I have murder on my mind… my printer has gone on the blink.

With a deadline fast approaching it’s good to be able to rely on computers, printers and modern technology to be there and to work beautifully. After all, isn’t that why we spend so much of our hard-earned cash on them?

So,… my printer has gone on the blink.  Okay, I don’t submit my writing by snail mail, but, it would be good to print it off and actually see what my masterpiece looks like. We don’t always pick up on the little mistakes, on a computer screen – but, when we read from a printed piece… it’s all too obvious. Our stupid mistakes STAND OUT! YOU ARE SO STUPID!

I’ve devoted the best part of two of my precious days this week, trying to coax the little sod into actually printing what I need it to print. It prints – but nothing that I want. I’ve done printer maintenance, changed cartridges, being on help sites, cleaned the printer heads with alcohol and so many other things I can’t remember. I’ve lost the will to live and seriously fantasized about purchasing an axe and smashing the blasted thing into little pieces. But, I suspect the actually axing to death of the damn thing would aggravate my fibromyalgia something rotten.

I’ll kill it in a story instead.

I might also buy  a new printer. So, my son-in-law can arrive the day after I’ve set up the new printer, press a button and make it all better – because he actually understands these things. And before you say it… no, he can’t talk me through it on the phone, because I am a complete computer, tablet, mobile phone and printer der brain.

It was all so much better in the days of typewriters. With a typewriter I would actually have a typed copy. Granted it would be covered in Tippex, have numerous typed over words and it would be my 100th attempt at getting it right… but it would be physical. I could hold it in my hand… and see the glaringly stupid mistake – right at the beginning of the feature. Then, I could take the same axe to the typewriter.

I’m not violent  – honestly. Just a wee bit frustrated by all of this wonderful modern technology.

Now, if you will excuse me, I have to go and drown a printer… then I’ll attack it with an axe!

Anyone else having fun with their technological gismos?

Thanks for dropping by.

Dorne x

 

Fancy grabbing yourself some freebies? Here’s a few ideas how you might do it.

We all check out reviews... right?

We all check out reviews… right?

In a previous article on here and on the My Trending Stories website, which I contribute to, I suggested writing letters to earn some fast and easy money. If you’re a budding writer, this is the easiest and most obvious way of seeing your words in print. And this is advocated in most non-fiction writing courses, as the first steps to getting published.

But, perhaps you’ve no plans to write… you just like finding easy ways of earning money and getting stuff you like for free. No harm in that.

Write a review.

Get writing that review.

Get writing that review.

Just about everything you can think of can be reviewed and we all like to check out reviews for things we are planning to buy, places we hope to visit, books we want to read and of course restaurants/cafes where we can eat and drink… right?

Sometimes a discount can be obtained in exchange for an honest and informative review, or you may just grab yourself a freebie.

A freebie and a stepping stone into the writing world.

I got a freebie and found a way into writing for one particular publication, by writing a review.

Tell us about you holiday experience with your dog and win a fab dog bed. The UK magazine Dog’s Monthly had asked its readers, back in 2010.

Hubby and I had just returned from our first holiday, with our first retired, racing greyhound.  We’d had a brilliant few days in a country hotel in the Yorkshire Dales. The dog had behaved, we’d behaved and I fancied having a rave about the little gem of a hotel, in a review. Our greyhound had also expressed interest in another dog bed. So, I sorted out some photos,  wrote the review and emailed it to the magazine.

I won!

I won!

Blimey! I won.

This article was published by ABM Publishing Ltd (UK) in Dogs Monthly, in October 2010

This article was published by ABM Publishing Ltd (UK) in Dogs Monthly, in October 2010

I was published and my dog had a brilliant, new bed to sleep on. ( Greyhounds sleep a lot, so masses of soft, comfy beds are a necessity.)

My foot in the door, at the magazine.

Even more importantly, it gave me a chance to get my foot in the door at the magazine. I’d been reading the publication for a while and thinking if only I could get published in this magazine?

