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Writers' Cafe / Re: Photoshop Question
« on: September 12, 2015, 08:29:19 am »
Even Photoshop CS2, which is much younger than Photoshop 5.5, has problems working with OS younger than Windows XP, which has - as you probably know - expired.

So you will have to move on to another version of Photoshop. The one not going to cost you money is CS2 and you can get it to run on Win 7. The other low-cost solution is GIMP, which is freeware.

What do I need to do to get CS2 to run on Win 7?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Photoshop Question
« on: September 12, 2015, 08:24:24 am »
You could try learning GIMP. It's free, it also has a support forum where you can ask things, and it is not worse than Photoshop:

But you could also download Photoshop CS2 for free. It possibly will take a bit of fiddling to get it to work on Win 7, but it's feasible. It's explained here:

Thanks for providing the CS2 link.  I cound not find it on the Adobe website.

Writers' Cafe / Re: A question about song quotes fair use
« on: September 12, 2015, 07:31:05 am »
I quote five or six lines of God Bless America in a story.  The rights to that song are held by the God Bless America Fund, which is somewhere in New York City.  Try as I might, I cannot find the address to ask for the rights to use it in the story.  So when they sue me for copyright infringement, do I say "Ah ha, there you are.  Now I get to ask for the rights to your song." ?

Writers' Cafe / Photoshop Question - UPDATE
« on: September 12, 2015, 07:07:58 am »
I have an older version of Photoshop, PS 5.5 that I have used for about as long as I have had this computer, ten years.  Every time it crashes, I reload it.  I have done this four or five times, though not in a long time.

Finally, I got around to doing this, and when I got to the provide a serial number part, I put in the only number anywhere, a long number that begins with PWW.  The system informed me that this was not a correct number and to try again.  I double-checked  the number and tried again, with the same result.  There is no other number on the disk jacket or the disk.

Not only that, but an image of a shield appeared and asked if I wanted to allow the program to make changes to my computer.  I clicked yes.  Not satisfied with that, it asked again and again.  Yes, yes, yes.  At that point I quit the program.

So now I have no program for accepting images into my system.  I am left with wondering if my system is fundamentally at odds with PS 5.5.  I run Windows 7 and I have Kaspersky as my anti-virus.  Is PS 5.5 now dead to me?  What's the next step?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Prophet, poet, harbinger of gloom or plain realist ?
« on: September 10, 2015, 09:46:22 am »
Definitely not retiring except in the end.  The gloom in poetry belongs more to the Victorians, who lived in dark interiors, and writers such as the Bronte sisters.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Should I capitalize Nazi military ranks?
« on: September 10, 2015, 08:39:55 am »
Hi, everyone! So, I'm editing away on my manuscript, which takes place in World War 2. Many of my characters are German, with titles like "Obersturmbannfuhrer Otto Hackendahl." I know that Obersturmbannfuhrer is capitalized when it precedes a name, but how about when it just appears in a sentence? Like, "The obersturmbannfuhrer got in the car and drove away." My copyeditor removed the capital "O"--my publishing house follows Chicago Manual rules, which say, "don't capitalize it." And I get it--if it was in English, you wouldn't capitalize the word "lieutenant" or "general" in the same situation. But it looks weird to me, I guess because it's a such a foreign word. My instincts tell me to capitalize it anyway. Does anyone have any experience with this?

In German, if I remember correctly, you capitalize all nouns.  So that das Fenster is the Window.  But I think your editor is correct in insisting on a common usage.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon to Release New Tablet for $50
« on: September 08, 2015, 10:27:01 am »
We have an thread about it in Fire Talk....


Oh dear, behind the curve again.

Writers' Cafe / Amazon to Release New Tablet for $50
« on: September 08, 2015, 10:03:12 am »
I think I saw this on Captivate in the elevator while going up to my office.  Amazon will release a new 6" tablet for $50 sometime in the Fall.  The size and price caught my eye.  Does anyone have more details?  There is no link.

Writers' Cafe / Re: I Don't Understand Amazon's Math
« on: September 02, 2015, 01:37:21 pm »
Except SPADs were French. Which probably makes it even worse.

Sorry, I went through a phase over the whole Snoopy vs. The Red Baron thing when I was sick with chicken pox as a kid.   :D

I read the bio of the Red Baron and I could have sworn the Flying Circus flew...but you're right, Spads were French.  And Canadian Roy Brown apparently did shoot down the Red Baron (?) German pilots were the leading aces in both World Wars.  That was partly because they flew mostly over their own territory and so were able to regroup.  The top aces were shot down seven or eight times.

My Old Man flew the unfriendly skies over Occupied  Europe in a B-17.   He was a great warrior, shooting down Messerschmidts left and right, shooting men as they climbed the flak towers, shooting up military traffic on the roads.  They carried as much weight in fifty-caliber as they did in bombs. about 6,000 pounds.  The Germans were glad to see him go home.  And I was he came home to have me.

