|From:||Jan van Steenbergen <ijzeren_jan@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, March 4, 2003, 6:32|
--- H. S. Teoh skrzypszy:
> OK. What was the address again? :-P
I'll send a message there, so you can check if you receive it.
> That depends on whether Joe has finished the translation. It *has* been a
> few days since I got his message.
Oh, in that case it's too late to swap places. Anyway, this relay doesn't use
deadlines (which IMO is a mistake).
> > And what about those who use the epicene forms, huh?
> First rule of Ebisedian epicene first person pronouns: There is no such
> thing as an Ebisedian epicene first person pronoun.
How would an epicene person write then? Using masculine and feminine forms in
the same text (preferably in the same sentence)?
> Well OK, there is, but it's only used when quoting somebody else. Using it
> to refer to oneself is a sure-fire way to make a laughing stock of
> oneself. Not to mention the likely consignment to the Massachusetts State
> Home for the Bewildered... (if it weren't for the fact that it would be
> rather troublesome to transport someone from the Ferochromon to
So, what do the Ebisedians do with their nutcases? Throw them into a _vyy'i_?
Or is every Ebisedian in a perfectly healthy state psychologically?
> Reminds me of an essay (well, more like an anecdote) I wrote in
> high-school, which is completely in the present tense, and in the 2nd
> person. (I did it just to disprove the English teacher's claim that it's
> not possible to write in the 2nd person. :-P She was duly impressed, and
> remarked how she liked the melodramatic opening paragraph.)
Yes, my father once told me he had tried to write a story entirely in the
second person. Unfortunately, I have never seen the result.
That reminds me of the following conversation between two Dutch writers:
"Wouldn't it be nice to write a detective story in which the detective
himself has done the crime?"
"Yes, but it would be far more interesting to write one in which it is the
reader who is the guilty part."
"Oh, but that was done already a long time ago."
"Of course, haven't you read the Bible?"
"Originality is the art of concealing your source." - Franklin P. Jones
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