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Not Quite Kindle / Re: Happy thought for the day
« Last post by The Hooded Claw on Today at 10:36:43 pm »
Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.

Teddy Roosevelt

And I believe Casey Kasem borrowed it later....
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What can I do to get my book's hyperlinks working again? If I uninstall Word Starter, will it not automatically take with it my previous version of Word?

Windows has a roll back feature that an take you back to a previous point. This is not a 'restoration' but a 'roll-back' i.e. you won't lose any data by rolling back, as you would with a restore. I have used it a few times in the past to recover from problems. Just Google 'windows roll back' and you should find details of how to proceed. 
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Writers' Cafe / Re: I LOVE Writing Ghost and Horror Books
« Last post by Paranormal Kitty on Today at 09:35:12 pm »
That's the most belated thank you I've ever seen.
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I am not pretending anything. I had no idea anybody other than Amazon imprints etc. was going out and getting that many ARC reviews. Live and learn I guess. I have a lot of organic reviews. I assume lots of authors do. Successful authors have more positive ones because, hey, they are successful because people like the books. That is not rocket science.
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Tips, Tricks, and Troubleshooting (Fire tablets) / Re: Fire HD8 plus slow
« Last post by LDB on Today at 09:27:25 pm »
Well, a search turned up this in a couple of seconds. There are many more but this one was first up.

https://www.androidpolice.com/2020/06/28/fire-tablet-slow-performance-speed-guide/
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Not Quite Kindle / Re: Let us Play Change One word Game
« Last post by LDB on Today at 09:20:06 pm »
work around
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Not Quite Kindle / Re: The Good Morning Thread
« Last post by telracs on Today at 08:43:24 pm »
i saw a dusting of snow on the garbage cans in the back courtyard, and on the roof across the way.

the good part about living alone is that the TP lasts quite a while.  but i'm down to my last roll, so i think i'll go for a walk tomorrow.

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: Let us Play Change One word Game
« Last post by telracs on Today at 08:35:07 pm »
look around
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A couple of the fights in the Bourne trilogy were fairly realistic. One that sticks out is the one in Tangier in Bourne Ultimatum. A lot of grappling, improvising, using common objects as weapons such as the hardcover book and the towel. Even the sounds of the two men, getting gassed quickly, grunting, struggling, reaching - that is what it's like, visceral, desperate, with some amount of frenzied calculation, a lot of adrenaline. Fair bit of realism to that.

But, yes, scenes where it's 2 or 3 against 1 trained cop/soldier/agent - they're not portrayed in fiction the way they tend to play out in real life. It's why I'm always drawn to writing protagonists who do not have a "special set of skills", and often don't know their way around a firearm or a car engine either. It's just more interesting to me. A lot of the time as well, the weapons stuff in action-oriented stories comes across as fetishizing more than anything else, and then you go through a read reviews from gearheads complaining about how this gun/car/boat/computer/etc doesn't have that feature and so on. Ugh.

BUT - having said all of that - the thing I'd most like to change in popular fiction is something that's always bothered me, and that's bloat.

Novels today, in my opinion, are waaaayyyy too long. And, I'm not just talking about epic fantasy. I'm talking across multiple genres. So much filler out there. Tons of it. Probably the majority. Movies today are guilty of it too. I think it's a skill to tell a great story economically. I know there were pulp writers out there back in the day getting paid by the word so they'd pad their stories, just like with page reads now, but I've always admired writers who write lean.
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Just for anyone following this who might think of going with Findaway Voices - they've suspended their audio analysis tool only a few days after launching it.

From my experience it appears it wasn't working properly. I actually had files rejected that were subsequently accepted without being changed.

Looks like they're back to manual checking for now.
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