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Old 01-11-2018, 07:12 AM   #46
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George R. R. Martin still uses Wordstar.
Who's George R.R. Martin?

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Old 01-11-2018, 11:01 AM   #47
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Yep. Fountain pens. Mostly used by artists now, however. Some of them are really expensive.

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_n...s=fountain+pen
Many years ago when I was in high school I went through a phase of using fountain pens (or cartridge pens). Even then it was odd not to use a ballpoint pen.
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Old 01-11-2018, 11:06 AM   #48
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Who's George R.R. Martin?

Some guy that keeps leading his readers on.
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Old 01-11-2018, 02:10 PM   #49
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I did some last minute tweaking of what I came up with last evening. Canva allows 24 hrs for any tweaking before the image is set. Which isn't bad really. Anyway I came up with the image below as a possible final cover image. Not perfect but I think it looks pretty good.
I like it a lot, crich. It's open and bright. Just the kind of thing you want for that kind of book. Nice job! (I like the title too.)
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Old 01-11-2018, 04:15 PM   #50
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I think the majority prefer the typewriter. I especially like the first one.
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Old 01-11-2018, 04:22 PM   #51
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I think the majority prefer the typewriter. I especially like the first one.
I prefer a word processor. The typewriter is a bit obsolete these days when writing a book.
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Old 01-11-2018, 10:28 PM   #52
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I believe (my opinion only!) a typewriter is still considered the archetype of a writer's tools, along with a pen/pencil. Even if the writer no longer uses them, the image calls to mind an author busy at his desk, creating the next #1 seller.

For me, the thought of a word processor brings to mind an office worker. I think this is because the typewriter has more than a century of history behind it, and the word processor only a few decades.

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Old 01-12-2018, 12:33 AM   #53
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That's it exactly, GrannyGrump.

Lots of things work that way. One of the most common symbols for a "Options" in a computer program is a cog - WTH? For saving they often do a bit better - a diskette! And look at the image used on the Calibre website - paper books! Even our e-readers offer to let you "swipe" to turn the "page".

Besides, what is the best symbol or image for a word processor? Many word processor programs use a symbol for a piece of paper as a their icon and/or logo. So is the symbol for word processor a photo of a photo of a piece of paper?
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Old 01-12-2018, 03:13 AM   #54
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For that matter, how very often we see a QUILL PEN used as an indicator of the writing process! Quill pens have been out of use for nearly 200 years...
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Old 01-12-2018, 03:28 AM   #55
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Many years ago when I was in high school I went through a phase of using fountain pens (or cartridge pens). Even then it was odd not to use a ballpoint pen.
I don't if it was odd or not to use fountain pens in the mid-60s, but I know that's mostly what I used. Just the cheap, transparent Sheaffer, medium "point" (nib?) "student" pen. I usually used blue ink. I don't think the tinted pen colors came in until later.

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Old 01-12-2018, 09:12 AM   #56
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Many years ago when I was in high school I went through a phase of using fountain pens (or cartridge pens). Even then it was odd not to use a ballpoint pen.
When we were first allowed to use ink (rather than a pencil) in elementary school, it had to be either a cartridge or a fountain pen. No ballpoint permitted! And ink was a privilege that had to be earned through the quality of your handwriting, what we called script back in those antediluvian days.
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Old 01-12-2018, 11:23 AM   #57
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I don't if it was odd or not to use fountain pens in the mid-60s, but I know that's mostly what I used. Just the cheap, transparent Sheaffer, medium "point" (nib?) "student" pen. I usually used blue ink. I don't think the tinted pen colors came in until later.

The picture has newer packaging then the pens I bought.
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When we were first allowed to use ink (rather than a pencil) in elementary school, it had to be either a cartridge or a fountain pen. No ballpoint permitted! And ink was a privilege that had to be earned through the quality of your handwriting, what we called script back in those antediluvian days.
Ball-points were the usual thing in my school, with the fountain pens frowned on because of mess--after my fountain-pen phase I remember using the Parker T-Ball Jotter, then switched over to felt-tip pens (purple, when they let me).

My Palmer-method script was so nice that I was always being assigned to write on the blackboard.
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When I see a typewriter, I don't think of someone writing a book, I think of someone filling out a carbon copy form.

When I see a word processor, I do think of a book being written more so than with a typewriter.
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When I see a typewriter, I don't think of someone writing a book, I think of someone filling out a carbon copy form.
You must be younger than me. When I think of a word processor, I usually think of typewriter-like device ... like the one below. Or a blue screen with yellow letters using either WordStar or WordPerfect.
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I believe (my opinion only!) a typewriter is still considered the archetype of a writer's tools, along with a pen/pencil. Even if the writer no longer uses them, the image calls to mind an author busy at his desk, creating the next #1 seller.

For me, the thought of a word processor brings to mind an office worker. I think this is because the typewriter has more than a century of history behind it, and the word processor only a few decades.

I share your opinion about typewriters. And actor Tom Hanks must share that opinion, as well, in that it has a rich history and revives a way to communicate in a more intimate and loving manner, especially after a letter is mailed.

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