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This is what it look like in the package.


This is what it looks like out of the package.


Thumbdrive, flashdrive, memorystick, these are all names for the same thing. They all do the same thing and if you are a computer novice you need to understand why people have one or more of these and why you should too.

Now I don’t want to scare you but things do happen. Computers are made by man and they have nervous breakdowns too. We call these, “Computer Crashes.” If your computer crashes you might lose some or all of the things you have saved on it. While this might not be too bad to someone who rarely uses a computer, the things on them might not be replaceable. Think of the pictures that came attached to emails. You saved the picture on your computer but you didn’t save the email. Now the computer has crashed and died and your pictures are gone forever. You don’t want this to happen to you.

For myself I’ve learned that saving what is on my computer is very important. I save many things on my thumbdrive including: Music, Movies, Pictures and Stories I’ve written.
Imagine with me what would happen if my computer crashed and:
• Over ten years of Stories – lost forever
• My Art Work I spent hours creating – erased
• I’d miss my movies and music but at least those I could get back from the source (though it would take a lot of time to redo it.)

This is why people have thumbdrives. They are small and portable and depending on the number in front to the GB (Gigabite) on the package/unit, they can hold a lot. The bigger the number the more it can hold. These small units make backing up your valuable things easy. Even a beginning computer person can use them and they give the user a calming sense of peace knowing that what they have saved is protected.

To save something onto a thumbdrive simply plug it into the USB port on your computer/laptop.



The computer will find the thumbdrive for you and ask if you’d like to open it and how.
Single left click and highlight the option (Open folder to view files using Windows Explorer), this should be one of the last options. Next single left click the (Ok) button.

Open Thumbdrive
Now you can go to where the file/document is saved on your computer and choose it.
Do this by making a single left click. This will highlight it.

Next right click over the highlighted file/document. A box will come up asking you what you want to do. Choose “Copy,” by doing a single left click.


Next go back to the open window for the thumbdrive. Anywhere that is blank make a single right click.
Again a box will come up and this time you will do a single left click on the choice, “Paste.”

You have successfully saved something to the thumbdrive. To add more, simply follow the same steps until you’ve finished adding to the thumbdrive.

Added Tip: Keep one extra that is used exclusively for bringing articles/media from one place to another. For example, use this thumbdrive to save or bring things to/from your home computer and the one you use at the library or a friend/relative’s house. That way if you loose it, you haven’t lost everything important on it.

  What does it take to write well?    

Research, its what any good writers find themselves doing on any given day. If you are like me, in the very beginning you thought choosing to be a writer was going to be a fun, easy job. You thought all you needed was a sheet of paper and a pen or pencil. You’d sit down, put your finger to your forehead and think deep thoughts. Then you would translate those thoughts to paper and you’d have a wonderful story or article. It was going to be just that simple.

How long did it take before you found out you were dead wrong? Did you write an article and have someone you trusted read it only to have them tell you that your facts were wrong? Did you start out with a story and realize that you needed more information to give it depth and realism?

Like many of us, I was a novice. I thought writing to be easy and learned it was like any other full-time job. It took dedication, smarts and a lot of go power. These days I work on non-fiction in such varied subjects that I couldn’t possibly know were to even begin without researching it first.

History is good. There’s a lot we can know from school but there’s so much more that they never taught us. Our books told us of Orville and Wilbur Wright but they didn’t explain how that plane got off the ground. Sure we knew it had something to do with lift but did we really understand what lift was? I didn’t.

At the moment I’m working on strange occurrences in history. This requires my brain to travel on a different path than my fiction works. I have to learn. And let me tell you, its getting to be a lot of fun. My Internet connection is non-existent at home so I live in the library. The computer keyboard does quick rat-a-tat-tat talking as my fingers fly across the key and over at the circulation desk, a printer hums as page after page comes sliding down the tray. Dimes seem to fly from my pocket into the librarian’s outstretched hand as if by magic.

Research, it is a constant needed commodity. We go to garage sales and see books on our chosen subject and down the driveway it goes with us to our waiting cars. The library shelves become bare as we take dozens of books home to pore over in the wee hours of the morning. Internet links buzz and we read the word, searching…. flashes at us from somewhere in cyber space.

What would we do without research? Would we be capable of writing intelligent articles or books? Would anyone buy anything we wrote if we didn’t sound credible? Therefore, our foundation for any writing, be it poetry, children’s board books or a flight pilot’s manual is and always will be research.

Don’t give up on your dream of publication because you don’t know everything. Research it until you are the authority on your given subject. Remember that those who are authorities are the ones who did the same research you’re doing now. In the beginning they didn’t know anything either. So what are you waiting for? Pick up that book, type in that keyword or ask that question and get going. It’s research time!

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