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Burton Leed
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I am looking volunteers to read the first 13 lines or more of 2094. I will return the same courtesy to other writers. My background is one of an editor and a playwright. My education is in classical literature.

2094 Chapter 1.

The Star Fighter Escort quickly descended onto the runway of the Spaceport of San Francisco International with little fanfare. In the air above, all eyes were transfixed by the sight of a much larger vessel. More immense than anyone had ever seen—a hundred meters in diameter—the circular hull glowed, hummed musically, and
descended with grace out of proportion to size.

Some in the crowd of tens of thousands carried signs proclaiming
the “end of days,” yet others bore signs heralding a “new age,” and still others carried banners welcoming the “visitors” without the slightest notion of what great or small things were about to occur.

The landing had caused a stir for days across Earth, and the

[ May 12, 2016, 09:07 PM: Message edited by: Kathleen Dalton Woodbury ]

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I don't have time to read a novel for you, but I'll gladly read a short story if you've got anything.

P.S. Kathleen is probably going to delete part of your post, since this is more than 13 lines.

P.P.S. The right place to post requests like this is "Fragments and Feedback."

P.P.P.S. Not a big deal; just letting you know since you're new here.

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Kathleen Dalton Woodbury
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Please read the topics (they're not very long) in the "Please Read Here First" area of the forum.
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Welcome! [Smile]
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Burton Leed
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Thank you,I read the 13 line rule and KDW's alphabet template. I have a fragment of 10 lines but more sentences. What governs, lines or sentences? I believe the posts contain the longest End User License Agreement outside of IT.
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The thirteen-lines principle is governed by a real estate consumed metric. The basic metric is number of glyphs that occupy a sixty-six column and thirteen row matrix. The text box input code: textarea wrap="virtual" name="message" rows="13" cols="66".

Lines equals rows, not sentences. If a hard (paragraph break) or soft return (word wrap) displaces glyphs from the end of a row to the next row, those consequent empty glyph spaces on the former line are expended.

The metric is predicated on a monospaced typeface, 12 point, like Courier New, and the typed page formatted for letter-sized Standard Manuscript Format layout's one-inch margins on all four sides.

A frequent thirteen-lines misunderstanding arises from composing in a program like Microsoft's WordPad using a proportional typeface, like Times New Roman that can cram more glyphs into a line, as much as 30 percent more, and copy-pasted into the text input box.

For example, this is a line.
This is a line.
"What?" by itself is a line.
"Oh!" by itself is a line.
"A." by itself is a line. (Answer to a question maybe that asks in what cubicle works the bohemian serpent-wizard IT tech?)

Empty line breaks, used to signal a paragraph break, don't count as lines. Likewise, an otherwise empty line marked by a nonce character or characters, like # or ###, intended to signal a stronger break -- a scene transition break, for example -- doesn't count as a line.

Welcome to Hatrack. Take the hat off, please, rack it on a spare river branch, and relax for a pleasant, informative while among fellow passionate writers.

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