If We Were Having Coffee on the 24th of November, 2018

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in and I’ll get a you a nice large mug of a very strong Sumatra Roast, a cuppa tea or other beverage.  It is a little cool, but much warmer than it has been.  It was frigid for a few days there!  Today will be back up to normal for this time of year.  That will be nice after being 25 degrees F below normal!!  Also the howling wind is gone.  So where am I?  Some of you may recognize the photo at the top of all of those Beatles mugs as coming from Cape Cod (I am using the Sgt. Peppers mug now).

This was Thanksgiving week.  I took time off of work so only was there for two days.  Ah, I am looking forward to retired life ;)  I drove down here Tuesday evening.  I’ve visited the beach a few times, but this morning was my first time doing my routine of Chapin’s Beach first thing.  It was quite and a very nice walk.

This morning I watched the tide eat away the beach.  It was very cool and part of me wanted to capture some of it on video (phone) but I didn’t want to look away.  So now it is part of me.

I spent Monday putting my book Embers up on KDP.  The Kindle version is always easy, but the paperback is always frustrating.  Well, since I was using a table of contents, no matter what I did it would change the pages so the ToC was wrong!  Finally it looked right.  I ordered a proof copy so I can hold it in my hands and see if it really is right!  I also put the Kindle version up for pre-order.  See the post about it.

Not a whole lot else.  There was Thanksgiving.  There was a ton of playing with the dogs.  There was relaxing.  There was reading blog posts (I could do that as a more than full time job and never catch up!)

Anyway, I am going to get moving again.  Today is the nicest day of the week and I don’t want to spend it in front of a stupid computer!

hanks for visiting and having coffee with me!  I hope you are enjoying your weekend.  If you have a coffee share I will try to stop by.  (I have read about zero blogs in the last two days…)

The original Coffee Share kind of died out, but it has been revived!  Eclectic Alli is hosting a coffee share.  She is taking a week off for the holiday  (I understand!), but the linkup will be back next week :)

 

16 thoughts on “If We Were Having Coffee on the 24th of November, 2018

  1. Rowena

    Hi Trent,
    Glad you had a Happy Thanksgiving. We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here in Australia, but I have much to be thankful for. Have you ever read Oliver Sacks: “Musicophilia”? I bought it at least a few years ago but have started writing a book about my grandmother’s early career as a concert pianist and that’s taken me back to her birth and the question of whether musicians, especially musical geniuses are born or made. I did a bit of research online and then started reading this.
    One chapter addresses perfect pitch. My grandmother had it and it was the strangest thing because she used to talk about her car playing a certain scale when she drove up the hill. The chapter addressing this in the book is headed: “Papa plays his nose in G”. I am fairly sure I have perfect pitch but don’t profess to play perfect notes on my violin.
    Anyway, I’m trying to wrap things up now and get to bed.
    Best wishes,
    Ro

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I don’t have perfect pitch, but I have pretty good relative pitch. Play a note and ask me to sing another note and I can. Most of the time ;) However, even though I don’t have perfect pitch, if I sit down at a piano and try to figure out a song I heard a year ago, 90% of the time I do it in the correct key. That is good pitch memory – I can hear the song in my head how it sounded, like a recording. A little closer to perfect pitch, when I hear a machine humming, I will start humming along, and then go into a song that is in that key. Again, good pitch memory. Perfect pitch, from what I hear, is a real curse – if you hear a recording (or a live band, orchestra) that is not tuned to a 440 A, it will drive you crazy. Me? Nope.

      Relative pitch can be learned. The technical side of musicianship can be learned to a large degree. But there is something about some people that they can create music in a way that can’t be learned, and other people that no matter how proficient they are, will never become famous…

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  2. Marilyn Armstrong

    I was lucky when I made my Kindle book because I had Framemaker, which was an Adobe product that had live links to chapter numbers and equivalent page numbers. It was a dedicated book designing product. It was discontinued a while ago, but the world of book design is the poorer for its loss.

    The winds are supposed to be back tomorrow, especially on the Cape and Islands. Be careful!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      The Kindle book worked well with all of thinks in place, but the paperback was a terror – every time I posted it it changed the page numbers! The last time I had the problem, I switched from pdf to word, so I started with word this time. I finally switched back to pdf and it cleared it up….

      Thanks. I drove back to NH at the tail end of the rain. It was windy! I didn’t stop in Milford for lunch like I often do since it was too icky to take my after lunch walk…

      I hope your heat is fixed.

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      1. Frankie

        Hi Trent, nice to read about your publishing experience. Since I’ve given up Facebook and I’m going to start writing again, could you give me some advice on how to get PDF on my computer?

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          Hello. How to get PDF? Do you have an Adobe Acrobat reader on your computer to read PDF files? If not, you can Google “Acrobat reader” and find the download page. As far as creating PDF, I used Microsoft Word. Word has an option to save as a PDF. If you use a different word processor, it most likely has that option as well. I already use Word, so easy for me. As to the full version of Acrobat that allows you to write as well as read, to me it is too expensive. Anyway, I’m not sure if this was what you were looking for. I hope it helps.

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            1. trentpmcd Post author

              Yes. Actually, i had forgotten, these days you can do an online subscription. I’m not too worried about being secure, but it is expensive and not convenient.

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  3. dawnkinster

    Glad you got out to the Cape for Thanksgiving, and glad you’re getting the book out, AND glad you got that sand photo! We spent Thanksgiving week in a place sort of like your Cape Cod, in that it’s a peninsula surrounded by a lot of water. We did a lot of sightseeing while we were there, we both lived there at different times a few decades ago, so it was fun to compare notes. We had a great Thanksgiving meal with a lot of really cool senior citizens and I didn’t have to cook it, so that was special too.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Sounds like you had a great Thanksgiving. My first thought was Travers City, but then I went back and looked and I was wrong. I’ve only passed through the UP once when I was 4. I used to vacation near T.C. as a kid, so I know that well… Anyway, even though we had the deep freeze on Thanksgiving day, it looks colder up there than on the Cape!

      Have a great week ahead.

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