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Writers' Cafe / Re: Retiring! Maybe. Probably. For now, at least.
« on: Yesterday at 09:41:54 AM »
I have always been in awe of your statistical skills and the fact that you share that knowledge so freely here. You have been a valuable and valued member here.

Best of luck to you and Jennifer.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: So You Think You Can Dance - Season 15
« on: April 17, 2018, 07:34:31 PM »
Makes sense. I'm sure auditions are costly (flying the cast/crew around, renting locations, etc.) so limiting it to the two major talent cities probably saves money without losing too much opportunity. Also, I know getting there could be a hardship for a lot of struggling artists, but at least LA and NYC should have some cheap flight options...

And they are accepting video auditions.

If all that saves Fox money so they can afford to keep the show going, I'm all for it.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Need a name
« on: April 17, 2018, 01:30:27 PM »
Sons of the Steppes

Not Quite Kindle / Re: DWTS Season 26 - All Athletes
« on: April 17, 2018, 01:20:31 PM »
The professionals seem to be in good spirits about this on Twitter.
I look forward to the show whatever the format.
Hope So You think You Can Dance returns too.

Yup, June 4th for SYTYCD. Auditions are completed.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: So You Think You Can Dance - Season 15
« on: April 17, 2018, 01:15:59 PM »
Looks like it starts June 4th.

Interestingly, auditions will only be held in NYC and LA.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: DWTS Season 26 - All Athletes
« on: April 16, 2018, 05:51:44 PM »
Here's the lineup. Only 10 athletes and there will be double eliminations for each of the four weeks.

Poor Lyndsey is stuck with Kareem Abdul Jabbar at 7'2". She needs to get some advice from Cheryl and how she handled her giant partner.  :D

Business Card magnets. You can buy the magnets at any office supply store and stick your business cards on them. I'm sure you can get them made somewhere, but since you're short on time, this is the fastest way to do it.

Writers' Cafe / Re: My gorgeous new cover!!
« on: April 13, 2018, 04:40:27 PM »
Beautiful. The model looks a lot like Elrond.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Fair Use of Song Lyrics
« on: April 12, 2018, 03:14:07 PM »
It seems to me that all you really need is a poem. You don't need it set to music. Check out Fiverr. They have lots of people who will write poems for you.

Anything Else Amazon / Re: New Delivery Information
« on: April 10, 2018, 06:33:51 PM »
Here we go again! Placed an order on 3/29, supposed to arrive 3/31. Delayed until 4/5 then delayed until 4/10 and now it's delayed until 4/16.

What the heck is going on? I'm about ready to pull the plug on Amazon. I'll call them tomorrow ... again.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Are your books ever described as "easy" reads?
« on: April 06, 2018, 11:50:12 AM »
Authors do love to overthink things, don't they? :P

Easy read, beach read, popcorn books: All the same thing. Just like the action movie reference above, the book is designed to be entertaining but require little effort on the part of the reader. It isn't an insult. It isn't a bad thing. It is an actual type of book that has been produced for decades and decades. There are publishers that specialize in these type of books.

What annoys me, though, whenever this topic comes up (and it comes up often) is that some folks use the opportunity to take a swipe at literary fiction. Beach reads aren't "better" than literary or more complex works. They are simply a different market. Making the argument that beach reads are better than literary works is sort of like arguing that Avengers is a better movie than Shindler's List. The two films have absolutely nothing in common and are serving completely different demographics. And I don't think I've ever heard Robert Downey Jr give an interview where he argued, "Yeah, just look at how much more money Avengers made over Argo. Obviously, Avengers was a better movie."

Not just a different market, but for me, a different mood. Some books make me pause and think, others, I slide right through. I definitely enjoy both kinds depending on how I'm feeling at the time.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: Outlander - Starz - Season 3 September 10th
« on: April 06, 2018, 11:37:23 AM »
I find it very interesting how we each reacted to the books.
For me, each one I could not wait for it to be released & would immediately buy the audiobook version, because I so love Davina Porter's reading.
The only one that really dragged for me & I find difficult to re-read is #4 Drums of Autumn. There's just so much trouble in that one book.
If they do the whole book in one season, it will be very interesting to see what they use & what they skip.

