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27: Word Clouds We all have words we love too much. Maybe for you it’s something fancy, like “effulgent” or “apodictic,” or something sillier, like “smellypants.” And because we love these words, we will use them too often, until our readers begin to snicker quietly at us. But those big, obvious words are easy to spot. We’ll whack them in the second draft. It’s the little overused words that kill us, that quietly undermine our text without us ever noticing. My big overused word was once “just,” as an adverb. But how could I be sure that there weren’t other overused words mucking up my manuscript? Then I discovered the word cloud. “Word clouds” are graphic representation of the words in a text, scaled by how many times each word occurs. This is what the word cloud for my latest novel, Leviathan, looked like after my first draft: generated by the excellent software As you can see, my two main character names, Alek and Deryn, are the biggest words by far. See how it works? That’s it for today.

coolest ebooks A Sneak Peek into The Steampunk Bible: Jeff VanderMeer Interviews Co-Author S.J. Chambers A Sneak Peek into The Steampunk Bible: Jeff VanderMeer Interviews Co-Author S.J. Chambers After almost a year of researching and writing, this past month S.J. Chambers and I wrapped up our work on The Steampunk Bible, a coffee-table guide to the genre, forthcoming from Abrams Image in May 2011. The book features quotes or interviews with a wide range of experts, from Libby Bulloff to Ay-leen the Peacemaker, Bruce Sterling to Jake von Slatt, Bryan Talbot to Gail Carringer. This project was a first for me: my first coffee-table book after five novels, four story collections, and over a dozen anthologies. As a result, I thought it might be of interest to interview Chambers about her perspective on working on a project that was in many ways new to her in terms of process as well as content. S.J. S.J. Jeff VanderMeer: In what ways has the process of putting this book together been what you expected, and what has surprised you? S.J. S.J. S.J. S.J. S.J. In the work of Vincent Bénard, a.k.a.

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