Gower, The Triple Agent

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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 89.6% 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

Review of Plato's Works on 7/4/2024 8:58:11 AM

"Dostoyevsky is not a great writer, but a rather mediocre one - with flashes of excellent humor, but, alas, with wastelands of literary platitudes in between," wrote Nabokov.   But go ahead and read it and see what you think. 

I would start with a shorter Tolstoy piece.  Read "The Death of Ivan Ilyich" if you want some Tolstoy.  It's superb and short.  

Review of Plato's Works on 7/3/2024 4:52:12 PM

I think you should leave it on your bookshelf.  I don't particularly care for it, and I think you'll have much more fun reading Tolstoy, or if you want something shorter but still Russian, Dead Souls (if you want funny) or Fathers and Sons (if you want not funny). 

The Curse of Thunderdome 13, Duel B on 7/3/2024 4:44:31 PM

I like these votes for "A" when the contest is between "C" and "D."

I read "C" and said, well, it doesn't matter what "D" is like, it's going to be "D" as the winner, because I didn't really like the writing of "C" at all.  But then I read "D."

So the winner for me is "C," but there is little honor in it.

The Curse of Thunderdome 13, Duel A on 7/3/2024 4:41:26 PM

I've got to go with "B" for this one.  There was more command of prose style, more natural writing, and a stronger ability to create imagery.  "B" was interesting right from the start; "A"s opening paragraphs felt a bit clunkier.

This is among best communities on the internet on 5/24/2024 5:32:22 AM

I don't think anyone who has read the texts would disagree with your major points, but what I'm lifting an eyebrow at is the difference between "evil is actually beneficial" and "evil ends up leading to good things in the end through grace."  The first of those claims is something Saruman would argue from the top of Orthanc. 

You mention that "evil exists and is permitted by Eru Illuvatar because attempted acts of rebellion against good actually improve the world."   Evil cannot create, only destroy and distort, in Tolkien's works.  Evil cannot be beneficial in and of itself.  It's a small difference that I'm pointing to, but I think it's particularly important here. 

Evil inevitably consumes itself, Ungoliant-style, and wonderfully, good comes in to fill the hole evil leaves and reveals divinity's beautiful pattern.  The beauty and joy and divine light of the Silmaril on Eärendil's ship in the night sky doesn't make The Oath of Fëanor not have been a terrible evil in the first place.  So all I'm really noting is that a bad thing can be productive (through grace) of good, but not good to have been.  It's an interesting and subtle distinction, and it's not super relevant to the analogy you were using anyhow, but I think what I'm trying to say is that The Silmarillion is really good, you guys.


This is among best communities on the internet on 5/21/2024 9:05:31 PM

I know this is really the most important point, but you are fundamentally misreading that bit from The Silmarillion.  Tolkien would have wholly disagreed with your contention that if evil inevitably ends up bending to create good that therefore, there's no reason to fight for good, or or that therefore it wasn't evil in the first place.  That would be like arguing that there was no reason to fight Morgoth, because without Morgoth, we don't have the beautiful narrative of Beren and Lúthien.  

Whether this has anything to do with being nice in an online context, I haven't the faintest idea. 

a poem I wrote on 5/6/2024 12:05:49 PM

Do the same subject, if you like.  But try to write it without the acrostic.  Let's see what you can do with a verse line without it.

a poem I wrote on 5/5/2024 6:21:55 PM

The acrostic is cute, but it's absolutely killing your ability to think about each line as a line of verse; the whole poem is in service to that one word.  I'd be curious to see what you could do with this if you took that crutch away.

Ben's 500-word short story on 5/5/2024 6:18:59 PM

My standards have dropped so low after the last two weeks of reading essays written by AI that I would probably give you a C- just for being a human who put words together on a page in some fashion.

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.