@little-brisk replied: academic reviewing is like 100% about delivering the blandest possible description of the contents of a book? we need to stop

or, occasionally, watching a trainwreck of multisyllabic drama unfold through a chain of responses to responses

Our fandom...

…our fandom is an intelligent fandom!  No matter how much we may squee like tiny girls, we are smart.  Smarty-smart smart.  This is one of the very first things that struck me - in the most brilliant of ways - when I first got here.

This shows so much in the fanfiction we read and write.  I have been so impressed by so many authors who write fic that is conceptually complex and often multisyllabic.  Authors who know words like “alevolus” (plural “alveoli,” heh) and “susurration” and don’t shy away from little nods (or paragraph-long nods!) to quantum mechanics or the finer subtleties of alien (or human) biology.  And so on.

Our beloved authors are also really, really creative and I have been floored by the many ways this is expressed.

I know this is a rather general post, but I really wanted to express my love for everyone who dares to write and post anything!  Because I, for one, am quite proud of all of you!  (Oh, yes, I am an educator - does it show? :P)

You are fantastic!

If you're using syllable structured form in poetry....
newyearsjay answered your question: I get confused with syllables…is the word neon one or two?

I would say two

elibird replied to your post: I get confused with syllables…is the word neon one or two?

2 in my book. Knee-on.

That’s what I thought, but the first and third syllable counters I tried indicated one. I guess with poetry, you can play hard and fast with the specifics of syllables to make the phrase work.

So I’m trying out creating some Tanka poetry. It’s a five line Japanese form in which the syllables you use in each line works like this; 5, 7, 5, 7, 7. I had the bare bones of a poem sitting in my drafts page for over a year, and decided to restructure it into Tanka when I couldn’t get to sleep last night.

“Neon” is a strange one, because if you think of the sounds of a word starting and ending with the opening and closing of the mouth, then neon would just be one syllable. If you say it faster than you would usually say it, it feels like just one syllable, but in regularly speed it feels like it should be two.

So how do y'all feel about multies?
  • So how do y'all feel about multies? Personally, I like them. I use them and they offer a more creative challenge to your writing, especially when starting out. I find them easy when staying simple, but once you add more syllables to rhyme to like 4 or 6, well, I sometimes find myself stuck in a rut after that. Then once you use certain rhyme schemes like a..."ABBACC" rhyme scheme, you get a kinda good feel about yourself. For the record, I've never done that.