Muddled thinking

See what a dental appointment did to me! ‘A picture tells a thousand words ‘ does it? Not when you can’t tell the difference between a paperclip and a chain. Of course I have been using a paperclip to attach things. It was the chain I hadn’t found a use for. Now I know it means ‘links’ I’ll have to experiment some more.

Yesterday was such a gloomy day and I am terrified of the dentist. No reason, she’s very sweet but I have had bad experiences in the past. Anyway, I was due for a filling in the afternoon and I should have kept away from the computer until it was all over. Now it is, and it didn’t hurt a bit, I can get back to writing and perhaps learn more as I go along.

I did ‘share’ with twitter for a while but it was too personal so I stopped.What I need to do is find some fellow writers and eager readers who might like some of what I write.The people I follow are such an inspiration and I feel I can’t be as interesting but I’ll keep trying.bookwormclipart

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Experimenting

You must think I’m dumb. I have just noticed the paperclip on the top menu and supposes it makes a link. Nobody told me. Now to find out how it works. I guess you can link internally or externally. Goodreads already have my blog linked and one of my websites links to Amazon. I have just listened to Hugh about ‘Press this.’ It all makes me feel so ignorant. Someone did ask how to get my books and asked for a link but I didn’t know what to tell them. As soon as the next book is ready for publication I’ll delve further. Meantime, I’m in the zone, so forgive me. I’m writing!

Research

I used to say I didn’t have to do research for my novels. They were all based on personal experience- places I had been, people I knew, situations that I was familiar with or news from the papers or TV. However, this book is different. My characters are travelling to places I have never seen, along routes I have never travelled. How accurate do I have to be?

In order to make it as realistic as possible I have been using a route planner on the computer. It tells me the route, the mileage, how long the journey takes and the service stations along the way. That was my first piece of research.

Then I wanted to know how much a house would cost in Italy – so I Googled some. If I had been a genuine purchaser I would have had a terrific choice ( if money was no object!)

There are documents I need to know about and dates I need to check but, at last, the computer is more than a word processor and a very useful tool for research.

Not so sticky.

Thanks, Pete and Ajay. That was very helpful. I got confused because my son,Martin (Sticky) Round is a journalist and is often on line and I thought he was reading my blog! No such luck – the family don’t follow me at all. ( They are on facebook)

Now I need some help choosing what to write about as the advice on twitter is to stick to one subject so telling folk about the events I have attended and the things that irritate me should not be mixed in with the books and poems I have written.

My website http://www.juliecround.co.uk covers most of my background so I try to keep the blog up to date with happenings but I am finding my readers probably prefer it when I put poems on. If that will get me followers I’ll try to write one a week but it won’t be easy to illustrate them all.

Now I have finished the radio play course I need one on presentations!

Mistakes

I did it again! I clicked ‘like’ to see how many likes I had and gave myself another one by mistake! I don’t think I am on top of things at present. People I am waiting to hear from haven’t been in contact and emailing is so impersonal I don’t know quite how to prompt them. You can’t tell what their reaction to your post will be. Are they upset, bored, forgetful, disinterested, annoyed? I know it means they can read at their own convenience but I prefer talking face to face.

At present I am cheesed off with not getting answers to questions I have asked on line.I think folk get too many emails and only skim them rather than writing a reply straight away.

Not having paper copies also means I forget to reply sometimes. I have found a copy of my book packed into an envelope ready to post but without an address and I cannot remember the intended recipient. I hate getting old!

I know folk like pictures so how about this one? It is how I feel at present.

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Let me see!

Now a problem. I have been sent a webmail file that my computer won’t open. This security business gets worse.It has a time limit on it, too so I’ll have to warn the sender that I can’t read it.

As it was the first example of the panto recording and I am the producer I need to hear it

Meanwhile, here’s another holiday photo. I can’t tell you about my writing because I haven’t done any but we did display some copies of books and they sold well.IMG_0377

Sharing and Caring

I find I’m getting bogged down in my blog here on wordpress and twitter. I tried sharing my news but it doesn’t work. The two systems are so different.

Although I feel I would get more people looking at this blog if I advertised it on twitter it limits what I want to write about. Thankfully, folk reading this blog put up with the mix of musings, news and poems with the odd photo but twitter has to be so sharp and immediate that if someone doesn’t catch it while it is up it just gets lost in the general babble. I’ve tried retweeting posts I like and sending messages to people who have liked one of my posts but I’m beginning to think my time could be better spent.

I cleared out a shelf yesterday and found last year’s Christmas list. That will be helpful, as we still send Christmas cards. Tomorrow I am picking up the new print of “Reflections” so that we have some to sell on holiday and when I give my next talks. The first hundred have almost all gone and people keep telling me how they have passed them on to other readers. Do I want to know that? I’m considering a new set of book marks – must keep up the marketing!