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by grumbleboy
Thu Nov 06, 2008 2:20 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Consider Language
Replies: 13
Views: 1663

Re: Consider Language

Vladimir Nabokov is another good example of an extremely eloquent writer in English who was not a native English speaker (though I believe he was Oxford-educated). Aleksandar Hemon is a relatively new writer who had only learned to speak English a couple of years before he published his first book i...
by grumbleboy
Thu Nov 06, 2008 2:15 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Ready to submit at last - format?
Replies: 14
Views: 1715

Re: Ready to submit at last - format?

Off topicking here, ( that`s what I`m doing...it`s not my name) , so kill me :wink: Grumbleboy, I`m listening to the Byrne/Eno latest on your blog, 'Grumbleblog' Very refreshing. Like it :D Take care vic Very good--I threw that up there because I enjoyed it so much when I heard it. As a matter of f...
by grumbleboy
Mon Nov 03, 2008 1:18 pm
Forum: And Now For That Latte
Topic: Tell us about your blog(s)
Replies: 9
Views: 1065

Re: Tell us about your blog(s)

http://grumbleboy.blogspot.com/

Art and lit stuff that I share with an artist friend, plus occasional pics of the kids.
by grumbleboy
Thu Oct 30, 2008 7:38 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Ready to submit at last - format?
Replies: 14
Views: 1715

Re: Ready to submit at last - format?

From reading your initial post, it sounds like you have a couple of chapters completed. No agent I've ever heard of wants to talk to an unknown writer unless the novel is completed. Non-fiction is different as a good proposal and some demonstrable expertise on the topic at hand are enough to get a c...
by grumbleboy
Fri Oct 10, 2008 2:10 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Research and fiction
Replies: 21
Views: 2327

Re: Research and fiction

I have a political situation in the novel I'm working on that is portrayed as being up the air (legalization of slot machines in Maryland) but will most likely be decided by the time the novel is finished. In this case, it's not a problem because the novel is set in a fixed time period and it's a &q...
by grumbleboy
Sun Feb 03, 2008 3:28 pm
Forum: I'm a writer!
Topic: Scrivener newbie
Replies: 16
Views: 2771

Thanks for the welcomes everyone.

Oddly enough, last week a friend sent me an email urging me to try out this new program he'd come across called Scrivener. I had to break the news that I was way ahead of him in this game. Well, a couple of weeks ahead anyway.
by grumbleboy
Sun Feb 03, 2008 3:21 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Great books in which nothing happens
Replies: 33
Views: 6246

P.S. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka. Not much plot, really, but it's still very interesting. I have to disagree with this - I think the plot is very strong. I mean, Gregor turns into a Dungbeatle - I think that counts as something happening. Then again I must confess that I haven't read the origi...
by grumbleboy
Sat Feb 02, 2008 6:17 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Grumpy old wordsmiths
Replies: 126
Views: 13013

matt wrote:
(PS: It was deliberate)


I'm just going to add this to the end of all of my posts. Just in case. Actually, I think I'll add it as a footnote to everything I write.



(PS: It was deliberate.)
by grumbleboy
Thu Jan 31, 2008 9:47 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Grumpy old wordsmiths
Replies: 126
Views: 13013

Jaysen wrote: Not sure how that gets decided, but I am not sure I like the idea of folks "jaysening" any more than I would like them "Jaysening".



Plus, don't they know they'll go blind?!
by grumbleboy
Wed Jan 23, 2008 8:12 pm
Forum: Technical Support (Mac)
Topic: Synchronizing search strings
Replies: 5
Views: 774

Thanks to both of you for the quick responses. Hmm. I was pretty sure I had exited both versions of Scrivener before I copied the files, so I tried it again (I haven't used the "Save as Backup" feature). When I tried to copy the new file from the laptop to the desktop ("replacing"...
by grumbleboy
Wed Jan 23, 2008 7:02 pm
Forum: Technical Support (Mac)
Topic: Synchronizing search strings
Replies: 5
Views: 774

Synchronizing search strings

I've been working with Scrivener on two different comps and overwriting the file back and forth as needed. When I first open the newly copied file, the "Synchronizing search strings" progress bar comes up for 7 to 11 minutes (depending on which computer it is). I suspect this is because of...
by grumbleboy
Thu Jan 17, 2008 3:28 pm
Forum: I'm a writer!
Topic: Scrivener newbie
Replies: 16
Views: 2771

Wait, I didn't realize "no standards" was a choice. I think I got in the wrong line.
by grumbleboy
Wed Jan 16, 2008 2:01 pm
Forum: Software & Development
Topic: Thinnovation... (MacBook Air)
Replies: 58
Views: 8856

I still use my 12" PowerBook G4 every day, a model which I tend to believe is the single finest consumer item ever produced. It is a machine that is just built for public space and the people who make use of it (many of these end up becoming writers). To take it a step further, it is the close...
by grumbleboy
Tue Jan 15, 2008 11:23 am
Forum: I'm a writer!
Topic: Scrivener newbie
Replies: 16
Views: 2771

I'm all for maintaining standards. As long as they're low.
by grumbleboy
Mon Jan 14, 2008 2:48 pm
Forum: I'm a writer!
Topic: The joys and sorrows of POV
Replies: 10
Views: 2075

I recently read a novel with an interesting POV - Then We Came To the End by Joshua Ferris. Except for one section in the middle, it's told from a first person plural POV. Not entirely original, of course, but he handles it very well. The perspective is from a group of workers in a Chicago advertisi...