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 97.0% 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 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.

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

Book Recommendations on 5/20/2021 4:24:02 PM

I thought you might!  The whole series is great so far (four books are out with more to come, I'd guess.)

Is description enough or prologue? on 5/17/2021 11:27:08 AM

I'd guess that most readers don't want a premise explained or a prologue explaining; they want to just get right to the storytelling.  They want to see characters that they can start caring about, and a reason to be interested in your world.

Book Recommendations on 5/17/2021 9:06:42 AM

The second book in that series that starts with Small, Angry Planet is set for the first half in a seriously dystopian corner of the galaxy.  It's pretty brutal.

Book Recommendations on 5/17/2021 5:59:10 AM

The Girl with All the Gifts, M.R. Carey

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, Becky Chambers

Stories of Your Life and Others, Ted Chiang (this is a book of SF stort stories)


Start there, then report back.


I'm new, any tips? on 5/4/2021 2:01:42 PM

The very best advice is to read all of the featured games.  Read them slowly and think about what makes them work.  What you like about them and what you don't like about them.  Think about their prose style, and their choice structure, and how they lead to interesting and different endings. 

Then read more--dive into the category of your choice, and think about what you like and what you hate.  Read hundreds of games before you worry about starting your own.

Let's Play Skybreak! on 5/3/2021 10:32:41 AM

Sp.  Let's give the spaceport the pleasure of our company.

Let's Play Skybreak! on 5/3/2021 9:02:28 AM


250-word Segment Challenge on 5/2/2021 1:06:59 PM

"...the last page of a novel I started reading when I was a kid, you understand.  It's the last page."

Casey blew his nose in his ragged blue handkerchief, started to put it away, then opened it, gazed at its contents, did a double take, and then stuffed it back in his pocket.  "Sure, right, funny."

"I'm serious."

"Like hell you are."

"Listen, you know those old detective novels.  Dime store ones, on the spinners at the store?"

"Pretend I do."

"So I started reading one when I was a kid," said McKinley, rubbing his jaw.  "The Case of the Threefold Crane.  Murder mystery, you see.  Loved it.  It was the best thing I ever read.  Only I didn't want it to end.  You know how it is when you love a story, but the thought of it ending makes you sick?"


"Well, some people love stories.  And some people love mysteries.  I did as a kid.  I treated myself to a chapter a year.  Then as I got closer, a half chapter, then a paragraph or two.  Soon just a few words, to savor it.  Like taking a nibble off the end of a piece of cheese or a chocolate bar."

"Get on with it.  You know I'm busy."

"Well, I buried the last page in there.  I didn't want to get to it.  Ever.  Guess I thought...never mind what I thought.  But now I need it.  I need to know what it says.  I need it because..."

Let's Play Skybreak! on 4/30/2021 10:27:37 AM

3.  In the spirit of the Outer Wilds, if there are depths of oceans, I explore them.

Let's Play Skybreak! on 4/26/2021 1:39:03 PM

3.  Always take hats.  It's an important survival rule.