Monday, July 25, 2005

Monday, July 25, 2005
Waning Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Chiron Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Rainy and humid

My heart goes out to everyone injured or worse in the bombing in Egypt. The death of Christina Miller was particularly poignant to me. I did not know her, but one of my noms de plum is “Christy Miller” – so chosen because one grandfather’s family name is Miller, because my middle name is “Christine”, and because one of my great-great-not-sure-without-looking-it-up-how-many-generations is Christina Mueller. When I heard the name and her fate, it shot right through the heart.

Check out our featured diarist, Sharron, on The Thirteen Traveling Journals Project. She runs a bed-and-breakfast in British Columbia. I just might have to visit one of these days.

The artwork for Angel Hunt is up:

The artist is Emma Anton, and you can see more of her work here:

If you like the artwork for both The Widow’s Chamber, Tapestry, and the upcoming Lighthouse Lady, you can see more of Siobodan Kovacevic’s work here:

I hope to post info about the artist who did Elusive Prayers, But . . .Is She a Betting Man?, and Moonlight Renegades soon.

My friend and fellow writer Colin, did an interview that’s published here:

It’s definitely worth a read!

Yesterday was nowhere near the productive writing day I needed. I spent most of the day trying to figure out how to get my photosuite program to do what I need it to do. After massive research, downloading a pixel converter that only works if I say “pretty please with sugar on top” while twirling on one foot wearing blueberry jam on my face, I think I’ve figured out how to do SOME of it.

Microsoft ate my “Notepad” software, and neither they nor Dell want to replace it. If I put in my Dell version of XP to restore it, it will wipe the computer clean. Sorry, not willing to do that. Just spent several hours doing all the maintenance stuff it needed (disk clean-up, defragmenter, getting rid of all those pesky Temporary Internet files that turn up and you open them and go, “I never wanted that one”), and it’s actually running better than it has in months (I better not say that).

I’m considering downloading another text editor, or seeing if I can get Office Suite to do what Notepad is supposed to do.

I also spent a few hours working with Office Suite and learning how to import what I want from Photosuite into Office Suite to do some cool stuff. There’s still plenty I DON’T know how to do, but that program, with its Export PDF function, will allow me to proceed with some small creative projects that have been buzzing around my head like hummingbirds for the past few weeks.

So it was a learning day, but not a writing day.

I did some work on new pages for the DE site, but, without being able to access Notepad or Explorer the way I need to, I’m not quite sure what to do. I’m not good enough yet at building pages live, and, for some reason, I’m terribly dense when it comes to the fact that I can’t just conjure new buttons out of the ether. I KNOW I can’t, but I keep feeling that somehow, I SHOULD.

I’m wondering if I should learn Front Page, on top of everything else, and if that ends up being useful, or if that’s simply unnecessary complication.

I’m terribly slow at all of this, but if I plod along and write down the steps I take that work, I can recreate them. Some of HTML is starting to make sense to me. I’m tackling it like I would French or Latin, trying to learn a few “words” a day.

I also found a useful forum on about Desktop Publishing. I want to learn more about it, even if I never use it.

It’s all about making the most out of the 24 hours I am granted every day.

In any case, I have to make up today for all the writing I didn’t do yesterday, plus I have a phone date with a local politician’s office about the privacy issue, and an interview with the Portland Press-Herald via phone at 2 pm.

So I better get ON my duff and start work.

A character started talking to me this morning as I made the coffee. I asked her if she could possibly wait until lunchtime; however, she is nine, so I seriously doubt it. She wants to tell me all about herself.


The Thirteen Traveling Journals Project
The Place and Space Journal Project

The Widow’s Chamber
Angel Hunt
Cutthroat Charlotte

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At 10:26 AM, Blogger Michelle Miles said...

Frontpage is clunky (IMO). I use a thing called Namo WebEditor. It's WYSIWYG and I love that. You can get a trial version from their website to see how you like it. It's $100 program and well worth it for the kind of webpages we design.

At 12:37 PM, Blogger Lara said...

Heh heh, those nine-year olds can be persistent...

Honey, you have unusually bad luck with sofware. You could write a book. But it sounds like you are educating yourself, and someday, your computer will stop "eating" stuff...because you'll be a pro and no amount of twirling or blueberry-jam-wearing will be necessary! You'll just SLAP that thing into submission and let it know WHO IS THE BOSS.



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