Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Technology: Past Vs. Present

I am back...yippee!  I owe my daughter a huge THANK YOU!  I've been struggling for weeks unable to sign in or comment on my blog or reply to the comments others posted.  My daughter determined it was an issue with Safari after I updated my system to Mojave.  She downloaded Firefox to try that and...viola! I am back in business...or so it seems thus far, at least.

All of this started me thinking about the extent and degree to which technology drives and impacts our lives today.  I clearly see the merits and am frustrated by the negative issues; however, there are parts of me that would love to throw it all out the window.  Technology and social media have become such an intrinsic and important part of our world today, and there are certainly plenty of pros.  But there are also some cons.  Clearly, I have been struggling with one such issue these last weeks.

By nature, I am a paper and pencil person.  I write on yellow legal pads most often and then type and save on my computer.  I never used the computer lab in college (this was before taking a computer to college was as common as it is these days) and always typed papers on my typewriter.  I would probably still do so today were it not for the huge amount of submissions being accepted via email (and the greater difficulty erasing mistakes on a typewriter).  Don't get me wrong, it is a very big time saver to use computers and do so much electronically.  The biggest thing I struggle with is the fact that I am fairly (this is putting it very mildly) technologically inept and often have issues I cannot solve as well as the fact that social media and all it offers, albeit positive in large part, is a huge time suck and can often take away from time spent writing, butt in chair.  It is such a catch-22...the ease with which we can make connections and the speed with which we can accomplish so much of what we do is wonderful; however, the ease with which we can waste time on all that is offered online requires serious time management skills and strict self-control.

Which takes me back to my original were marketing and promotion done in the days before social media and all these outlets that allow us to create a platform and sell ourselves today?  How did authors help sell books? How did they make themselves known to others, especially those who were not published by the big houses?  And is there ever a way to scale back to more of that type of approach to focus more on the writing and less on the rest of what marketing entails?  Oh boy, it sounds like I want to have my cake and eat it too, doesn't it???  Therein lies the need for balance and a happy medium.

Okay, maybe not quite this far back (and mine was far newer and more functional than this model), but you get my drift.

I would welcome any input or comments anyone is willing to share.

Friday, February 1, 2019

StoryStorm Complete

Mission accomplished!  30 ideas in 30 days in the month of January...some of which I am very excited to pursue.  Thank you, Tara Lazar, for the month of focus and inspiration.

Thursday, January 24, 2019


HELP! I have a major issue.  Is there anyone out there reading this that uses a Mac and has updated the operating system to Mojave? I have a MacBook Air and updated to Mojave a week or two ago--don't ask me why as I am REALLY kicking myself right now!

Since that time, I have been unable to fully log into my blog and, therefore, cannot reply to any comments others have posted on my blog nor comment on other blogs that use Blogger.  I am unsure if this is an issue with Blogger or Google.

As you can see, I can post a new entry.  When I sign in using my google account, it shows I am logged into Blogger and can go to my reading list and read those I am following though cannot comment on any of those entries.  I can type a comment, but it will not post and, when I select comment via my google account (which is my only option), my picture is not there and it will not post the comment.  It is on this screen I can use the New Post button to post a new entry; however, when I go to the View Blog button, it takes me back to the main screen but I'm no longer logged in.  Grrrrr!!!!

I have noticed a difference in what I typically see when posting as my picture used to be there coinciding with my google account but is not any longer.  Also, the one time I was able to comment on someone's post, it gave me the option to manually do so with my name or anonymously and worked when I used my name though then did not work the next time I tried it.  I haven't seen that option again.  I have been able to comment on blogs hosted by Wordpress though it has been sketchy.

How is that for clear as mud???

I have researched issues with Mojave and sent Help requests--all to no avail.  Clearly, technology and I do not get along:(  Is there anyone with knowledge of this issue able to provide some insight regarding how I might rectify it before I lose my marbles?

I apologize to all those I typically comment on as I have been repeatedly trying with no success.  I thank you in advance for any help you can provide.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today, let us recognize and appreciate his bravery and quest for freedom and equality...and always have a dream!

Friday, January 11, 2019

Angel's Forever Home Book Review

I am pleased to share my most recent book review. 

Authors: Rita Gigante, Bobbie Sterchele-Gigante & Donna McDine
Illustrator: Renie DeMase
Publisher: Mascot Books
Published: 2019

ANGEL’S FOREVER HOME is a heart-warming tale of hope, courage, love and comfort as a rescue dog named Angel waits patiently to find his home after an earthquake in Chile leaves him injured.  The authors of this sweet story beautifully capture Angel’s voice and make him so relatable one can’t help but root for him and hope he finds a home as special as he.  The kindness shown to Angel tugs at one’s heartstrings, especially in appreciation of rescue animals everywhere and those giving them their “forever homes.” Ms. DeMase’s beautifully detailed and soft illustrations really bring Angel and his story to life.  A must read for children and adults alike! 

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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

StoryStorm Begins

Here we go...the best way I know to kick off the start of a new writing year is with Tara Lazar's StoryStorm.

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Happy New Year to you and yours!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Happy New Year

Welcome to 2019! Wishing you all a healthy, happy and prosperous new year, wherever and whatever your path may be.  May you receive all life's blessings and enjoy the best year yet!