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Messages - Lydniz

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Writers' Cafe / Re: I just scared myself
« on: Today at 01:57:15 AM »
Edit: I'm currently watching videos of puppies.

Puppies with guns and really sharp teeth?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Beginning of the end for Indie writers
« on: October 15, 2017, 09:14:50 AM »
No.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Help! KDP alert for sales rank.
« on: October 13, 2017, 06:41:01 AM »
I have a Bookbub coming up. I should be excited, but instead I'm nervous.

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Cozy readers aren't known for their love of short books. I think they prefer books in the 70k-90k word count range (certainly at least 70k).

I would disagree. I think there are quite a lot of cozy writers producing books that are nearer 50-70k and doing reasonably well. I think Amanda's are fairly short?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kicked off Facebook
« on: October 06, 2017, 03:51:42 AM »
Ever since I created an account almost 10 years ago, I have simply used my real name and photo with no problems.

But not everybody wants to do that.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon X-Ray - yay or nay?
« on: October 05, 2017, 12:47:48 AM »
I'm dying to get in and have a go, but haven't got the time at the moment.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Recommendations for US police procedural info?
« on: October 03, 2017, 12:48:08 AM »
Hey. I'd suggest looking at Kevin N. Robinson's guides to begin with. His 'writer's guide to SIOs' is particularly handy.

Oh, thanks! That looks great. I'll bookmark it and have a good look at it later.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Recommendations for US police procedural info?
« on: October 03, 2017, 12:26:44 AM »
Slightly off-topic, but to the OP: I'd be interested in any recommendations you have for British procedural stuff, since I've had trouble researching that sort of thing myself.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: For privacy-minded writers and researchers
« on: October 02, 2017, 04:35:20 AM »
I've used DuckDuckGo for a few years now, but still have to go to Google for a lot of stuff.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: foreign authors self-publishing on Amazon
« on: October 02, 2017, 02:56:49 AM »
*This is my favorite vocabulary test: http://vocabulary.ugent.be/wordtest/test  The words change every time you take it, and you can always get a summary of the words you missed. I haven't had the opportunity to use many of the words I've learned there, but I still love it.

Ooh, I just did this and got 83%. Now I'm going to have to keep doing it for the rest of time.

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You are having a larf, surely.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Profanity. Profanity. Freaking profanity.
« on: September 29, 2017, 12:10:41 PM »
Although I use it in my fiction pretty liberally (as I've said elsewhere) it was the single hardest word I had to learn to let myself write. (Because of the same reason Kay mentions.)

It had just never occurred to me until I read Kay's post that saying gd and assuming it was cursing God didn't make much logical sense. But that's exactly the thought I had. Don't know why today of all days that thought popped into my head, but it did. And then I get to yours and I'm like "it's a sign!"

Now maybe I can stop feeling so guilty every time I use it.

Well it's still blasphemous, but possibly slightly less offensive if you look at it in the way it was originally meant.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Profanity. Profanity. Freaking profanity.
« on: September 29, 2017, 08:44:01 AM »
I have always understood that GD was an appeal to God to damn something else. That is "May God damn you/him/it to hell." I've never understood it as cursing God.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: The other MC - has it been taken over by the PC brigade?
« on: September 29, 2017, 02:58:44 AM »
Couldn't "master" be used for both sexes in the same way "actor" is now considered to be the correct form for both sexes?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Americans help foreign writers!
« on: September 28, 2017, 08:04:01 AM »
"Don't take the  p*ss  out of me", or shortened to "don't take the  p*ss ", in the context it is usually used simply means don't make fun of me at the expense of my embarrassment. Or it could be termed as "Taking the  p*ss " by stating something that it is apparent  the person saying it that it is meant to call into question the person's intelligence to make them look silly/stupid with an embarrassing home truth, or fabrication, in public, though it could be said in private if it's meant to embarrass.

At a guess I'd say it derives from the image of someone "taking a pee" in public, and realising they have been seen  by the person deriding them and so feel embarrassed.

Or it could be just a "wind up" as a  "p*ss  take", now that I've explained what wind up means if what is said is embelished or fabricated.

I always assumed it came from "taking the mickey," in the way that many common idioms have a swearier version (see also Murphy's/sod's law, for God's sake/FFS etc).

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Profanity. Profanity. Freaking profanity.
« on: September 28, 2017, 07:04:43 AM »
I get the impression blasphemy is considered far stronger language in the US than it is in the UK.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Americans help foreign writers!
« on: September 28, 2017, 03:47:32 AM »
As I understand it, Great Britain is the geographical name of the island on which England, Scotland and Wales are situated. The one that looks like a man riding a runaway pig.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Americans help foreign writers!
« on: September 28, 2017, 12:33:49 AM »
I'd tend to use "trainers" as a generic term for sports shoes.

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It might be old news to some, but if you're a year into an ACX contract you can ask to be removed from their exclusivity (I've just requested two of mine be removed from ACX exclusivity so I can try Findaway). However, this does not apply to royalty share.

Is that an official thing? Or is it something they might do if you ask them nicely and the wind's blowing in the right direction?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: AMS - any way to change bids all at once?
« on: September 27, 2017, 12:01:47 PM »
There's a Chrome extension called Machete that will do it. I'm not sure if it's paid now, but maybe check it out.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Profanity. Profanity. Freaking profanity.
« on: September 27, 2017, 09:17:24 AM »
Personally, I would be careful of swearing, and make sure you're using it because it's fundamental to the character and the situation, rather than just because you don't mind swearing and don't see why anybody else should either. I say this because you WILL get dinged for it. I don't know what it is, but a lot of people get awfully worked up about profanity. They'll let you kill people in horrible ways, but have a character gurgle out a curse through the bubbling blood as they gasp their last, and someone will complain about it.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Profanity. Profanity. Freaking profanity.
« on: September 27, 2017, 08:58:01 AM »
I'm in a funny mood, so here's a TS Eliot remix:

Profanity, profanity, there's nothing like profanity,
For stretching any forum's laws, beyond the point of sanity.
Its powers of provocation makes mods and admins swear
And when you reach the Christian fic - profanity's not there!
You may seek it in the thrillers, you may look in SF and war,
But I tell you once and once again, profanity's not fair!

Can we get a round of applause here?

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Congrats. For Google pricing, I still use TK's thread: http://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,167655.0.html But I think if you go through Pronoun they don't drop the price on you, so you don't have to worry about that unless you're direct. (Someone correct me if I'm wrong about that.)

That's only true for the US and Canada. They still drop the price for everywhere else.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Americans help foreign writers!
« on: September 27, 2017, 05:23:19 AM »
My mum used to tell us off for using loo instead of toilet as she thought it was common and toilet was the polite word. Not sure where she got that from.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Americans help foreign writers!
« on: September 27, 2017, 01:40:13 AM »
I was thinking about pronunciation differences and thought about the word 'toilet,' which still shocks me when I hear it used casually by my UK acquaintances. I was editing a MS where a woman on a first date asked where the toilet was and I was like 'OMG NO WHO SAYS THA--oh, right, they're in the UK, never mind.' I would have to be so drunk to ask someone where the toilet was, lol! Bathroom, restroom, ladies room, washroom.

That's interesting, because all those room names sound very coy to me. A toilet is what it is.

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