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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Lost Your Status Bar in Microsoft Word?

Don't waste hours like I did trying to resolve this problem. Microsoft Word's Help did not address this issue. Repairing Word did not fix this issue but probably needed to be done as I'm still using the 2010 version.

Here's how to recover your Status Bar in Word:

  • Click the View tab in the main menu.
  • Click Arrange All.
That's it! When searching Google, this tip did not appear on the first page load of results. I found it via a Microsoft Edge search.

Now I can get back to work effectively and efficiently. Have a good one, all.

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Denise Barker, Author, Blogger, Copy Editor
Books that Build Character(s)


Thursday, May 24, 2018

GDPR Compliance

With the new standards introduced by the European data protection law known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), I appreciate the added privacy protections. 

I am all for keeping data safe. I understand my Blogger/Blogspot site is owned and/or run by Google and has a GDPR Compliance Notice already posted for review by my European visitors.

BUT, just to be safe, I'm posting this notice as well.

I have no control over these tools or Google's Blogger/Blogspot's operations nor am I affiliated with Google's Blogger/Blogspot beyond using its services as described, and I do not collect any data as a result of this usage. Google may collect and/or process your data in these circumstances. If you have any concerns regarding Google's use of your personal data following use of these related tools, you may read Google's policy   here and here.  

Google's Privacy Policy may also be found by  searching for the Google Privacy Policy .

My Living the Dream Publishing blog relies on its legitimate interests to process any sign-up/subscription data so that I can keep you up to date with further blog posts as added herein. I make no other use of this data.

I respect your personal data (whether you live in European countries or elsewhere in the world). 

I have never and will never sell your personal data to third parties.

My subscribers are in control and can opt out at any stage. 

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Denise Barker, Author, Blogger, Copy Editor
Books that Build Character(s)


Saturday, May 12, 2018

A Sci-Fi Book Recommendation for Your Summer/Beach Reading: J. W. Garrett's Remeon's Destiny

Remeon's Destiny, Book One of J. W. Garrett's sci-fi Realms of Chaos series, releases on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, on Amazon. It's available for preorder now at this link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CK5MF2X/ref=pe_385040_112047530_TE_DP
He is the key to a world's survival.
Here's the cover art and the Amazon description to lure you into this wonderful read:

Remeon's Destiny (Realms of Chaos Book 1) by [Garrett, J.W.]

A boy seeking adventure … A world that's dying … A war that may have no winners …

Thomas longs to escape the drudgery of farm life, dreaming of adventure and running away from his demanding parents.

Planet Remeon is on the brink of destruction, fighting a crippling disease that threatens to wipe out their civilization.

Thrust into their world, Thomas is caught in the middle of telepathic mind games between the Day Watchers and the Night Dwellers.

Alliances will be broken. Thoughts will be controlled. Will anyone survive?

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Denise Barker

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Need Some Midweek Motivation? Here Are Four Inspiring Thoughts for You

I love quotes. I've been collecting them my whole life. I have four volumes of quotations uploaded on Amazon to date, each one containing about 2,500 entries. I find them helpful as writing prompts. I find them soothing. I find them inspirational. Each time I read them, I get a new insight from several.

In short, quotes are amazing and can transport us to new and different places, to new and different insights, to new and different mind-sets.

So, for today, here are the four resonating most with me:

Choose based on your highest good.

Do what you can
With what you’ve got
From where you’re at
Be fearless in your pursuit of what sets your soul on fire
I’m not telling you it will be easy. I’m telling you it’ll be worth it.

Fill your mind predominantly with thoughts like these, and just imagine where you could go, where you could end up. Enjoy the trip.

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Denise Barker, Author, Blogger, Copy Editor
Books that Build Character(s)


Saturday, April 14, 2018

BookBub Offers Marketing Articles and Services

I subscribe to BookBub's daily email with free and low-priced books. It's like Christmas every day, IMO. But also BookBub offers marketing articles.

Here's one promoting their marketing services: https://insights.bookbub.com/launch-book-using-bookbub-marketing-tools/

Here's another on a free way for authors to engage their readers: https://insights.bookbub.com/recommendations/

Check out BookBub.com for more info.

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Denise Barker, Author, Blogger, Copy Editor
Books that Build Character(s)


Book Cave Has Great Articles

Not only do I enjoy their daily offerings of books on sale or for free, Book Cave has some really great articles.

The current one is the "23 Benefits of Reading," and I love the catch-all quote that starts off the article:

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.—Joseph Addison

Here's the link for your reading pleasure.



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Denise Barker, Author, Blogger, Copy Editor
Books that Build Character(s)


Thursday, April 12, 2018

My Wonderful Local Writing Group and My Foremost Advice to All Authors

I met with my local writing group this week. It was wonderful. Having a home away from home that nurtures your writing addiction and fosters your creativity and encourages your every step, as well as your leaps and bounds, is priceless, folks. So find one for you in your area.

But this post is about something else.

I have over two thousand e-books on my Kindle, waiting to be read. I hope to read more when I'm "retired," whenever that is. Since I'm a serious workaholic, I don't see me retiring. Regardless, even though I am a copy editor by day, by night I'm a reader. It's not uncommon for me to read two hundred books in a year, on top of the sixty or so copyediting projects that I handle each year (which I read through twice completely, doubling the original document's word count). I read a lot. All the time.

And those two thousand or so e-books on my Kindle are a sort of safety net for me.

I fear running out of good books to read.

Now that is my main message here.

So, as I told the four new attendees (yay!) at our writing group meeting last night, don't hesitate to write what is on your heart. Go with your gut. It doesn't matter what the latest booming genre seems to be, as that will change. It doesn't matter what the best-selling authors may write about. As they change too.

I believe each author has its own designated readership in the world, just waiting for those books to be written, to be published, to reach their eager hands. No one author appeals to every person on this planet. You only need your particular readers to find you, to read your stuff. So don't worry. I believe the appropriate matching of the readers to authors happens over time. So just write. And write some more.

Write YOUR message, YOUR story, YOUR voice, YOUR soul, YOUR uniqueness.

That's today's message, which my own intuition pushed me to write about in this post. And this message is for authors at all stages of your career, whether just starting out or long into this wonderful and sometimes maddening profession.

That's all for now. Gotta run. I have copyediting projects awaiting me, akin to the unread books on my Kindle, which are both like Christmas every day, with packages for me to open to see what lies within.

Have a great week/weekend, y'all!

Denise Barker, Author, Blogger, Copy Editor
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