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by Matthew Graybosch
Mon Feb 18, 2008 12:19 am
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Writing Prose
Replies: 29
Views: 3016

Radish wrote:It lacks poetry, it lacks the 'music' of the written word. It is, in a single syllable, "meh".


I'm in similar straits. Read my work, and you can tell it was written by a metalhead. It's all power chords and thumping bass. :)
by Matthew Graybosch
Sun Feb 17, 2008 4:41 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Writing Prose
Replies: 29
Views: 3016

Get a copy of Strunk & White's The Elements of Style if you don't already have one. Take advantage of the dictionary app that comes with OS X. And keep writing . Talent is a blade. Everybody gets one, but whether you get a pocketknife or a katana, your blade is always blunt at the beginning. You...
by Matthew Graybosch
Thu Feb 14, 2008 6:21 pm
Forum: And Now For That Latte
Topic: So it's valentines day...
Replies: 23
Views: 2318

Wock wrote:9mm Sig Sauer


I'd prefer a .45, to be honest.
by Matthew Graybosch
Thu Feb 14, 2008 5:38 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Fantasy names and naming characters in general
Replies: 37
Views: 9868

I took the name "Emily" for one of my characters and did this Em'alei My wife has a bunch of books by Elizabeth Haydon. The name of Haydon's heroine is (and I am not joking) "Emily". You don't have to use terribly fancy names. Hell, one of the supporting characters in my project...
by Matthew Graybosch
Thu Feb 14, 2008 5:28 pm
Forum: And Now For That Latte
Topic: So it's valentines day...
Replies: 23
Views: 2318

I'll be busy checking out local car dealerships while pampering my wife. I totaled my car yesterday while taking my wife to an appointment. While my employer was kind enough to arrange for a rental car at a corporate discount for me (that I'll be paying for out of my next paycheck), the rental perio...
by Matthew Graybosch
Wed Feb 13, 2008 2:07 pm
Forum: And Now For That Latte
Topic: Opinions?: Arbishop and Sharia law?
Replies: 7
Views: 1083

Re: Opinions?: Arbishop and Sharia law?

What do people make of this whole fandango? I'd like some of whatever it is he's been smoking, but I swore off crack when I got married. What exactly is Williams trying to accomplish by suggesting that a secular government adopt aspects of religious law. What will he do next, suggest that Parliamen...
by Matthew Graybosch
Wed Feb 13, 2008 4:32 am
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Shuffle, shuffle...hop - assembling a novel
Replies: 19
Views: 2733

Siren wrote:Maybe what I want is for one of you to shoot your Muse, which will put the fear of the proverbial up my Muse, who will then come trotting back to do his/her duty. That's a better plan, I think. Any volunteers?


Couldn't you just give your Muse a good spanking?
by Matthew Graybosch
Tue Feb 12, 2008 9:20 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Shuffle, shuffle...hop - assembling a novel
Replies: 19
Views: 2733

Radish wrote:Matthew, your inner child sounds *way* scary -- please do keep him secured.


Don't worry, I usually keep my inner problem child well in hand, and well away from high explosives.
by Matthew Graybosch
Tue Feb 12, 2008 8:25 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Tense--past and present headaches
Replies: 51
Views: 14719

I'm not ordinarily thankful that I grew up when I did, hiding under all those desks waiting for the A-bombs to drop, but perhaps our required high-school reading list--Huck Finn, Tom Sawyer, Moby-Dick, Great Expectations, Catcher in the Rye--was adequate compensation for duck-and-cover, madras shir...
by Matthew Graybosch
Tue Feb 12, 2008 8:01 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Shuffle, shuffle...hop - assembling a novel
Replies: 19
Views: 2733

Matthew Graybosch: a submissive [!?] Muse -- colour me surprised! I never knew such a thing existed. My own Muse is kind of imperative and naggy and all bossy-like. Well, she's a very well-behaved daemon process. If I want an idea, I tell her what to do and let her run in the background. She's much...
by Matthew Graybosch
Tue Feb 12, 2008 5:59 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Tense--past and present headaches
Replies: 51
Views: 14719

I think required reading in high school is now When I was doing time, this was the required reading list: The Communist Manifesto Popularity Is Everything Everybody Does It; You Should, Too Better Living Through Conformity Obedience is Happiness Whoever Dies with the Most Toys Wins Bullshitting for...
by Matthew Graybosch
Tue Feb 12, 2008 3:06 pm
Forum: Software & Development
Topic: The missing sync
Replies: 7
Views: 1253

ChrisRosser wrote:Call me tight but I like to try before I buy, even if it the programme's only $40.


I think that's quite reasonable. Why pay good money for defective software?
by Matthew Graybosch
Tue Feb 12, 2008 2:08 pm
Forum: And Now For That Latte
Topic: Who can cook?
Replies: 54
Views: 4466

antony wrote:Surely half the point of being a student is to spend a couple of years eating (and drinking) trash, regardless of whether you're veggie or not? ;)


Only insofar as the point of being a student is to be broke, horny, and under constant stress because you're broke and horny.
by Matthew Graybosch
Tue Feb 12, 2008 2:07 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Shuffle, shuffle...hop - assembling a novel
Replies: 19
Views: 2733

Radish wrote:What my Muse gives me, she doesn't deliver in any sequence that I can recognise.


I'm glad my Muse is submissive, and does what I tell her to do (and looks good in black leather :twisted: ).
by Matthew Graybosch
Mon Feb 11, 2008 9:43 pm
Forum: And Now For That Latte
Topic: Who can dance?
Replies: 20
Views: 2265

Wock wrote:This is how I dance.


That reminds me of a story I wrote the last time I got drunk; it involved a court wizard who repelled an invading army that summoning massive flocks of Canada geese to "carpet bomb" the invaders.