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If your book is going to keep my teeth clean, I'd buy it in a heartbeat. I hate going to the dentist.

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: Outlander - Starz - Season 3 September 10th
« on: Yesterday at 03:25:50 PM »
Still haven't watched this week's episode due to all the things going on with my [NOT] kitchen.  It's down to bare bones, we're cooking with a microwave, toaster oven. The process this week has been subtle, electrical and plumbing, and passing those inspections (YAY!).  I picked out paint yesterday the color is called Paperwhite. I think I can remember that!

Good luck! I redid my kitchen last summer. Paint, flooring, counter tops, but nothing so heavy duty as electrical and plumbing. Now I find I'm going to have to do some electrical because I need two more dedicated lines.

It's an exhausting process but I know you're going to love it.


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Not Quite Kindle / Re: Theater reviews 2017
« on: Yesterday at 04:10:39 AM »
Yay! another winner.

I did see the movie with Moira Shearer (I think).

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Writers' Cafe / Re: New landing page creator by mailchimp
« on: November 21, 2017, 09:35:13 AM »
Sounds like it could be very useful. I'll check it out.

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: Theater reviews 2017
« on: November 21, 2017, 06:38:24 AM »
It sounds interesting, but poor Carol, having to sit through a whole act, not doing anything. It sounds as if you mostly enjoyed it.

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: Theater reviews 2017
« on: November 20, 2017, 06:09:53 PM »
Thank you.

And as I said, I never really watched the TV show, so I'm not 100% sure how politically incorrect it was.  I know there were some times when Ralph threatened Alice, and there were a couple in the show, but it was clear to me that Alice knew he'd never really hit her (and if he ever did, she'd have him in a headlock in a minute).

That is so true.

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: Theater reviews 2017
« on: November 20, 2017, 05:04:08 PM »
The Honeymooners was never my favorite of all the Gleason characters. My favorites were Reginald Van Gleason III and the Poor Soul.

Art Carney was a very talented dancer and I always enjoyed the episodes when he danced, although he did camp it up. Yes, Trixie and Ed had a much nicer apartment than Ralph and Alice. I guess sewer workers were very highly paid!

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: Outlander - Starz - Season 3 September 10th
« on: November 20, 2017, 04:53:50 PM »
Yum, that helps indeed!

It's the photo on my shopping bag. Not that I'm going to shop with it. I'll be putting it up on my wall in the den where I can see it.

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: Outlander - Starz - Season 3 September 10th
« on: November 20, 2017, 01:39:39 PM »
Ugh! Life has been so busy at my house I haven't had a chance to watch yet!

Just ... just kick everyone out! Heavens, 24 hours late. Maybe this will help.


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The Book Corner / Re: "Most Read" kindle books, per Amazon
« on: November 20, 2017, 11:47:22 AM »
Haven't read any on the list.

I would have thought that the classics would appear on the 'most read' list - even if you were made to read it at school  :P

I'm guessing that Amazon is going by their own sales and KU reads.

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: Outlander - Starz - Season 3 September 10th
« on: November 20, 2017, 11:46:05 AM »
*sniffs. Got something in my eye.

Yeah, there's a lot of that going around.

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The Book Corner / Re: The Count of Monte Cristo
« on: November 20, 2017, 07:20:26 AM »
I just started reading this one.



Unabridged, 57c, and so far so good.

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: Outlander - Starz - Season 3 September 10th
« on: November 19, 2017, 06:14:07 PM »
Heaven and Earth

Not a lot of Jamie. This is Claire's episode. CB just gets better and better as Claire. I loved at the end they played the druids music when she jumps into the ocean. Of course Elias Pound's death was a tear jerker.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Cover model stock photo search tips please!
« on: November 17, 2017, 04:52:13 PM »
In my search terms, I usually specify white background and set it as transparent. That doesn't always work. The next best thing is to find someone on Fiverr that will cut out the background for you. I've used a couple of people there and have had good luck.

Then pick the background you want, insert the png photo, and blend or soften the edges.

I'm certainly no pro and I never mastered GIMP or Photoshop or even Paint.net. But I can set up a basic image. My downfall is typography which is why I've been gradually switching over to professional covers.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Cover model stock photo search tips please!
« on: November 17, 2017, 11:36:35 AM »
Depositphotos has a place where you can eliminate certain keywords. You can put in quite a few.

