A Sick Writer

By now I guess, it’s known that I have been sick for a few weeks, being ‘blessed’ with shingles and pneumonia to the same time. I could have done the one without both, but after all, I’m afraid, I had to take it the way it got me.

Now, being in pain and feeling sick, having a fever and not finding any comfortable position, I wasn’t able to do much more than drinking, resting, sleeping, watching TV and trying to keep my cats away from climbing on me.

And here exactly is the point I start complaining…

I’m a writer. A sick writer. And I would have loved to ‘use’ the time getting some work done. Typing, blogging, scribbling, planning new stories, reading and whatever else belongs to a writer’s life, but I had no chance.

Shingles caused me that much pain that all I could do was trying to find a way to spend the days on the couch with plenty of pain killers inside of me that nearly knocked me out. There was no way I would have been able to sit behind the computer and type much.

I was unable to turn onto my stomach to write by hand on paper. And when I tried to read I started feeling dizzy enough, I was ready to vomit.

I wanted to work, develop ideas, find new characters, plots, storylines, whatever came into my mind, and nothing was possible.

But of course I’m smart, right? I got my phone next to me. And whenever I had an idea, I recorded it. What a wonderful girl I am! The idea would have been amazing, if…

… yes, there’s an ‘if’…

… if, I hadn’t been too sick to make sense.

Yes, you can laugh. I did too once I listened to my ‘notes’. I was sick enough that I couldn’t hear much more than some mumbling. And if there was a clear word or two, it didn’t make sense.

My fever was high enough to cook my brain, which means, the ideas I got are entirely useless. This is annoying and nearly make me consider getting either a secretary, a nurse – or both.

I’m almost sure I’m not the only writer ever being sick. How are you doing this? Are you able to use your time fruitfully during this forced break? If yes, how are you doing it? Thank you for your advice!

Picture courtesy of wikimedia

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How to add the license widget to your sidebar

A loyal reader of my blog asked me yesterday how I added the license widget to my sidebar. Since there might be others who are eventually interested in how to do that, I decided to take the time and publish a step-by-step guide.

Now: Please remember that you might have chosen another theme for your blog. Therefore don’t count on the image dimension or font size that’s given within this guide. These dimensions are for my blog and picture size to match the theme.

All right: Let’s get started:

 


1. Download the license .jpg to your computer picture library.

 

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2. Go to your WordPress “Admin” Page and click “Appearance”.

3. Then pick “Widgets” and scroll down to “Image”.

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4. Click on the “Image” button and drag it up to the sidebar. Place it where you want the license to appear.

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5. Click onto the “Image” button to open the widget, by using the “arrow” on the right side.

 

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6. Download the “license” image to your media file and add its URL to the sidebar.

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7. After downloading it, you got the “dimension” there which you can change by clicking the “Edit image” button.

8. The URL of the picture you can find direction underneath the “dimensions” on the right side. Copy and paste it into the widget.

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9. Add the license text to the “caption” of the sidebar. Adjust it where necessary, insert your name, your blog name and the year.

 

The works on this blog are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.  ©…………………………………..(add your name) and ………………………………. (add your blog name), 20XX and following years. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited and violates copyright laws in the country you are reading this work in as well as in the country you are trying to re-publish this work in. Re-blogs are accepted if they are clearly linked to this blog and its respective post. ………………………………………(Add your name), 20XX

 

10. Change the picture size in the widget if necessary. You want it to fit into your blog theme. If you leave it empty, WordPress will adjust the image size and it might be over dimensionally blown up.

11. As soon as you’re done and completed the widget, don’t forget to SAVE your work and close it.

12. Last but not least: Go to your WordPress blog and open it. If done everything right, your Sidebar widget should look similar to this now:

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I hope this guide is of any use for new bloggers. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to ask them, either in the comment section or by using the form widget in my sidebar, which will contact my email.

Have a fun and exciting “widget”-time!

Warm regards

A. J. Alexander

 

Nine Motivational Quotes to Get You Through Monday

Suzie posted these 9 motivational quotes on her blog post to get her readers through Monday. I’ll re-blog them to get us all through the week. Thank you very much Suzie. You’re the best!

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It’s been a tough few days, so I thought I would share some of my favourite quotes to help get me through a dark, cold and dreary Monday… Simply click on the images to see them in full size.

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I particularly like the Karen Lamb quote – this is something I often turn to when I am feeling low…

What about you guys? What is your favourite motivational quote that helps to get you through the day?

You can also find me on Twitter and Tumblr @suzie81blog, and don’t forget to check out my Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/suzie81speaks, my Pinterest page http://www.pinterest.com/suzie81speaks and my Instagram page http://www.instagram.com/suzie81speaks.

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A Blogging Quickie…

This is excellent advice from Chris, The Story Reading Ape! Thanks so much Chris for this recommendation.

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Even if your blog theme doesn’t require it, WordPress recommends you include at least one image in your posts.

I’d further recommend you include a Featured Image (see the categories, tags, featured image options before you schedule or publish).

This will not only enhance your excellently written post, but when the post is reblogged, or uploaded to other media, (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, etc), it will appear and enhance those shares as well.

TSRA

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