“If I want the rainbow, I have to put up with the rain.”
Just when I thought things were going a little better, I learned that none of the slide shows on the site are intact. I’m glad I found out when I did, though, because it helps me plan. I attempted to post a slide show tonight but it wasn’t user-friendly enough for a non-techie like me and it’s time to use my remaining grace period with WordPress Support to ask for help. I’ve given it my best shot. I would like a slide show program installed, along with an Etsy storefront, even though I’m not quite ready to use it, and the capacity to use serifed fonts, because I also noticed my posts are sans serif…yoiks. Because I’ve chosen to keep the communication thread going with you, in lieu of a ‘pretty’ transition behind the scenes while using an ‘under construction’ sign. Add subscriptions and Feedburner to the list, too. I’ll approach WP with a laundry list and feel grateful for any step that is made a little easier for me and, ultimately, you. The slide show biz is crucial, though, because the former ones either have no pics at all now or they’re outsized and run higgly piggly throughout the articles. This means that, once I have a slide show program that works, I’ll be restoring them as best I can and altering individual pics that are now a bit skewed, in relation to text. I cringed visibly when I looked at a page with pics that were too big…it really offended my designer instincts. This update also is my means of informing you that while I’m in for the long haul, things are continuing to go a little slower than I thought. I was confronted with an instance in which I needed to use CSS computer language today. It ain’t gonna happen…phew. Having laid my cards on the table, I am easing up to the extent that I can think happy thoughts. I have my grandfather’s old slide projector, a heavy black device that tucks away in its little carrying case. His movie screen is in my storage unit…the kind that has a surface made of what look like minute plastic beads… I’ve used them both and loved doing it each time. Each slide has to be viewed individually and when the lamp gets too hot, the whole projector has to be switched off. Several weeks ago, I also saw an old carousel-style projector at Value Village and it reminded me of when my Dad meticulously labeled slides and placed them in carousels with descriptive tags. The ‘old days.’ Dad and grandpa would have been impressed with the online slide show. So will I, once I’ve learned how to do it!
BLOG: Things are inching closer toward observable change. Next week, I meet about a new computer set-up. Several weeks ago, when I was in Spokane, I visited the Apple store to compare iMacs and laptops. I lifted the latter, trying to decide how wide and heavy I’d go. I considered the former, to decide how wide I’d go. My supplier will also assess my needs and give me feedback. Plus, an occupational therapist did an ergonomic assessment of my home workspace, so his input will be factored in, as well. I’ll be getting a monitor arm if I choose an iMac and, either way, all peripherals will be wireless. It looks like I’ll use Dragon voice recognition software with my computer and word-to-text digital recorder. I’ve not conducted interviews or written full-length features for some time, as I’m waiting for my upgrade. It’s too hard on me, physically, to do it any other way. In addition, I have been given the go-ahead to take mini-courses focusing on social media, small business, production, law. Specific books have been lined up, too, including Social Media Marketing for Dummies, Search Engine Optimization For Dummies, We Are Not Alone: The Writer’s Guide to Social Media, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Social Media Marketing.
CLAY: Within a week’s time, the molds I’ve made will be bisque fired. This summer, has been a time for experimenting with production methods and treatments. I still intend to have a link to an e-commerce storefront, but have yet to decide on the venue. Investigating Etsy, ArtFire, Red Bubble, and more. My style comes under the Arts & Crafts School and I’m presently experimenting with the cuerda seca and cuenca methods used with Art Nouveau ceramics. I’m getting ready to enter a clay only stage. Up to now, I’ve taken part in a program that has helping me get going with my blog/biz idea, but the paperwork/planning took so much time, I had less brain power left over for clay. I am still in the program but am about to exit the planning phase and enter the doing phase. I’m ready to hunker down with my creativity. Asking the Universe to postpone any planned distractions or crises for a time. At the crossroads…. Business advisor stage done. Check. Vacation over. Check. Mom’s surgery was successful; she’s on the mend. Check. New computer set-up on the horizon. Check. Claywork for benefit donations done or nearly done. Check. Desire and motivation to concentrate on clay strong. Check. I have a great need to enter the vein and will pay less attention to externals. Does this also have to do with the time of year? The transition from summer to fall as a time of focus? We are thoroughly enjoying the vestiges of summer, but change is nigh.