Facebook Updates

I deleted my Facebook Author page today. I found little interaction there. For me, it’s better to connect with everyone on the blogs. I’m still on Facebook, so you can still find me. I’ll continue to share poetry and posts until I can’t anymore.

This article from Anne R. Allen: “Warning to Writers: You Won’t See This New Publishing Scam Coming,” reminded me of why I left Instagram. I was the victim of a cloned account and Instagram did nothing. To prove who I was, they wanted me to take a photo of myself holding my ID and send it to them! NO!! Not going to happen!

Facebook has no way of dealing with the issue of cloned accounts. Yet, they will be the first one to take down a piece of poetry or a blog post sharing someone’s journey without another thought. Facebook is good for one thing—connecting with friends, authors, and colleagues. The proliferation of paid ads turns me off. It’s just not my thing.

Often, I find I cannot comment or add posts in many of the groups, including the one I’m an admin of. It’s an on again, off again situation with no rhyme or reason to the timing. It is what it is…

I believe social media should be a tool to help us in the marketing of our books. If it doesn’t work anymore, move on and try another way to connect. For authors, marketing is necessary to get the word out about their books. But whatever you do, be safe.

I’ve decided that I’ll be writing more blog posts about my books, poetry, and short stories to help get the word out. I’m open to guest posts if anyone is interested. You can also find me here:

Twitter, @ColleenChesebro: Colleen Chesebro

Facebook: Personal: Colleen Chesebro

MeWe: Colleen Chesebro

Thanks everyone… be safe out there.

Word Craft: Prose & Poetry, wordcraftpoetry.com

Word Craft: Prose & Poetry Twitter: @SyllabicPoetry

Book Review Observations

I read most books on my Kindle Fire. Lately, I’ve been surprised at the quality of ebooks. As an author myself, I discovered that when I use Word, or Scrivener for a manuscript, there are a few things to check before uploading to the Kindle Creator, or whatever you use to upload your ebook to Amazon. Let me share a few of my observations.

I read my Kindle set with a black background. In numerous books, I’ve discovered sections of text that were copied and pasted into the manuscript with a white background around the text. There is nothing wrong with adding and changing text, except in Word, you must do a cut and paste special, and select unformatted text. That gets rid of the background settings you brought forward from your other document.

I double-check my manuscript by going into Word settings to set the entire document with a black background. This is a quick and easy way to find all of the ghosted text. I learned this one the hard way! If you leave the background on your manuscript white, you will never notice the cut and paste issues until someone like me points it out.

Another issue I see are text changes. For no reason, I can discern, the text will suddenly change to another font, often much smaller in size than the original text. It actually overrides the text settings on the Kindle. The only thing I could think of was that the text was copied from another document and pasted correctly, but the font and size were never aligned to the rest of the document. If you do a cut and paste, always check your font as compared to the rest of your document.

Before I upload my manuscript, I always do a command A (I’m on a MAC) to select all the text. Then, I select the correct font for the entire manuscript. I don’t change the size of the text because that will affect your titles and headings. It’s my last effort to make sure all of the text is uniform.

These issues affect your book’s quality and make it seem like you were in such a hurry to publish your book that you didn’t make it the best presentation of your writing. It breaks up the rhythm of your writing, which makes it harder to read. Plus, these formatting issues make it harder to review.

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I hope these tips help other authors. Have you discovered something similar when reading a book on your Kindle? Share it here so we can figure out how to correct the issue.

Think you can’t write poetry? Join me, and learn some tips and tricks in writing syllabic poetry. Find the book on Amazon: mybook.to/WordCraftProsePoetry.

When Good Fortune Smiles

Sometimes I truly connect with the universe. These last couple of weeks was one of those times. I’d been searching for a part-time job for some time. I’d basically given up hope of finding something that I could do for a few hours a week. I still wanted time for my poetry and writing. And then it happened when I least expected it! An opportunity just for me… and I recognized the good fortune.

On the Friday before last, I arrived at my local hair salon for my appointment, and there on the door was the advertisement. They needed a part-time receptionist for a few evenings during the week, including five hours on Saturday. My heart fluttered! This was what I’d been searching for. Nothing high stress, no accounting, only a few hours a week.

Needless to say, my stylist and the receptionist were overjoyed that I was interested. I left the salon with my hair—cut and styled, along with the application in my hand, which I returned a few hours later. By Saturday afternoon, the receptionist called and scheduled my interview at 10:00 Monday morning.

