Adventure 266 ~ Set Up An Account With CreateSpace

"Seventeen" by Jane TalbotI’m super busy with work at the moment, so today’s adventure was just a “quickie” :  taking the next step towards publishing my poetry collection. Today, I created an account with CreateSpace, the self-publishing arm of Amazon – my book even has its own Title ID!

Whilst this adventure might appear very small on the outside, it feels very big on the inside. In spite of some of the formatting challenges that are probably ahead of me, I’m feeling really excited!

I only have 5 more poems to write, and then I’m ready to pull everything together 🙂 .

I am just going outside and may be some time.

JT

Adventure 258 ~ Create A Facebook Advert

ribbon canva 2Today’s adventure was tough. Very tough. So tough, that I’m going to need a long lie down right after I’ve published this blog post.

I’ve never created a Facebook advert before. Once, I really pushed the boat out and “boosted” a post  (with little effect, might I add), but the territory of the Facebook advert with its snazzy new “Call-To-Action” buttons looked way out of my technological league.

Thing is, I’ve got an adventure coming up which would benefit from a little promotion : a storytelling webinar on the 25th September. So, I figured that it might be time to actually face my Facebook advert demons head-on!

My image-creation adventure helped me create an image for my advert. And then I clicked the link on Facebook entitled “Create Advert”. All good up to this point. But then it all seemed a little overwhelming ~ so many different types of advert to choose from!

I did manage to work out which would be best for my event, and I did muddle my way through. And, yes, I’ve created my very first Facebook advert (which is also my very first “dark post” ~ one that doesn’t appear on my page, just in the news feed), but it really isn’t what I’d hoped for.

Creating adverts in this way severely limits the amount of text you can use in the advert, and yet I’ve seen other adverts with comprehensive text accompanying the link. That’s what I was hoping for, but my muddling didn’t seem to arrive at that end-point.

On the upside, after I’d set my advert up, I did some more Googling and eventually found an article that explained why I hadn’t managed to create the advert I had hoped to – and it showed how to create an advert with unlimited text (you have to use Facebook’s Power Editor). On the downside, now I’ve created my advert, there doesn’t seem to be a way to stop it!

As with all my adventures, I’ve learned something. Today I faced another technological demon, and the next time I create an advert, that demon will be my ally. I’m not even trembling at the thought of “Power Editor”…. how cool is that?!

I am just going outside and may be some time.

JT

Adventure 256 ~ Collect Beech Seeds For Planting

beech nuts and casingsBeech nuts are now falling from the copper beech tree on our farm, so I thought it would be a good time to collect some of the seeds and plant them.

I read all about collecting and planting seeds in Tree Planting And Aftercare . I discovered that the guidelines for collecting and planting seeds is species-dependent. Luckily beech seeds seem quite straight forward : you collect them, test them for their fertility, and then you can plant them straight away (or wait for Spring).

The germination rate for beech seeds is about 60%. That’s a good rate when compared with seeds from other trees. To optimise my chances of tree-growing success, I decided that I would test the fertility of the seeds before planting. In my tree planting book, it told me that if the beech seeds float , then they are infertile* (and, therefore, not worth planting).

* After today’s adventure, I carried out some on-line research. Many people believe the “float-sink” rule to be a fallacy. So it may actually be worth planting floating seeds!

You can see how I got on in today’s video.

I am just going outside and may be some time.

JT

Adventure 252 ~ See The Harvest Supermoon 2014 At Its Fullest

At 02.38 this morning, 2014’s Harvest Moon reached the crest of its full phase. This was a special Harvest Moon because it was also a supermoon (a perigean full moon).

The Harvest Moon is the full moon that falls closest to the autumnal equinox (Monday 22nd September in 2014). A full moon is a supermoon when it turns full less than a day after reaching lunar perigee. Lunar perigee is when the moon is closest to the Earth during its monthly orbit, and it appears larger and brighter at this time because of its proximity to us.

I’ve never observed a Harvest Supermoon at the crest of its full phase, so I decided to get up just before 2.38 this morning in the hope of seeing it. Because I’d done a bit of research beforehand, and would understand what I was witnessing, it all felt very exciting!

Of course, seeing it would be dependent on weather conditions …..

I am just going outside and may be some time.

JT

Adventure 245 ~ Create My Very First Newsletter

Add a little adventure to your in-box

I had a lot of fun today creating (and sending out) my very first newsletter! I used Mailchimp for this , and I capitalised on last week’s “techy” adventure too : I used Canva to create the header image.

I wrote a short article and then added share buttons and links … okay, I added pretty much everything I could work out how to use!

You can take a peek here  ~ I think you’ll like the article (it’s a harvest metaphor 🙂 ).

I am just going outside and may be some time.

JT

Adventure 238 ~ Take The Ice Bucket Challenge

ice bucket challengeYesterday I got nominated to take part in the ice bucket challenge by one of my Facebook friends, so today’s adventure involved me throwing 2 buckets of  water (with ice cubes) over myself 🙂 .

I chose to donate to the MND [Motor Neurone Disease] Association.

 

I am just going outside and may be some time.

JT

Adventure 223 ~ Forage For My Breakfast In The Hedgerow

Well, when you’re out camping, you can get pretty hungry! So today, I decided to see if I could find anything in the hedgerow that I could add to my breakfast bowl 🙂 . (Nature’s larder seems to be quite full at the moment 😛 ).

I am just going outside and may be some time.

JT

 

Adventure 222 ~ Set Up A Bird Box

Today I set up a bird box! I’ve never had a bird box, table or  feeder in my garden before, so this will be a new experience. I hope it encourages birds into the garden ; I’m looking forward to learning how to identify them 🙂 .

I am just going outside and may be some time.

JT

Adventure 214 ~ The Big Distraction Project [Day 6]

rangeToday, I reduce my distractions further by taking myself  to a location without a phone- signal or the internet!

I have a wonderful adventure learning how to fire up an old range cooker ; I sit in front of it reading for the whole afternoon (and well into the evening).

(I might actually be getting the hang of distraction-free living…. at last!)

 

 

 

I am just going outside and my be some time.

JT

Adventure 200 ~ Celebrate In Style

home-made chimineaIt was my 200th day of adventuring today, so I decided to make my celebration the adventure of the day! I bet that most of you will not have seen an outdoor fire like this before! (It was brilliant, by the way and a fabulous recycling adventure 🙂 ).

And for those of you who’d be interested in a fail-safe Irish coffee recipe, you’ll find that in today’s video too.

 

 

I am just going outside and may be some time.

JT