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  1. Q&A Friday March 15, 2019

    Don't forget to bring back the ye/you object/subject split for formal/plural second-person. (That's where "Hear Ye, Hear Ye!" comes from.)
  2. Q&A Friday March 15, 2019

    This is one thing the Japanese language gets right. The first-person pronoun is gendered, so you advertise your gender identity whenever you talk about yourself, and talking about others as definite referents isn't, because third-person pronouns developed from words for referring to servants, so they just keep reusing the person's name instead.
  3. Q&A Friday March 15, 2019

    The annoying thing is that, as unhelpful as it is, there is a historical reason for people to be resistant to they as a singular pronoun. There are four roles a "they" can serve: 1. Plural referent 2. Indefinite referent 3. Abstract referent 4. Definite referent Everyone agrees on 1 and using "they" for 2 and 3 has been around for roughly 500 years (just as long as using "he" in the same roles) and you'll even find it in the odd bit of legislation. The only objections to using it in this role come from 19th and early 20th century grammarians trying vehemently to make gender-neutral "he" the standard. The truly new thing that feels wrong to people's intuition is using "they" for a definite referent. For example, "I talked to Jake the other day. They are doing well." Our intuition has been trained that, if we know a person's gender, "they" is wrong and, as much as I consciously agree that it's for the best to accept "they" in that role, it doesn't change how that expectation has grown deep roots. (Similar to "to who", given that a who/whom subject/object split is needless complexity which provides no additional expressive power to the language or how my mother can't get over how her teachers drummed it into her that the non-literary use of "tragedy" popularized by journalists was wrong.)
  4. Story Monday May 28, 2018

    It also didn't help that Hitler started micro-managing his generals as the war went on, and he wasn't as good at it as they were: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GK419Nlp8eU
  5. Story Monday May 28, 2018

    ...and I'm going to assume it's a sucker bet that any spells Ashley gets will be transformation-related.
  6. Story, Wednesday May 2, 2018

    Hmm. Light green's never really been a favourite anime hair colour of mine and I don't envision it really suiting Ellen, so I hope it looks better in Dan's mind's eye than mine. That said, I'm not sure what it is (how they use their facial expressions?) but I get a vague but accurate sense of "that looks like Elliot/Ellen not Ellen/Elliot" when looking at the various panels, even before the difference in hair shades was brought to my attention... and that says many good things about how Dan's skill developed.
  7. Story Monday April 16, 2018

    I wasn't able to find a link, but you reminded me of one of the cartoons in my The Far Side Gallery collections with the caption "Zoombies: The Driving Dead".
  8. Story Monday April 2 2018

    I meant drive it home to the readers. (ie. Remove any doubt in their minds that Ellen is happy as-is.)
  9. Story Monday April 2 2018

    To be honest, I'd forgotten about that wand altogether. (My fault. Mucked up my sleep cycle and trashed my memory retention for the period it was covered in-comic.) The wand would be even better, narratively, since: It ties in with the whole "magic will become more commonly known" thing that was just decided. It would foreshadow that, given time, the decision by magic to not change may result in availability of gender spells comparable to in Magus's world. It would drive home that Magus and Ellen are different people with different lives, cultures, and desires.
  10. Story Monday April 2 2018

    Not necessarily. My memory of the details is hazy, but there might be another option that'd be better for narrative purposes. Did Tedd have to use it on himself for the spell's outcome to be controlled by the target's desire? If not, then it'd be a great way to "prove to the readers" that Ellen is happy the way she is.
  11. Story Monday April 2 2018

    Why do I get the feeling that Tedd's spell's ability to reset default forms was intended as foreshadowing relevant to this?
  12. Story Friday 9, March 2018

    In hindsight, probably. I was just saying that, back when I first read it, I didn't see the featurelessness of the boxes as a flaw because warehouses full of cardboard boxes are also a thing.
  13. Story Friday 9, March 2018

    I always assumed they were cardboard. (You'd be surprised at some of the tricks available manufacturing corrugated cardboard boxes for heavier-duty applications.)
  14. Story, Monday February 12, 2018

    Something about this page manages to evoke an emotional sense of "the narrative rises up in preparation for the crescendo" in me. I like it.
  15. Story, Monday July 17, 2017

    Likewise, partly because being able to anticipate that sort of thing and be proven correct makes a story more boring.