Part 2
Master the elusive and attractive cumulative sentence by using panning and zooming style of description.

Dialogue Punctuation
This is a brief discussion of how to punctuate dialogue in US and UK English. It also notes a few rules for quotation mark use in general.

How To Use Thou, Thee, Thy, and Thine in a Story

Relative Sentences
A lecture on how to write relative sentences using restrictive and non-restrictive clauses.

Semicolons and Advanced Additive Sentences
This article explains how to use semicolons to create new types of additive sentences. It includes the plain semicolon and semicolons with transition words.

All about Trophies.

Understanding Style: The Sweet Style
An introduction to style, focusing on "sweet" style. How to recognize it, when to use it, and when to avoid it.

Recent Posts

New Year's review resolutions on 2/3/2024 1:06:23 PM

If it's any consolation, I feel guilty about this.  So at least that.

New Year's review resolutions on 1/1/2024 8:09:21 AM

All right, Mizal.  You have successfully shamed me into making an identical resolution.  Done.  And double agree on Ninja's games.

Thunderdome 10: Suranna vs Lux vs ??? on 11/5/2023 5:20:51 PM

This was really tough.  I think I have to give the nod to C, because, even though the story itself was not super strong, I thought it made the most successful attempt to capture the theme of that last stanza, sort of.  I'm not happy about it, though, because I was itching to take my blue pencil to C's prose.  But there we are.

Well, good job Lux, and Suranna, and the AI.

THUNDERDOME on 10/28/2023 6:08:32 PM

I just want to say how pleased I am with this topic.  I used to teach that poem all the time, but then I realized I liked it too much to teach it.

Thunderdome 7: Peng vs Fresh on 10/10/2023 3:43:46 PM

I liked Story A better.  I thought the prose was more varied and interesting, and the story was reasonably coherent.  This was probably one of the closest battles I've ever seen here though.

New Poem for Your Perusal on 10/7/2023 8:14:25 PM

You really have a way with enjambed lines.  I thought it was pretty clever how you mixed up and varied your rhythm and line length in the service of the tension of the story--it was a good example of your pretty free form working in tandem with the narrative.  It's cool to see someone do something interesting with free verse.

Mod guess on 9/24/2023 3:44:08 PM

Oh, good, another first post for a future Funny Comments thread.

Bug when submitting an article on 9/21/2023 8:59:55 PM

I'm getting:

500 - Internal server error.

There is a problem with the resource you are looking for, and it cannot be displayed.

Monday Night WRITING Questionnaire on 9/7/2023 7:21:49 AM

I do a very full and organized outline, with placeholder text, for the important choices, including all of the variables that are going to change based on the choices, and the various minor branches that stem off of those major choices.

Then I sit down to write and I almost immediately find myself ignoring the outline because I came up with something funnier, and then the whole thing ends up ten times longer than I originally thought.

It's not a very efficient system, but it works for me.

Is anyone NOT playing BG3? on 8/25/2023 8:40:35 PM

I started it, but I happened to be in the middle of Divinity Original Sin 2, so I paused until I finished that.  Uh, and a lot of writing.  Like, a lot.