Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Summertime...


...and the wise snails are keeping in the shade. It is really too hot to do anything except crawl inside the nearest drainpipe and try to keep cool. Even my computer seemed to give up yesterday.

Today I tried going onto bloglines as recommended by Maxine, because, like Chiefbiscuit, I am having trouble keeping abreast with all the fascinating posts. However, this was not a great success because I kept getting diverted onto yet more blogs...

I must become more disciplined. I have to finish the redraft of the redraft of the redraft of my novel this week so I can send it to my agent but so far have only reached chapter 2.

8 Comments:

Blogger Maxine said...

You should compare notes with Debi Alper who keeps getting seduced away from her novel by blogging!

I hope that your post means that the Bloglines attempt worked, at least -- I would hate to have recommended something that turned out to be nonfuntional or irritating, as much of this technological stuff can be. But I agree, very distracting!

Love your picture of the snails in this post. The number of them in my garden, curled up in the shade is the nicest place for them to be.

Tue Jul 18, 07:26:00 pm  
Anonymous Clare said...

Ah yes, Maxine, that bloglines worked all right, rather too well in fact. I put in about 5 links then got distracted by someone's sad story which was interestingly linked and by the time I'd come out (come out, is exactly how it felt) the whole afternoon had gone. argh. But thank you for telling me about it, I am certain that once I have it fully functioning I shall be much more efficient.

Tue Jul 18, 08:03:00 pm  
Blogger Debra Hamel said...

I'm amazed that you were keeping abreast of the blogosphere all this time without (apparently) using an RSS reader!

Wed Jul 19, 04:39:00 am  
Anonymous clare said...

Debra: No RSS feed and I have to do all my links by hand as well - which takes ages. When I was at Lampeter I noticed there were all sorts of special buttons I could push when I was creating a blog which would have sped things up but they've gone again now I'm home. I think it must be something to do with working on an apple or using safari...

Wed Jul 19, 07:05:00 am  
Blogger chiefbiscuit said...

Ah yes the problem is there just isn't enough time ... mastery of which is always seemingly just out of reach.
We have an apple and RSS feed - I think - but I still use html for comments and links in comments. We got a better editor about two months ago when we moved from Safari to Firefox.
Are you a keeper of snails? I'm always meaning to ask you!

Wed Jul 19, 07:41:00 am  
Anonymous Clare said...

Thanks CB. I shall consult the IT dept on the possibility of changing to firefox.

I am really useless at this computer stuff. I learn just the bare minimum to do what I want then just stick with that.

No, the only snails I keep are the pink unshelled variety with legs - still move pretty slowly though

Wed Jul 19, 07:50:00 am  
Blogger AYDIN ÖRSTAN said...

Those snails are Helix aspersa. They are believed to have been brought to England by the Romans, who liked eating them. They are used to hot & dry summers in their original Mediterranean homeland.

Tue Jul 25, 08:04:00 pm  
Anonymous Clare said...

Romans ate them? You mean they were a snack import? Thank you Aörstan, I am getting a whole new picture of the occupation of my husband's family now- owners of a rather slimy fast food outlet .

Thu Aug 03, 02:11:00 pm  

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