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I just lost all my categories but they came back. Sorry about the’like’ button. One day I’ll get to understand this blessed machine!

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Updating without me!

Windows 10 has been playing with my computer ( or my security people) and I have lost a lot of Google icons and gained a portrait that I didn’t ask for. Also, it has put me on skype and I didn’t ask for that either. What’s going on?

I feel I am not in control of this machine any more. ( Not that I ever was)

The security lot say they have taken away some apps that I don’t use, but I never have used apps as I don’t use a smartphone except when I’m abroad.

Now I have had to add files to my bookmark list so that I can find them quickly instead of just clicking on them where they used to be under the Google picture.

The squares have gone down from 8 to 4.

I keep getting asked to restart every time I log on.It’s all very odd.

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

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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