Monday, 26 August 2013

Ramblings of Rosie.

A colourful annual event.

As I write this I am watching the fantastic spectacle of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo - always a 'not to be missed' programme as the massed bands of pipes and drums play rousing tunes, and dancers - not all Scottish - perform intricate dances. The displays of dancing and military bands come from around the world.

The ups and downs of using IT.

Computers sometimes have a mind of their own as I found out last week. All my writing input from last Wednesday went into thin air. The manuscript remained at the nineteenth of August. Luckily, the diagrams I had prepared in Power Point were OK and in the back-up file as well. I really don't understand it as there is an auto save on a regular basis and on exit. And it was backed up. I really am miffed! Well, hey-ho, it will have to be done again.
Computer maintenance was due and it feels much better for a clean-up, defrag etc. Currently I am installing some driver updates but I think a new system is on the cards. As I am often told even though I have had regular upgrades.

Birthday Boy.

Birthdays come but once a year and it doesn't seem two minutes since hubby had a big one. So this weekend, well this last week, has seen us enjoying a series of lunches with old friends. Nice to be able to be flexible enough to put work at one side. This weekend we went south to have a birthday dinner with family. We also met the newest addition to the family. Our step great-grandchild; a very tiny little girl but very alert and wide-eyed. She was passed around for a cuddle from everyone.
Dinner was at a Steakhouse overlooking the River Avon. Our hotel was comfortable but we did have to mention the lack of maintenance.
On the way down, the M5 was at a standstill near to the M4. Road works! On a Bank Holiday! And on the way back we were held up with traffic for the Steam Rally and then the Sunday Car Boot Sale. Both nearer to home. We made goodtime though and were able to enjoy Sunday Lunch at our favourite eaterie in Rossett.If you are visiting North Wales, you must try it.

A quiet Bank Holiday Monday.

Plans to carry on writing today went by the board and I did some marketing instead followed by more computer maintenance. (New Driver Update software which is taking its time I have to say.)
Pause - This Military Tattoo show in the grounds of Edinburgh Castle rally is something. The skill!

Opening of a new venture in Wrexham.  

Tomorrow sees the opening in Wrexham of The Regent Offices and Business Centre.
 "As well as five offices, the development features three meeting / conference rooms that can be hired for meetings, interviews, workshops, seminars, presentations and more.
The Regent is 'Space to Thrive'. "
Follow the development story here:  (Quote from LinkedIn)

Situated at No 67 Regent Street, it is right opposite the Railway Station and but a few minutes from the town centre with its shops, car parks and easy transport links. The transformation of No 67 into The  Regent was mastermined by Joanna Kinch who, once again, allowed her creative juices and imagination to bring a fresh look to the venture.

Back to books. An Interview with Smashwords.

USA digital distributor Smashwords have been instrumental in the success of our e-book worldwide distribution. Downloads  from the Apple iBookstore and Kobo have been encouraging - mainly for the Just Us Two travel books, but recent reports indicate that downloads to Barnes & Noble Nook  for both the Skills for Employability user-friendly workbooks have zoomed up.
My recent Smashwords interview is now live on the Smashwords site.
So a busy day today, not writing as planned but writing of another kind.

Re planned writing, it will resume towards the end of the week to progress 'Talking the Talk' with a couple of days uninterrupted creativity.

Rosalie x
PS. Handy having two computers!