Novice Self-publishing 3: Word Styles

Styles The beauty of using Styles in MSWord is that you can change an aspect of your style (font size, indents, alignment…) and every paragraph in your document will automatically change. The snag with using Styles is that you can change an aspect of your style and every paragraph in your document will automatically change. … Continue reading Novice Self-publishing 3: Word Styles

Video Making for the Clueless

Once again I have to thank Nicholas Rossis at http://nicholasrossis.me/2019/04/27/flexclip-making-a-video-in-seconds/ for a Really Useful tip The link above introduced me to FlexClip: a free resource for putting together videos (for advertising, greeting cards, blog posts...). FlexClip is really easy to use. According to Nicholas's post, the free version only works on Chrome (which I use … Continue reading Video Making for the Clueless

Novice Self-publishing

Our writing group, the Whittlesey Wordsmiths, are in the process of gathering together a second anthology to self-publish. For last year's collection, I downloaded a template from Amazon and pasted everything into it, only finding as I went along that certain features of the template would need to be tweaked. As the volume progressed (or … Continue reading Novice Self-publishing

Where the Wild Winds Blow by the Whittlesey Wordsmiths

I’d like to thank Eva Jordan for her review of our writing group’s anthology Where The Wild Winds Blow.
Eva’s most recent title, Time Will Tell, is her third and concluding story about the Lemalf family, following 183 Times a Year and All the Colours In Between.

Eva Jordan

Book Review – Where the Wild Winds Blow by the Whittlesey Wordsmiths

Independently Published 

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Recently, a member of a local writing group approached me and asked me if I’d be interested in reviewing a book they had put together and published. Honoured, I said I’d love to.

Where the Wild Winds Blow is an eclectic mix of fact and fiction, featuring short stories, poems and memoirs contributed by the various members of the Whittlesey Wordsmiths. I have to say; I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I will admit I was pleasantly surprised. Informative, thought provoking, and at times, enjoyably humorous, it was a real pleasure to read.

At just over 400 pages long it is quite a dense book, but for me it is not a book that should be devoured all at once, but rather savoured, slowly. Neither does it need to be read sequentially, but rather…

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The New WordPress Editor:

Introduction & Basic Functions (with Screenshots & Step-By-Step Instructions)

Maybe I move in the wrong circles, but all the posts I’ve seen so far about the new editor have detailed how to turn it off, so I found this advice on retrospectivlily.com encouraging as well as enlightening.

Retrospective Lily

Hi, friends. Happy New Year! 🙂 Speaking of things that are new…

A new editor has come to WordPress, and while using it isn’t mandatory for now, we’ll all (presumably) be forced to switch at some point. [It’s actually a few months old but new to me.]

Anticipating that, I have been using the new editor for a couple weeks. At first, I hated it, because who likes change? Now that I’m used to it, I like it more than the old one (mostly).

Without further ado, let’s dive in.

The Foundational Difference Between the Old & New Editor

The old editor works like the average text document, such as Microsoft Word or Google Docs. A blog post is essentially one text document filled with various components. All the options for formatting are arranged across the top. If you want to write a list, insert a blockquote, make a…

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Another One I Made Earlier

I've just added Postcard from Malta to Commaful – a quick read with pictures. Photo by Artur Roman on Pexels.com This was my response to a short writing group challenge at a time when we had other tasks to complete around Where the Wild Winds Blow, the anthology we are about to self-publish. Our responses … Continue reading Another One I Made Earlier