January 16th, 2007

Warning Motivation Hazard

No Magic for Me

Roland did not magically recover himself for me this morning. I am most put out. But, after talking to Mom, mostly to sulk about things, I'm feeling ok. I've already had one friend offer me a new laptop drive and a custom built desktop. I am accepting this because I am definitely moving back to the desktop. More reliable. More stable.

So, Rory is going to try to data recover for me soon. It was tonight but I don't think I want to drive on sheets of ice. In the meantime, I'm going to be doing all my work on the novel on Susannah.

Plus, I'm going to take this time to clean both of my desks. Ye Cats and Dogs! How dirty they both are!

I am going to make the best of this. It's all I can do. It will make for a good war story when I am a famous author doing talk shows, book signings and convention panels. What's most important work habit? Regular back-ups because technology is a fickle bitch.

Though, if Rory can't recover my data, I'm really going to mourn the loss of my browser links.
BTiLC Check into a psycho ward

Good Things and Bad Things

Bad Thing: Grants Pass got rejected by the agent. Not because he didn't like it. Because it didn't have any BIG name authors in it. He really liked it but because the anthology market is so tough, without a couple of big names attached, he doesn't think he can sell it. Thus, he cannot accept it. He thinks after I've made more of a name for myself, I'd have an easier time selling it. Or, if I can get people like Greg Bear, Stephen King, Margaret Weis or other big sellers to write for me, it would sell now.

Good Thing: I don't think he was blowing smoke at me. He'd like to see my full Regresser's Evolution manuscript next week.

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Bad Thing: Dead laptop. This is a most vexing situation.

Good Thing: Friends jumping to my aide and rescue. People offering to do data recovery and to help me with new hardware.

Good Thing: I only lost 2500 words on the new novel. It could have been so much worse. And it may be recovered.

Good Thing: I've cleaned up both of my desks and got Susannah set up at my regular desk ready for writing again, starting tomorrow morning.

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Bad Thing: Two more inches of very wet snow in Redmond.

Good Thing: I don't have to go anywhere.

Good Thing: It's supposed to be nothing but warming weather and rain after tomorrow.

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Bad Thing: My surround sound theater system has a short in it somewhere so that the speakers all go out from time to time.

Good Thing: I figured out a makeshift solution that won't cost me any money.