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Writers' Cafe / Re: I have had a stroke
« on: April 21, 2016, 11:08:23 am »
Sorry to hear about the stroke, Hudson. I had a massive heart attack in 2012 and can understand the health challenges you are going through. And a car accident decades ago damaged the fine motor skills in my hand and I was never able to manage cursive writing again. (Try writing your school exams when you can only print  ;D)

Dragon had been a tremendous benefit to me from the time it came out. If you buy it, let it feed on all of your writing, your books, your email, any correspondence and it will learn your writing style and even new words. And the program also has a section where you read and it learns how you pronounce words as well. Check out the Nuance website and the videos on how to set it up.

Whatever you do, don't give up.

Thank you for your inspirational message, Lloyd MacRea.  I will check out the Nuance website.  Power to you, sir.
A speedy recovery! Dragon is the best there is currently. I've found the help forums to be invaluable in how to train the software best to my speech.

OK, I will check out the forums.

Wishing you a full recovery, Hudson.

Thank you, sir.

Writers' Cafe / Re: I have had a stroke
« on: April 21, 2016, 10:06:32 am »
Sorry to hear this, Hudson, and my best wishes for a speedy recovery.

I had a TIA 6 years ago and really struggled to control my hands and fingers when typing. I couldn't afford to go the Dragon route and found that switching to a Dvorak keyboard layout helped tremendously with the pain of typing.

I wrote a post on my experiences for my editor's blog:

Good luck.

I've never had trouble with the standard Microsoft keyboard, but I know there are better keyboards out there.  Thanks.

Writers' Cafe / Re: I have had a stroke
« on: April 21, 2016, 09:15:48 am »
I'm so sorry. Take care of you, but yes, Dragon is the bomb. It takes some training, but it's worth the commitment.

What is the learning curve?

Writers' Cafe / Re: I have had a stroke
« on: April 21, 2016, 09:09:11 am »
Really sorry to hear about the health challenges, Hudson. Best wishes on a speedy recovery.

I don't use it myself (yet) but I've heard a lot of good recommendations for Dragon.


Hudson, so sorry to hear this!   Get better!  *hugs*


Dragon's the best voice-rec software. Take care of yourself!

Again, thank you!..

Writers' Cafe / I have had a stroke
« on: April 21, 2016, 08:59:03 am »
not large one, as it turns out, but a troublesome one.  Hardest hit, is my typing speed, which is a fraction of what it used to be.  Every sentence is labored.  I'm looking for something to speed things up, like Dragon Naturally Speaking, for example.  It would be ideal to find a tying program that typed the correct word, so that "wuz" is always "was," as you type along.  I doubt that I will find such a program, which leads me back to voice recognition software.  What are your recommendations?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Is it acceptable (date rape, drugs in a fantasy)
« on: December 19, 2015, 07:23:09 pm »
It's true that there are shows on TV that cross times zones, I believe Once Upon A Time is one.  But your commitment to Mythos is going  to become compared to modern shows like  Criminal Intent: Special Victims Unit, where rape is handled matter-of-factually and brutally and it's common as candy.   I doubt that the cost to you will be worth it.   Stay away.  In a land far away.

No, I'm not going to get any response at all.  You've killed it.

Fire Talk / Looking For Someone Who Can Help Me With The Kindle Fire HDX-7
« on: December 14, 2015, 05:50:50 pm »
The regular thread for this is several years old.  I'm looking for someone who can lead me step-by-step through the set-up process.  PM me.  There is pay.

Kindle Fire HD reviews / Re: Kindle Fire HDX 7 -- How does It Work
« on: December 14, 2015, 05:40:12 pm »

I am looking for someone who can guide me through the setup process.



Writers' Cafe / Re: never quote rock lyrics unless you're very rich
« on: November 18, 2015, 02:01:02 pm »
I'm not aware of any special rules for songs from musicals, although I suppose there could be some. Maybe she's confusing with the differences between songs and song recordings/performance?

I once received permission of use a few lines from The Wasteland, to be used in a musical about Americans is Paris in the 1920's, from the widow of T.S. Eliot.  At first she thought, or her intermediary, that I wanted to write a song from the lines, and she wasn't too keen on allowing permission for that.  Seems they were sensitive about granting permission for Cats and a whole lot of people then wanted to write songs based on the The Old Possums Book of Practical Cats.  I made it clear, in letters sent back and forth, that I didn't want to do that, and finally  Mrs. Eliot said yes.  This was years ago.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Cover advice
« on: November 18, 2015, 10:11:40 am »
That's a great advice! Thank you Hudson!

You're welcome.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Cover advice
« on: November 18, 2015, 10:02:22 am »
The author font and the title font are the obverse of one another: one is white-blue and the other is blue-white.  I wouldn't fuss over them.  Expand the title and your name and move them up on the image.  You might think about a sub that combines the idea of number and the idea of time.  One hundred lives; one hundred minutes--every life counts?

