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March 2017



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Murphy strikes again.

The desktop, which has been perfectly behaved since it was rebuilt and upgraded in January, picked Friday to start acting freaky. It behaved mostly over the weekend, and yesterday decided to decompensate totally, by which I mean it won't run for more than about fifteen minutes without locking up, crashing, or spontaneously restarting itself.

Since these are the same symptoms it was exhibiting last time, I think I killed another motherboard.

Fortunately, I am a smart bear, and have up to date backups of everything I really need, and--because my livelihood depends upon it--I also have a secondhand laptop that represents the best thousand bucks I ever spent.

And a damned good thing, too, because those revisions are due awfully soon.

Also, since I have to ship the desktop back to Connecticut anyway, and I was going to talk to netcurmudgeon about doing a brainscrub on both it and the laptop when we got them back to his lab at the North Pole, it's an adventure rather than an inconvenience or a nightmare.

I hate that keyboard, though.

And it does mean I don't have access to any of my playlists. Alas!

In other news, I'm on page 380 of my first pass through the Carnival revisions, which is the "writering the fiddly little line-edits" portion of the proceedings. I'm actually kind of looking forward to the revising, even though I'm not sure at all I'm capable of actually doing any of this stuff.

(This is the hard part. Because I know perfectly well that that manuscript, when it goes to press, is going to be the best book I have it in my to write. And I also know it's going to be flawed. And that people are going to read it and know it was flawed, and say "gee, you know, it could have been better." And yeah, it could. of course, it could. But it couldn't have been better with me writing it, alas. It's one thing to see the flaws. It's another entirely to fix them.)


Sorry to hear about the computer troubles. If you're using the laptop but don't like the keyboard, you should be able to attach the keyboard from the desktop computer and use that instead, depending on whether it's a USB or PS2 connector.
I use a lovely crunchy old IBM keyboard on my desktop. No such luck. *g*
... people are going to read it and know it was flawed, and say "gee, you know, it could have been better." And yeah, it could. of course, it could. But it couldn't have been better with me writing it, alas. It's one thing to see the flaws. It's another entirely to fix them.)

pouvre pouvre bear.

if it's any consolation, i assure you i'd buy your grocery list if you ever released it for publication. literally.

so i may suck as a critic of your work, but i completely rule as a fan.


(And thank you for the moral support.)

It's a hard realization that you'll never be bloody goodenough, but all we can do is keep trying....
Sucky. Random crashing and restarting could as likely be faulty RAM, though. Much easier to sort out. It can also be something like overheating, although this time of year would be less likely, depending on where you live... good lucky with that, anyway.

I'd hate to lose my playlists. Do you listen to music while you write? I have a love hate relationship with that - in terms of atmosphere it helps, in terms of concentration it distracts... but that's just me and hell, I drink while I write, and I know writers who would slap me for that.
I do like to listen to music while I write. Talk radio is too distracting, usually, and it helps me to have something to provide atmosphere and drown out incidental noise.

I try not to get into the habit of *needing* anything while I write--rituals can get to be traps. Gets to be an annoyance if you need to be able to smoke or drink (alcohol, tea, whatever) or listen to music or anything else while you write, and for whatever reason you *can't.*

But I know the rituals help some folks, too....
It's hard, isn't it? The whole work-your-ass-off and it never quite gels thing?

Do you suppose there are books that actually, you know, look good to the person who wrote them?
Well, nice thing is, if it's the MB that's gone wrong, the data on the HD should still be there. However, if you change processor types, you'll have to attach it as a slave drive to pull the data off.
Oh, I've still got the data--I just have nothing to play it on currently. *g*

I think I need your journal title today....

Ditto on the "might be a RAM problem"; hope so, since it's a cheaper fix usually. And a bit less fiddly a fix.

All hail the holy backups.
Having two mobos die in a row is weird. Check and see if your power supply is a cut-rate one; this might be what's causing the deaths.
TrippLite ISOBAR surge Suppressors. Worth every penny.
Argh about the hardware problems. Hubbie had a complete hard drive meltdown this year, and *he* used to hardly ever back things up. The only thing that saved him was that we'd taken a trip to Berlin a couple of days before, and he'd copied over all the projects he was working on to take with him.

He now uses a double hard drive automatic backup system ...
Just saw that you had a mini-feature in SciFi magazine. Congrats!
Scifiwire? Or something else?

*wanders around looking*