| In my last post, I responded why the "old" (1997- isn't that weird
| that, in the world of computers, that year is considered old???)
| Brother SuperPower Notebook I purchased (for five bucks) has worked
| good for what I need it - taking to different locations something
| with which I could write my short stories. I mainly use my desktop
| computer at home but I needed something like a laptop for mobiblity.
| I asked if there were any other writers out there, in this group,
| and what experience you have had in trying to get your works
| published. I received no replies. Does this mean no one in this
| newsgroup ever tried writing as a hobby (other than in newsgroups)?
I did most of my undergrad papers on my old Visual Commuter 8088, using
a WYSIWYG word processor called A Plus. You could use long filenamed
files and folders, and insert really crappy bitmapped pics. This wasn't
professional publishing, though.
Years ago, when "Desktop Publishing" was something that was tweaked by
hand, I used to do newsletters, brochures, ad copy, etc. I did quite a
bit of the formatted stuff on GeoWrite (1.2 and 2.1 on a 386sx, which I
still have). I also used Timeworks Publish It!, which ran on top of DOS
in a GEM environment. It was very cool, but ultimately I switched to Win
3.1 and got a little more professional.
When I moved on to grad school, I used Ami Pro, and sometimes Gold Disk
Software's Professional Draw (a vector style drawing program - it had
tons of layout tools, kind of like Aldus Pagemaker or Corel). I still
designed some newsletters and local ad stuff, and I sometimes dropped
down to GeoWrite, just for the hell of it.
Now most of what I'm doing is editing existing copy and maybe composing
some short news items for a statewide publication for a large,
well-known fraternal organization. It's not, however, a paying position.
<s> I'm using Word 2000, but that's okay since I'm not doing any layout
I'm not a writer, BTW, I'm actually in manufacturing. I just like to
dabble. Except for opinion pieces and letters-to-the-editor, I haven't
tried to get anything published. Uh, unless you want to see my ***