Gower, The Master Scrivener

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9/30/2020 2:35 PM

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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 Having 3 Storygame(s) Featured Rated 98.2% 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 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 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

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.

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.

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

Here, is some additional feedback, I hope it helps on 9/29/2020 4:25:58 PM

To clarify, this is fine:

"She yawns, her bright teeth shining."   That is an independent clause plus a dependent clause, connected by a comma.  This is good.

This is also fine, because it is also an independent clause plus a dependent clause, connected by a comma.

"It's called 'Spin the Bird', a contribution to the spinning chicken in their yard."

But this one is not fine:

"dew is scrambled all over the ground, a wind breeze flows in"

Because that is two independent clauses connected by a comma.  That's not a thing.


There's still hope! on 9/28/2020 6:11:32 PM

Honestly, I wish I remembered so I could elaborate, but it was decades ago that I slogged through Dune.  I remember liking a few parts of it, but I didn't like the prose style at all.  But I have thankfully removed all of my memories of that book from my brain.


Don't gaf about writing anymore on 9/1/2020 3:57:34 PM

See, I started reading this thread from the bottom, and this is the first thing I saw.  I didn't know where this was going, but this thread was way better than I would even have expected from this teaser.

Hey Paisanos on 8/21/2020 9:02:07 AM

Is "Sports Day" going to be medieval or zombie?

Important CYS Invasion Assignment on 8/15/2020 5:47:19 PM

These are hard-earned points, but I have given it the rating it richly deserves.

Hello! on 8/13/2020 8:32:27 PM

I recommend making a profile picture.  Then at least you can be judged by your selection.

Who's going back to school? on 8/7/2020 9:40:29 AM

I'm fully online all fall semester, happily enough.  Not that I much like teaching online.  Still, it's probably best, and it's not like I'm teaching labs or anything that can't be handled in a zoom lecture.

Ideas for Basements on 8/3/2020 12:18:44 PM

I'm trying to think of how a person would be unable to think of a thing that could be done in a basement.  I'm actually having trouble thinking of something you can't do in a basement.  I guess fly a kite?


However, for inspiration:  https://chooseyourstory.com/story/tales-from-the-basement

Newbie on 8/1/2020 10:48:29 AM

It depends which direction you are facing.  I was upside down when I wrote that and also looking in a mirror.  So I wouldn't be *quite* so swift to judge.

Newbie on 8/1/2020 10:19:15 AM

Well done on being born after that magic technology line that separates those who can and those who cannot imagine a world without the internet.  What flavor of professor are you?