I told myself that I wasn’t going to do this again. I told myself that I was getting more organized and this wouldn’t happen any more.
Yeah, right. I let it happen again. I let Saturday slip up on me without a prepared post. So here I sit (Friday night) trying to come up with something that is somewhat interesting or at the very least entertaining for you.
Guess I could explain. Fridays are a wonderful day for most and I do enjoy them. However, Friday is the deadline for my paper which means I pretty much spend the entire day at the computer laying the paper out and making sure everything is ready to be printed by late Friday afternoon. That’s one reason I don’t get by many of your blogs on Friday. Some Fridays it goes smooth (only a few minor problems) and other Fridays - you don’t want to know. By the time I finish work, pick grocery, do household chores and such it’s late. So my goal is to have my Saturday post ready to go, just cut and paste. Well, at least I know what my goal is even if I don’t seem to be making it. Enough whining, on to better things.
First, let me say a gracious “thank you” to Karen at Author Karen Walker .... Following the Whispers for passing 'The Circle of Friends Award' on to me. If you haven’t stopped by Karen’s blog, be sure to do so. She has very interesting posts and is a wonderful friend. Thanks Karen. BTW, I enjoyed your photos from the folk dance camp.
Second, since I’ve been running behind posting the winners of the book giveaways I decided to make a page just for that. You’ll notice a new link at the top, left hand side of the page. Click on it and it will take you to the list of recent winners.
A while back I mentioned a program called “Calibre” that I heard about through Dear Author. I downloaded the program and tried it, but it didn’t work. I uninstalled it and forgot it. A week or so ago I decided to try it again. This time I installed the oldest version first and then upgraded. It worked.
It is the neatest program that I have ever come across. It is designed to organize the e-books on your computer so you can located them easily. But you can also add your physical books to the program so that you have a list of all your books handy. That was the main reason I wanted the program. I needed a way to help keep track of the books I have so that I don’t buy a second copy of the same book (have done that several times in the past).
I will warn you that if you have a lot of books it can be time consuming. But, again it is worth the time it takes. You type in the name of the book and then click on a link, the program will pull all the information in for you and you can even add a photo of the book cover. If you click on this link, there is a video that describes it so much better than I can. So far I have put 193 book in the program. I still have numerous boxes in the spare bedroom to go through, not to mention several books of audio books, the 7 new books I received this week for September review and at least 3 more books that I know are in enroute to me. Did I mention I love books?
I’m still trying to decide about the best way to do a sign up for the book giveaways. Some readers like the form over send an e-mail, but I’m still not sure. One thing I keep coming back to is the fact that if someone sends me an e-mail about winning a book, when I return that e-mail to them saying, ‘Congratulations you’ve won,’ it is less likely to go into the spam folder because it came from that person originally. Just a thought.
I plan to have several books reviews for you this coming week, including some cozy murder mysteries. In addition there will be guest post from these wonderful authors - Jackie Johnson, Carolyn Brown, Terry Spear, and Leonora Pruner.
Quick question - I’ve been highlighting authors’ responses in bold, blue type. Is this easy to read? Would it be better if it was just bold, black print? I want it to be easy to read and I want it make sure the author’s words stand out. Clarissa just suggested going with a green or a red font. I hadn't thought of that. Suggestions?
Okay, I’ve rambled enough. Thanks for taking time to stop by today. Have a great Saturday and enjoy a good book.