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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: 50+ words a matter what!
« Last post by Solitary Dan on February 14, 2019, 10:26:58 AM »
I wrote 1,485 words today.  Even in the future, people hate spam.
Publisher's Office [Public] / Re: B&N 1099 silliness
« Last post by LilyBLily on February 14, 2019, 10:13:55 AM »
Yes. I never bothered to click anything to back out, either.
Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: Noise canceling headphones recommendations
« Last post by LilyBLily on February 14, 2019, 10:06:29 AM »
Bose, with regular earplugs from CVS underneath, usually takes care of enough random noises. Might help to get area rugs around your bed.
Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: Noise canceling headphones recommendations
« Last post by TimothyEllis on February 14, 2019, 09:26:12 AM »
There are a number of goon ones these days, I'm using Bose on planes, but the main thing is to get one where the whole ear is covered (so it completely seals against the head with the ear inside, with no pressure on the ear at all.) They cost more, but are far more comfortable, and let less noise in around the earpads.

Cost should not be a factor. You go for the best you can find.

The problem is though, they are best for continuous noise, as even the best of them will allow odd noises to go through. Hence you need to ask a specialist salesperson for advise, and so some serious research, including asking here and other forums/groups people about specific brands and the specific problem.

This is going to be a several hundred dollar plus purchase, and I'd beware of buying off ebay for something this important.
Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: self-editing: what does your process look like.
« Last post by munboy on February 14, 2019, 09:09:43 AM »
Try using the "Read Aloud" feature if you are using MS Word. Google docs has a similar feature and there are other ways to do this.

When you simply read back your own writing you will see what you expect to see in many cases, and not necessarily what is written. It's just the nature of the way we read. Having it read back to you slows you down, forcing you to pay closer attention to each and every word. You'll catch misspelled words like "her" and "here" that spell and grammar checkers will miss. You'll notice where commas are needed, or not, by the cadence of the text read back. You'll catch missing words and several other issues.

I often spend more time editing each paragraph using this feature than I spent writing them. Try it on one chapter and see if it helps you.

It's not something I've done before, but I've been considering doing it when I finish my WIP. I usually do the best I can and then rely on my line editor to catch the stuff I don't. Doing this will add another layer of editing.

I could be wrong, but I think this is a diy substitute to take the place of what a line editor does for you. I

I'll still hire my line editor. I just like to have it as clean as possible before I send it to her, that was she can focus on the grammar instead of bothering with me typing "her" instead of "here" or whatever.
Bar & Grill [Public] / Noise canceling headphones recommendations
« Last post by AmHere on February 14, 2019, 08:05:45 AM »
Any one have recommendations for a good noise canceling headphone?

A new downstairs neighbor moved and is the most heavy footed person I have come across. Also doesn't help that the floors are faux wood, so no carpeting to dampen it. I tried talking to him, but he flat out said it wasn't him and wasn't willing to engage in a conversation! 
Publisher's Office [Public] / Re: KDP pre-order issue
« Last post by Becca Mills on February 14, 2019, 07:30:04 AM »
There was no reason at all for Amazon to do this. It's bad programming and bad policy.

Plus, as you said, it runs counter to Amazon's own explicitly stated policy. What a bummer. Totally infuriating.
Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: Recommendations for a keyboard
« Last post by Captain Cranky on February 14, 2019, 07:27:43 AM »
Nice keyboard. Glad you found something that makes you happy. We use them too much to not have something good. It is amazing how much difference the right keyboard makes.

100% this.

Beautiful pens and a gorgeous keyboard, guess I have no excuse to procrastinate now  grint
Writer's Workshop [Public] / Re: The Importance of Fact Checking
« Last post by spin52 on February 14, 2019, 07:26:26 AM »
Now I'm getting nervous. In my WIP I have someone being shot with a Derringer pistol. I know the years they were manufactured match my book's time frame and that they only held one shot (unless you had the double barrelled type) and that the range was poker-table length. I've seen photos so I can describe it (or them, as they were usually sold in pairs). Anything else?

Biggest thing with derringers is that the round carried very little energy and was tiny. Nobody should be slumping over dead from a derringer shot. If you got a major blood vessel, you could get your guy to bleed out in several minutes. Eye socket and throat are probably quick stops, but anything else usually means the victim is going to die of infection three days later. A thick wad of paper or too many layers of clothing can and will stop the old ones. They were a weapon of last resort.

Thank you for that. I was going to have the victim shot in the chest, but maybe the shooter should aim somewhere where he'd be sure to hit a major blood vessel. He was using the Derringer mostly because it was easy to conceal until he got close to his victim.
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