Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Dragon dictating program

Hello, I have been investigating the above software. Too late for this book, but I am thinking of using it for the next book, which will be a nonfiction historical book. Does anyone have this? Do you like/not like it?  Also, is there another program that is better. I have a PC?

I am in editing process of the book. Tedious work, but necessary. One page at a time and it gets done and that much closer to being published.

Friday, November 11, 2011


Hi, Wow, did anyone see Jupiter the night before last? It was just beeping along a mere foot from the full white moon as clear as a crystal. Fall is such an awesome time of year. The cool weather makes me want to bake. I made homemade Chai tea today and drank it with hot milk in it. It was wonderful! Now, I can have a Chai tea latte without feeling like I am eating mouthful of sugar. I made it with Splenda and used less than the recipe called for and it was delicious.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Sunday morning memory

Hello, It is a beautiful fall day back in the Virginia country. This is truly a day of rest. I made a no fat, no sugar cheesecake, tested it and found it not quite sweet enough. Used Sevia instead of Splenda. Apparently, the later is sweeter.

Edited writing. Tough Job as I seem to change much, but did start getting into the story so it peaked my interest and I have managed in my wisdom to accomplish what an ancient poet romance writer desired--to be just one of the herd. Good place to be.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Snow, Goblins, and the King's Speech

Hi, well, that was a first for me, five inches of snow in Virginia in October. It was beautiful but wet, heavy and damaging to my beautiful Pine trees. I did love that crisp snow smell and the crackling in the woods as my dog and I went walking. Anyone have any history on whether that was a record for that time of year in Virginia?

I love Halloween. Saw my grandchildren off to trick or treat with white faces and blood dripping from their mouths all decked out in the latest Halloween Bag. Love colors orange and black. They were school colors.

Lastly, I just saw the Kings Speech...Awesome movie. So tender and great acting. Anyone have a comment. I know I am late, but I don't seem to watch anything until its on DVD.

Book is progressing at break neck speed, but the slowest part is yet to come--editing, editing, editing. Anyone know any good, editing programs that are not rip offs and you can download for free or at a reasonable price. PLEASE let me know. thanks, gail

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Snow in October in Virginia

Hello, did not lose power as many people did. I baked cookies during the snow and finished editing a large section in the book. I am trying to figure out how to size pictures for my book cover so my publisher can use them.

I have discovered that intelligence is just trying things over until you succeed. Like when I was poor and had to figure out how to fix the sink without money. Now, I can fix a sink. Soon, I will be intelligent enough to design book covers.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Book Formats


As I gathered my books I like to read, I realized I like the ones with short chapters. Reading is a relaxation for me, so long chapters tends to create a desire to skip ahead. However, more chapters for writers means more pages if every chapter has to start on the right hand page. If you are self publishing, this means more cost. Some publishers charge a set price for a certain amount of pages, so this might not affect the cost. For example, if the charge is $300.00 for 50 to 100 pages, and  $400.00 for 101 to 200 pages, this allows for flexibility in formatting.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

pictures and cover

Hello, today I designed a cover for my book. I used pictures and worked in Picasso. One problem is that the pictures have to be 300 DPI in order to be sharp enough for publication. 

The one I want to use has a resolution of 92. Does anyone know if DPI and resolution are synonymous? Does anyone know if a place like Office Max could scan it in high resolution so it would be 300 DPI? I would appreciate any advice on this.Thanks.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011



Today I wrote about being stuck on a barn roof at seven years old. I prefer to write pages and pages and then go back to spell check and edit. I have long excerpts with no chapter completions, as I tend to lose my mojo if I stop before my mind is ready to put on the brakes.

Took a break and hiked up the power lines. Good way to get my mind free. I think better in the open air. Just don't always remember my great ideas by the time I get home. Guess I need to bring a tape recorder (one more thing to remember while I'm trying to run or walk in the mountain air.

Monday, October 24, 2011

The book I did not plan to write

While I was planning and writing a thriller, my sister kept urging me to write my life story. A little over a year ago, I began this story. The opening came quickly and easily though I did have difficulty finding time because of working full time. I had six weeks off in the summer and that helped. The beginning took me back to running barefoot on a farm in Pierrepont, NY with a teacher for a grandmother and a farmer for father.

The Thriller still sits waiting.