Just a note about my absence on this blog!

Just a quick head’s up about why you have seen no recent posts to this blog.  I am having problems publishing to this particular blog with Writer and as many of my friends on Spaces will be aware, I won’t post without it!
Hopefully with the Writer teams help, things will soon be sorted out and I can get back to updating you all about our recent exciting adventures, fantastic happenings, not to be missed excursions into the wild blue yonder, and other such stuff as my blog is usually full of. (In other words the usual boring lifestyle of a sad and morose individual  Mother/Granny who really needs to get out more!)  Crying
 
TG  Hope you can all stand the suspense until I am back on track again! But here is a taster of how thrilled my daughter is to be in my company.
 

Using Smiley’s in order to place Expressions inside a post.

 

One of my Spaces friends has made a recent post about blogging and how  hard it is to incorporate how you feel at the time of making the post or during a certain part or sentence in  a  post.

Here is the post in question.

Blogging is Like Talking , Right?

When l blog l want it to read like (sound like) l’m talking to someone. Easy and natural. l’ve noticed that most others do it this way as well. So if l would say it a certain way, l want to write it that way. l almost always use contractions, so that’s what l use in the blog.

l’m finding myself limited by my lack of computer time. l want to express myself in natural, but brief, ways and l don’t know what to use. Exclamations are where l end up most frustrated. Earlier today, l was writing a note and l wanted to write a word that would indicate: the noise one makes when one forces air out the mouth indicating contempt or humours derision. l’ve seen someone use it, it starts with a “p”.

l’m wondering if there’s a correct way to write/spell this: when indicating perhaps “oh, so cute” aww or awe or ahww.

l know some words l might want to use are not “computer” but have been written by many authors. A few l’ve come across, and had the foresight to jot down are: …ahem…Eeeekk!!….Some l wrote down and sadly, lost them 😦

Then too there’s the fascinating world or computer talk. Here’s my list so far – l’ll include the translations for anyone who’s a newer newbie than me:

LOL or lol  = Laugh out loud

LMBO  = Laughing my butt off

ROTFLMBO = Rolling on the floor laughing my butt off (l’ve heard there’s an optional f in front of the first R – l’ll leave that one to you)

PMSL  = Peed myself laughing (Kimmy guessed this one just by looking at it)

TTYS  = Talk to you soon

Well, if friends would be so kind… log in so to speak. Add some talk. Add some exclamations (please). Add some regular words that indicate people doing/thinking – like the example above – clearing throat – ahem.

Now I will  repeat the same post but making use of the Smiley plug in for writer, obtainable by choosing + Add a plug in, then selecting the Smiley one.

Blogging is Like Talking , Right?

 

When l blog l want it to read like (sound like) l’m talking to someone. Chatterbox   Easy and natural. l’ve noticed that most others do it this way as well. So if l would say it a certain way, l want to write it that way. l almost always use contractions, so that’s what l use in the blog.

l’m finding myself limited by my lack of computer time. l want to express myself in natural, but brief, ways and l don’t know what to use. Confused Exclamations are where l end up most frustrated.  Earlier today, l was writing a note and l wanted to write a word that would indicate: the noise one makes when one forces air out the mouth indicating contempt or humours derision. l’ve seen someone use it, it starts with a “p”.  Tongue out or Eye-rolling  or of course Phbbbttt

l’m wondering if there’s a correct way to write/spell this: when indicating perhaps “oh, so cute” aww or awe or ahww.  Thumbs-up

l know some words l might want to use are not “computer” but have been written by many authors. A few l’ve come across, and had the foresight to jot down are: …ahem…Eeeekk!!    Doh….Some l wrote down and sadly, lost them 😦  I dont know

Then too there’s the fascinating world or computer talk. Here’s my list so far – l’ll include the translations for anyone who’s a newer newbie than me:

LOL or lol  = Laugh out loud  Laughing

LMBO  = Laughing my butt off  Open-mouthed

ROTFLMBO = Rolling on the floor laughing my butt off (l’ve heard there’s an optional f in front of the first R – l’ll leave that one to you)  Rolling on the floor

PMSL  = Peed myself laughing (Kimmy guessed this one just by looking at it)  Stormy Cloud

TTYS  = Talk to you soon On the phone

Well, if friends would be so kind… log in so to speak. Add some talk. Add some exclamations (please). Add some regular words that indicate people doing/thinking – like the example above – clearing throat – ahem.  Wave Pizza Soccer Ball

By far the best ones in my opinion are the Insert MSN, Yahoo and Custom Smiley’s available from the Writer plug ins site here at http://gallery.live.com/results.aspx?c=0&bt=9&pl=8&st=5 . Note that you will have to start Writer by right clicking on Writer then selecting ‘run as Administrator’  for them to work correctly in the new beta’s of Windows Live Writer.

that is what Smiley’s are for!

TG  Open-mouthed

I’m Hibernating!

I haven’t been posting as much recently  because there really hasn’t been much to post about! This time of year is always a little bit of a downer for me, I don’t like going out in this horrible weather, in fact, I do a sort of semi-hibernation! Sad

Yesterday turned out to be a lovely day here, and I was annoyed with myself for not going out armed with my camera, as when we did venture out for some shopping in the late afternoon, the trees in the park were looking at their best all decked out in some fabulous autumn colours.

We have recently sent off for a Elf outfit for K who is going as one to a fancy dress party at the day care centre in December. The theme is obviously  Christmas or Panto.  We decided on the Elf outfit because she already has an Elf hat complete with Elf ears sticking out.

Santa's little helper?

It takes an awful lot to motivate me in winter time I’m afraid so my posts will probably be few and far between as there really isn’t much to post about, and I don’t like posting about mundane subjects such as what we ate for dinner etc.  I will try and keep up with all of your posts, but if I don’t comment then do please understand the reason why.  I can’t really do much about my SAD unfortunately as now that I am on these tablets for my heart, I am not allowed to take any anti-depressants.

Just wish that we hibernated instead of choosing this time of year to go plodding around busy shops doing Christmas shopping in such atrocious weather!  I vote we move Christmas to the summer when its warmer (well supposedly warmer!) or of course I suppose that I could always move down under to Australia!

TG  I dont know 

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Help for Writers Block!

Whilst K and I were crossing Leeds station foyer yesterday, a young woman handed us a postcard and free ticket holder which turned out on closer inspection to contain some free vouchers With money off both the Guardian and Observer newspaper. I am really beginning to think someone’s giving me a hint here to begin reading newspapers again, what with last weeks local newspaper fiasco (see Memory Loss Day ) and now this!

The postcard contained information about a new series of booklets that apparently will be included with the Guardian on Saturday, September 20th, called The How to Write’ series and there will be seven of them in total. I don’t actually think that they will be aimed at blogger’s in particular, but rather at anyone who wants to put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard and then cannot think of anything to write about, or alternatively is just seeking inspiration for their journal or book.  At the back was a lovely little poem that I thought you would all like to read.

Fear not the blank page That scary A4

Fear not writer’s block Let it haunt you no more.

Put pen to paper Or fingers to keys

And little black letters start dancing like fleas

They’ll twirl and they’ll swirl and they’ll magically swarm

into words on the page as your ideas take form.

Be they poetry, fiction or scribbling’s more factual

Maybe comedy calls or screenplays feel natural.

Our How To Write guides should help you start in

seven styles, seven days, seven ways to begin.

These booklets designed to take writing skills further

Are free this weekend in the Guardian & Observer.

 

I just thought it was ideal for all blogger’s too! Hope you like it as much as I did.

 

 Writing  TG

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