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Old 11-15-2018, 12:43 PM   #32611
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Sounds like there might be some mental health issues there. It could be an opportunity to expand your business services, Hitch. Bookmaker, therapist and cat slave.

To save your own sanity, maybe you could find someone with a Gig economy mind set willing to provide technological hand holding. Tell people that you don't provide that service and recommend a specialist.
Interestingly enough, EVERY interface of which I'm aware, with any type of real Tech support, has gone horribly wrongly. Apple, for example, nearly cost me all my hair, telling a guy during several HOURS of support that the MOBI file we'd sent him was "corrupt." They were absolutely, horribly, completely WRONG; the "mobi" file wasn't working because that moron kept trying to drag-drop the secured link (to the file), from the email to his desktop. (Like a Dropbox or Gdrive link sort of thing, but ours are encrypted and tied to specific email addresses, etc.)

No matter how many times I told him that it was NOT A FILE, but a link to the file, he persisted in doing it, and then, of course, he screamed at me (screamed) that of course, I was giving him corrupt garbage, because "Apple said so!" The Geek Squad guys--they seem to have NO idea what an ePUB or MOBI is. And on and on and on.

It's a specialized field. No, it ain't rocket surgery, but if someone hasn't dealt with eBooks, directly, they are apparently clueless about how to download them, find the software, etc. It's effing mind-boggling, let me tell you. You would be APPALLED, if I'd recorded the various times I've been on a GoToMeeting or Screensharing app of whatever kind with "tech support" from wherever, and I might as well have been dealing with the end user. Appalling. (What kind of "tech support" person has never read a damned ebook?)

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Nah - poets are just technology-averse - there's no rhyme or reason to it...
Oh, YES, that is sooooo true. I had a poet SHRIEK at me, because in his print book version, all his verses started at the 50% mark--and then flowed to the right, rght? In some eBook formats/layouts, we can't do that. We can indent the poems, but not indent to 50%. You'd think that the Apocalypse was upon us, I s**t thee not. And LINE-HEIGHTS! OMFG, if the line-heights aren't 100% right, The Doom Has Come Upon Me, cries the Lady of Shallot. (And no, we're NOT talking visual poetry, either! Just regular stanzas. Bizarre.)

You literally can't charge enough for the stuff that happens, and you never know what's going to set them off. You try to address one thing, and cover that ground upfront, and something else bites you in the ass later. (Like CRYING, because the instructions are "too hard.")

Endless, really endless.

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Old 11-15-2018, 02:02 PM   #32612
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AND, on top of everything else, I have the dreaded grue. Dammit!

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Old 11-15-2018, 03:51 PM   #32613
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AND, on top of everything else, I have the dreaded grue. Dammit!

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I suspect we've done this bit before, but: I don't suppose you mean THIS Groo?
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Old 11-15-2018, 06:11 PM   #32614
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AND, on top of everything else, I have the dreaded grue. Dammit!

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As long as it isn't pitch black you should be OK.

Oh, and I forgot to mention that poets also generally operate under the allusion that they're perfect, and so have an adverse reaction to criticism. They like to embrace their inner assonance...
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As long as it isn't pitch black you should be OK.

Oh, and I forgot to mention that poets also generally operate under the allusion that they're perfect, and so have an adverse reaction to criticism. They like to embrace their inner ass ...
Fixed that for you.
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Old 11-15-2018, 10:57 PM   #32616
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Fixed that for you.
Tough crowd. I'd keep trying but poetry puns are onomatopoeia to me...
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Old 11-16-2018, 12:08 AM   #32617
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I suspect we've done this bit before, but: I don't suppose you mean THIS Groo?
Nope, that's a new one on me. I just mean plain old grue. It could be fluey grue, cold grue, whatever. The Grue.

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As long as it isn't pitch black you should be OK.

Oh, and I forgot to mention that poets also generally operate under the allusion that they're perfect, and so have an adverse reaction to criticism. They like to embrace their inner assonance...
Not sure about the pitch black, but, okay. NICE on assonance, not something that you hear every day.

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Fixed that for you.

MWAHAHAHAHA.

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