Tuesday’s Tactical Tenacity

Years ago, my HR and business mentor told me I had tenacity. At the time, I figured it was a compliment, although I had never heard the word before. I probably came by it naturally, being of both Irish and German heritage. My parents were great examples of tenacity. It is one of the best things I learned from them. Don’t ever give up is another thing; along with don’t let them know they got to you. The last one was advice about being bullied. I believe that’s one reason why it’s so hard for me to cry. I got so good at suppressing tears. I wish I could summon them when I need to. But no, they’re pretty tenacious, too.

Apparently, to market my Kid-Lit, I should start marketing NOW. I’m dabbling in that very thing when I talk about it, or my illustrator, Cartney McGuigan, or studying about Children’s Books. It’s amazing how much information exists about it. I am still wading through the 45 minute videos of Women in Publishing Summit. I’m also finding many organizations that I, as a publisher, author, blogger should investigate. It all takes precious time. More list-making is ahead of me, I can see it now. Maybe I could hire the Babe as my Personal Assistant, since he’s the VP and Secretary of Jewell Publishing, LLC. Oh, and there isn’t any money for a payroll. You’ll get the pleasure of my company, LOL.

Seriously, I’m learning about timelines, who does what, how long it will take. Project Management. Just like in IT. I’ve done a lot of that in my life. I cannot wait to get to publishing time, hopefully in September, 2021. I hope I can be at the printer’s and watch the printing process, and coming off the press. Remember, my family was in the business of publishing the local newspaper. It’s a huge part of my story! I cannot wait to touch the first book as they complete it. And celebrate it! Launching is a lot of work, but we can make it a lot of fun.

This week, quite by accident, I learned why some photo uploads were failing in Word Press. The website I maintain for the VFW Post 2503 was experiencing difficulties when I uploaded photos from events. Our Big IT Kahuna (also a professional photographer), taught me was about the size of the photos. I’m using my Google Pixel 3 Phone. Apparently the phone settings were on very high resolution for photos. They should be smaller res, so I now have a downloaded program that will convert them for me. Smaller res photos load quickly and make the website more professional in performance. I’m glad to have gleaned that little techie tidbit.

However, now that I know that, I need to convert the files and re-upload them. My dad always taught me there’s no sense in doing something if you’re not going to do it right. Thanks, Dad. I don’t need more to do, but I don’t want to be half-a**ed about it. So I’ll revise the files in an orderly fashion. A few at a time. And make sure the new photos are smaller. My phone won’t fill up as quickly, either. Thanks Brad!

As I start my afternoon checking out the professional organizations for authors and publishers, I remember today is National Puppy Day. I’d be remiss if I didn’t share our girls with you. Lexie (brown dog) is the best Director of Security we’ve ever had. Goldie is one who could play, play, play forever. And our Roxie, (white and brown dog) is how I started blogging. We lost her July 5, 2020, and I wrote my grief. I still have some of it, and it’s the topic of my book for children. How Gavin coped with the loss was a lesson of many kinds for life. You’ll see when you read it!

Love your pets. Provide comfort for them, they will return the favor a hundred-fold. Thank you for reading today. Thanks for continuing on with my adventure, I’m happy to share it with you. Be Safe. Be Kind. Be Careful out there! I, for one, cannot wait to get my second COVID vaccination. Can’t come soon enough. See you tomorrow!

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