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by pigfender
Tue Nov 16, 2010 1:23 pm
Forum: I'm a writer!
Topic: fan fiction vs parallel novel
Replies: 4
Views: 1081

Re: fan fiction vs parallel novel

I believe it was Rudyard Kipling that said "If... the primary enjoyment of the story is that you get to spend longer in a certain place or with certain characters, ie... If... the you couldn't change the names of all the characters without destroying the point, ie... If... the story is only enj...
by pigfender
Sat Nov 13, 2010 6:23 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Prologue and backstory
Replies: 13
Views: 1744

Re: Prologue and backstory

Although it might explain why Dave was using a pressure cooker to make tea though. Kettles can be dangerous things. I once tried to clean the limescale from my kettle by putting citric acid in the kettle and then boiling it. It worked. The kettle was spotless. Of course, the kettle spewed hot acid ...
by pigfender
Sat Nov 13, 2010 3:10 pm
Forum: Feedback (Windows)
Topic: Use without Admin rights + Comments on cosmetics
Replies: 1
Views: 607

Use without Admin rights + Comments on cosmetics

Hi there, I run Scrivener for WIndows (Beta v1.3) on a Windows XP machine with no Administrator rights. I followed the advice of Lee and installed the programme on a flash drive using a different laptop and am able to run Scriv on my work laptop without issue. I had been advised that: - I would need...
by pigfender
Fri Nov 12, 2010 12:15 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Prologue and backstory
Replies: 13
Views: 1744

Re: Prologue and backstory

The problem with backstories is that they all too often just delay the action, and aren't as necessary as assumed. If the action is "Dave loses an arm as a result of a kettle exploding while making a cup of tea"... ...the following is not good backstory: - Dave being introduced to tea at a...
by pigfender
Sun Oct 31, 2010 12:29 pm
Forum: And Now For That Latte
Topic: iPad Enthusiasm
Replies: 75
Views: 7018

Re: iPad Enthusiasm

Yup, particularly as they will all have shortened attention spans as well, so: http://www.xkcd.com/214/ As you can see I have now reached number 214. I should just take me a few more weeks to get through them all and then I can return to normal activities such as my day job, writing, and playing wit...
by pigfender
Sat Oct 30, 2010 2:37 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Get an editor before submitting manuscript?
Replies: 11
Views: 1592

Re: Get an editor before submitting manuscript?

"Buy a friend a copy of "How Not To Write A Novel". Get them to read it thoroughly." ... am I the only person to find this advice self-centered and aggressive? best J T Sorry if you read it that way, JT. I guess if someone hadn't read the book in question the title could sound a...
by pigfender
Fri Oct 29, 2010 3:16 pm
Forum: And Now For That Latte
Topic: iPad Enthusiasm
Replies: 75
Views: 7018

Re: iPad Enthusiasm

folks that gave themselves lead poisoning? <edit> I wonder... Two thousand years from now -- if there IS a two thousand years from now in human existence -- which poisons will historians name as our memorable achievements? Will any of them be things we now regard as conveniences? Improvements? Adva...
by pigfender
Fri Oct 29, 2010 3:07 pm
Forum: And Now For That Latte
Topic: iPad Enthusiasm
Replies: 75
Views: 7018

Re: iPad Enthusiasm

They took a page from George Lucas. Buy The Star Wars Triology "collectors set" on VHS. Release the Triliogy digitally "remastered" on VHS Release the Star Wars 1 on DVD, then 2 and 3 Release the Collectors DVD set of Star Wars 1,2,3 Release the Original Trilogy (4,5,6) on DVD (...
by pigfender
Fri Oct 29, 2010 12:53 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: I have a problem...
Replies: 3
Views: 854

Re: I have a problem...

What really slows me down is the planning/outline stage. It's been two months for Surviving Dragon Burns and I'm still not finished. Lengthy planning is par for the course really if you are looking to be successful in the fantasy genre. It's all about creating a fascinating and enchanting world and...
by pigfender
Fri Oct 29, 2010 12:43 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Stuck in the mud, with a wildly flailing compass
Replies: 17
Views: 1991

Re: Stuck in the mud, with a wildly flailing compass

Jaysen wrote:equines?


Hmmm, I'm noting a definite horse theme emerging in your posts!
by pigfender
Fri Oct 29, 2010 12:31 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Get an editor before submitting manuscript?
Replies: 11
Views: 1592

Re: Get an editor before submitting manuscript?

Should I have the chapters professionally edited before then? I have a feeling the answer is "yes" but I wanted to confer with you all. Edited? Yes Read and commented on by as many friends as will agree? Absolutely Professionally? No. Save your money Buy a friend a copy of "How Not T...
by pigfender
Fri Oct 29, 2010 12:15 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Stuck in the mud, with a wildly flailing compass
Replies: 17
Views: 1991

Re: Stuck in the mud, with a wildly flailing compass

Unless, of course, one of you knows of a periodical publication which would like to publish weekly instalments of a serial story, the contract for which will continue without resolution until the publication folds sometime in December 2053? ;) Sounds like Eastenders. .... In order to be a restauran...
by pigfender
Thu Oct 28, 2010 12:27 pm
Forum: Feedback (Windows)
Topic: Underwhelmed But Optimistic
Replies: 45
Views: 5414

Re: Underwhelmed But Optimistic

Oh, I lost days to http://www.questionablecontent.net as well. Thing is, just like ALP it's got a storyline of sorts so you kinda have to start reading at number 1 :-) Eddy You see this is exactly what I'm talking about. Now I'm on number 7 out of 1784 with seven years worth of posts to read. I'm N...
by pigfender
Thu Oct 28, 2010 12:07 pm
Forum: Feedback (Windows)
Topic: Underwhelmed But Optimistic
Replies: 45
Views: 5414

Re: Underwhelmed But Optimistic

Eddy wrote:http://xkcd.com/386/

There is an XKCD for everything isn't there :-)

Eddy


Oh great. Now I'm going to have to read all of these.

This is just like the time I lost three days of my life reading http://www.alienlovespredator.com

PF
by pigfender
Tue Oct 26, 2010 5:12 am
Forum: Bug Hunt (Windows)
Topic: Admin access required for install [ADDRESSED]
Replies: 2
Views: 597

Admin access required for install [ADDRESSED]

Unfortunately, the installer requires "admin" access to run, thereby excluding those of us whose laptops are provided by employers. Any chance of a simple zip extraction version? It will be a larger download, but should increase the number of potential purchasers. After all, the chances of...