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by Ahab
Fri Dec 06, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Inciting Incident - how soon is too soon?
Replies: 14
Views: 177

Re: Inciting Incident - how soon is too soon?

The key, I should think, is how your character discovers she's dead.
by Ahab
Fri Nov 29, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: Feedback (Windows)
Topic: A very hesitant suggestion for Scrivener 4 (or maybe 5)
Replies: 10
Views: 710

Re: A very hesitant suggestion for Scrivener 4 (or maybe 5)

From an editorial POV, the sheer flexibility of Scrivener's Compile function is its biggest flaw, at least for the mythical "average" user. Were it a book on, say, general boatbuilding, I'd probably suggest the author place all his general theory of keels and displacement and hull speed an...
by Ahab
Wed Nov 20, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Feedback (Windows)
Topic: WIndows 3 Release: My Thoughts
Replies: 129
Views: 10048

Re: WIndows 3 Release: My Thoughts

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Good one, Mr. P.
Internet Anonymity Frees the Inner Jerk.
by Ahab
Sat Oct 19, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Passive Verbs?
Replies: 10
Views: 523

Re: Passive Verbs?

You can break any "rule" you want, as long as you know what rule you're breaking, and why. Katherine Say I'm breaking it because I think adverbs read well, but that might not translate over to the readers and as a result my book doesn't sell. It's so difficult to gauge what should be a ru...
by Ahab
Sat Aug 31, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Dialogue Tags
Replies: 31
Views: 1436

Re: Dialogue Tags

I've seen it, but I prefer to rely on E.B. White's advice rather than Geoff Pullem's. But that's just me. Well, no, it's not just me. But then I started in publishing when a Post-It note was considered a high-tech upgrade over a paper clip on the margin. I'm sure there are updates in English usage t...
by Ahab
Fri Aug 30, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Dialogue Tags
Replies: 31
Views: 1436

Re: Dialogue Tags

Back when I was a book editor, I'd enclose a copy of Strunk & White's The Elements of Style with every signed contract. In 90 pages (and in those days, for $3.50), it contained every thing a working writer needs to know about the craft, presented in E.B. White's crystalline prose without a trace...
by Ahab
Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: Technical Support (iOS)
Topic: Will iOS Scriv Work in iPad OS?
Replies: 156
Views: 9188

Re: Will iOS Scriv Work in iPad OS?

JoRo wrote:
Written (though clumsily) with love and respect and a from-the-bottom-of-my-heart sense of care.

Slàinte mhòr.



Pardon my American ignorance, but does Slàinte mhòr translate to a Noodge?
by Ahab
Sat Apr 20, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: And Now For That Latte
Topic: Benefits of a College education
Replies: 26
Views: 5716

Re: Benefits of a College education

“Explaining humor is a lot like dissecting a frog, you learn a lot in the process, but in the end you kill it.”

Mark Twain
by Ahab
Sat Mar 23, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: Technical Support (Mac)
Topic: Transferring my project to docx and then....
Replies: 7
Views: 809

Re: Transferring my project to docx and then....

The Scrivener to Pages, Pages to Word, Word to Pages and back to Word works fine for me, with multiple publishers, and from both sides of the editing desk. It's a pain in the wazoo, but then so is track changes in general. I don't bring the final manuscript back into Scrivener for final archiving un...
by Ahab
Tue Mar 05, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: Wish List
Topic: Feature request! ;)
Replies: 11
Views: 3258

Re: Feature request! ;)

Shouldn't Scrivener monitor our pulse rate, perhaps through the Track Pad? I mean, there's got to be a reason Apple calls it a Track Pad, right? Oh. You didn't know about the Apple Watch companion app? Katherine Another reason not to acquire an Apple Watch. I mean, the MBP's face-timey camera is al...
by Ahab
Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: Wish List
Topic: Feature request! ;)
Replies: 11
Views: 3258

Re: Feature request! ;)

But what if we're non-verbal writers, or use the same anatomical improbability for both a Good Sentence and a Tragic Error? Shouldn't Scrivener monitor our pulse rate, perhaps through the Track Pad? I mean, there's got to be a reason Apple calls it a Track Pad, right? Mice, I suppose, could perform ...
by Ahab
Fri Feb 22, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: And Now For That Latte
Topic: I am outraged!
Replies: 29
Views: 6634

Re: I am outraged!

So now we need only decide between a balloon release or a candle-lit contrition-fest.
by Ahab
Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: Technical Support (Mac)
Topic: Spell-check Quit Working
Replies: 8
Views: 1390

Re: Spell-check Quit Working

And rebooted the Mac? Slàinte mhòr. Thanks. That's always my first step. What appears to have worked, in a sense, was your suggestion to go into the Keyboard bit on Apple's Preferences and tick Correct Spelling Automatically. That got Spell-Check working again, though in an entirely different way. ...
by Ahab
Wed Feb 06, 2019 4:50 pm
Forum: Technical Support (Mac)
Topic: Spell-check Quit Working
Replies: 8
Views: 1390

Spell-check Quit Working

I searched for this and didn't find a topic. So . . . Spell-checking has been working for me on Scrivener since, like, 2006, and this week it stopped. I went through and checked the various appropriate boxes--they're all still ticked as they were. Unticked them, reticked them, nada. Searched the for...
by Ahab
Fri Feb 01, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Technical Support (Mac)
Topic: Best way to re-import edited Word / Pages file (can I just cut and paste?)
Replies: 2
Views: 1539

Re: Best way to re-import edited Word / Pages file (can I just cut and paste?)

Pasting from Pages to Scrivener via Paste & Match Style means any special formatting--italics, bold face, whatever--goes away. I get an exact match simply by copying a chapter from Pages, pasting it into a fresh Document in Scrivener, and letting the formatting carry over all by itself with no a...