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Five Things (a drabble) [Mar. 24th, 2009|10:46 pm]
Annoying: The power brick for my laptop died. Fortunately, I had a backup at work.

Interminable: This cough. Doctor gave me nose-spray and said I should lug out the humidifier.

Lovely: zalena dropped by after work this evening for conversation and tacos from La Casita. Both were very enjoyable.

Disconcerting: I recently realized that someone I know only online is not the gender I thought they were. There's nothing negative about that, it's just surprising.

Difficult: Writing to a set word-count. Especially when there's no good reason to do it that way, I just decided to. Is hyphenating compounds cheating?

[User Picture]From: dcseain
2009-03-25 02:34 pm (UTC)
As i was taught lo many moons ago, i was taught that hyphenating compounds was appropriate, if not always required today - for past, as well as current, values of today.
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[User Picture]From: srotu27
2009-03-25 03:24 pm (UTC)
Hyphenating compounds that don't need it so that you can meet a word count is cheating. Hyphenating compounds where they're in transition between open and closed compounds is not.

And my brother Corbin Corbin says you, mistake a gender? Never. :)
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[User Picture]From: srotu27
2009-03-25 04:24 pm (UTC)
For example, nose-spray would be cheating. As would word-count. But e-mail, notsomuch.
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[User Picture]From: ng_nighthawk
2009-03-25 04:20 pm (UTC)
My trick to improve my writing: write the first draft. Then find the word count, and find out what 90% of that word count would be. That's my new word count limit.

It's a stupid trick, but it works amazingly well for me.

But then, I'm Captain Verbosity.
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[User Picture]From: goddessdster
2009-03-25 04:32 pm (UTC)
Oh. My. God!
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2009-03-26 03:33 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: k8cre8
2009-03-26 01:46 am (UTC)
There used to be a yearly Bronzer awards, and one of the categories was "gender confusion," for posting names that caused the most difficulty. My name was nominated at least once, which, was really surprising to me.
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[User Picture]From: zalena
2009-03-26 02:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks, it was good to see you all, too!

If it's an imaginary world you can arbitrarily decide that the language has Germanic origins and rock the compound words without hypens.
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[User Picture]From: alpha_orionis_v
2009-03-27 10:54 am (UTC)
I guess the "I thought you were the other gender" thing doesn't faze me as much as it used to, since I get it about once a week.

Only recently, I've also started getting, "You mean you're American?" as well.

Apparently, the internet thinks that I am a female English expat. Which just makes me giggle.
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