About jessica

I write. I am. I write what I am.

September in Paradise.

Well that was fun, NOT!

During the height of summer in the UK – (ho-ho!) – My old XP Laptop started doing weird things, like dropping emails into Junk from people in my contacts book, and it would slooooooowwwww right down for no reason

Looking hard at the ports showed 25 and 465 were going mad sending emails out, that I wasn’t sending – (very frustrating) – seems that I picked up something in my rummaging around the Internet, and/or spam – attachments.

– (and I never open them).

How I got a root virus is beyond me, considering I have the latest virus definitions in my security programmes, but we reckon that’s what the machine has, and we can’t get rid of it.

Anyhow, my old machine is no longer, and has shuffled of its mortal coil: Pulled the drive, and got some data off it. Everything else is on Drop-Box. A few years ago, and this infection would have been a disaster, but with off-site backups like Google-Drive, and others, it’s just an annoyance.

The major problem in selecting a new machine I had, was finding the right key-board. The first computer I bought was an HP-Split. Lovely piece of kit, solid-state, runs for eleven hours between charges, but it was missing something I use all the time. Namely a context-menu key, this one shown below in fact.

Context-Menu

Context-Menu

And it wasn’t till I got the Beasty home, that I realised it wasn’t on the key-board, so back it went to Staples: And to be fair, they changed it without any questions. Trouble is they didn’t have anything suitable, and I really like dealing with them, so I was forced to walk round Curry’s (shudder) and then PC-World (double shudder).

In that awful, jumped up bimbo shop, full of bloody kids, hair-cuts and noise: I found a clearance model all alone, and stuffed under a shelf.

The machine in question was a Sony Vaio, runs for 6.5 hours between charges, 500 Gig hard drive, DVD drive, good full sized key-board, and a touch screen, (that’s just weird).

photo 1And its installed with WINDOWS 8 (yuk!) – Shown is the Log on screen, along with Cee in Blue looking on. Setting the computer up with a fixed I.P. Address was a pain, even worse than doing it on the XP operating system, but I’m getting there.

My email client (thunder-bird) is still being a pain to set up, and especially trying to import all my old posts, and more importantly my attachments, and documents that have been sent to me over the years. That stupid thing Microsoft offers, is just a joke.

Another joke, is that goofy Start-Screen: that Microsoft says is a replacement to the Start Menu, and I’ve found it’s completely unusable, but all is not lost on that front. A quick Goggle search throws up several options to get rid of it. I chose a programme called Classic Shell, and the latest version can be found [ here ] It’s free, and is donation ware.

I paid $20.00 to support it.

Just look what it does to the desktop. Using this programme makes the awful Windows 8 OS usable, and the desktop ends up looking like Windows 98SE, that was my favourite OS Platform of all time, but XP and Vista had their good points as well. With classic shell, I feel I’m in control with this set up.

Now if I could only get my email working: I’m back into the electronic universe.

Foot note: As can be seen from the screen shot, Word 2003 is also installed: I actually bought Office 2013 with the new machine, and deleted it just as fast.

– It is awful.

Question: Who in the Microsoft development team considered that Ribbon to be useful? And why have they dropped the context-Menu key from the set up? And why is it so hard to correct and edit your spelling?

Sorry, but Office 2013 isn’t fit for purpose.

The Sony PC is, and Classic Shell makes it all work. Highly recommended, now I can get back to re-editing chapter four and five of Echo’s, thank-you John for all your hard work to date.

An announcement to all the boys and girls following the Gennaro’s Children series: Book III, titled ECHO’S is nearing completion, and a serialised version of the chapters (in finished draft form) is available on demand.

Thanks for reading, Jessica: Praise be the ORI.

Spring time in Paradise.
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Well, Easter has come and gone, and still [Echo’s] is in a state of temporal flux, sorry about that!

Currently my website is the focus of my attention. I got sick of the pink cotton candy one I made. After all that tweaking I did: it ended up looking cheap and nasty, something a child might enjoy!

Changed the look and feel of it, in one night.

My WordPress site uses Weaver II: It’s very good, and relatively simple to use, but does have a steep learning curve. If you want any pointers on it, email me! – I’ll be only too glad to help.

Other news: I’ve sold my windows 7 portable PC, and bought a 13″ MacBook Air. It runs for ten hours without a recharge. Tested it for nine before it started complaining.

I’m running Scrivener on this platform, and it saves in all formats.

– And that, is all it has got going for it: compared to the PC version.

