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November 29, 2013

Writers – What Are You Thankful For?

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Yesterday was Thanksgiving in the United States. That got me to thinking. As a writer, what am I thankful for?

1. The internet
It no longer matters where you live. You can write from
anywhere and be connected to publishers, editors,
agents, critique groups, book clubs, ezines…anything you

2. A computer
Although I do love writing with pen and notebook, being
able to create my documents on a computer and email
them, rather than print and mail them, is not only handy
but also saves me money.

3. Brick and Mortar Book stores
As much as the world seems to moving into a more
digital direction, nothing is more of an indulgence than
wandering through a store with shelves brimming with
books of all kinds.  Book stores are definitely one of my
guilty pleasures.

4. My Day Job
Yes, I’ve been known to complain that I don’t always have
enough time to write my books because I have to go to
work, but I’m also very lucky because part of what I do
in my job is writing (playscripts & business correspondence).

5. My Followers
Being online can sometimes feel very impersonal and
blog posts can seemingly be lost out in cyberspace
somewhere. How thankful I am for my blog follwers.
Some comment. Some contact me. Some simply read
my posts. But…I know you’re out there and that keeps
me motivated to keep blogging.

Writers – What are you thankful for?

October 9, 2009

I’m baaaack!

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So I needed a new modem.  Go figure!  My DSL provider only took a couple of days to come to my rescue and then my connection was up and running again like new. 

You’d think that would have been it.

But nope – I’ve been having issues with my computer ever since.  After cleaning the drives, defragging them, running a full system virus scan, running a spyware system scan and checking every possible area for problems, I’m convinced that Outlook Express has been the culprit.

For the past three days, I’ve been reading and responding to all my email accounts online, rather than downloading them to Outlook, and voila – no freezing.

I’m still going to get someone to look at my lifeline to the internet and see what can be done, but I’m just glad I’m finally able to get online and stay there.

How do you all handle your internet issues and interruptions?

September 16, 2009

Oh how I need the internet

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Well here I am again at the library (thank goodness for their 1 hour of free internet/day access) to write a quick post.

My internet decided to take a hike on Tuesday morning after having worked properly for a while and then…poof…nothing.  I can’t stand it!

With a limited sixty minutes of online time for an entire day, I again realize how much I rely on this marvelous communication tool for my writing.  I could spend an hour a day just doing research, another hour reading ezines and blogs related to writing, another hour sending emails and checking listserves and at least another hour writing.

Okay, so I can do the writing part without being connected to the world wide web.  But I feel like someone has taken away my security blanket or something. 

I need my internet back!

So tomorrow my DSL provider is supposed to come over and figure out my problem and fix it.  I hope it isn’t anything too serious and that I’ll be up and running by tomorrow afternoon.

I’d love to hear how any writers out there cope when they go offline. 

Is the internet as important to your writing existence as it is to mine?

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