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A Rake by Starlight returns!

WHEREIN Our Hero Survives, Though the Condition is Assumed Temporary
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Dear +Nathan Haines​: You have to try sex sometime. HTH!
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I started trying to go through the Wheel of Time again, and wondering why I always seem to wind up stopping in about the same place. This is what I came up with.
If you're not familiar with the Wheel of Time, the series created by Robert Jordan and finished by Brandon Sanderson, this article won't mean a whole lot to you. I'm writing this primarily for other people who have read the series, primarily because I'm curious as to whether they can see the ...
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When I was reading through I skipped one and thought, hmmm, that's a bit of a time plot jump but not enough to stop reading because parts were an almost seamless continuation despite skipping a whole book.
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So in college I took a class on Lewis and Tolkien where I wrote an essay positing that humans in Middle Earth had come to dominate the Third Age because they were monogamous and mated for life, while the elves were waning for exactly the same reason.

I was kind of a jerk in college. 
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If I were forced, mostly against my will, to become a Verizon customer (because all other providers have terrible reception in the area) what android phone should I get? I prefer phablets. 
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+Gary Tyrrell​ I'd completely forgotten about that. Yeah, that's a solid four strikes against them. 
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For those of you who are interested in such things, there will be a new Help Desk up tomorrow!
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Kubuntu is no longer a thing, I guess? Time to find a new KDE distro. Sigh... 
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Curveball Issue 26: Echoes and Consequences, is now online!

...and now I'm going to bed.

https://www.eviscerati.org/fiction/Curveball/novel/Issue-26-Echoes-and-Consequences
Echoes and Consequences: Part One · Echoes and Consequences: Part Two · Echoes and Consequences: Part Three · Echoes and Consequences: Part Four · Echoes and Consequences: Part Five · ‹ The Chains We Forge In Life, Part Four up Echoes and Consequences: Part One › ...
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Excellent as always. Once again I am rendered impatient for more, and cursed with the knowledge that the next update may be anywhere from one to six months away.
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There are people out there who hate, hate, hate writing in present tense, and people out there who hate, hate, hate reading in present tense. I am (obviously) not one of those people -- there are times and places where I find writing in present tense immensely freeing, and in one particular project I'm retooling present tense appears to have solved a narrative problem I had with the original copy (which was in past third). You automatically give up a chunk of audience when you write in present tense, simply because the reaction against it among those who don't like it is so profound, and there's not much point crying about it -- if you choose to adopt present tense, that's what's going to happen.

But there is a big problem/danger writing in present tense, and it's something that, even after having done it for... four years now? I still bang my head against it.

It is very easy, when writing in present tense, to slip into third. You have to constantly be on your guard against it (at least I do) and you really need a second and preferably third (and fourth and fifth and sixth) pair of eyes to catch when you do it. What's worse, if you write in present tense for any length of time, you'll find yourself slipping into present when you're trying to write in past tense. It's frustrating.

I don't find it frustrating enough to give it up -- I still want to use it when I want to use it, and I either win you over (success!) or I don't (fail!) and that's that. But not catching those damned tense slips adds weight to the fail side of the scale.

And of course, when you're self-publishing quite often you don't have the luxury of a paid editor catching those things, so you're essentially working without a net in front of an audience that has a substantial percentage of people who are expecting you to fall, and a not significant subset of that percentage who are actually hoping you do. Which means you are probably going to miss something, and you're just going to have to take it on the chin.

I'm posting this because I've been wrestling with this very problem all day (writing in past tense) so feel like venting a little. Consider yourself vented. :)
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Well, that's easily fixed: You just let me proofread everything you write. Honestly, do you know any better nit-picker?
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Curveball Issue 27, Project Recall, is now up! In this issue you actually learn what "Project Recall" is. I PROMISE.

You are here. Home; » Fiction; » Curveball; » TOC; » Issue 27: Project Recall. Issue 27: Project Recall. HOME · TOC · PODCASTS · ABOUT · ON TVTROPES · BUY IT. Submitted by Christopher Wright on Tue, 2016-02-02 07:52. Story: Christopher Wright Cover: Jamie Robertson Logo: Garth Graham ...
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In today's Help Desk the judge is given the proper inducement to return. https://www.eviscerati.org/comics/comic/hd/2016/01/Gag-Order
VIKTOR SCHRECK: Well, I'm happy to report the crisis has been averted. LAWYER: He's coming out? VIKTOR SCHRECK: Yes. His fellow judges decided he lacked the necessary support to do his job, so they rallied to the cause. He now has all the support he needs. JUDGE: (BOUND AND GAGGED) Mph.
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the other judges tied him up and delivered him to the Bench,  because if he escaped, one of them would have to sit and listen to the Ubersoft vs [insert foe here].
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Today's Help Desk has not moved any of your files. 
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"We may have removed all installation references to the programs you use to access those files, but the files themselves are perfectly intact and waiting for you. Once you figure out which apps to reinstall, you'll be able to use your files again. Honest!"
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A bit behind on your holiday shopping? Looking for something that captures the essence of the holiday spirit?

... er... well, I can't help you with that last part. But if you think the person you love might be interested in a story featuring a foul-mouthed, chain-smoking superhero in a trenchcoat AND they already have all the Hellblazer comics you might try Curveball!

Available in ebook and trade paperback formats. Also available on B&N, Kobo, and a few other places I can't remember offhand, but the Amazon link is handy.
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