Davina Porter is fabulous. I would not have gotten into audiobooks at all if it hadn't been for her.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: Outlander - Starz - Season 3 September 10th
« on: April 06, 2018, 09:40:39 AM »
New TV Guide article.... Everything We Know About Outlander Season 4.

Since I never reread books 4 and after, this is all going to be new to me.

Not Quite Kindle / DWTS Season 26 - All Athletes
« on: April 04, 2018, 05:42:56 PM »
Yes, that's right. Only athletes will be competing this time around. The show starts 4/30.

I'll post contestants and pairings when they are announced.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Cover feedback on a humorous thriller please
« on: April 04, 2018, 02:44:39 PM »
I like #3. The artwork is good and the font is pretty plain. The font on 2 & 4 are more juvenile.

Anything Else Amazon / Re: New Delivery Information
« on: April 02, 2018, 11:31:00 AM »
I live in the 'burbs west of Chicago.  Knock on wood, rarely have a delivery problem.  If something like that happened with one of my deliveries, Amazon would hear me without the phone.  >:(  Call that Prime delivery -- I do not think so.

I told them to cancel the order. They said it will arrive tomorrow, but I'm getting a credit for the item anyway. I didn't find out until later, it will be applied to the next order fulfilled and shipped by Amazon. Not happy about that, but at least it includes ebooks and other digital orders. I need to splurge on something.

In the meantime, I've been shopping more with ebay. At least I know in advance that something is going to arrive in five days.

Anything Else Amazon / Re: New Delivery Information
« on: April 02, 2018, 07:41:09 AM »
I live in FL. My package was in Tampa which is, of course, in FL. Somehow it got sent to Los Angeles where it has been for three days. Time for a chat. There has been way too much trouble with deliveries in the last several months.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Most Awesomest Cover and Blurb of All Time!
« on: April 01, 2018, 06:06:14 PM »
I'm not sure they'll lat you do an AMS and (because of the lifelike breasts).

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Not to mention Radcliffe's naked Solar Plexus.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Most Awesomest Cover and Blurb of All Time!
« on: April 01, 2018, 09:16:11 AM »

Speechless with envy and awe at your awesomeness!

The Book Corner / Re: Amazon First Reades -- April 2018
« on: April 01, 2018, 08:39:46 AM »
Nothing looks good to me this month.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Sales reporting: getting a little concerned.
« on: March 30, 2018, 03:44:54 PM »
Reads are half of where they should be this morning, and the week has been anemic generally. I looked for and couldn't find threads from last Easter to confirm if the pastel holiday meant slow sales and low reads, but I'll go ahead and think it anyway. On its heels will be tax-week in the U.S., and I recall someone mentioning it was a terrible time to launch new books.

Easter fell on 4/16 last year. In April 2017, I made roughly five times what I've made this month. March 2017 royalties were about four times this March.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Sales reporting: getting a little concerned.
« on: March 29, 2018, 01:22:36 PM »
My sales and page reads seem stuck today. Anyone else?

They've been stuck for several days.

I've actually sold more audiobooks this month than ebooks. That's a first.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Help! Cover EMERGENCY! UPDATED with final cover
« on: March 28, 2018, 01:27:24 PM »
The way the word MAGIC is emphasized keeps it from being a romance cover. Love the swirling sand, the model, the hair, the dress. The dress also keeps it from being a romance cover. Plain and simple and a dress befitting a mage.


Not Quite Kindle / Re: Air Fryer (basically a convection oven)
« on: March 27, 2018, 10:30:47 AM »
I had gotten one at WalMart, but the basket kept falling out. Never could get the cooking time adjusted, either, so I gave it to my cousin, the chef.

I tried fries (burnt) and roasting veggies (some cooked some not).

I don't think I'll be trying again. I have a regular countertop convection/microwave and that does me just fine.  Awfully big, though.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: SYTYCD Season 14
« on: March 26, 2018, 07:54:23 PM »
We're on for Season 15!!!

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