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Writers' Corner / Re: Writing Software Recommendations
« on: January 30, 2019, 01:47:52 PM »
I use Scrivener and love it. Some features I love:

1) It's easy to set up and use on a windows PC and Iphone (I don't have any experience with a tablet or apple computer), which means I can work on my iphone, and it will update fairly painlessly through dropbox to my laptop and pc allowing me to work on any of them. The basic free dropbox has been enough space for me so far, so it's also no additional cost beyond buying scrivener.

2) It has screen splitting capabilities, which is nice for working on one chapter while referring to an older one.

3) It allows you to organize several files into a single document, so that you can have a notebook separated already into scenes and chapters.

The comments and notes features are okay. In some respects, I prefer word's layout when it comes to commenting/highlighting. The font and formatting is less familiar to me than word, so it can get bothersome (and I've not had to format an entire book yet), but overall I really like it and wouldn't go back to word.

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Malazan Book of the Fallen / Re: Midnight Tides: book 1
« on: January 30, 2019, 01:31:08 PM »
I loved Midnight Tides, think it was one of my favourites in the series. Pretty sure I had prior knowledge that it was set on a new continent with an entirely new cast, so maybe I was better prepared for the shock of not knowing anyone or anything. Some of the series' best characters come from this book, imo.

Me too. I don't remember if I struggled to get into it the first time, but Trull, Tehol, and Bugg are some of my all time favorites. In retrospect and on rereading the second time, this was by far my favorite book in the series.

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I thought it was really good.

Spoiler for Hiden:
When she kills her godfather or whatever he is to her... wow.
What I didn't like: the part when the Man in the High Castle starts gushing over her. b/c he seemed to despise her when he first met her. It also makes things suffer from these sort of masturbatory protagonist centered yarns I hate.  It makes no sense.  it would be way better if he didn't lay it all out like that and didn't completely understand everything himself
But I thought everything else was pretty damn awesome.

PS Please let Frank be dead I can't stand him.

Haven't watched any of season 3


Spoiler for Hiden:
Yeah. To the gushing, I kinda feel like the MC is a bit bland at times and so his sudden love for her didn't make much sense. Sometimes she's a badass, sometimes she is just demurely standing aside, and it seems really inconsistent. It's a great show though.


Lol, Not Lu also hated Frank.
 

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There be fantasy books based on Donald Trump and Brexit soon  :o

UK civil war in 2022 with dragons and wizards.

Is this the next Harry Potter?

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I finally got to the Season 2 finale of Man in the High Castle and... wow.

Wow good, or wow bad? Just watched season 3 a couple months ago. Kind of mixed feelings.

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Not Lu by Justan Henner

Spoiler for Hiden:
He paid me a quarter which is useless to spend here in the UK

Shucks. if I'd paid the fifty cents, would you have specified favorite or most hated?  ;D

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General Discussion / Re: Member birthday calendar
« on: December 24, 2018, 04:47:23 AM »
It's Bea's, but she's just had so many this year, I figured it must be Eclipse's turn.

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How hard is it to write a character like not lu @Justan Henner ? Were you influenced by a Malazan character?

Hey, thanks for reading! I'm honored. ;D

Spoiler for Hiden:
Wait... You're not me, are you?

Yes, there's a bit of influence from Iskaral Pust there, and maybe a bit of Kruppe, and some Morgan Freeman (because, obviously why not?), though the biggest influence is probably the concept that underlies his aspect (which I won't spoil :-X).

As for writing him... It depends on my mood and level of inebriation, but Lu might be one of the easier to write, actually. There's a lot less need for internal consistency, which makes it easier to just vomit words onto the page. Plus, I can leave ridiculous shit in that for another character I'd cut as breaking character or tone. (In fact, there's been a few occasions where I've had to stop and take something out of another character's chapter because it sounds too much like Lu, or it's just too silly).

Sometimes it can be hard to get into the rhyming and logic scheme that his thoughts and dialogue follow, but it's usually the less eccentric characters that are more difficult for me. Mainly because it's harder to recognize when say, Sybil's personality bleeds into Null's, because it's probably not a line about putting people brains into shoes. Instead, it's probably something more subtle like Null having too much confidence, or Sybil having too little enthusiasm.

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General Discussion / Re: Member birthday calendar
« on: December 23, 2018, 06:04:32 PM »
Happy Birthday, Eclipse!

Spoiler for Hiden:
I had to look if this one was for real  :-[

Happy Birthday, Bea!

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Writers' Corner / Re: SPFBO 4 has started
« on: December 17, 2018, 01:46:28 PM »
That's me out now too :-( Still, it's been a great ride and if I get my act together I'll be back next time.

Sorry to hear it. Congrats on making it so far.

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5s sounds more like they were teaching Lean and that's a 20 minute segment not 8 hours surely?
Never underestimate the power of stretching training stuff ;D

I just got home from a Carols Service and I'm all up and singing :D

Yes, it was LEAN, and it was probably closer to 6 hours when you take out the lunch, etc.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: December 14, 2018, 01:35:33 PM »
Try @Justan Henner short novel only a 1000 pages.

It's a novellla, really.

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I have to go to an eight hour six-sigma nonsense seminar

Because Quality profit matters

If it's any consolation the analytical tools used in Six Sigma can by applied to pretty much any data set and used for identifying outliers.
Yep, I quite like most of the 6S tools (me = green belt certified)


I feel they only taught us 5 S's and now I feel cheated. Do I have to get more belts to learn the sixth S? Is it the one that holds the secret to enlightenment?

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Lucky jerks. I have to go to an eight hour six-sigma nonsense seminar  :'(

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General Discussion / Re: I'm a Big Wee Hag
« on: December 09, 2018, 06:26:33 PM »
But is there a Hag of Hags?

The Biggest Wee-est Hag?

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