First, I do a broad search to see what's out there such as "medieval woman". Then I look at the elements I don't want in the photos that come up such as sword, horse, man, illustrated (even though I asked for photo), child, glass, goblet, blond, blonde, etc. Doing that really cuts down on the number of photos you have to look at.

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: Outlander - Starz - Season 3 September 10th
« on: November 17, 2017, 04:29:06 AM »
I've seen postings from some of you suggesting that you weren't completely enamoured of DG's later novels in the Outlander series. I think I must be a rather undiscriminating reader - I am so wound up in the series that I have not had any disappointments so far.

So if any of you are of a similar vein of being happy with all of the novels so far, here is an excerpt from 'Go Tell the Bees That I am Gone' ... 'A Bit ofTrouble'

(I might add that there are other series where I have tired of later books, but not here in the Outlander series)

That doesn't mean you are undiscriminating at all. As they say, YMMV. Even though I'm not all that happy with subsequent books, I've kept reading all these years.

I finished reading Virgins late last night. It was good but disappointing at the same time. Young Jamie and Ian in France before Outlander. I expected it to be more about what happened to Ian there. Instead, it was just a story of one of their adventures. It did show the close relationship between Ian and Jamie and I suspect there might be a sequel since the last thing they said was that The King of Prussia needs good men.

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The Book Corner / Re: Rex Stout-Nero Wolfe/Robert Goldsborough-Nero Wolfe
« on: November 16, 2017, 11:38:43 AM »
I just tried to read one of the Goldsborough novels. Number 7, The Missing Chapter.

After seven books, he should certainly have gotten the characters down pat. He hasn't. Goldsborough should have written his own characters.

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The Book Corner / Re: "Most Read" kindle books, per Amazon
« on: November 16, 2017, 10:51:23 AM »
It seems I never like or want to read what the rest of the world "hungers" after.

Maybe we should start a top 98 (just to be different) outliers list.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Christmas came early this year, Santa Zon gave us...
« on: November 15, 2017, 06:57:52 PM »
I had three that had been annoying me for years. Gone!

Thanks for the heads-up.

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: Outlander - Starz - Season 3 September 10th
« on: November 15, 2017, 09:50:41 AM »

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: Outlander - Starz - Season 3 September 10th
« on: November 15, 2017, 09:44:30 AM »
I was looking for an Outlander calendar and saw a bunch of other stuff. I resisted all but the shopping bag. I wasn't looking for a mug although they have a wonderful one that's out of stock. But while browsing, I came across this one that I got a kick out of.


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Not Quite Kindle / Re: What are you binge-watching?
« on: November 14, 2017, 09:12:26 AM »
Yes, I look forward to each new series of Doc Martin. I enjoy the wonderful ensemble cast. Acorn also have the two prequel movies that introduced the character, albeit in a much different form. Did you know that the co-creator of Doc Martin character was Craig Ferguson? The Doc was first seen in the movie Saving Grace as Dr Martin Bamford.

If you subscribe to Acorn, check out the Agatha Raisin and the Brokenwood Mystery series, as well as a number of others.

I did see one of the movies but I can't recall the name. Doc Martin was an entirely different character and ended up in Portwen for an entirely different reason. I didn't know there was another prequel movie. I sure have a lot of catching up to do.

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: What are you binge-watching?
« on: November 14, 2017, 05:15:12 AM »
I finished watching the new Season 8 of Doc Martin on Acorn streaming. It was a good series (i didn't care much for S5, which included their wedding in the 1st episode). I watched a behind the scenes episode at the end. Part of that was about all the fans who come and watch them filming. Almost every one that they interviewed was American.

Goodness, I didn't realize Doc Martin was still going. I've been procrastinating about signing up for Acorn but now it's time.

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Anything Else Amazon / Re: Amazon to Adapt Lord of the Rings
« on: November 14, 2017, 05:14:01 AM »
It does appear that the Tolkein estate is on board, and the producers of the movies as well. I think the stories can NOT feature the same characters unless they get the same actors -- but if they're talking about stories set BEFORE LotR -- those people are all older now and it'd be hard for them to play the characters younger. So either it'll be a whole different batch of characters, or they'll find people who can pass for Wood, Astin, et al as teenagers.

They could go with an original story of the Took who left the shire -- Bilbo and Frodo's ancestor. :D

Don't forget Frodo was about 50 yrs old when he and Sam set out for Mordor.

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