August 20th

A special day, today, as we got married 50 years ago and we are still together – through thick and thin! We are going down town to get some new rings as our fingers are too fat for the originals ( like the rest of us!) I’m also getting some new spectacles and we are out for dinner tonight.

I finished the story for the competition and it is ready to post. I am building up readers for my new website http://www.juliecround.co.uk. Comments welcome but don’t be too hard on me, I’m still learning!

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Story writing.

Well, I finished the story for the competition and reread the instructions. It had to be under 1500 words and I had 1900. Usually I have to pad out stories. This time I had to cut, cut, cut. First I weeded out any unnecessary description, then I had a go at anything repetitive and finally I had to chop some of the action. It should be obvious who is speaking in a conversation without all the ‘he saids.’

After three tries I had managed to reduce the text. Now I have to do the cover page and send it off. Most stories in the magazine have a few lines about the writers. That should be fun to do – not a full CV, just a taster!

incredible!

I don’t know how I did it but I now have a link from my new website to this blog. I am getting quite excited about all this. Next I might try to link to Sea Scribes or twitter.

As for writing – I am in the middle of a short story for a competition. Getting back to normal. I also have a computer course to do on line.Will I ever be off my laptop!

Anniversary party yesterday with Rog and family. We are noted for making special occasions last a few days. This one is going to last into September!

Sunday blues

I guess it was too much to hope for -that Bing could find my new website on a weekend. Funny, that. It had my old one on when Google didn’t and now it’s the other way round.

Next job, to order some more business cards with the new information. I will as soon as I can be sure folk can find it.Someone, please, tell me they can see http://www.juliecround.co.uk or I will think it’s only on my computer! The dot com one is fine, but I wanted to be able to play and the gallery feature on the new one is a plus. If only dot com comes up when you google me I’ll give up!

more website news

Hi there. My new website http://www.juliecround.co.uk is now on Google. With a bit of luck it will soon be on Bing, too. There are still a few tweaks I should do, like adding icons for Goodreads and ALLi and SWWJ but it will do for now.

Somewhere there must be some retired schoolteachers who would enjoy ” A lesson for the Teacher.”I am giving away the odd old book to raffles and for charity. The good thing about giving ‘Never Run Away’ away is that it could lead to readers wanting ‘Never Pretend.’

Writing Magazine may be featuring us soon and I am getting followers on twitter so the marketing side may pick up. We’ll take copies on holiday with us, anyway!

Better and better?

What a day! This morning we went to the opticians so that I could have an eye test and I chose a new pair of glasses that make me look more studious than I really am.

Then, this afternoon I went to see the doctor about my breathing and my infected ear and ended up with antibiotics.

Then I tried to get hold of my website people and they said it would be fixed in a few hours. We’ll wait and see! People checking my new one are getting my old one which is pretty good so I don’t really care.I’ll keep them both going and see which one gets the most traffic.Once that’s done perhaps I’ll be able to concentrate on writing again.

Waste of time

Well, that was a waste of time. I spend two weeks making a website and it won’t come up on screen when I try to find it. Is it my computer or can’t anyone see it? It says it is on line and the domain name is registered but I’ll be blowed if I can get to see it!

I suppose I’ll have to try all over again with someone else. At least it’s keeping me busy.

The best thing about yesterday was that we had visitors. My nephew brought his family and we went down to the sea, It was very windy but we had an ice cream and sat on the pebbles. Max came back and played with the dog in the garden until Diesel gave up. He’d worn him out!