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Help in the form of a life preserver!

Help in the form of a life preserver!

I came across a really neat idea last week while I was surfing through Twitter. I usually surf through this social media outlet pretty fast because there is so much content I’d be waterlogged by the time I finished if I stopped and peeked at every little tweet.

What caught my eye was the fact you could send documents to your Kindle and then use the text-to-speech feature to have the document read to you. Well that would be great! After all, I’m addicted to audiobooks and this will give me the option to listen to my WIP to check for errors.

I decided to try this idea out on my last book, Coffee-Drunk Or Blind, before attempting my WIP because I’d already sent it to my Kindle as a document earlier. Was I amazed to find no text-to-speech option! 

So I started googling. Google is my BFF! I settled in for a long progress and it took a while to find the answer, but I wasn’t going to quit before I did. I know you have all heard that everything you read on the internet is true, so I knew the answer was hidden in that hole-of-knowledge somewhere – and it was!

Evidently, you have to change your file to a .mobi file and then send that file to your Kindle for the text-to-speech feature to work. Technology and I sometimes clash so this process scared me. I had no idea where to start. After researching some more, I finally found some kind soul on the internet who had related part of the the process in people talk.

I had to download the program, Calibre, to do the trick. I detest having to learn new programs. There is always that learning curve that throws me a curve ball!

As soon as I downloaded the program, I looked the dashboard over and paled over the header and sideboard selections such as add books, convert books, get books, formats, tags, and identifiers, etc. By the way, what’s metadata? They got me there and I haven’t had time to google that yet. I’m sure it’s something technical I know but don’t know that I know.

I soon found that help was on the way in the form of a button that looked like a lifesaver float to throw to someone drowning – and drowning I was. Just tapping on that lifesaver took me to the Calibre User Manual, and the third and fourth short paragraphs explained the process. Easy-peasy. Less than a minute! 

I could now listen to my WIP with the text-to-speech feature on my Kindle. Keep in mind, this feature is NOTHING like listening to an Audible book. The reader’s voice is flat, with no emotion or distinction. Very low-key. There are pauses at comma’s and stops at periods though. Sometimes those mistakes you made jump out at you if you hear your content read aloud. The first page immediately showed me an error I made by leaving out a word at the end of the sentence – and I thought I had edited that so well!

Now, I’m no expert on the subject, but this process worked for me and if this helps someone else, all is well and good in the world!

~Elle

Don’t forget that Coffee-Drunk Or Blind is available on KindleUnlimited for free and a mere $2.99 otherwise. It’s also available in paperback. As a bonus, when I hit those fifty reviews, some lucky reviewer is going to win a $50.00 Amazon gift card. Let’s hope it’s you!

Spring Has Sprung

Spring Has Sprung

Some women have husbands who oblige their whirlwind of spring cleaning. When you say, “Honey, please go through those clothes in your closet and pull out what you don’t need to donate,” – they hop to it. Others, like me, have husbands who say, “I’ll get to it,” – and then they never do.

I’ve filled two bags with used clothing and H could easily fill three more – if only he would. Complaining doesn’t help so I’ll just rant here to you if you don’t mind and then when his back is turned I’ll fill those bags myself. I have no problem with that because it’s easy to get rid of what’s not mine. At least that is what H thinks. He says I would give everything away if it was my choice.

Is it just a woman thing to clean and spruce up in the spring time? I look around me and mentally make a list of all I want to do.

I’ve chalk painted three pieces of furniture in the last month because I feel engulfed with all the dark wood furniture in this small house. There are plenty of pieces I’d love to just dispose of but I get that, “It came from Grandmothers house in Philadelphia. We can’t get rid of that.” So in the Philadelphia Room it goes!

Now that the Philadelphia Room is chock full, I’ve started on my chalk painting mission. It’s quick and easy. There are pieces I’m not allowed to touch though, like the huge chest with spiral posts.

This chest is so big it barely fits through the hall door. We have a choice of two places to put it because it is too big to turn the corner into any of the other rooms. The living room where his mother had it or the back bedroom are our only options.


The back bedroom won, but it’s really too big for that room. I have no wallspace in the living room. This is a piece that needs to go and evidently isn’t one of Grandmothers. But H is attached. Maybe if I made him start dusting all this monstrous dark furniture he would see my point.

H has aspiring ideas of what improvements he wants to do to this house. Of course we could live with it the way it is for the rest of our lives and he’d be happy too. He is in no hurry.

I, on the other hand, would like to see some progress made.

~Elle

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