When I discover a beautiful picture, I very often catch myself standing there, sunken into the sight and just enjoying. And then, I realize, very slowly, that I picture some of my characters interacting right at this wonderful place.
In book 6 of my series, I have some of my characters meeting in a clearing which I had kept in my memory like a valuable treasure, only to remember it the moment I needed it and used it for this particular story. And there’s not much I can do than to describe what I see in front of my inner eye. I figure this is one of the things I love about reading: releasing my fantasy. If I read about scenery the writer describes, I picture it in front of me and try to look at it the way it feels comfortable and decent for me. Don’t give me too…
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!
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.
2. Go to your WordPress “Admin” Page and click “Appearance”.
3. Then pick “Widgets” and scroll down to “Image”.
4. Click on the “Image” button and drag it up to the sidebar. Place it where you want the license to appear.
5. Click onto the “Image” button to open the widget, by using the “arrow” on the right side.
6. Download the “license” image to your media file and add its URL to the sidebar.
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.
9. Add the license text to the “caption” of the sidebar. Adjust it where necessary, insert your name, your blog name and the year.
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:
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.