Writers' Cafe / Re: I Don't Understand Amazon's Math
« on: September 02, 2015, 01:08:13 pm »
Aren't those from WWI?

Yes.  But the British reference is WWII.  And I guess they were going for the triple rhyme instead of historical accuracy.

Writers' Cafe / Re: I Don't Understand Amazon's Math
« on: September 02, 2015, 12:23:14 pm »
Questions. Incept dates. Morphology.

You even have his eyes.

This is getting curioser and curioser, and curiouser.

Writers' Cafe / Re: I Don't Understand Amazon's Math
« on: September 02, 2015, 12:19:27 pm »
What did I do? I asked several questions the answers to which are needed to deduce what's going on in his OP. He answered one and I asked for the rest.

Is my mere posting here going to get a stern look now?

Don't sweat it.  I'm too old to take offence at anything posted here.  Compared to getting shot down by a spad, (German airplane) this is nothing.

Writers' Cafe / Re: I Don't Understand Amazon's Math
« on: September 02, 2015, 12:15:11 pm »
*popping in to look sternly at Monique*

Hudson, they're in her post (reply#7) earlier.

Let's see, I double back to #7 and peel off the questions to find the answer.  Reminds me of the title "You've been had by a spad, dad."  It was one of those post-WarII British titles about what your Dad did in the war--kind of dates me, doesn't it.  I think I'll get me one of those countdown deals and get the 70%.  I'm determined to learn something from this thread.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Countdown promotion for my new release
« on: September 02, 2015, 11:52:06 am »
I sort of get the idea, but can you have a countdown without promos just to get the 70%?

Writers' Cafe / Re: I Don't Understand Amazon's Math
« on: September 02, 2015, 10:19:44 am »
Ok, so that's one out of four. Where are you getting the numbers from? What math are you questioning?

I wasn't thinking clearly.  Sorry.  What are the other three?

Writers' Cafe / Re: I Don't Understand Amazon's Math
« on: September 02, 2015, 10:16:26 am »
Well 35 percent is always your royalty on Amazon for $.99. If your book is normally $2.99+ and you did a countdown deal down to $.99, then you keep the 70 percent royalty, so 53*.70=$37.10, which seems to be more than the $28.70.

You were right the first time.  Maybe I should do countdown deals nore often. 

Writers' Cafe / Re: I Don't Understand Amazon's Math
« on: September 02, 2015, 10:14:05 am »
Where are you getting your numbers from? How are you calculating the payout for KU reads? Was this a countdown deal? How big is the file?

It was not a countdown deal.

Writers' Cafe / Re: I Don't Understand Amazon's Math
« on: September 02, 2015, 10:04:39 am »
KENP is for borrows. Sales are for sales.

If the 53 were just sales, it would be 53*.35(your royalty)=$18.55

Maybe you had some pages read in there too. The pages read rate changes each much, but I just assume it's $.005 per page, so add half a penny for each page read.

OK. I see what you are saying.  That's makes sense.  I wasn't figuring any royalty.  It hardly seems worth it, though.

Writers' Cafe / Re: I Don't Understand Amazon's Math
« on: September 02, 2015, 09:59:48 am »
My understanding is that, if you sell a book, KENPC is irrelevant. In fruit metaphor: applesauce and orange juice.

Well, when you bring food into it, I have to calculate caloric intake, etc., which is a whole 'nother thing altogether.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Bears, fires and the Bubonic Plague.
« on: September 02, 2015, 09:53:16 am »
This may be controversial to mention this, but according to the Center For Disease Control, Bubonic Plague is on the list of diseases immigrants are bringing into this country (along  with leprosy).  They have lower public health standards--sorry, but they do--and there is no doctor at the border, unlike Ellis Island.

Writers' Cafe / I Don't Understand Amazon's Math
« on: September 02, 2015, 09:38:09 am »
A Robin Reads promotion yielded 53 sales at .99 cents each.  That's about fifty bucks, right?  With KENP pages, it came to $28.70.  I don't get it.  Are KENP pages supposed to lose money for you?  Huh? 

Writers' Cafe / Re: I'm so much in love...
« on: August 31, 2015, 07:58:53 am »
I'll sound the down note.  The subtitles  are difficult to read even at full resolution.  To my eyes, anyway.

I think I recall an email from D2D in which they said it was OK to list books simultaneously on D2D and Smashwords.  The context was pulling books from SW to put them into D2D.

Writers' Cafe / Re: accidentally deleted my novel...depressed
« on: August 22, 2015, 10:00:05 pm »
" I had to do a system restore and wasn't able to save any of my files."

I think it's called something else now, but Rollback Rx saves everything.  It takes a snapshot of your system and brings it back easy as pie.  It's saved me much grief many times.

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