On a Mac: everyone says it’s better, but that’s not my experience; being as I only use the program to break-down my work.

My problem using the PC, and Scrivener; was I couldn’t get the program to read my work back to me. On the Mac I can, but it’s not all a bed of roses.

The voice I selected to test my writing, is actually OK, but you cannot get to the heart of the program. The underscore (‘-‘) I use, to break my paragraphs: is viewed as a conjoin statement, making the voice ramble over it.

– Does make the content hard to decipher.

Something weird is also installed on the Mac. The program is called ‘Ginger’, and is described as a writing tool. It’s been picking up some of my more glaring errors, but at seven bucks a month, tis’ expensive.

– Doesn’t like [tis‘].
– I may pay for it, I may not.

The Mac keyboard also sucks big time; as there is no delete key! – Nor any comparable pop-up WINDOWS command key. I used that feature a lot on the PC, and missed it greatly:

MacIn the end, I was forced to bolt on, a USB keyboard and run a program called Keyboard Preferences.

Doing that, finally gave me some control back.

Installing programs is another minefield, the Mac doesn’t make it easy and compared to the PC: – It’s practically in the stone age.

The problem stems from my use of directories (not bloody folders) – I like to control that sort of thing, but woe-betide anyone wanting to actually view the directory structure.

Think I made a mistake getting this Mac and flogging my portable.

Trouble is, the darn thing cost me over 900 (pounds) and I’m going to master it.

Thanks for reading, Jessica: Praise-be the ORI.

A Happy Holiday.
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Welcome.

Been playing hard and fast this holiday season. Echo’s still isn’t ready, and an off shoot called ‘the Golden Dawn’ : Part of the Echo’s universe is dragging me down.

deccan

The Traps that help decrease the dinosaurs.

For fun, and to get my mind off the Deccan-Traps (see above) : I have finally complied, my full theory of the Origins of Life on Earth.
– Nothing like Modesty to start the new year.

Part 5: Is interesting. Are you being Manipulated?

Page link is here.
– You won’t like it.

Thanks for reading, Jessica : Praise be the ORI.

Origins – An Original Post.

Finally its finished. The time of 3 o/clock, and the date of Saturday the 13th of July, in the great and glorious year of 2013; That date, is etched in my mind, and will be till I have to ‘shuffle of this mortal coil.’ re-spelt for the modern eye.

True meaning. From Hamlet’s ‘To be or not to be’ speech in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, 1602:

“What dreames may come, When we haue shufflel’d off this mortall coile, Must giue vs pawse.”

In Shakespeare’s time ‘coil’, or coile’, or coyle’, meant ‘fuss’ or ‘bustle’.

… And what a fuss, and bustle it was as well, and the relief I felt on Saturday was earth shattering.

I started this fuss on Saturday, October 1, 2011: In that dammed NaNoWriMo Competition. That is; write a Novel within a Month : A novel by the way, is considered to be the minimum of 50,000 words.

Currently ‘Origins‘ stands at 216,631,000 words : According to Word, and that represents 468 pages.
… I can’t believe it that’s many! – But there you are.

This marathon has been 652 days.
Or 1 year, 9 months, 13 days.
Or:-
56,332,800 seconds
938,880 minutes
15,648 hours
652 days
93 weeks (rounded down) I was compelled to go on line and hunt down the specs:-

I felt I was close to it in the New Year, and then in Easter, but it wasn’t to be.

Whilst I have your attention. I would like to take this opportunity, to say a huge thank-you to Lisa, John [and I’m still in a quandary about your offer]: Chieko, Keith, Pauline, There are many more, and I’d like to thank you all for your support over the last year.

Nitty Gritty:-
I’ve placed ‘Origins‘ on my ‘Download Page‘: This has been created to stop the Bots form sucking my stuff of my site, and the Password is 12345: Simplolz: Currently it will reside there with ‘Five and a Half‘ [It needs a rewrite]
It does go on a bit for young [Listeners]. Been told it goes into in too much depth, which means I’m going to have to pare it down at some point in the future.

To start with, they’ll both will be in ‘PDF’ Format only.
In time, I will put them on [ feedbooks.com ], and from there, I will be able to offer them out in various formats.

I won’t be putting them on Amazon, nor Smashbooks for the time being. The Trolls that prowl around those sites, are just to harrowing to deal with, and frankly; I don’t need the grief of those self centered egos.

I may try the Gutenberg Press site. They offer a free Sci-Fi section for Authors to offer there Books out to the general population, but even they seem a little high brow, lets see.

