Laptop is, once again, re-loaded with only one casualty: a CD-RW (oops). Since all my backup files are stranded on the machine that has a defunct network card, I decided “hey, I’ll save resources by using a re-writable disc to transfer them” and then forgot that there’s a different burn process for CD-RWs versus CD-Rs. So yeah, we have another (expensive) new coaster.
I ended up burning my data onto CD-Rs. My intentions were good; I just don’t get along well with hardware thingies. Snartleblast.
The library is a mess of cords, stray peripherals, and books that have been re-stacked so I could reach the electric outlets behind the bookshelf, but I’m so relieved to have the stupid machine back. It undoubtedly won’t last. I’m just waiting for the dreaded *pop zzzt* of my laptop turning itself off, but until then, I’m good.
See how easy it is to make me happy?
Here with a working notebook on my lap,
Tapping keys, a word processor–and WiFi
Checking email on the Internet–
And the Internet is Paradise enow.
(With apologies to Omar Khayyám.)
Check out this nifty toy via ballsandwalnuts: The Grazulis Cut-Up Machine. It’s a little tool, a la William S. Burroughs, that chops up sentences and rearranges them to come up with a more spontaneous presentation to help jostle stagnant prose into a fresher configuration. Doug explains it better in his post.
Editing/New Words: A pair of editing passes and a net gain of 350 or so words on “Honor is a Game Mortals Play.” Yes, I need my laptop in order to be able to write. (And y’all think I’m adaptable?) Very, very close to the end. My goal is to have it in the Critters queue next week. I didn’t want to stop last night, but it was 3AM and the screen was beginning to blur. I hope what I wrote is as good as I thought it was when I was half-delirious and bleary. That’s probably unlikely . . .
5,595 / 6,000
Club 100 For Writers
Yay for the return of the laptop!
Say nice things to your laptop. Maybe it just needs some reassurance. (I am a firm believer in the anthromorphic view of machinery (note my user pic). Treat it humanely and it may return the favor.) My HP laptop is still going strong after over five years and is now a devalued antique. All these laptop woes are scaring me witless.
Glad to see progress on your latest story, no matter how bleary-eyed it might appear in the light of day. The title is intriguing. Almost makes me want to join Critters so I can read it. Nah; too much commitment for a hedonist like me. I’ll just have to wait to see it in print.
Give it hugs. They like hugs. But not too tight!
“I hug it & squeeze it & call it George.”
“Uh, I think I broke George.”
Just read about your being listed in the ‘Best New Fantasy’ list… well done… now I am looking forward to the book a bit more! 😉
Hope that the CD-RW is the least of the computer casualties too!