Antenna (antennapedia) wrote,
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In emergency, break glass. This won't help, but it'll make a great crunching sound.

Nothing quite like being stuck on four stories at once. "Liegeman" is wedged because I'm convinced it's boring; the Montana story is stuck in worries about present vs past tense; the post-Eyghon story is under lockdown because I believe it retreads territory others have covered before & better; the Big Bang story is in stasis because I'm not yet ready to do the work of re-outlining.

Time to start another story, obviously.

Poll #1335317 A different kind of tension

Present tense is:

Easy to read.
0(0.0%)
Hard to read.
0(0.0%)
Distancing.
1(4.0%)
Intimate.
3(12.0%)
No big deal.
0(0.0%)
The right choice when going for an effect that I'll tell you about in a comment.
0(0.0%)
Completely normal and natural.
0(0.0%)
A crime against nature.
1(4.0%)
Best left to writers for whom it's their natural voice.
1(4.0%)
Hip back when Donald Barthelme was doing it.
0(0.0%)
A weird trend in LJ fandom, like five-things metafictions.
1(4.0%)
Are you like this about everything? For instance, do you get all hung up about the serial comma?
2(8.0%)

Past tense is:

Easy to read.
0(0.0%)
Hard to read.
0(0.0%)
Distancing.
0(0.0%)
Intimate.
0(0.0%)
No big deal.
1(4.0%)
Conventional, therefore invisible.
1(4.0%)
Completely normal and natural.
1(4.0%)
A crime against nature.
0(0.0%)
Old and moldy, unlike the hip, fresh trends of the 1960s.
0(0.0%)
The right and proper tense for fiction.
1(4.0%)
No, really, you should just always write in the past tense if this is the sort of whinging we're going to get from you when you essay the present.
2(8.0%)

Since you mentioned it, I think the serial comma is:

Obviously required. Duh.
0(0.0%)
The only way to avoid ambiguity in certain kinds of lists.
6(25.0%)
Properly called the Harvard comma.
0(0.0%)
Properly called the Oxford comma.
0(0.0%)
Wait, what? There are people who don't use the serial comma?
2(8.3%)
Now I'm absolutely certain you're oppressing me, because I don't use the serial comma.
5(20.8%)
NB: All polls are provided for entertainment purposes only. No guarantee of suitability or fitness for a particular purpose is given.

PS: I moved from outlining the GEB (an eternal golden braid) descent-into-hell story into writing actual prose for it. So yes, I carried out my threat to start another story. I love writing Ethan's point of view. Oh, I am going to make Giles suffer in this one. Yay.
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