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by InklingBooks
Thu Sep 10, 2015 2:19 pm
Forum: Software & Development
Topic: AlphaSmart history
Replies: 9
Views: 4871

Re: AlphaSmart history

If your budget is tight, try thrift stores for an Alphasmart or Neo bag. Some tablet bags will work, as will those for the cheap and little laptops that were a fad about seven or eight years ago. If you are used to lugging about a big laptop bag, finding one that is just right for a smaller gadget i...
by InklingBooks
Thu Sep 10, 2015 1:55 pm
Forum: Software & Development
Topic: Discounts on MacNN productivity apps including Scrivener
Replies: 0
Views: 905

Discounts on MacNN productivity apps including Scrivener

MacNN is offering some handy, productivity-enhancing apps at serious discounts, including our own favorite, Scrivener, for $19.50. You probably already have it, but may know friends who don't. http://www.macnn.com/articles/15/09/10/write.a.book.take.text.shortcuts.maintain.your.mac.with.macnn.deals....
by InklingBooks
Wed Sep 09, 2015 12:08 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Science for SciFi Writers blog
Replies: 1
Views: 1088

Science for SciFi Writers blog

If you'd like to keep the Sci in your SciFi writing, you might want to follow this blog: http://dankoboldt.com/science-in-scifi/ Science in Sci-Fi, Fact in Fantasy is a blog series for authors and fans of speculative fiction. Just as science fiction often has roots in hard sciences — physics, astron...
by InklingBooks
Tue Sep 08, 2015 12:35 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Learn Book Cover Design from a World-Class Artist
Replies: 2
Views: 3376

Re: Learn Book Cover Design from a World-Class Artist

There's also an Lynda interview with Thomasz Opaasinski at:

https://vimeo.com/108143548

He discusses how he uses Photoshop and layers to create marvelous effects.

Make your cover look out-of-the-ordinary and readers will be open to the idea that your writing is the same.

--Mike Perry
by InklingBooks
Mon Sep 07, 2015 11:29 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Live, write on a train....
Replies: 10
Views: 2979

Re: Live, write on a train....

A reason to avoid UK trains: From 1995-96 to 2011-12, the total number of miles ridden by train passengers leapt by 91%, while the entire UK train fleet grew by only 12%. http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20150723-why-britain-has-secret-ghost-trains The article is actually about 'ghost' trains and is ...
by InklingBooks
Mon Sep 07, 2015 9:54 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Learn Book Cover Design from a World-Class Artist
Replies: 2
Views: 3376

Learn Book Cover Design from a World-Class Artist

Designing movie posters is an art form that is extremely demanding. Huge sums of money ride on getting that poster just right. And if you think about it, they're often marvelously well done. Why does that matter to authors? Because a movie poster is much like a book cover. It must represent in a sin...
by InklingBooks
Mon Sep 07, 2015 3:20 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Live, write on a train....
Replies: 10
Views: 2979

Re: Live, write on a train....

Thanks vic-k for letting me know about Patrick Leigh Fermur. I'm planning to read his A Time for Gifts . Sounds fascinating. He and I have one unusual thing in common. He wrote his best-known travel books not shortly after his trip, but as memoirs of long-past events. I'm been writing a series of bo...
by InklingBooks
Sat Sep 05, 2015 10:42 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Where should writers live?
Replies: 18
Views: 4782

Re: Where should writers live?

True. For some reason city planners often put the writer's block at a cul de sac. :( That's certainly true of C. S. Lewis. His Oxford home for most of his life is near the end of a dead-end street now called Lewis Close. If you find such a home, take it. It's typically more valuable since there's n...
by InklingBooks
Thu Sep 03, 2015 1:44 pm
Forum: Software & Development
Topic: Alphasmart-esque...
Replies: 12
Views: 4024

Neo as a Bluetooth Keyboard

Those looking for a way to transfer documents from an Alphasmart Neo (but not the AS3000) to a smartphone or an iPad, might want to check out a gadget reviewed here: So that’s the Bluetooth Keyboard Adapter. Works exactly like the mythical gizmo I’d been searching for the last few years. (I almost c...
by InklingBooks
Thu Sep 03, 2015 12:57 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Live, write on a train....
Replies: 10
Views: 2979

Re: Live, write on a train....

It sounds like my idea of hell. But then again, the German train system is a lot better than the UK one, so perhaps it's not as ghastly as it sounds. Quite true. In 1978, when I roamed Europe by rail, I was not impressed by what my Britrail pass offered. Nationalization had joined together radicall...
by InklingBooks
Thu Sep 03, 2015 12:24 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Writers homes in Japan for almost nothing
Replies: 1
Views: 2293

Writers homes in Japan for almost nothing

Yes, I'm doing it again—pointing out places where writers can acquire a home for almost nothing. In this case, the opportunity is in Japan, where a below-replacement birthrate since the 1970s means many homes outside metro-Tokyo have no one to live in them. They sit empty, waiting for buyers who nev...
by InklingBooks
Wed Aug 26, 2015 2:05 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Live, write on a train....
Replies: 10
Views: 2979

Live, write on a train....

When I did my many month's long tour of Europe, i discovered that my Eurail pass was as good for housing as for travel. Done with seeing a city, I'd take an overnight train to another, arriving first thing in the morning well-rested to see the city. That saved a lot of time and money. The Washington...
by InklingBooks
Sun Jul 26, 2015 12:18 pm
Forum: Software & Development
Topic: AlphaSmart history
Replies: 9
Views: 4871

AlphaSmart history

For writers who're fans of AlphaSmarts, Hack Education has a short history of them, including their early connection to Apple. http://hackeducation.com/2015/07/25/alphasmart/ For those who don't know what an AlphaSmart is, there's Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AlphaSmart Those who're inte...
by InklingBooks
Wed Jun 17, 2015 9:50 pm
Forum: Software & Development
Topic: InDesign-CC 2015 Update
Replies: 1
Views: 1506

InDesign-CC 2015 Update

Some of you may have noticed that I consider Scrivener/InDesign the ideal writing platform. Scrivener is marvelous for writing. InDesign is marvelous for creating beautiful layouts that you can export to high-quality PDFs or epubs from the same document. You can see ID-2015's new features described ...
by InklingBooks
Fri May 15, 2015 8:13 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Become rich and famous like James Patterson...
Replies: 1
Views: 1143

Re: Become rich and famous like James Patterson...

Here's a list of the lessons including, would you believe, Writer's Block. Writers tend to divide into outliners and non-outliners. He's obviously one of the former. 01 INTRODUCTION Your instructor, James Patterson—currently the best-selling author in the world—lets you know what he has planned for...