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  • Sock Monkey
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    I knew that fees went up on eBay but, man, did they go up. On my latest invoice it's close to 13% in fees. Throw in PayPal fees and, boy, it's death by a thousand cuts. For example, I sold a book for $26 on eBay. Between eBay and PayPal, I paid $4.62 in fees. That's just bonkers.

    I'm also not a fan of paying fees on shipping. I understand why eBay probably put that into place (people gaming the system by listing for really cheap, but ratcheting up the shipping & handling fees), but for honest sellers it kinda pours salt into the wound.

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  • Martin
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    Originally posted by JJ123 View Post

    Martin, thank you for the advice. Based on that encouragement, I have indeed begun it. I will try to make it as interesting as possible...
    Glad to hear, make it your own story and you will be fine!

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  • JJ123
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    Originally posted by Martin View Post

    I am not familiar with short films enough to say if any have been done yet. I will say Audible has produced at least two original stories. A serial story from Mitch Albom called Human Touch. It covered the emotions around a community in the lockdown with a heavy emphasis on racism. It was enjoyable, if you like Mitch Albom's work you would like this one. The second was The Cuckoo's Cry by Caroline Overington. This one was a mystery during the lockdown set in Australia. I think they both worked for me because the base story was interesting and the pandemic issues covered were real issues. I would not worry multiple short films covering the pandemic. Tell the story you want to tell and make it interesting. Good luck with it.
    Martin, thank you for the advice. Based on that encouragement, I have indeed begun it. I will try to make it as interesting as possible...

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  • Martin
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    Originally posted by JJ123 View Post
    Random thought: Have there been a lot of short films about the current virus pandemic made? I got an idea for a short-film script, but it seems to me that there could be a good chance of the premise already receiving coverage. Can two or more short films exist with the same premise? My idea -- called "PPE" -- is that there is a pandemic of possession flooding the world, and there is a shortage of PPE -- crucifixes, rosary beads, pocket bibles, and of course, Holy (hand) Water (sanitizer). I parenthetically was on-the-nose about that because I laugh every time I think of that analogy, for some reason.

    Anyway, has anyone heard of such a short film already in existence? I'll tell you this: if somehow someone could convince a government official or news anchor to make a cameo (which would seem easy enough to do remotely), that might be a differentiating factor (my idea would be the governor of New York talking about prisoners making crucifixes and Holy Water, blessed by house-of-corrections chaplains). And of course the analogy for people who refuse to use PPE would be atheists.
    I am not familiar with short films enough to say if any have been done yet. I will say Audible has produced at least two original stories. A serial story from Mitch Albom called Human Touch. It covered the emotions around a community in the lockdown with a heavy emphasis on racism. It was enjoyable, if you like Mitch Albom's work you would like this one. The second was The Cuckoo's Cry by Caroline Overington. This one was a mystery during the lockdown set in Australia. I think they both worked for me because the base story was interesting and the pandemic issues covered were real issues. I would not worry multiple short films covering the pandemic. Tell the story you want to tell and make it interesting. Good luck with it.

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  • JJ123
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    Random thought: Have there been a lot of short films about the current virus pandemic made? I got an idea for a short-film script, but it seems to me that there could be a good chance of the premise already receiving coverage. Can two or more short films exist with the same premise? My idea -- called "PPE" -- is that there is a pandemic of possession flooding the world, and there is a shortage of PPE -- crucifixes, rosary beads, pocket bibles, and of course, Holy (hand) Water (sanitizer). I parenthetically was on-the-nose about that because I laugh every time I think of that analogy, for some reason.

    Anyway, has anyone heard of such a short film already in existence? I'll tell you this: if somehow someone could convince a government official or news anchor to make a cameo (which would seem easy enough to do remotely), that might be a differentiating factor (my idea would be the governor of New York talking about prisoners making crucifixes and Holy Water, blessed by house-of-corrections chaplains). And of course the analogy for people who refuse to use PPE would be atheists.

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  • Dan Hocker
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    Originally posted by Ben Staad View Post
    This has probably been asked before however could there be a link in the store/product page to the forum announcement of a book? Maybe that would drive a few more folks into the forum.
    We've thought about it. But it'd have to be done manually and I have enough trouble remembering to even make the announcement threads. Maybe I'll talk to Brian about putting just a generic "discuss this book" link that just sends people to the forums as a whole. I really don't know if it would work though.

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  • Ben Staad
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    This has probably been asked before however could there be a link in the store/product page to the forum announcement of a book? Maybe that would drive a few more folks into the forum.

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  • dannyboy121070
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    Yeah, you've got egg on your face.

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  • njhorror
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    Ooh, that joke laid an egg.

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  • Brian861
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    Originally posted by Ben Staad View Post
    The hens finally produced some eggs! Woot.

    The five hens managed 3 whole eggs last night. That puts them at about $150/egg so far. Materials for coop, wire, stakes, hay, bedding material, feeder, etc, etc...LOL

    So far not a money saving investment but fun.
    As long as you aren't hen pecked

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  • Ben Staad
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    The hens finally produced some eggs! Woot.

    The five hens managed 3 whole eggs last night. That puts them at about $150/egg so far. Materials for coop, wire, stakes, hay, bedding material, feeder, etc, etc...LOL

    So far not a money saving investment but fun.

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  • Martin
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    Originally posted by Dan Hocker View Post
    I posted a YouTube video for the first time in a couple of years. So if anyone wants to see me do some wood turning, here's a video of me making a vase.

    My middle school had multiples lathes in the woodshop. I still have a wooden salad bowl and an aluminum toothpick holder I made in 8th grade.

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  • Brian861
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    Originally posted by Dan Hocker View Post

    I missed this post. Did it sort itself out?
    It seems to have.

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  • Brian861
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    Originally posted by Dan Hocker View Post

    Self taught
    Nice!

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  • Martin
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    Originally posted by bookworm 1 View Post

    Wow!! My head hurts from reading this.
    Side note. I did learn that the new grey Amazon delivery vans have great stereo's. Whenever she drove by I could feel the base and when she stopped to hand off the packages she left her door open and the neighborhood had a wall of sound.

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