Actually I have a question! How do you balance having four-five main characters in a scene at once? Especially in a POV. I always feel the need to be locating each of them and to show all of their reactions to everything. Not exactly smooth writing.

Monday, December 14th, 2015

Dear thisisahootingowl,

One of my absolute favorite painters is John Singer Sargent, and this — “El Jaleo” — is one of my favorite paintings of his:

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It’s a painting full of a lot of people but really only about one person. When I’m writing scenes with a large cast, I try to keep paintings like this in mind. The important relationships and plot arcs are given the most detail and the greatest contrast. Everything else is a blurred and supporting ensemble, arranged beautifully and subtly to emphasize the true subject.

urs,

Stiefvater 

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“The rise of scientific fraud has drawn significant attention to research misconduct across…”

Friday, December 4th, 2015

“The rise of scientific fraud has drawn significant attention to research misconduct across disciplines. Documented cases of fraud provide an opportunity to examine whether scientists write differently when reporting on fraudulent research. In an analysis of over two million words, we evaluated 253 publications retracted for fraudulent data and compared the linguistic style of each paper to a corpus of 253 unretracted publications and 62 publications retracted for reasons other than fraud (e.g., ethics violations). Fraudulent papers were written with significantly higher levels of linguistic obfuscation, including lower readability and higher rates of jargon than unretracted and nonfraudulent papers. We also observed a positive association between obfuscation and the number of references per paper, suggesting that fraudulent authors obfuscate their reports to mask their deception by making them more costly to analyze and evaluate. This is the first large-scale analysis of fraudulent papers across authors and disciplines to reveal how changes in writing style are related to fraudulent data reporting.”

Linguistic Obfuscation in Fraudulent Science

if people really want you to understand, they will try to communicate clearly. if they are hiding something, they will hide behind their expertise/confusing vocabulary.

(via sociolab)

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New Jersey judge rules homosexuality isn’t a disease, so conversion therapy is fraud

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

New Jersey judge rules homosexuality isn’t a disease, so conversion therapy is fraud:

gaywrites:

A New Jersey Superior Court judge ruled this week that homosexuality is not a disorder, disease or mental illness, and as a result, therapists who claim to offer conversion therapy are committing acts of consumer fraud. 

This is the first time a U.S. court has ever affirmed that homosexuality is not a disease. It’s part of a consumer fraud lawsuit filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center against Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing (JONAH), a group that claims to offer anti-gay conversion therapy services. 

“This ruling is monumental and devastating to the conversion therapy industry,” said David Dinielli, SPLC deputy legal director. “For the first time, a court has ruled that it is fraudulent as a matter of law for conversion therapists to tell clients that they have a mental disorder that can be cured. This is the principal lie the conversion therapy industry uses throughout the country to peddle its quackery to vulnerable clients. Gay people don’t need to be cured, and we are thrilled that the court has recognized this.”
The judge also ruled that JONAH is in violation of the Consumer Fraud Act if it offers specific success statistics for its services when “client outcomes are not tracked and no records of client outcomes are maintained” because “there is no factual basis for calculating such statistics.” Evidence at the upcoming trial this summer will show that JONAH has misrepresented that their conversion therapy works based on bogus statistics.
“The judge’s determination today that it is a misrepresentation to tell consumers that homosexuality is a disorder is an important step forward in this case and also a victory for showing that conversion therapy proponents lack any valid basis to continue to promote their abusive practices,” said SPLC co-counsel James L. Bromley, a partner at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. “The harmful myth that gay people are sick or damaged belongs in the dustbin of history.”

That last sentence, though. 

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eyrequotes: Moving into my new place!

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

eyrequotes:

Moving into my new place!

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