My requirements for plotting have changed over the years.  In the beginning, for a screen play, I wrote an elaborate outline or treatment that might go on for 20 pages single-spaced.   This was because corrections had to be made on a typewriter, one at a time, and the more of the story I knew by heart, the fewer mistakes I made by typing.

On the computer, with unlimited number of drafts available, I start whenever the itch come to scratch.  I have a title, a few characters, the general drift of the story, and an infinite computer file.  Act One, Scene One, "A lonely horse wanders in a circle, sun-struck in the desert,  the massive heat bearing down like a millstone around its neck."

And you're off...

Writers' Cafe / Re: The Fancy Prose Thread
« on: October 26, 2015, 09:37:40 am »
F. Scott Fitzgerald said: "If you can write a good sonnet, you can write anything."  Of course, that was written in a more literate time.  The best prose has been  "informed" by poetry.  James Joyce was a weak poet but a powerhouse as a prose stylist.   My own observation of today's writers is that too many use short, choppy sentences to fill up their books.  They should be mixed in with longer, more complex, sentences.

Writers' Cafe / Re: How important is a good ending?
« on: October 23, 2015, 08:13:46 am »
I expect an ending you would logically expect.  One that rewards the reader for sticking with your book.

Writers' Cafe / Re: How many people have you killed today?
« on: October 23, 2015, 08:02:48 am »
Today I killed 20 sentient robots and it was awesome. They were sacrificed to the greater good!

Otherwise, I finished my latest zombie book, so my body count is very low this week. Makes me feel like a better person. :)

That said...I feel like starting on the next zombie. Rev it up!

I don't get it.  Zombies on tv are numberless but slow and vulnerable.   They're really just target practice.  Why doesn't comeone just round them up and massacre them?  I guess that would shorten the tv season, right?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Looking for Non-Freaky Cover Designer
« on: October 13, 2015, 12:46:54 pm »
These guys did my Lucy Shea covers. Sounds like the sort of relationship you're after. Very professional and definitely non-freaky:

I spent the better part of an hour trying to communicate with these people.  They definitely take the cake for the most convoluted contact form ever!  Utterly bewildering!  And at the end, you need to sign into a Facebook or Google account to ask your question.  Dear God!  I have I can't ask my question! However did you do business with them?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Looking for Non-Freaky Cover Designer
« on: October 12, 2015, 12:07:46 pm »
From your sig line it looks like you're looking for basic  photo manipulation?  If you mention a bit more about the project it might help--do you already have photos picked out and paid for, are you looking for something from pre-made, that sort of thing.

I will PM you with details.  I don't have a photo picked out.  Definitely, not a pre-made.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Looking for Non-Freaky Cover Designer
« on: October 12, 2015, 11:42:25 am »
You got low budget, so don't be surprised to have found some bad ones. BUT you should be able to fins someone good on KBoards Yellow Pages thread that is Stickied on top of the forum! :)

There are surprisingly few entries in the Yellow Pages.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Looking for Non-Freaky Cover Designer
« on: October 12, 2015, 11:05:04 am »
Sounds like you must have had a bad experience with a cover designer.  :( I hope you find someone.


Writers' Cafe / Looking for Non-Freaky Cover Designer
« on: October 12, 2015, 10:42:24 am »
Someone who regards this as primarily a business transaction, you know, fee for service, not reading tea leaves to see if we "are a good fit."
Not hard to work with or one who makes eeny-weeny changes.  App. $100.  PM me if you like.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Blub Help please
« on: September 29, 2015, 12:42:28 pm »
Do you plan to retell the tale point-for-point?  If you have an original interpretation, I think you have to make that clear (as you did with the first blurb)  and dive right into it.  It's such a long and complex tale, and much commented upon by the Greeks.  I don't think the blurb, as it is,  comes close to making the transition to the ancient story & language.  You've got a rabbit hole with the ground opening up, and then what?  Below is a link to one version for modern children.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Thinking of Making a Cover Change
« on: September 28, 2015, 08:16:17 am »
Stay with the original.  It fits in with your other covers.  The new cover is too busy.  It has the skyline, in the bottom half. and the unclear prison bars image in the top half.

Writers' Cafe / Re: New Photoshop Question
« on: September 26, 2015, 08:11:10 pm »
You've had several people tell you to open Photoshop first and find and open the file from within Photoshop, have you tried doing that yet?

There is no such thing as "within Photoshop"  I can open Photoshop first.  Yes.  The download from the stock photo company is a separate activity.  It gives me the choice of downloading to Image Ready to saving the file.  If I do either and try to open that file, I get an error message of unknown specificity.  It's very frustrating. 

Writers' Cafe / Re: New Photoshop Question
« on: September 26, 2015, 05:58:48 pm »
I don't think he's talking CS5.  I think he means Photoshop 5.5.... I could be wrong though.

Yes, PS 5.5

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