Spring time in Paradise.
jessica

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.

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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.

 

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The Return:

Hello …

We’ve had some serious security issues with these web pages! – Thanks for finding it Lisa. Even though I don’t think you realised What you did, when you did it! {grin!} Anyhow on with the Book History. I’ve been down to Devon and stayed with some friends there. I originally had plans to find a nice quiet spot. In their huge soundproof garage. From there I planned to start the process of recording my Books I and II. Then distribute them as Free Audio Books.

I’ve read all the forums and was prepared. I’d got a small hand held recording device and Audicity to edit the output. I figured. Wrongly! That in the process, I would clean it up and correct those typos at the same time! – But that didn’t happen!

The more I tried. The more I realise that I’m not cut out to be a Proof-Reader. I haven’t got the patience,  I was reading my own mistakes and still not correcting them! – In the end I became very frustrated with the entire process, and went out with Dave; my friend in Devon, with his partner Bill for a quiet drink. That turned into another, and another. Anyhow deep in our ‘cups’ the Landlord mentioned a programme called ‘TextAloud’ – I’d never heard of it, but as soon as I saw it being used, I was hooked on the concept.

I’ve got ClaroRead and IVONA’S voice AMY.

To read the process of choosing them click the link [ Sounding Off! ]

I started the Re-Edit of Book ‘One’ on the 9th … It’s now the 17th. Sigh! – It’s a slow process! – I’ve finished parts of ‘the Gathering’ – namely – ‘Intro’ – ‘Chapter One’, ‘Two’ and ‘Three’ and that’s taken over two weeks: I can see this is going to be a long drawn out process. So as a consequence Book ‘Three’ has been put on hold.

As an interesting side note I’ve become so ‘Paranoid’ about my backups I’ve stared to store the rewritten Chapters and WAV/Mp3 files in several places including Terry’s home network on his Server.

…And it’s got so bad, that after I lost one whole days work:

I’ve taken to keeping the MP3 files along with the cleaned up Chapters on a ‘backup folder’ on my web site. Now that really is Anxiety in its raw state!

Thanks for reading – Jessica.

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