Re. the Write-a-Thon: I remember this whole "editing" thing
from my Ph.D. thesis. It's all: goodbye, unnecessary
adverb! So long, slightly amusing but superfluous character
description! Farewell, awkwardly phrased sentence that I used
to think I needed! And all the time, you're thinking:
what if I actually did need that? What if that adverb
added flavour? Am I blandifying my text? Have I removed
an essential clue to my protagonist's personality? Can
onereally use the
word "probably" too many times?|
Incidentally, happy birthday, Canada.
|Friday, July 1, 2011|
|Panel 1: Marie and Baldwin walk through a park.|
Marie: Okay, so say you found out that, I dunno, Steve had probably only made friends with you because he wanted you to do him a favour eventually.
Marie: But in the meantime, you'd genuinely come to like him. And the favour would be something that might even save his life, though it could also ruin someone else's life.
Marie: What would you do?
Baldwin: I, uh, I, uh, I'd like to buy a vowel.
Marie: Yeah, that doesn't help.
Alt-Text: I've always hated questions starting with "What would you do if...?" The answer "I wouldn't get myself into that situation to start with" never goes over well.
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