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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

A Financial Backup Lessens the Stress and Worry of Freelancing

As a freelancer, I find my worries and my stress are greatly lessened when I have a financial backup. If single, one way is to live with a roommate, who will share in all living expenses. This could be with another freelancer (hoping your slow months are not the same but weathering them all the while). Another way is to have a credit card for those slow months. While I hesitate to offer this suggestion, the best way to use a credit card is to never use it. The second-best way is to pay it off monthly (or at least before the 0% interest expiration date). Don't take cash advances as the interest rates are exorbitant.

For some freelancers, PayPal's line of working capital might work for them. It doesn't for me. I'm a service provider, not attending conferences or making costly purchases of equipment or with any employees to pay. So those big-ticket items (seemingly covered by an injection of capital) aren't involved in my business as a copy editor.

Just like decluttering your house can ease back on those interrupting and nagging to-do/should-do thoughts, having a financial backup can lessen those distracting worries and disabling stressors, keeping you working and focusing on more productive endeavors.

My thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by Florence. God bless you all.

Welcome to My World, Where Every Day Is a Saturday

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

https://deniseannbarker.com

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Computer Running Slow, Hanging Up? Here Are Some DIY Tips

I visited a friend of a friend to get my computer running faster. It worked. Enormously. Thanks Liz and Don.

MY NEEDS: I'm not a gamer or a photographer. I'm a copy editor using Word to Track Changes in my clients' soon-to-be-published manuscripts, using online Webster's to double-check spelling, using the online version of The Chicago Manual of Style to double-check grammar, plus doing some fact-checking via the internet, along with accessing three email addresses to connect with my author clients. Yes, it should be just one central email hub in hindsight, but I was tracking how I got their attention.

Also I have a cloud backup program. I've found that I need to see that little icon appear in my taskbar before everything else speeds up. While that icon seems to be the last to show up, it only takes a couple minutes max. In my downtime, once I've stopped working for the day, I do watch movies on Netflix and YouTube on a second laptop while in bed.

MY SYSTEM: I'm on Windows 10, using 2010 Word, with a wireless laptop (no wired-in desktop computer).

INTERNET MODEM: My service provider is AT&T, and they are wonderful. We finally got them in my neighborhood, and (1) I was happy to switch. They are cheaper than my previous provider (who was the only game in town for years). They provide faster service. They are rarely down. In fact, they seem to run two underground lines from my house to the pole in my backyard. Like my neighbor said, if the system goes down, it's only for about five minutes, as the second line kicks in to keep me connected.

My router/modem is installed in the first bedroom that initially served as my office. However, years ago I had moved my office to the second bedroom, some one hundred feet apart, with many twists and turns and walls and doors in the way. (2) I bought an internet booster that you sync with the modem and then plug in somewhere between said modem and the computer. That helped even before I switched internet providers.

Prior to my visit to the local computer guru, I found two videos on YouTube: (3) one to double my RAM and (4) a clean batch file to clear out the temp files and the prefetch files. I run it every morning to delete the junk. After all that, I then (5) uninstalled computer programs, notably all but two browsers. [I had been checking other browsers to see if they were any faster than Google Chrome.] Google Chrome is my current default, with Microsoft Edge as my alternate, in case I need to see if Google is down.

My new friend, the local computer guru, also checked for software programs that could be deleted, suggested I check for more software that I did not need and was not using that could be deleted. NOTE: I suggest you make a list and speak to your IT tech first before deleting/uninstalling any unknown programs to you, or you could search the internet to confirm what those programs do as well before uninstalling something really important that you need. My computer guru also asked about how close my router/modem was to my computer, asked if I was wired-in or wireless (discussed above).

But his best advice was priceless: (6) Set up a second work laptop strictly for checking my three work-related email addresses. My primary work laptop was restricted to working on my clients' Word docs and doing related internet research. Luckily I have a graveyard of laptops that I had not yet recycled at my local BestBuy, as I resurrected one for my bedroom for movie-watching (nice big screen for a laptop with great audio and video), another one to serve as a second work-related laptop for my office to segregate said three email addresses via two email programs from my other business-related needs.

Once I set up that secondary work-related laptop for checking emails throughout my day, magic happened. My primary work-related laptop no longer froze up every ten minutes (or less). My computer boots up/shuts down in five minutes or less (instead of thirty minutes to an hour or even more).

Now I'm a happy camper. Granted, my system is not as fast as what is depicted on TV with hackers able to do anything in seconds. Is that even possible in real life? I'm no hacker, but I am envious of their computers. However, just doing each of the above-noted tasks has vastly improved the frustratingly slow computer problems that I had been dealing with earlier.

Hope this helps someone out there as well.


Welcome to My World, Where Every Day Is a Saturday

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

https://deniseannbarker.com
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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.


Welcome to My World, Where Every Day Is a Saturday

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

https://deniseannbarker.com

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. 

Welcome to My World, Where Every Day Is a Saturday

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

https://deniseannbarker.com

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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Enjoy!

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.
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Do what you can
With what you’ve got
From where you’re at
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Be fearless in your pursuit of what sets your soul on fire
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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.


Welcome to My World, Where Every Day Is a Saturday

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

https://deniseannbarker.com

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.



Welcome to My World, Where Every Day Is a Saturday

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

https://deniseannbarker.com