The interview went well. I connected with the owner immediately. There were so many coincidences. The salon used a MAC computer for scheduling. I also use a MAC computer. The scheduling program was like one I’d used years before when I worked in the billing department at a medical facility. There were a few other synchronicities that really surprised me. It was a surreal experience.

I worried that I’d lost my mojo. Was I too old? It took a week for the news, but they offered me the job! Every position I’ve ever interviewed for, I’ve gotten. I don’t know how many people can say that, but I can. It’s a gift… a gift from the universe.

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© Colleen M. Chesebro

So, if you notice I’m not around as much, I’m still here—just juggling poetry, writing, my home life, kitty time, and answering phones. ❤

Chloe & Sophie

Chloe made herself right at home! She’s a six-month-old gray and white shorthair.

Sophie is more skittery. She’s a four-month-old tortoiseshell. The two are always together, never far apart. ❤

I’m thrilled with how socialized both girls are. Many thanks to the Constellation Cat Cafe, in East Lansing, Michigan.

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Smorgasbord Health Column – Turning Back the Clock 2021- Anti-Aging without the Botox by Sally Cronin

What a brilliant idea! Join Sally Cronin, a qualified nutritional therapist with twenty-three years of experience working with clients in Ireland and the UK and being a health consultant on the radio in Spain. I’m always looking for motivation like this to keep myself in line. ❤

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Background to the series.

Sixteen years ago I had a series on radio called Turning Back the Clock, which I presented in response to listeners in their 50’s and 60’s looking for rejuvenation and tips on staying young. Like me they were exasperated by the claims of the cosmetic industry that the various ingredients in their products could knock ten years off their age. I was asked to design a diet that would help reverse the signs of aging and this developed into a weekly challenge that was undertaken by nearly 100 listeners. The series became a book in 2010.

I try to practice what I preach!  And certainly so far I have managed to maintain healthy key indicators such as blood pressure, blood sugar levels and cholesterol without medication, much to the surprise of my doctor!

In my opinion the answer to turning back the clock by several…

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An Update…

I wanted to bring you all up to speed on my disappearance lately…

The last three weeks have been some of the most intense and stressful of my life. Selling our house in Arizona and buying a new house in Michigan during this buying and selling frenzy in the U. S. has been interesting. I’m exhausted!

I always thought I could write through stressful periods but have found that not to be true. I know I haven’t been around lately. Hopefully, this will change now that some things have settled.

We sold our house in Arizona—it is under contract. That part is at least dealt with. Now, all I have left to do is finish packing, set up a pod’s move, and have Ron drive cross-country. We will leave Arizona the first week in January.

Buying a house in Michigan has been the most frustrating and unusual experience we’ve ever had. Currently, the U. S. has some of the lowest mortgage interest rates ever, and that has spawned a flurry of buying and selling (us included). People are listing their homes for $25,000+ below market value, hoping to create a bidding war to drive up the sale of the home. Of course, the RE agents love their commissions increasing, as well!

In the last two weeks, we’ve found and bid on five or six move-in ready homes, fixer-uppers, and homes that are somewhere in-between. Every house has been the same… multiple bids.

This bidding process is really stressful. Once you place your bid, you wait until the owner decides which bid they will accept. I’m sure the highest bid wins out. That’s logical. It usually takes a day or two to find out they rejected your bid. Then, the house hunt starts all over again.

Yesterday, we found out that our bid was accepted on a move-in ready home in Michigan. The owner works at GM, and they are paying for their relocation move. That adds a bit of extra paperwork (60 pages, our RE Agent told us) so the final approval on the sale has a NLT date of acceptance on Wednesday, this week.

We have two good friends, Dustin and Molly, who have gone on these showings with the RE agent in Michigan. We couldn’t have done this without them.

There’s another aspect to this move. On Monday, our seven-month-old kitten, Freyja, will move to a wonderful new home with a family in our present neighborhood. The mom and her two kids came over Friday evening and played with Freyja for a few hours. For this visit, we all wore masks and had a great time. Freyja played with the kids and loved all the attention. This is the best for Freyja and for us. Moving a cat cross-country would be difficult. Five days in a car is hard for us, let alone a kitten.

So things are moving along. I have plenty of time to pack and get ourselves situated. This move will set us up financially for retirement. We will be in a much better place near some of my dearest blog friends: Debby Gies, Charli Mills, and Annette Rochelle Aben.

Thanks for reading.

I’m grateful for your friendship!