Wednesday, July 14, 2010

For your entertainment.


This takes so little time to do that it really doesn't qualify as a timewaster at all.

You clip and paste one of your blogposts into the blank space and it is shaken and not stirred and results in pairing you with a famous author who is closest to your style of writing.

I was only thrilled that I write like Agatha Christie. I spent an entire summer on a beach when I was 12 just reading everything she ever wrote and announcing to anyone and everyone that I was going to be an author just like her when I grew up.

Why do parents die long before you can show them stuff that proves they were wrong?

28 comments:

  1. That was fun! And interesting. It seems that, when I write my blog, I'm writing like James Joyce (I think that means I'm incomprehensible?!) When I write for one (male) client, I write like H. P. Lovecraft and, for another (female) client, like Leo Tolstoy. I sincerely hope the male client never finds out!

    But Agatha Christie ... now there was a fine writer. You're right to be thrilled to write like her.

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  2. That ia amazing. I am off to try it!

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  3. Hmmmm - Blogger just swallowed my comment.

    Here goes again:
    Nifty software that, WWW. LOL! It says I write like Stephen King (or did yesterday in my blog post).

    I'd have likened your style more to that of Elizabeth Bowen, WWW.
    So elegant and beautiful. After I'd read "A Time in Rome" many Moons ago, I knew I'd never have the chops to be a writer....a scribbler maybe. ;-)

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  4. Which post did you put in to get out Christie...The one about my bicycle is James Fenimore Cooper (so I guess they could make a movie out of it!)

    Very interesting. I'll try it again with other stuff I've written to see if i get the same results.

    Thank you for sharing!

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  5. And today's post was Dan Brown...Oh, my! I'm having so much fun with this.

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  6. Odd that Tessa, I never found our James incomprehensible. My favourite short story of all time is "The Dead" - and also my favourite movie: our John H did not make a hames of it.
    Take a bow, my dear!
    XO
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  7. GM:
    Where did you go? I looked everywhere!
    Are you testing ALL your blog posts?
    XO
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  8. Yeah, I see that with you, T, Stephen - in his better early period, he now has descended into rubbish.
    XO
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  9. PC:
    The one about the no receipts. I must try another one now...
    XO
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  10. PC:
    Oh you're a bad one, you've got me going!
    I bet you wish you had Dan Brown's money!!
    XO
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  11. Ah now.
    I recommend you only do it the once.
    My second one (this time The Secret Garden post) was Vladimir Nabokov.
    I hate when my balloons explode all over my face.
    XO
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  12. yeesh! I write like Vladimir Nabokov? The man noted for exhibiting the love of intricate word play and synesthetic detail? Man, I should write more!

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  13. I tried it 3 times. First time I got V. Nabokov (he was mentioned in my post), The next 2 times I got male names of people I never heard of. But it was a fun way to waste time.

    The Dead is also just about my favorite single piece of writing. The last couple of paragraphs are the most beautiful words ever written in English. I know them by heart.

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  14. Pauline:
    Well there you go! Get cracking at once and make up for lost time!
    XO
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  15. 20CW:
    I think just sitting smugly with the one time doing it is best!
    I never ever tire of "The Dead", it is a model of superlative writing.
    XO
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  16. I got David Foster Wallace for most of my blog, but the most recent post was H. P. Lovecraft - I'm not sure what was so different about that one! Possibly the fact that I mentioned the word "insane" ;-)

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  17. I never could get into his writing, Jo and find yours much more hopeful than his!
    XO
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  18. Well after endorsing this style analyzer on my blog and finding that I have no succinct style as each post is a different writer I thought to copy/paste excerpts from F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" to see if he resembles himself...Apparently F. Scott Fitzgerald is James Joyce!

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  19. OK...and I put in an excerpt from James Joyce's "The Dubliners" and it says James Joyce is Robert Louis Stevenson. Now I know its crap...

    Another time waster!

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  20. I got David Foster Wallace as well (and I tried two different posts just to check). I've never even heard of the guy. I'll have to investigate him.

    Purple Cow's experiment is interesting - and sheds some large doubts on the results....

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  21. I got Margaret Atwood but don't bother looking for my blog, I stopped writing on it when my sister in law discovered it!

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  22. PC:
    You wasted far far too much time on it. I think it there just to push their writing courses and flatter the hacks!
    XO
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  23. Nick:
    Well at least you're consistent!
    XO
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  24. Zuleme:
    Welcome!
    I know how you feel, my anonymity was broken a few years ago but not since.
    Margaret A is an incredible writer, you're lucky. Maybe you should start another blog?
    XO
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  25. I've also put in some various samples of my non-blog writing, and came out with
    Leo Tolstoy, J. D. Salinger, David Foster Wallace (again), Douglas Adams and Stephen King...

    Out of that, I'm happiest with Douglas Adams (as one of my idols), but I think that the algorithm might need a little bit of work.

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  26. I too write like James Joyce.
    Idle fun, this.
    Thanks.

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  27. Jo:
    Agreed. It is a one-short only larf, the algos are suspect!
    XO
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  28. Anon:
    Ah, you're in the company of greatness!!
    XO
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