– If you have a suggestion please let me know.

Other things: Big Sigh. – Echo’s is finally being compiled, but to my surprise, its going really well. I’m already one third of the way through it.

Thanks for Reading, Jessica: Praise be the Ori.

Intolerable:

Intolerable is the word that I’m using.

… And it’s Intolerable that I’ve not been able to respond to all the good folks from around the world in response to me pulling my Books. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all most sincerely from the bottom of my Heart. You ‘guys n galls’ really pulled me out of a hole when I felt at my lowest, and when I get five minutes free:

[ five minutes free! – hahahah! ]

I’ll take time out, to thank-you all personally.

Funny thing, but ever since I’ve pulled my Books; I’ve been working twelve hour days and the pressure of work is increasing exponentially. We really can’t take any more of it, but there you are. Guess I’m not alone in that respect at the present.

Anyhow; as a consequence of all this work, my Book writing is fragmented to say the least. The Trinity has been ripped apart. Thank you Callie for skimming it! Her report on its structure, merely reinforced my notion; that it wasn’t fit for purpose.

In its shattered state : ‘Origins’ has been born.

… Origins is driving me to despair, but it’s; Oh! … So close! … Which is why I felt compelled to put up a post on its progress.

Thanks for reading, Jessica: Praise be the ORI.

 

Sigh! … When free isn’t enough.

I’ve pulled all my Books.

I had them listed on. Feedbooks, Amazon, Memoware, GetfreeBooks and Smashwords. I ditched Goggle ages ago. Mega problems with them. They said it was Beta Books and it really was. You can’t remove or re-edit Books. Just build them up, one copy; on top of Another! … On Top Of Another! … Not good.

… Both Books are even pulled from here. Sorry!

My Books are free and it’s the story that drives them. Seems it’s not enough for some. I’ve had it with the Trolls taking cheap pot shots at me from the wings. ‘Free and Perfect, or don’t bother Bitch!’ Their Actual words! … The Twatts! … [ Really annoyed over that. ]

Hell; I know my style is its rough, but I’m just writing the story. I haven’t got a massive team behind me.

Harry Potter didn’t get written : Just like That!

I’ve finally got fed up with it.

So till I can get them proof read. [For Free] They’re in limbo.

The Trinity : [ Book version number 2.5 to 3.5 ] in the Gennaro’s Children series, is finished.

In the mean time Book ThreeEcho’s: … is on hold; as I go back through Book’s 1 and 2 to re-edit them, yet again.

Somehow I’ve got to get it Absolutely Perfect! and remaining Free!

I’ve got this notion that if you can read it on and iPhone, or Android then you’re half the way there. So Chapter by Chapter. I’m putting them on ‘Wattpad’. It’s an eBook site for the iPhone. I’ve uploaded ‘The Introduction’ and ‘Chapter One’ of ‘the Gathering’ so far. It does look better! … I think? But without feedback. I’m swimming in the dark.

If you read this; and if you’d like a copy of Book’s One [and/or] Two faults and all. Or even Book [v 2.5->3.5 ] : Them email me.

You will find all the information, you require; on the Contacts Page.

Thanks for reading, Jessica: Praise be the ORI.

The never ending story.

It’s now Feb; and this has become annoying. I was currently working across three (four) Machines. One in my Bedroom. Two in my Study and one in the front room, humourlessly called ‘TV One!’: Now I’ve been writing like this for years, but since NaNoWriMo I’ve become confused as to what review, version and edition I’m working on.

It came to a point two weeks into the new year when I started  re-writing a backup copy of ‘The Trinity’. After three hours of revision I slowly realised I’d been covering old ground. Then found the latest version I’d been working on the previous night. Oh Boy! … to put it mildly: I was ‘Pissed’. So the next day I went shopping. I was in the market for a Laptop.

…But, it had to have the perfect Keyboard.

I knew in my mind the keyboard had to have a large Return Key. A soft feel. Function Keys that are large enough to hit on the fly. A Delete key and Backspace Key that are large enough to use and not just tucked away somewhere. Also it must have Navigation Keys that are usable. With the Up and Down Arrow keys located sensibly. The Page Up, Down, End and Home keys had to be in a world of their own, instead of being part of a secondary function; as in pressing Alt: or Ctrl: to activate them. This list of requirements proved hard to full fill.

Comet, PC World, Dixon’s Maplin’s aka Tandy: (grin) Well anyhow none of them had the perfect keyboard. I even went on-line. In desperation I wandered into Staples, and found a laptop for £475.00 more that I wanted to pay, but it was on special and the Keyboard was perfect.

