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by Ahab
Thu Mar 19, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: And Now For That Latte
Topic: Lions, and tigers, and...viruses?
Replies: 15
Views: 866

Re: Lions, and tigers, and...viruses?

Yesterday I was watching the sobering news become ever more sobering and saying to my wife that Wow, This Changes Everything, and she said How, for you, exactly? You've been sitting in the same chair pecking at a keyboard since the Disco Crisis. And you primarily socialize with trees.
by Ahab
Wed Feb 19, 2020 11:18 am
Forum: And Now For That Latte
Topic: I know you are, but what am I?
Replies: 64
Views: 4853

Re: I know you are, but what am I?

"But what if," Lucy said with averted eyes, "the crumpets are more metaphorical in nature?"
by Ahab
Fri Feb 07, 2020 11:43 am
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Editing the first draft of a novel
Replies: 7
Views: 510

Re: Editing the first draft of a novel

If I learned anything in 30 years as an editor, it was No two writers are the same. That being said, I wouldn't edit a first draft on paper. First drafts are by definition a mess; I'd leverage Scrivener's reorganizational strengths, its ability to cut and paste (without using, as we did in the Olden...
by Ahab
Wed Jan 29, 2020 11:36 am
Forum: And Now For That Latte
Topic: I know you are, but what am I?
Replies: 64
Views: 4853

Re: I know you are, but what am I?

But is it the sort of dragon one might not mind visiting now and then, in a casual sort of way, or the sort that always arrives at tea-time and makes critical comments regarding your taste in Welsh Cakes and upholstery?
by Ahab
Wed Jan 01, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: Reviews & Recommendations
Topic: currently reading
Replies: 72
Views: 60376

Re: currently reading

A third of the way through a fourth (or maybe fifth) rereading of Trollope's Barsetshire Chronicles.
by Ahab
Mon Dec 16, 2019 1:01 pm
Forum: Software & Development
Topic: Why do you use or want a Mac?
Replies: 25
Views: 2152

Re: Why do you use or want a Mac?

Pretty much more of the same. Replaced an Underwood typewriter and a bottle of Snopake with a Commodore 64, then a Kaypro running CP/M, then a dual-floppy PC with a squinty green-screen monitor running MS-DOS 2.1 and MS Word 1.01. Then a PC with a massive 10mb hard drive followed by more PCs, and Wi...
by Ahab
Wed Dec 11, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: And Now For That Latte
Topic: Where is Photographer?
Replies: 9
Views: 741

Re: Where is Photographer?

A photographer, said David Hockney, is a one-eyed man looking through a little 'ole.
by Ahab
Fri Dec 06, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Inciting Incident - how soon is too soon?
Replies: 16
Views: 941

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: 1483

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: 149
Views: 22344

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: 11
Views: 901

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: 32
Views: 2241

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: 32
Views: 2241

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: 11123

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: 6314

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