Beyond the Sphere

It’s One Word Sunday tomorrow, and this week Debbie’s theme is ‘Early’… so I’m getting in early and posting this on a Saturday! (I will link to Debbie’s post sometime during Sunday… but will the link be added early? Time will tell!)

Early morning or early evening? That is the question. Don’t let the time of this post fool you… the clock may be stopped! Well, it is in the photograph – could it be in real life? It may be too early to tell!

Visit Debbie’s site (on Sunday via the link to be added!) to view more takes on the theme!

Sunday Edit: Here’s the link to Debbie’s post!

Short and sweet, but that’s it!

Well, it is Six Word Saturday!

Debbie’s theme for One Word Sunday this week is ‘Three’… two plus one equals three, which is presented here. I’ve always enjoyed maths!

Have a bright Sunday!

The new Block Editor is what I’m referring to.

I suppose once you’ve used it a couple of hundred times, it’s OK. But me, who only uses it to add a featured image it can be somewhat of a nightmare. That said, I now know how to add a featured image so it isn’t all that bad.

I become stuck with the more technical aspects, such as how to remove a block that I added in error? I use what is known as the ‘Classic Block’ which is meant to look and feel like the older and more favoured normal editor, but it doesn’t feel right. And I don’t have the time to waste trying to see how all of the different blocks work. One day perhaps, but not right now.

For my posts I use an external program called Open Live Writer. It’s an updated version (sort of) of the older Windows Live Writer, and it is so easy to use words defy me.

It needs to be downloaded from here (the link will open in a new window). It’s easy to set up once downloaded.

Once downloaded and all of your criteria has been entered to access your blog (or blogs if you have more than one) this is what you see:

The interface is WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get), which means what you type in is roughly what you see when the post is published. Merely enter a post title (in the field on screen which clearly tells you this!) and then type away in the main body of the screen. There are text formatting options along the top so you can add headers and change colours as you so wish. Need to add a picture? Simply copy and paste one into the screen. It can be resized, positioned and even recoloured how you would prefer it to be.

Tip: I use the fabulous Snipping Tool which comes with Windows 10 to select the part of the image I want to use in my post, it’s so much easier than searching for the image through the library, and a lot quicker too.

Once snipped, the image can just be pasted into the text area of Live Writer. Clicking on the image then will add a new tab across the top to Format the image:

Here, various options are provided to recolour, change the link if you want the image to link to somewhere else or remove the link completely, or add alternative text if you’d like something to pop up over the image when the curser on a computer is hovered over it. There are also options to crop, change the alignment and add watermarks.

Note: Depending on the image, I’ve noticed that when making adjustments sometimes the image shrinks, and the more changes made can squish the image rather considerably. Not all the time, but it’s worth being aware of.

There is also the option to add tables, if you so desire. I’ve used this feature a couple of times, but it can be a little tricky, especially if new cells are needed to be added to the table. Also, depending on the theme being used in WordPress the table doesn’t always appear as planned. Still, it’s another option should you wish to try it. The table and a host of other options are available within the Insert tab at the top of the screen.

The tabs along the top:

File – new post / save post / open recent post plus others

Home – the main word processing page

Insert – the host of other options to add into the post

Blog Account – access blog features and update the theme which can be (pre)viewed in Live Writer

Format – appears when clicking on an image for adjustments

The tabs along the bottom:

Edit – this is the main text entry screen

Preview – this tab gives a quick preview of how the post will look (depending if the theme being used in WordPress has been updated (by using the Blog Account tab at the top)). This isn’t exact, but it’s a good comparison.

Source – this is the tab that holds the HTML code, should you feel the need to edit the post this way. You never know, you may feel like a challenge! I don’t tend to bother!

Once I’m happy with my post, I select the categories and tags just above the main text area. Once set up, the categories appear in a drop down list and can be selected simply by ticking a box. The tags need to be typed in, but the first character will list any others already entered with that character, so it becomes easier over time to use the same tags. New ones can simply be entered as you are going along.

Clicking the Publish button, top left in the Home tab, will publish the post immediately to your blog unless you would like to schedule the post, which can be done by selecting the date and time from the option top right, just next to the tags field. Once this has been selected, clicking Publish will send the post to your blog where it will be scheduled to be posted at your selected time.

And that’s it! I find it easy to use, and the post can be written without even going to the blog or even the internet itself… although obviously, internet access is needed to post the thing!

