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Burt Likko

Pseudonymous Portlander. Homebrewer. Atheist. Recovering Republican. Recovering Catholic. Recovering divorcé. Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of Ordinary Times. Relapsed Lawyer, admitted to practice law (under his real name) in California and Oregon. On Twitter, to his frequent regret, at @burtlikko. House Likko's Words: Scite Verum. Colite Iusticia. Vivere Con Gaudium.

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  1. Avatar LeeEsq says:

    These rules are really dumb. Uplifting is a complete subjective matter. What a lot of people find uplifting comes across as questionable at best to me if not actively immoral in one way. This is true for the liberal brand of uplifting from Upworthy or the conservative brand from Hallmark. There is no reason why controversial subjects can not be uplifting. I find literature that challenges me to be uplifting.Report

    • Avatar Burt Likko in reply to LeeEsq says:

      Well, them’s the rules, whether they’re dumb or not. In fact, I forgot another rule: it must be written in the third person. Which mine was, but there is absolutely nothing wrong about writing in the first person if that’s the best way to get the story across to the reader and I have no understanding of why they’d insist on third person narratives. In the case of my story here, the third person format worked for what I was trying to accomplish — getting inside the head of the protagonist without revealing a particular fact about her until the end of the story.Report

      • Avatar Guy in reply to Burt Likko says:

        First person can cause problems for some people via late-arriving-details, where a physical description of (or even name for) the narrator is not necessarily easily inserted until well into the story. This doesn’t happen to be an issue for me (I’ve played enough video games that I think I just assume AFGNCAAP until told otherwise), but I’ve heard enough other people complain about it to believe it’s a problem. There’s also the question of the reliability of the narrator. In general, a close 3rd person avoids most of the issues along those lines while providing most of the benefit of the 1st.Report

  2. Avatar Vikram Bath says:

    This was awesome. I wish I had something more constructive to say other than that, but it was still awesome.Report