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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: An AI how to?
« Last post by PJ Post on Today at 06:32:47 AM »
AI is a tool. Like any other, you need to know what you're expecting it to do - what the end goal is. The more narrowly you can focus the parameters (prompt), the better your results will be.
My edition is the first edition too. I used the sale to grab me an ebook version of the second edition. :D
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: An AI how to?
« Last post by She-la-te-da on Today at 12:34:37 AM »
I see no point in getting "AI" to do anything which one then has to spend as much or more time fixing as it would take to get the product to begin with. I'm not great at doing descriptions, but the provided example looks like trash to me.

Although one of my sons said his girlfriend got a really good resume from Chatgpt. It must have been usable, it got her a damned good job (teaching Spanish in our local area to a well-known charity's managers).
I have the first edition in print. Found it in a college town at a thrift store. Back then, I think I paid something like 50 cents. :) It's a good, basic book. I might just get one of these used print ones.
Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: Potter & Wars the same?
« Last post by She-la-te-da on Today at 12:19:08 AM »
So, discussion of the Hero's Journey stimulated by click bait articles?

I didn't see the original beginning, and won't click on any of the links, but this is my general feeling from reading this thread. I don't see much alike outside of some basic tropes.
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Human memory is a funny thing.

I've had arguments where all I said was NO the whole time. Then weeks later I get accused of not doing something, and they insist I said yes.

People remember what they want to remember.
What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Re: Amazon Follower numbers now available!
« Last post by Bill Hiatt on March 22, 2023, 10:36:01 PM »

By coincidence, I had an experience of this kind of thing in a completely different context yesterday - I use Mailchimp from time to time to send out group emails to members of a local organisation, inviting them to meetings and letting them know what's going on. The manager passed on a message to me from one of the members complaining that he'd never been invited to any meetings in his 5 or 6 years of membership, so he didn't think he was on our mailing list.
When I looked into it I found that not only was he on the Mailchimp list, but he had a 100% open rate for the emails I'd sent out,  ncluding one earlier this month. So yes, sometimes people don 't just ignore emails but conpletely block them out of their minds.
Yes, there's reality, and then there's what's going on in people's heads. This is why a small number of people who have signed up for my newsletter complain that I'm spamming them. At some point, they forget they signed up.

I've also seen it work the other way (people "remembering" things that never happened). For instance, when I was teaching, I once had someone leaving voicemails for me on the school voicemail system during the summer, when I wasn't around to check it. When I got back, I listened to the first two, followed by a third that said something like, "Why aren't you returning my call? I've left you twenty messages." Meanwhile, the principal had gotten a voicemail that started out with, "I've left Mr. Hiatt a hundred messages." Probably, there was some rhetorical exaggeration here, but when I called the person back, she really did seem to believe that she'd left more messages than she actually had. Of course, she was a parent who seemed oblivious to the existence of summer vacation, so there's that, too.

Human memory is a funny thing.
Writer's Workshop [Public] / Re: That is the question...
« Last post by The Bass Bagwhan on March 22, 2023, 09:55:05 PM »
Lyn touches on the subtle but very important difference between using the " I thought" device and representing internal thoughts in real-time in italics. There's a connection to passive and active language depending on what you use. Most writing will have a combination depending on what the story-telling demands.
Nothing is wrong or right, although italics have been a long-held convention for many styles and genres, and many readers will welcome it.

I always use italics for real-time internal thought. There's no ambiguity or confusion for the reader, and it often eschews the need for any kind of tag. However, I'll avoid any writing that creates large slabs of italics because I think that visually it's fatiguing for a reader.

The lack of quotation marks around internal thought that isn't italicised always risks that a reader will reach the end of a sentence or paragraph and THEN discover it's not prose (if you know what I mean).

But as always, each to their own. This is a discussion about style and voice, not set-in-stone rules. Do your own thing.
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