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Fractal Fiction - Poetry Path {WIP}

Choose your own poetic path by selecting 1 of the 4 options of homonymous phrases: (see instructions below)

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Dashes

Hyphen

A hyphen is used to connect two words intended to be read as a single word, such as e-mail. Typically, newly coined compound terms generally drop the hyphen after some time, such as email.


En dash

An en dash is used to introduce definitions, introduce lists, between dates, between numbers, and to signify a range of some group of object, such as 1 – 10. An en dash differs from a hyphen as it is slightly longer and treated with spaces on either side, whereas a hyphen is closed spacing.


Em dash

An em dash is the length of two en dashes—it signals a break in thought or focus to another, different topic loosely related to the sentence in which it is placed. An em dash can separate any combination of independent and dependent clauses, because it signals a break from the current topic to introduce a tangent or side note.

Sentence Basics

Sentence Structure

A Sentence is an Independent Clause; for example, "I am Papoose." A sentence must begin with a capital letter, with few exceptions and must end with some form of punctuation; typically, a period.

An Independent Clause is comprised of a subject ("I") and a predicate ("Am Papoose"). An independent clause can stand alone as a full sentence.

A Dependent Clause is only a predicate, which includes the verb. Dependent clauses are sentences without subjects.

A verb is the action word of a sentence, such as write or run or swim.

A Dependent Clause is always connected to an Independent Clause because a dependent clause is missing a subject and therefore cannot stand alone.

The Subject and Predicate are the two parts of every sentence. That is to say, a sentence must contain both a subject and a predicate; no exceptions. If a clause is missing a subject, it is dependent. If a subject is missing a predicate, then it's just a word or phrase…

Double Punctuation

Double Punctuation

Double punctuation should be avoided if possible, but in some cases are necessary. A period or comma always go inside a quotation mark, so that is an example of double punctuation, a period followed by a quote mark.

When using Latin abbreviations; e.g., mid-sentence, a comma follows the Latin text if a non-restrictive expression follows; otherwise, it ends with a period and the sentence continues on without any additional punctuation nor without any capitalization following that period.

When a term is placed inside of quotes that are inside parentheses, then the author is introducing an abbreviation, acronym, or nickname of the noun directly preceding it. The same punctuation can never follow itself a duplicate instance; for example, two commas can never follow each other; they must always be surrounding some form of text, and two periods can never follow each other; an ellipsis is three periods.

Same applies to any other punctuation mark with one exception: pare…

Dark Market II

Dark Market Part IIBegin Chapter 2

"I didn't know you catered to vampires," the king finally admits after taking a few moments to let his anger cool.

"I'm not breaking the law," Shen says.

"No, you're not old friend, you're not breaking the law," the king agrees.

"They're not very good customers anyway," Shen says.

"Well...business is business," the king says.

"I've been training again," Master Shen confides to the king.

"Training? You do seem a little out of shape," the king jokes sarcastically, knowing Shen is hiding dense muscles under his modest garments.

"I must confront my old enemy," Shen admits.

"Another battle in the kingdom?" the king asks.

"Not this time," Shen answers.

"What do you mean?" the king asks in confusion, "you just said you are training to confront Chen?"

"I am training to avoid a battle when I do confront…

Chen's Voyage - Chen vs Shen

Chapter 1

Once upon a time there was a dark shaolin instructor named Chen do Chen, and that time is now!

Chen do Chen is an instructor in a low-income community a few miles southwest of West Eastville. His students have come to be known as the Wutang Killers. Though the reasoning for the nickname has been lost over the years, the words are are now clear references to criminal activity from studying martial arts.

Chen teaches his students to improve their crime committing characteristics, such as stealing faster or attacking a pedestrian for their money, so they can afford more martial arts lessons from him. It's a vicious cycle, but not uncommon throughout the kingdom.

Master Shen Do Shen, who was his opponent in kung fu training from their days as young students many centuries ago, now owns a storefront in the Dark Market. Both Shen and Chen studied under Hobbie Hoblin, a great master who has passed down the ancient wutang secrets of martial arts to both of these masters.

The H…

Relative Pronouns

Restrictive vs Non-Restrictive Clauses

Restrictive clauses and non-restrictive clauses are generally known by the 'that versus which' question we ask ourselves when determining when to use a comma before placing a relative pronoun in a sentence. As a general rule of thumb, a comma usually precedes 'which' and no comma before the word 'that.'

Sometimes though, it helps to understand the finer points of the grammar rules governing this confusing comma usage. 'That' is the word corresponding to a restrictive clause, and 'which' is the word corresponding to a non-restrictive clause. When 'that' is used in a sentence, the restrictive clause that follows is also known as a subordinate clause or a dependent clause.

Perhaps it helps to remember that commas are used to separate independent things, such as items in a grocery list or two sentences joined by the conjunction 'and.' Therefore, the restrictive clause ('that') does n…

Lateral Puzzle (WIP)

Pub Water 
Here's a fun puzzle you can try to solve. Below the puzzle is a list of Yes or No questions that you can choose from. Each question you reveal subtracts 2 points from your score. You start at 100, and there are about 50 quwstions to choose from to help solve this. 

If you score above 90, you're a genuus. 

If you score above 80, you're really smart (smarter than me anyway).

A 70 and above is passing. 

A 60 and above is not great. 

I don't think you can score any lower after that. 

The Puzzle  This is by far the most famous of all the lateral thinking puzzles. Once I solved this by yourself, I felt a new sense of possibilities overcome me; you can too. Think about what the water and the shotgun have in common. There can't be that many things that water shares with a weapon. Ask yourself, when or why would I find myaelf thanking a stranger for a glass of water and also pulling a gun on me, both resulting from the same reason; so what's that…