Gower, The Grandmaster of the Written Word

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12/1/2021 6:21 AM

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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


Trophies Earned

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 95.3% 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 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

Bracketed Dueling #1 on 11/22/2021 4:06:44 PM

I'll go for 2 here, even though I was reaching for my red pen the entire time.  I guess I was doing that for story 1, too. 

I don't know.  I thought there were a few interesting bits of prose in there, and it had a pretty decent hook; the plot itself was decent as well, as opposed to story 1, which sort of ended squib-like.

Bracketed Dueling #2 on 11/22/2021 4:02:28 PM

Definitely Story 1.  The mechanics of writing were much more polished than Story 2, and the pacing and narration were smoother.  I felt much more authorial control in Story 1.  Story 2 clearly had some interesting stuff going on, but I thought it had too much set up, making it too bottom-heavy, whereas Story 1 had interesting writerly stuff going on in the prose right away.

I've got a confession on 11/15/2021 4:02:56 PM
Just popping in to say hi and introduce myself, but also state the reason for the probably-surprising migration.


I wasn't super surprised.  Welcome, and enjoy the games here.

mods, a proposition on 11/9/2021 6:00:48 AM

Now I kind of want it to be in a valley of pineapples, though.

Corgi vs Fem - Vote! on 10/13/2021 5:39:31 AM

As far as I am concerned, they were essays on As You Like It.  They looked more like them than the ones I received this week.

Corgi vs Fem - Vote! on 10/12/2021 8:07:17 PM

Listen, both essays were better than what I have been reading all week, and neither of them accidentally pasted in a link to the best of indiana jones | robot chicken | adult swim youtube the best of star trek | robot chicken | adult swim, so as far as I can tell, they are both well deserving of A+'s in my book.

But Revengeance wins.


CYS Coat of Arms on 10/9/2021 1:45:18 PM

As some dumbass spelled "invidia" wrong, this will all have to be redone from scratch.

XYZZY Awards, final voting round on 10/9/2021 10:16:15 AM

And the results are in.  There's a lot of really good games in the nomination/winning list, and I'm looking forward to playing through every one of them.  I'll post here as I play them with some minireviews.

The results


XYZZY Awards, final voting round on 10/2/2021 10:07:16 AM

The *only* one?

passwords not case sensitive on 10/1/2021 12:58:32 PM

If you are looking for sensitive, you are in the wrong forum.