About me


Ok, a bit about me…

I started writing this blog on wordpress.com back in April 2013 when I decided that I might stand half a chance of making a living out of being a writer.  I’ve spent a lot of years working in a conventional office environment, passing my exams, getting my qualifications and now I’d like to do something else as well.  I have my own HR Consultancy, am a certified NLP Practitioner,  NLP  Coach, Hypnotherapist, and Time Line Therapist.

Why the change of blog?  Well, artistic integrity is all well and good, but it doesn’t put food on the table, and besides, wordpress.org is a bit more flexible in what you can do with it.  And, if I was going to change, it had to be before there were too many items on the old blog.  I’m told that if you put too many items on a new blog to start with the all-mighty Google treats it as spam, and that is very bad for the search engine optimisation.

I wanted my own blog so that I could write about whatever I wanted, when I wanted, and I pretty much do that, here.  Other writing media have to be more focused.  Of course, the downside of publishing your own work is that you don’t get any rejection letters.  Don’t get me wrong, I’d rather get an acceptance letter, but a rejection is better than not getting any response at all. You can sometimes learn a bit from a rejection letter.  Sometimes, you get feedback in the rejection letter.  The important thing is not to take it personally.

I make the most of all the technology at my disposal when I am writing – laptops, tablets, smartphones, they all have a place in my world, as well as conventional pen and paper.  I am a big fan of Evernote, Dropbox and Google Docs.

I love Evernote, recommended by my brother.  It’s great because if I happen to be using a small handbag, and don’t have room for a pen and paper, I’ve got Evernote on my ‘phone with which to make notes.  (Yes, actually, I do use a small handbag sometimes!)  I have even written a full article on there before, then, all I have to do when I get to my laptop is cut and paste and voila!

Google docs and the various other office apps are great too, because you can save them and download them and it’s rock and roll all the way.  I am still getting used to Google docs, I’ll be honest, but that’s half the fun of it.

And my beloved Dropbox, first recommended to me by my non-fiction tutor Simon Whaley.  (I once referred to non-fiction as NF, and the person I was texting thought I meant National Front and got very panicky.  So for future reference, in my world, NF is non-fiction.  Always.  End of.)

I have never actually met Simon Whaley but I love him anyway.  He was a fantastic, helpful tutor and is good writer too.  I recommend his books, I’ve read a few of them.  Back to Dropbox.  It’s very user-friendly, they don’t keep sending you adverts and they give you free space to start with.  It’s also a great way of sharing documents if you are trying to work with someone else.  If you’d like me to send you the link, please let me know, that way I get more space and you will get the opportunity to do that too.  It’s a win-win.

So, that’s it about me really, apart from the fact that I am a slave to my cats, the ones mentioned in this blog.  And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

©Susan Shirley 2014


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