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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: Software Opportunity
« Last post by Simon Haynes on January 21, 2021, 03:35:12 PM »
Regarding the 'non-printing layers', I went to to Affinity's forums to seek an answer.  Found a workable solution here:

If you put the "content not for print" on a Master Page (or in a Text Frame inherited from a Master Page) then you can simply set the visibility of the objects in the Master Page off, and they're hidden in all the document spreads that inherited from that Master. And since you can have multiple Masters, you could put all this content on a separate Master (or set of Masters) to keep it separate from the normal content and more easily managed.

Having separate Master pages also solves my issue where I had some Master layers that needed to go above page layers, and some which needed to go below.  I just create multiple Master pages (Upper, Lower, Logos, Non-Printing) and apply them all to my document pages.

Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Last post by Simon Haynes on January 21, 2021, 02:40:21 PM »
I planted out a load of seedlings, and because our weather here is currently 35-40C daily I bought some treated pine logs (anti-termite) and shadecloth and put up temporary shading for the vulnerable little plants. It's working, but even 2-3 hours of sun is enough to fry them.

So far I've planted out cucumbers, corn, dwarf beans (several varieties), zuccini, lettuce, tomatoes, capsicum and a few other bits and pieces.

The other problem here is the 'soil' across most of this area is 100% sterile grey sand. I've spent a small fortune adding compost, clay and other soil improvers, but the only real solution would be a big front-end loader and a truckful of good earth. Since that's not going to happen, I'll persist. I've managed to get a couple of beds into growable condition, but there's 500sq/m to go.

Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: 50+ words a matter what!
« Last post by Juniper B on January 21, 2021, 11:59:32 AM »
418 words today. It's been slow going.
I still have so much to learn, but here are some I like to read.

On publishing: Has some ebook info, although a little more tilted towards traditional publishing.

On writing craft:

You mentioned K M Weiland's blog which I really like.

I've also started reading after reading a couple of Donald Maass' writing books over the summer. This is also tilted towards traditional publishing. It has an interesting series critiquing the first hundred words of current bestsellers.

(By the way, I read all kinds of stuff that I don't agree with so I'm not endorsing anything. Just saying I read them and sometimes learn things. )

If you write thrillers and mysteries, or just like James Scott Bell, is a goldmine in my opinion.
Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: Software Opportunity
« Last post by Simon Haynes on January 21, 2021, 06:06:42 AM »
If anyone is looking for a free drawing program, don't forget Krita.

Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Last post by notthatamanda on January 21, 2021, 04:25:58 AM »
One of my amaryllis has got a leaf starting.  :banana:
Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: Software Opportunity
« Last post by PJ Post on January 21, 2021, 01:55:36 AM »
Also learning my Wacom tablet...


I graduated to a small Cintiq a couple years ago - love it.

Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: Software Opportunity
« Last post by PJ Post on January 21, 2021, 01:50:03 AM »
Like Simon said, Blender has a new, and way better interface now. It's still a nightmare to learn (Everest lite?), but better than the last time I tried. Fortunately, there's tons of YouTube tutorials.

Affinity Photo is pretty powerful, stable and insanely cheap, even before the current sale. It's definitely the real deal. I prefer Photoshop, but that could be more about familiarity than anything else. They both have endless sub-menus. It's not so much a learning curve with Affinity as it is a scavenge hunt.

Depending on your needs, a nice inexpensive drawing/painting alternative is Clip Studio Paint. It's like old Photoshop - a lot. Fiona Staples uses it. She's the illustrator who does Saga.

When it comes to story and narrative, I prefer film analysis channels. Here are a few more channels worth checking out:

Now You See It - film analysis
The Closer Look - film analysis
Terrible Writing Advice - writing / funny-ish
Lessons from the Screenplay - film analysis
Lindsay Ellis - pop culture, film, books and stuff
Nerdwriter1 - about lots of stuff, mostly film and art
Overly Sarcastic Productions / Trope Talks - general story stuff
Every Frame a Painting - old, primarily about film editing, but really good
I follow almost every authortuber on YouTube. But you gotta be careful, some of them don't know what they're talking about, even the ones with a huge following.

Your list is pretty complete, I don't want to list a channel that won't add anything new.

To any new writers, most if not all the channels are trying to sell something, either their books, or a course, or editing service, or any combination of the afore mentioned.

One channel I will mention is
"Writing with Jenna Moreci"

She may or may not add anything new, but her videos are usually entertaining.
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