WP Editor, Writer’s Retreat, Y’All Write, and #GiveAway

So, fun fact. I’d procrastinated for months about learning the new WP editor, which is my own fault. We’d been traveling for the weekend and got home late on a Sunday night in early October, and I needed to prepare the Bad Moon Rising post for the next day. My classic editor was gone. Disappeared. Poof. Son of a %*#$@! I tried everything I could think of to get it back, locate it, beg for it – you get the picture. So that was my baptism into using Gutenberg. I’ve gotten the hang of it now, but hubby said even the neighbors heard my rants.

I mentioned last week I wasn’t doing NaNo, but was participating in a four week virtual writing retreat hosted by authors C.J. Redwine and Mary Weber. It’s been fantastic! Every Tuesday evening we have a virtual workshop and so far we’ve covered ideas, seven plotting methods, building an atmospheric world, authentic dialogue, and character webs. During the week there are writing sprints, prompts, Q&A, etc. I’ve “met” several other writers, one who actually lives in my town. My writing has been more disciplined, and I’m beginning to see a light at the end of the tunnel for the first draft. Yay!

For all you YA fans and writers out there, November 13th and 14th is the Y’All Write book festival. It features some amazing authors, and I’ve already registered for nine panels – so that’s my Friday and Saturday. Check out the website HERE.

Just a reminder about the giveaway I’m participating in. Eighteen speculative fiction books spanning loads of subgenres! Five random winners will be chosen November 30th. To enter and learn more about the featured books, click HERE. Good luck!

31 thoughts on “WP Editor, Writer’s Retreat, Y’All Write, and #GiveAway

  1. I think everyone cursed whenever they made the switch. I accidentally hit the switch button (or WP did it for me) a long time ago on my site and the aforementioned language occurred. Now I love it. There’s only one thing I don’t like about it, and it’s a feature that barely makes me grumble. Something I can hand-code in HTML if it really bothers me (which it seldom does).

    Glad you found a local writer. That’s wonderful! And good luck with the giveaway!

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      1. If you’re in the “all posts” screen, you should see a “classic editor” option under the post you want to edit. You have to create the post first. Unless they’ve taken that option away. It used to be there. I haven’t used that feature in so long, I don’t know if they’ve eliminated it now.

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  2. They changed Blogger recently too. I let it happen when they switched me back in the Summer since I knew I’d have to get used to it eventually, but still haven’t accepted it as being a good thing. The old one worked just fine, and now I’m having to change how I do things to make them happen with the new one. Why do they have to keep changing everything? Haven’t these people ever heard of the saying, “If it aint broke, don’t fix it,” at all?

    Anyway, glad you’re enjoying the writing retreat. Have fun at the book festival this weekend. I think it’s cool these things can now be done virtually… A very good thing these days.

    I think I entered the giveaway… Assuming the thingy worked, since it and Jaws (my screen reader) don’t get on very well.

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    1. I agree with the ain’t broke deal completely, Tori. Sometimes it seems like changes are made just for the sake of changing. I’m really looking forward to the book fest panels this weekend – lots of great topics. Good luck on the giveaway!


    1. It wasn’t as difficult to switch over as I’d thought, but I still haven’t explored all the options I have. Guess I’ll get around to it. Next time they have this retreat (maybe another in the spring), I’ll let you know, Robbie. Participants are from all over – one is in Turkey.

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  3. Fabulous news on your writing progress, Teri. The Writer’s Retreat sounds informative, and it seems to be getting the energy going. And yes, my classic editor vanished a couple of weeks ago. I think I had the “deer in the headlights” look on my face as I stopped breathing. But honestly, the basics aren’t too bad. Though I wish the happiness engineers would lay off my happiness for a while! Happy Writing.

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    1. Other than for editing, I couldn’t find an option to use the classic editor again. I tried googling it, but my option was gone completely. I’d honestly expected the change to be more difficult, but WP sent me a short tutorial video and that answered my basic questions. Good luckl, Misty!

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