Pix included.

It’s an HP Pavilion DV6 – 3119SA Laptop and I’ve got to say I’m quite impressed with it. But being as I bought it last week it’s taken that long to sort out my Book Files and all the supporting research notes.

The set of software I use proved even more challenging. Finding and moving Amy from IVONA was relatively easy. It’s the screen reading programme I use, and is really good. I’ve had to root out and reinstall ClaroRead 5.7: Because I’ve finally ditched ‘Word’ in favour of ‘Scrivener’. Which is the absolute Bee’s Knees. Highly recommend.

…And all that; along with digging out all the relevent serial numbers.

Other things: I use Thunderbird as my eMail client and that was fun moving all my emails over to the new machine. As for my Browser? I’ve finally given up with Explorer. It’s just too buggy on some web sites, even version 8.0: So I’m now using Mozilla Firefox. It’s very good, and fast.

I then had to transfer all of this lot over the LAN and onto the new machine.

It’s a never ending story, grin.

Thanks for reading, Jessica. Praise be the ORI.

A New Begining

NaNoWriMo still not re-written, and Echo’s still in tatters. Sigh!

Christmas is finally over and the indulgences have stopped,

…But at least it’s a New Year and whilst last year was a miserable year in that things just flowed over us! … What with Riots, Monetary Considerations, sniping from the ranks opposite, and then there’s the dammed French! And don’t get me started on people dragging down Britain for their own political ends. To hell with them all I say.

This year, 2012; I feel : Is a fighting Year!

It’s a Year of Battles, Of Tigers, Of Trolls and Dwarfs. A Year of conquest and determination, a year where we can all stand shoulder to shoulder and say ‘Enough’ is Enough, and no more! … It stops; NOW!’ We work together, in common harmony. We will forge on. I will forge on. We can make it better. I will make it better.

My new eBook, the Trinity’s re-edit; begins next weekend.

Thanks for reading, Jessica. Praise be the ORI.

Oh! … And a happy New Year!

Win NamMo:

Well that was a Bitch of a Month.

Yesterday: Saturday … I Washed all the Covers in the Living Room: Hovered throughout Including behind the Sofas. Cleaned and Polished the Tops as well as doing all the shelves in the Kitchen. Burned all the rubbish in our fire Pit. Collected up a Huge pile of aclumlated Junk that had developed over the course of time that I was indisposed.

Today after I finished this I’ve got to wash the Yard. Wash the Van then start on the Xmas Decorations.

The reason for this? … Was because in Novembers I hid away and wrote 50K Words in the NaNoWriMo concept. That is; write a Novel within a Month : A novel by the way, is considered to be the minimum of 50,000 words. Well I did it, but as I said in doing it; I had to hide away for the entire month. I ignored all their protestations about dinner, hovering; washed clothes and clean plates, but I did it. And here’s my reward.

 

 It’s not much, but I feel proud to display it on my Blog.

I only emerged on the 1st to face the Housework; and the Washing, and the Xmas Decorations; and now I’ve got to now face a months worth of Shopping to do. Oh and by the way; My other half frazzled at the stress of actually doing some Cooking and even doing a bit of Hovering has gone away for the weekend to recuperate?? My Son has also abandoned me preferring to stay over at his girlfriends???? – Sigh! they just don’t get it. I actually wonder, If I get it sometimes!

Anyhow: ‘The Trinity’ – My Book; after its had a re-edit, will be here soon. It coverer’s Jessica’s Time on board ‘the Acorn’, as well as some of her history after she was abandoned in 2007, but mainly it’s about a Rabbit, a Pheasant; a Fisher-man called Albert Goodall and a the Ghost of a Witch called Belinda. Is she good, or not? That is the question.

Book One and Two of Gennaro’s Children is, as always available here:

{filelink=1} … Password 12345 :

{filelink=2} … Password 12345 :

Thanks for Reading, Jessy : Praise the ORI.

Right here – Read Now!

Hello:

Well that took forever … I started the re-write of ‘Book One the Gathering’. : . Just after August the 9th 2011, and finished it on 23rd September this year, is it still the same year? It doesn’t feel like it.

