This is Cornell University professor Jeff Hancock in 2006. Prof. Hancock has studied online behavior; in particular – the tendency to lie on social networking sites, online dating sites, and, I think, the tendency to lie a little less on … Continue reading
One of the things I tell people who ask about the glamor of writing* is that the best part is getting to do research without anyone else asking you why you want to know about something. Poisons? Writing a murder … Continue reading
Adverbs are terrible! Awful! Wimpy bits of junk! Every writer workshop or class or lecture I’ve attended has said these words–or a paraphrased version, anyway. It gets worse, if you hang around long enough.
Avoid adverbs! They weaken your sentences! Destroy your paragraphs! Ruin your garden! Wipe out your chances for a date! Don’t use more than two per novel!
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Whenever horse people get together, they inevitably and naturally talk horses. Almost always, after the veterinary disasters and the training tips, conversation turns to Funny Things My Horse Did. Horses have a sense of humor. “Horselaugh” isn’t just a metaphor. … Continue reading
Surely we are living in the second Golden Age of animation! Pixar makes consistently excellent movies, technically grand and solidly put together. Up is a worthy successor to Wall-E and The Incredibles, with a number of surprising themes and clever … Continue reading
Previously posted by invitation at Transalchemy. When it comes to the Singularity, I’m a tourist. Neither a believer nor atheist, proponent nor naysayer, I find the phenomenon too good to pass by without commenting. Like nuclear power, it’s fascinating in … Continue reading
Read This First! McIntyre’s First Law: Under the right circumstances, anything I tell you could be wrong. Pitfall #3: Subjunctive Tension, or, “Don’t Mince Words, Bones, Tell Me What You Really Mean!” Samuel R. Delany coined the term subjunctive tension, … Continue reading
I knew this one was going to be late, but I have to apologize. This is ridiculously late. However, here I am at InConJunction, the Indianapolis science fiction convention, and I’ve been having a fine time. The folks are friendly, … Continue reading
Some of you have probably received a list of “small town isms” from a friend. There are a few lists posted here and there on the Internet. The funny thing is, I didn’t grow up in a small town, though … Continue reading
At ApolloCon last weekend I moderated a panel on copyright issues. We discussed the current U.S. copyright law – agreeing that it was important but that some of the recent changes have gone too far – and the problem of … Continue reading