Note: I’ve noticed if I centrally align an image (or text) sometimes, not all the time, the code which says the text or image needs to be centralised appears on the published post, rather than the text or image being centralised. It can be a bit of a bother, but to fix it, just go into the Editor in WordPress to edit the post – usually this fixes the issue without making a change… although on occasions the image needs to be set to be centralised in the WordPress editor by clicking on the image and then the align option – the command doesn’t always pull through.

Little issues aside, for a free system it works very well. It’s easier to use than the new Block Editor, although as I’ve just mentioned there are times when the Block Editor is still needed. Another time is to add the Featured Image… which is how I know how to add a featured image through the Block Editor which I began this post with.

Maybe using the Block Editor often makes it easier to understand, and there might be some good features to use that aren’t in Live Writer… but there’s nothing stopping the post being written first in Live Writer and then tweaked in the Block Editor afterwards, simply by editing the post once published. It’s all down to personal choice.

I prefer saving time writing my posts this way… although sometimes, depending on the post, not all that much time is actually saved!

Believe it or not, this post has been written for Six Word Saturday. Sometimes it’s good to take a quick liberty! (There’s a wordcount option top right in Live Writer which tells me I’ve gone slightly over six words with this post!) It’s a good job only the title needs to be six words, don’t you think?

First post back after a short break… tomorrow it’s One Word Sunday!

A selection of photos from past One Word Sunday posts:

Movement (24th February 2019)

Circle (17th June 2018)

Underfoot (19th July 2017)

Wet (1st October 2017)

Asleep (8th April 2018)

Baleful (1st April 2018)

Literal (22nd April 2018)

Debbie hosts One Word Sunday over on her blog Travel With Intent. I’m not taking part in this week’s challenge, but please visit her site to see how other bloggers interpret this week’s theme.

Are we here for a reason?

Or are we merely just here?

Do we work well with society?

Or do we just fit in?

Can we really achieve better things?

Or live with what we have?

Six Questions for Six Word Saturday.

(Originally posted on 9th March 2019)

For One Word Sunday this week, Debbie’s theme is ‘Arch’, and a while ago I spotted this natural arch whilst out walking. Could it conceal a hidden doorway into a magical dimension somewhere?

Also, I wonder if you can see any Spirits of the Trees in the photo? I can only make out one pair of eyes looking at me, which appear to be part of a cat spirit (on the opposite side of the broken trunk) but the face appears only fleetingly. The eyes remain visible. I’ve highlighted where I see it:

Tufty, that is, not me… and a few years ago as well, not today!

Posted for Six Word Saturday.

For One Word Sunday this week, Debbie’s theme is Bridge.

My photo is of a steep pathway leading up to the bridge, which is weak. The bridge, that is, although I suppose the photo could be as well!

Imagine if the other side of the bridge is the future. The fabulous, glowing, pandemic-free future. All we have to do to get there is keep positive, climb that pathway and then walk or run headlong into that great future.

I’m bored of hearing about the pandemic now. I’m bored of hearing about all the restrictions. I understand why they are necessary, but I’m bored of them. Life is for living.

We will get back to full living once we reach the other side. We just have to keep on keeping on, and Feeling Good about what life we have now. We can’t give up… and we certainly can’t allow this pandemic to continue for much longer.

An as positive a post as I can muster this morning. Visit Debbie’s site for more takes on the theme.

I’m going back to sleep now to try to clear away this gloomy cloud!

Darkened windows revealed nothing to come.
Darkened windows masked what was instore.
Darkened windows kept secrets hidden inside.
Darkened windows darkened in the darkness.
The open window didn’t look welcoming.
The room below held many secrets.

A few six word stories for Six Word Saturday… or the same story slightly rewritten six times. Seven, including the title. For Six Word Saturday, only the title needs to be six words long… the rest of the post can be as long or as short as we like! Good thing, really! Visit Debbie’s site to see more Six Words.

It’s One Word Sunday again, and this week, Debbie’s theme is ‘Star’. So, I have two photos. The first is a little star, a sleeping wasp.

The second photo is of an actual star or two.

Well, three, in all honesty. And not actual stars either, but star-shapes in my stars and moon oil burner.

Visit Debbie’s site using the link above to see more interpretations of the theme.

Last Saturday, I didn’t know it.
I mean, I knew, but forgot.
This week I’m determined to remember.
Yes, it’s Six Word Saturday again.
Nothing monumental, though, just six sentences.
Carefully made up of six words.
Although I may have miscounted somewhat…
And including the title it’s seven.
Or somewhere close to there, anyway.
I blame the heat. I do.