It represents a major update, and re-write and has taken me over one and a half months with a proof reader to get it right, but it’s finally finished. It’s on my web site as a [ download ]. It now has all those ‘Typos’ removed. It forms into constructive sentences, with commas, and breaks inserted. Where they’re supposed to be … I’ve declared it as Version 7.a, and its the last time I’m editing the dammed thing. What you see is what you get. BTW: You should hear It with ‘AMY’ speaking … I think she’s great, but for you to experience ‘AMY’ for yourself you have to buy her voice license from [ ‘IVONA’ ]:

Still looking into getting a distribution licence, but its expensive. That said I do need people to sample and proof it for me. [peek gnidaer]

Sigh: Book Two next, but not today.

Other notes:

My purchase of ClaroRead, was a waste of money. If you’re in my position use the [ Macro Here ]: Or find it. Its under the top menu : ‘About->Software Primer->Free Speech.’ It’s a full and intense tutorial. I suggest you print it out and work from that. It does work, and works well.

[ IVONA ] … Cost about £50.00, but it could be cheaper. I paid £32.00 for it, with a special offer.

[And note: That price is for personal use only]

Unfortunately they only accept Pay-Pal, which is a pain. Anyhow for that price, it includes one VOICE : The one I use is ‘AMY’ : But ‘DAVE’ is OK. What you get for your bucks is the voice and the support Programme.

Anyhow : The Support Programme is a Browser window, that does a brilliant job of saving your DOC->TXT file {because it converts it} then reads it to an MP3 audio file. You can also use it as a basic editor as well, but as I’ve said elsewhere. I needed to format my Book as I write it.

This is why ClaroRead was a waste of money:

Logic:

It’s all to do with the ‘Punctuation Editors’ that come with both ‘IVONA’ and ‘ClaroRead’. They are both completely different. So If you proof-read with ClaroRead, then use ‘AMY’ to construct your Audio file. It mispronounces common words.

For example words like ‘read’ : OK, as in. ‘You read a book, and think its great’

Now try this.

‘The book was read to him and he said it was great’.

The English is correct, but in your mind you’ve just converted the word from ‘read’ to ‘red’ as the above sentence demands. Which is why a great many people have ‘red’ my book [GRIN] Typos and all. As you read, you convert automatically.

The correct way to write the above is.

‘The book was ‘red’ to him’ and he said it was great’.

It’s spelt wrong, but sounds right. This is the job of the ‘Punctuation Editor’. It replaces words on the fly to sound the words correctly.

Another example.

Lead: 1st use : Malleable soft Metal, but If I wanted to write.

‘To Lead astray.’ Comes out as the metal sound, you have to write it as. ‘To leed astray.’

[It’s now pronounced correctly, but spelt wrong].

And this is a good one.

Wind: As in the air blowing, or, ‘to wind someone up?’

[You have to pronounce it as wy’ind]

So it has to be written as. ‘To wy’ind some one up?’ and now it sounds right, but looks completely wrong.

My friends are getting fed up with me badgering them to listen to my book, and I’d appreciate some feed back from new ears. Use the [CONTACT] tab if you want to consider it, but there is an intensive and complex set of conditions that must be met before I can release it. Namely it should be understood its not for general distribution. Just for testing purposes only and at no point does it become yours to copy or re-distribute. I need ear testers, could you do it?

…And reconsider it hard before you say yes. The files aren’t small. They constitute a whopping 697 Meg: I don’t know how this will play out, so I’ve buried this invite inside my rambling post. If you’ve got this far you must be interested.

One of my words I had to replace was ‘Tra’: Who was, and is, one of my characters, in Gennaro’s Children. It came out sounding like Tr’a … no ‘y’ on the back of it : I had to replace the word with ‘tray’, to get it to sound right, and hit a brick wall in ClaroRead as in. She carried a tray in from the living room!’ : The word ‘tray’ double spoke! … But
in [ IVONA Voice ], it was perfect.

Now also ClaroRead doesn’t save as MP3 files. I don’t know why, but it doesn’t, and I’ve got the ‘LAME’ files for MP3 installed. Audicity finds it OK, but ClaroRead won’t?

All in all. I’m not really happy with ClaroRead. Another thing, ‘the Spell Checker’ is a swine to use, and as for trying to add words? Forget it. You need administrator privileges to work with it. And I’ve learned to my cost that you don’t run your machine as an admin.

It’s sad really, because that was one of the big selling points with ClaroRead and why I went for it in the first place. We’ll see later when I shift from ‘Word 2000’ to something cheap and cheerful that saves in the Windows . ‘DOC’ format, because the spell checker in Word is really showing it age..

The future is bright, the future has been read.

Thanks for reading : Jessy.