Following on from this review, I did go on to have several articles published in Dogs Monthly  and I’ll give you the low down on how I did it in another article on here, in the near future.

But, how about you?

Get writing.

Get writing.

Could you write a review? Even if there’s no monetary or freebie reward on offer, you still get to see your words in print and someone, somewhere will be very grateful for your review. Some websites offer points and reward systems for reviews.

Here are just a few ideas of possible things you could rave about.

Review your favourite restaurant.

Review your favourite restaurant.

Why not do a review for your favourite restaurant? Let them know about it and you may even get a freebie meal on the house.

Chill out for free.

Chill out for free.

Do you enjoy chilling out at a health spa? Lucky you. Write them a review and you may just be rewarded with some  freebie, extra or discounted chill – out sessions.

There are good and bad books.

Have you read any good books recently? Give a good, honest review of the book and the author may just reward you with a free copy of their next book – to review. If I had a book on the go and someone reviewed it for me, I’d be only too willing to give them something for their time and comments. Perhaps, a big bar of creamy chocolate to accompany the book reading and reviewing. They’d have to supply the cosy chair, roaring fire, warm, fluffy socks and fresh coffee though.

Which also reminds me, that I need to spend a bit more time reading and doing some more reviews. Add it to the list. Take a leaf out of my book and all of that! (Pun intended.)

Competitions.

Of course, there are loads of other things out there to review. And then there are competitions.

Is anyone reading this, a competition fan/expert and if so, have you won and what things have you won? When I was a girl guide, I won a book voucher for baking a cake. It still amazes me to this day.

So, get checking out those magazines and websites for competitions, and reviews. And get writing about your hotels, meals and purchases. Who knows what goodies are waiting for you!

These are just a few of the things that I can think of, but, I know there are heaps more. Feel free to share them and your experiences with us, if you have a moment to spare.

As always, thanks for reading.

Dorne x

 

 

 

We have a UK heatwave again…so what am I doing on here?

garden in summer 1Somewhat unusual for an English summer, north of what was previously known as Cameronland ( that’s about as political as this post is going to get) we have sun and quite a bit of warmth today in my part of Yorkshireland. I’ve written about Yorkshireland on here before…but I can’t find it. It resides( my post that is, not Yorkshireland! )  in the intestines of this blog, along with quite a few other embarrassing pieces of my earlier mush. I really should go back and have a clear out. I’ll add it to the list! And if I was a proper blogger I would have given you a link…but, I’m not and I haven’t.

Anyhow, to return to the empty sun lounger that I carefully set up, in the shade, about three hours ago. It’s now is in the glaring sunlight and I am in here (office) with the electric fan on at warp-factor 100.

blogpost sunbathing 2I wish I could do this.

  1. No, I really do wish I could do this…and get up again.
  2. Being able to just chill out in the sun would be great.
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Saved from Big Girl Life Blog.

The idea appeals. Get out there in the garden, on the sun lounger, with an iced drink and my Kindle. Heaven.

Except…how I think I look and really look are slightly different.

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Saved from Kappit.com

I have very fair, pale skin ( with quite a few blue veins showing through now…nice.) I’ve never been able to take massive amount of sun. As a sickly, child I added sunstroke and heat stroke to the bronchitis, all too easily. To sum me up would be thus:

  • too cold and damp… results in bronchitis, colds and flu, aches, pains, migraines and being a pain in the arse.
  • too warm… results in sunstroke and heat stroke, aches, pains, migraines and being a pain in the arse.

I must say, that as I sit here typing this, the sun lounger does look very inviting. But, I can guarantee just a mere five minutes of the heat out there would turn me an alarmingly glowing red. And I really don’t need any more headaches to go with the migraines.

So, on this warm and glorious Saturday afternoon I’m hiding inside. It’s not all bad. I’ve written this…oh dear god! And I’ve actually shown up on some of your blogs and engaged in the blogosphere, something I haven’t done too much of recently…long story.

