Wrestling technology into submission

Since I got my laptop, I’ve been putting this off, wholly intimidated by the prospect of dealing with the complexities of hookup. But I did it! (With only a little help from fosteronfilm.) I got my laptop to talk to our wireless home network, and installed a printer driver and configured my laptop for wireless printing. Until now I’ve been manually transferring files using my USB flash drive and printing from our desktop as a workaround. But now, now I’ve got full functionality! Mwa ha haahaaaa!

Yes, I know. I’m such a geek. But I remain inordinately proud of myself. And while I was at it, I made complete backups of all the data on my laptop via the network.

Also got a call from a previous head hunter wanting to set me up with an interview for a mainframe BA position this week. I said yes, of course. Still haven’t heard anything from the interview folks from last week. The rejectomany guru vibes have me suspecting the worst. Foo.

Writing Stuff

Somewhat overwhelmed at all the crits I’ve gotten on the current folktale at Critters. I lost count after twenty-five. Going to start trying to run stats today. Comments were all across the board, although generally positive. From my read-through of the feedback there was a definite pinpointing of some trouble areas that I’m going to focus on in my rewrite.

I also think my brains are leaking from my ears. I sent a query to an editor of an anthology, because I hadn’t received payment yet for a “pay on acceptance” story, to make sure they’d received my signed contract. They sent a note back going “wha?” because according to their records, they hadn’t sent out contracts yet, so obviously couldn’t have received my signed one back. Most confused, I went to check my spreadsheet logs. The contract column was unchecked. Ooops, that couldn’t be right, could it? So I went to my paper files. No contract on file there. Doy! Yep, I’m officially losing it. Emailed the editor my abject apologies and now I shall go stick my head under a pillow and stay there until 2007.

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8 Responses to Wrestling technology into submission

  1. keesa_renee says:

    Oh, don’t go under a pillow, Eugie! I do stupid things like that all the time. It’s just normal and human.

    Congratulations on all the crits! Wait until next Saturday and I’ll go count them for you. 🙂

    Oh, and congratulations on the computer, as well, although I have to confess…I have no clue what you’re talking about. 😀

  2. wistling says:

    Congrats on all the crits! There’s actually a crit count available from the Admin page. You currently have 33. I have 8. Of course, you have the advantage of being a SFWA member and having a short story (2000 words)…most pro writers get two or three times the amount of crits, and shorter stories get a lot more comments.

    I’ll be happy if I get 5 for my next one; it’s inflated to 9000 words, which means a corresponding drop in the number of critiques…

  3. bheansidhe says:

    *waves* Friended your journal; FOF link. No obligation to reciprocate. Most of my journal is private; I save my dazzling wit and penetrating insight for comments in other folks’ journals. Um. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

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