A quick update on Deadly Bones. Thanks to the Nook First program, the book hit several of the Best Seller lists at the Nook Store. As I write this, it was #38 overall, and #8 inMystery, #5 in Crime Fiction, and #2 in Police Stories. It’s also available in print for those who prefer that format.
If you’ve read the title of this blog, I’m sure you’re wondering what the connection is. Well, I got a new computer, and I’m making adjustments. More on that later in this post.
By now, those of you who celebrate Thanksgiving are probably all geared up for the holiday. For some, it’s a time for family get-togethers. For watching parades. Or football. For favorite recipes. In our household, the menu is virtually etched in stone. Turkey with a curried fruit stuffing (I found the recipe, which was suppose to go with duck—or was it goose?—and tried it. The kids loved it and curry has become the ‘smell of Thanksgiving’ for them. There are no deviations, although it’s all right to try another recipe, as long as it’s in addition to the standard.
Another favorite grew out of having small celebrations. We lived too far away from other family members, so solving the apple or pumpkin pie dilemma (two pies were too much) ended when I found a recipe for pumpkin-apple pie. Now that our get-togethers are larger, we might add that second pie, since our daughter-in-law doesn’t like pumpkin. But my son bakes that one. And, there’s cranberry-orange relish, plus the plain canned jellied cranberry sauce for our daughter (who wants to see the lines from the can—just dump it all on the plate and let people slice what they want).
Mashed sweet potatoes with pineapple, and although nobody really eats them, there have to be toasted marshmallows on top. About the only menu item that’s not standard is the vegetables. I was allowed to play with those, but nobody cared because hardly anyone ate them.
However, this year, it’s just me, Hubster, and one daughter, so we’re deviating and experimenting with a couple of dishes. She’s going to make a chocolate-pumpkin pie for dessert. I’ve been looking for new recipes for sweet potatoes, and plan to give one of them a try. Who knows? Maybe we’ll actually replace one of the old standards.
Another transition I haven’t yet made deals with the mechanics of writing. While at the NINC conference, I went to a presentation on using Scrivener, a writing software. There’s a free trial for the program, so I’d downloaded it, but wasn’t having a lot of luck (or enough patience) with their tutorial, so I attended the workshop. Scrivener provides “one stop shopping” for writing a novel. However, I found it daunting to think of abandoning my word processing program for something so different. It seemed to demand that I know what I was writing about before I wrote it. Lots of cards, a cute bulletin board. But what I found was the things the program could do were overwhelming. So, rather than jump into the program, I’ll try little parts of it–more for a book/series ‘bible’ than to write the book. For now.
And, at last, on to the computer connection. My new one is about as far away from my old PC as I could get without switching to a Mac. My old PC ran Windows XP and Office 2003. It was comfortable, but slow. Hubster suggested it was time for an upgrade, so now I have Windows 8 and Office 2007 (I have Windows 7 and Office 2007 on my laptop, so I decided not to go with the new Office 2010, since I have a slight working knowledge of that program. Very slight.)
I admit that a bit of “NCIS envy” nudged my decision to buy the big computer with the touch screen. And, I figured that since using Windows 7 would have been new anyway, why not go with Windows 8. Most of the complaints I saw in the reviews were “it’s not like Windows 7.” Since I have virtually no experience with 7, I thought I might as well be brave and try the new operating system. I did make sure I added the 3 year extended warranty which comes with 24/7 phone support AND house calls if they can’t fix things over the phone.
So far, I’m in the ‘transitions’ phase. I have moved most of my files and programs from the old computer to the new, but I’ve been doing it slowly, trying each one to see how it works. I haven’t disconnected my old PC yet, though. If I get stuck, I know I have my old standby. So, my new PC is, for the moment, in addition to the old one.
It’s kind of like modifying Thanksgiving dinner…a little at a time, get comfortable with the change, and then try adding something else that’s new. I’m finding I like a lot of these new features–like touching the screen to move things around, or to enlarge the text with my fingertips instead of keystrokes. I’m an old dog, but I’m picking up a few new tricks.
Causes Terry Odell Supports
Pro Literacy Worldwide, The Nature Conservancy, The Adult Literacy League, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society