As for my poor, neglected sun lounger and red-hot garden. It looks good from the kitchen and I will be out there later on, when the beastly sun has gone down. I come out at night, like a vampire.

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Article from WordPress.com

I am one of those folk who love autumn, spring and winter and bravely endure hot summers. Cooler summers float my boat. The shorts get worn in summer, whether it’s warm or cold. That may explain the blue veiny thing!

How about you?

Are you a sun worshipper, or  do you love the cooler temperatures?

I recently saw something on TV about folk volunteering in Scotland to go and find the snow in summer. It exists…quite a bit of it in places. Now that would be heaven to me. I’m too hot…here I come snow.

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Thanks for dropping by.

Dorne x

 

 

 

Writer’s Quote Wednesday and BeWoW.

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I haven’t taken part in this writing challenge for quite a while, so it’s good to catch up with Colleen at Silver Threading and Ronovan at Ronovan Writes. Click here to go to Colleen’s blog, to check out the other brilliant entries to this popular weekly challenge.

 

Here’s my offering.

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Found on ellenbarone.com

Short, but I hope sweet enough.

Thanks for dropping by and enjoy the rest of your day.

 

Until the next time.

Dorne x

No sense of direction and in a muddle. What’s new?

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Found on you-can-be-funny.com

I’m not supposed to even be on here. Not that it’s illegal or anything. No, I had made a deal with myself to be other places doing other things today.

I can see now that is clearly not going to happen. Things will get done, but not in any particular order. But, that is how I operate sometimes. Err…actually it’s how I pretty much operate all of the time.

Sometimes, these mixed up days of nothing of any importance can actually be far more productive than taking a more regimented approach.( I could never be in the forces…I’m a messy trollop!) Creativity takes over and off I go.

The ironing still eyeballs me from the basket. It will get done. I can report we do have ironed clothes to wear and we are perfectly presentable. It’s just today I need to go with the flow.

Social media is fascinating, I’ve bought a potty for my grandson, some joss sticks…not for the grandson and some more pads for my TENS machine. ( I’m addicted to electricity!)

Ideas for my novel are coming thick and fast and I keep stopping off to jot them down. So, all is not lost. Although, I haven’t a clue what it is all about just yet. Do any of us? (Sitting down and planning that might also be a plan of action.)

However, my plans to knock this blog into shape are taking a back seat. Instead of planning future posts for here I’m on here, telling you about my plans for on here! There is no hope.

There’s way too many plans on here!

But hey, I’m writing…at the moment. It feels good to break away from being a domestic goddess ( I can hear you sniggering) and do something that I want to do. It may not last long. I feel sure that Mary Berry( hubby ) will cover the kitchen in flour before long. I’m sure he does it to get my attention and it certainly does. He even manages to get flour in the tumble drier. How? It’s magic. But, then he will be happy in his mess and he’s a good baker. My cake belly is proof of that.

Now…to see if I can actually organize some of the posts I have lined up for the coming weeks.  Here’s to muddling your way through the day!

Photo credit: karyjun.blogspot.com

Photo credit: karyjun.blogspot.com

 

So, how about you?  What kind of a day are you having? Are you more organized than me? ( I think everyone is more organized than me.)

Thanks for dropping by and here and reading.

Until the next time.

Dorne x

 

Need some Friday motivation? Check these out.

I’ve had a challenging week in one way and another and I’m guessing I’m not the only one, so here’s some Friday motivation and inspiration, for us all.

Found on: creativegenuisinstitute.com

Found on: creativegenuisinstitute.com

Found on cafepress.com

Found on cafepress.com

Found on theberry.com

Found on theberry.com

Found on inspirationalfamousquotes.blogspot.com

Found on inspirationalfamousquotes.blogspot.com

Found on pinstamatic.com

Found on pinstamatic.com

Found on laughloveliveitall.wordpress.com

Found on laughloveliveitall.wordpress.com

I shall let the words and images do the talking for me.

Hope they’ve inspired and motivated.

Thanks for dropping by here and have a great Friday.

Until the next time.

Dornex