Like many writers, I enjoy taking online courses to educate myself about the various aspects of writing. Last month I learned about designing websites using Joomla!, which I hadn’t heard of before, and this month I’m increasing my knowledge of WordPress. Both types have their advantages, but I’m still leaning toward WordPress because I’m more familiar with the system—familiar enough to be dangerous.
My current website is a WordPress one, and I notice a lot of writers have this type of website. What I like about it is that I can add content with only a basic knowledge of code. For those of you who are thinking about new websites or blogs, do check out these two systems. Both websites have loads of tutorials and forums to ask questions.
Just out of interest – are there any author websites that you really like and return to on a regular basis? I’d like names plus reasons why you find these particular sites attractive. Is it the colors or the content or something else?
I recently downloaded SmartEdit, which is currently free. It’s a little like AutoCrit, and brings up instances of clichés, overused words, repeated phrases, adverbs etc. in a manuscript. Like most editing programs, a writer shouldn’t take the results as gospel, but this can be a useful tool to have in an editing arsenal. I’ve used Autocrit before and liked this one better because the results can be saved to a file. It’s worth checking out and having a play.
There seems to be a ghostly theme going on in my life recently. In a coincidence, or not, my current audio book I’m listening to, picked at random, is Divine Freaks by Fiona Dunbar, which features a 13 year-old who starts seeing ghosts during her biology class—a freaky man about to apply his scalpel to a white rat. Just an aside, she freaked out, and I would have too!
I have books one and two in Stacey Kennedy’s Frostbite series. I’ve almost finished Supernaturally Kissed about Tess who sees ghosts. A good book BTW, and I hope to write a review soon.
Last week my husband and I were walking Bella before hubby left for work. We both heard the harsh pant of a dog behind us—the sort of sound a dog makes when it’s pulling on its lead—and turned around, expecting to see a person with a big dog.
There was nothing there.
A few houses before we reached ours we saw Casper, a neighboring dog, run outside. He ran right in front of a SUV and the driver couldn’t avoid him. It was horrid, since we witnessed everything. Poor Casper didn’t survive.
I said to hubby when we went inside that the dog we’d heard had come to get Casper. Honestly, it was the freakiest thing. I’ve never experienced anything like it.
Have you had any ghostly experiences?