It seems like the online world waits patiently until I have gone to sleep and then it begins a crazed middle-of-the-night party to change the systems and stuff I thought I learned. I wake up to a new world of internet rules and regulations!! I have to Google new definitions and new ways to maneuver the programs that I really thought I had a handle on.
Not fair you guys!
But, as always, there is good that comes along with the confusing.
I have learned about Patreon – a wonderful new platform that helps artists of all types find patrons to facilitate the creation of their art! People can commit to a small amount of money or a large amount. The Patron receives special consideration from the artist in exchange for their support or at the very least the Patron has the satisfaction of knowing their artist is not going to die from lack of coffee.
I am in the process of setting up a Patreon page to help make it easier to write and publish my book as well as get the dogs and myself relocated to Europe. I’m sure it would be a much easier process if I was in one of the generations that were born after all the world wide web was created.
Please don’t get me wrong – I love the internet and all the wonderful avenues and libraries and countries I can explore in my pajamas from my own little desk with a big furry dog snoozing on my feet. I love that I can be reading a book on my Kindle (dark screen) in the middle of the night and look up a word or name I don’t know and then continue on with only a minimal interruption. In the old days, I had to make a note to find the answer the next day or the next week when I went to the library. I feel so spoiled. That, however, does not guarantee that I am not without major confusion from time to time when I hit a wall of new acronyms!
In the time I have been away from this blog I have discovered an interesting new program called Scrivener – it is a book writing tool that is supposed to make the life of a writer so much easier. And I have confidence that that is true. I also know that the learning curve is not insignificant.
Add that to the other fact that I have purchased an iPad! Oh how I have wanted one for so many years and lusted after my friends’ iPads. Now that I have my very own….. AAAACK! again. Another learning curve and the discovery that apps and programs are two very different creatures with their own personalities and rules.
I have installed the apps on the iPad that correspond to my programs on the laptop. That’s not so bad but then I have to make the two computer devices ‘talk’ to each other and then I need to learn each of their languages in order to function in the corresponding format.
Well, I am not beat yet! Soon I will have Patreon installed and a summary of my new book. I will also be asking you to send me information and stories about your experiences with the loss or death of different people or pets that you wish to share. I have learned that each relationship is unique in life as well as in death. Losing a sibling is a lot different than losing a parent. Feel free to send me your stories and I will share my progress on the book with you.
Now…. I need another cup of coffee to tackle the new app!!