I stumbled across a website on my way to stop blogging and write that posed the question, Who Do You Write Like? This looked fun so I took a few paragraphs from my allegorical novella and plugged them in. This is what I got:
Not content to be told I'm like the father of CyberPunk (a great compliment by the way), I took a few paragraphs from my current work in progress, The Trouble with Travel. And it gave me this:
Now that's one I can really hang my hat on because I am constantly afraid that my literary meanings are buried too deeply and that no one will understand them. Clearly this means I'm right.
It's been said, rightly so, that being an engineer is not a career, it's a character trait. So in that vein I wanted to make sure it wasn't just spitting out names. Perish the thought of something on the internet being false. So I left out the last paragraph I copied to get Joyce and re-sent it. Without that one paragraph I got:
I do not have a clue who Palahniuk is, though I'll Google him later. It made me really wonder about that paragraph. I re-pasted the whole bit and got Joyce again. Could it be that just the one paragraph did it? I tried just that one paragraph, one I particularly liked mind you, and just that one paragraph did tell me I write (or wrote that) like James Joyce.
What does all this mean? It means I have too much time on my hands to worry about things that really don't matter. But while I'm at it, who do you write like?