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by Ahab
Mon Aug 31, 2020 9:33 am
Forum: Feedback (Windows)
Topic: Has Windows Version 3 Been Scrapped?
Replies: 108
Views: 8054

Re: Has Windows Version 3 Been Scrapped?

So the moral of Mr. Pigfender's story is, You kids shut up and eat your vegetables.
by Ahab
Fri Jul 24, 2020 10:10 am
Forum: And Now For That Latte
Topic: Vic-K
Replies: 21
Views: 857

Re: Vic-K

Vic was truly the heart of this community for most of its existence, a relentless encourager, a gentle puncturer of egos, a defuser of unnecessary conflict. Whenever the entitled and the rude pee in our conversation pool, I always imagine a sharp scratch from Fluff and a rollicking piratical from ol...
by Ahab
Mon Jul 20, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: Software & Development
Topic: Should I upgrade to MacOS Catalina?
Replies: 12
Views: 580

Re: Should I upgrade to MacOS Catalina?

I'm running Catalina on a 2015-vintage MacBook Pro with no--or at least minimal--issues. iCloud sync isn't as consistently reliable across three devices as it was with Mojave; the 10.15.6 update needed a refresh of iCloud passwords. But otherwise, nothing more annoying than usual in the post-Jobs era.
by Ahab
Wed May 20, 2020 4:16 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Writing a Novel, Do You Write in Order?
Replies: 9
Views: 2677

Re: Writing a Novel, Do You Write in Order?

Ahab's post reminded me of this from Nabokov: How do you write? What are your methods? I find now that index cards are really the best kind of paper that I can use for the purpose. I don’t write consecutively from the beginning to the next chapter and so on to the end. I just fill in the gaps of th...
by Ahab
Sat May 16, 2020 10:18 am
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Writing a Novel, Do You Write in Order?
Replies: 9
Views: 2677

Re: Writing a Novel, Do You Write in Order?

For me, the main strength of Scrivener is its ease in writing out of sequence. In the formative stage of a novel, you don't really even know what the sequence is. There's a chronology, of course, but that isn't always the right sequence of presentation. Scenes, and research, have a way of triggering...
by Ahab
Sat May 09, 2020 10:55 am
Forum: I'm a writer!
Topic: Jams and Jelly
Replies: 12
Views: 5085

Re: Jams and Jelly

In the US, jellies are strained of seeds and pulp; jams are not. My grandmother made both raspberry jelly and raspberry jam, sometimes from the same batch of raspberries. The cooked pulp meant to become jelly--Grandpa's store teeth didn't suffer seeds--got ladled into a jelly bag and strained into j...
by Ahab
Thu Mar 19, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: And Now For That Latte
Topic: Lions, and tigers, and...viruses?
Replies: 25
Views: 5457

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: 101
Views: 11041

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: 892

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: 101
Views: 11041

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: 75
Views: 83912

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: 2957

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: 1213

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: 1577

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: 1853

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...