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Archive for December 15th, 2006

You are in a maze of twisty little paragraphs, all alike

Posted by metaphorical on 15 December 2006

The path ahead of you is littered with sentence fragments, left broken and twitching at your feet as their pathetic spaniel eyes implore you to put them out of their misery. Dangling modifiers loop happily through the branches overhead. In the distance, that sound of undergraduate feet has turned into a heavy, erratic thwump – swoop – THWUMP you recognise immediately – it’s a badly-indented long quotation, and it’s coming closer.

A teaching assistant in a creative writing program gets caught in an old-world game of Adventure. Brilliant!

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