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Nancy Fulda, nancyfulda, on the fractal nature of fiction. The rise and release of tension in a story, she says, occurs in a fractal fashion, on large and small scales. Interesting ideas. Read it.

affinity8 on quantifying the relationship between actively submitting your stuff, and publishing success:

Dean Wesley Smith once posted on AOL the tally system that he and his writing friends used to use: 1 point for every short story making the rounds, 5 points for a synopsis + 3 chapters sitting on an editor's desk, and 8 points for a full manuscript sitting somewhere. The people who had consistent scores of 80 or above went on to forge careers as writers.

Note that this means that it is nigh impossible to successfully make a career in fiction by writing short stories. Which we knew already.

My current Smith Score is [drum roll]... 3. I suck.

A Zogby poll to be released today says that almost half of all Americans favor prohibition of cigarettes.


Yeah, prohibition worked so well for alcohol, and it's working just great for psychoactive drugs. Let's ban something else!


meaning: chastity, virtue

不貞 == futei == (noun, adjective that takes な) unfaithfulness, infidelity, unchastity
貞淑 == teshuku == (noun) chastity, virtue, fidelity, feminine modesty

Unclear etymology; current meanings may be borrowed. Originally a pictograph of a cracked turtle shell: in ancient China, divination was practiced by interpreting the meaning of the cracks. Henshall suggests taking it as 'shell' (貝), the upper elements as a 'crack', and as a mnemonic: 'Cracked shell a symbol of chastity.'

Info from Taka Kanji Database
List of compounds including this character from Risu Dictionary

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