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Writers' Cafe / Re: What's the best laptop for writing?
« Last post by Speaker-To-Animals on Today at 08:07:10 AM »
Unfortunately the newer Macs have some real problems. The butterfly keyboard is difficult to type on and prone to errors. The newest high end one overheats and slows down. They've gone too far in making them thin. The MacBook Air was perfect. It just needs to be updated with a better screen.
The reason the Japanese had to fold them over and over when making them was because they had such poor quality iron it was the only way to get the impurities out.  European iron was much better quality, which is why they didn't need to do so, but they knew all about it.  The Indians were using the technique in at least 500 BC, and the Celts by 300 BC, long before the Japanese were.

I don't know that this is true. Years ago I watched a documentary on Japanese swordsmiths, which got me doing some reading. In a nutshell, the smiths used hard but brittle high-carbon steel in the cutting edge, and then folded soft but flexible low-carbon steel over top to make the spine, which gave the katana the best properties of both kinds of steel. Before quenching the heated blade to temper it, they put a mud mixture over it, thick on the spine and tapering to none on the cutting edge. The mud slowed the cooling on the spine during quenching, keeping it soft and flexible, while allowing the edge to harden. The differential cooling is what gives the katana the distinctive upward curve.

I've never read anything about the Japanese steel being lower quality than European steel, and quality would depend as much on smelting techniques as anything else.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Setup photos from the 2018 Payson Book Festival
« Last post by Mark Gardner on Today at 07:48:44 AM »
Thanks for sharing.  (And especially the tip about the CD rack/book stand.  What a great idea!   :) )

P.S. I love those Champion Standing mugs.  Were you selling those as well as your books, or giving them away as swag?
I've got an excellent publisher for the Fall re-release of Champion Standing. Bards and Sages has really been in tune with the marketing, and provided me with a swag bag for Payson last Saturday, and one for Fandomania this coming Saturday. (Now that my schedule for CoKoCon is done, I hope they'll send another for that event.) They're donated to the silent auction or used as door prizes, and the proceeds go towards charity or library funding. I'm a big proponent for libraries. If a library wants me for an event, and I can drive there in two hours or less, I waive my appearance fee and attend.

Looks great!  Did you have a good experience?  Meet nice people? 
It's always a blast. I love slinging paper, and always do good in sales for these events. Some of the publishers I'm contracted with will even send me books for free, so that I can donate and/or sell them at a discounted price. I love it when a publisher understands the value of marketing at these events. I'm always thrilled when I get a return congoer at events like Payson Book Festival. I had to pull up my squareup transactions from last year, so that a congoer didn't purchase a duplicate this time around...
For those following the thread I've updated the original post with an updated blurb based on feedback. I'll show it here as well:

Christine wakes up afraid, disoriented and hunted in a U.S. government laboratory. Though physically she's alone, she soon realizes there's another voice speaking to her in her head, one that calls herself Jenn. But is she real, or just a figment of Christine's imagination?

Now Christine must work with her mysterious benefactor to uncover her past, recovering memories that might be better left forgotten.  In the battle in her mind she'll discover far more about herself and her reality than she bargained for.

If she and Jenn can't unravel the mystery of her past and find a way to use it against her hunters, the whole world will fall. The arrow of time moves fast, and Christine must die to reveal her terrible secret to save us all.
Ideal for a school library, or a gift for a left-handed child. If you buy the paperback you get the ebook FREE on

Vicky's Granddad has died and her Gran is coming for a visit. Vicky wants to cheer her up by embroidering a cushion as a gift, but because Vicky is left-handed she struggles to learn how to sew. She decides that winning a race in the school sports might be a better idea -- but can she do it, especially when Graham threatens to spoil all her plans?

The story highlights some of the challenges faced by left-handers.
At the end of the book is advice on how to help left-handers; how to tell if a child is left-handed; the correct way for a left-hander to hold a pencil and to slant the paper; famous left-handers; percentage of the population who are left-handed; career choices for left-handers and cultural issues for left-handers.

If there is a left-handed child in your family you will find this book helpful to both the child and his or her parents, and should be a 'must read' for teachers.

CHINESE version

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: The Good Morning Thread
« Last post by loonlover on Today at 07:42:22 AM »
Good morning.

Congratulations, NapCat. You have definitely earned it.

We'll be out and about later this morning, but we're not supposed to be as hot today so maybe the clean up will continue today. We are pretty much able right now to do things as we want to.

Hope your week is off to a good start.
Ah!  Suddenly everything is clear.  Thank you.

It depends what deal you're talking about.

Streetlib have 2 offers on right now for people who use Kobo through Streetlib. :)

Not Quite Kindle / Re: INFINITY Game - Word Association
« Last post by loonlover on Today at 07:38:16 AM »
Not Quite Kindle / Re: Creative Couplets
« Last post by loonlover on Today at 07:37:43 AM »
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Not Quite Kindle / Re: Double Letter Game
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