Friday, July 16, 2004
Cloudy and muggy
I’m tired of feeling sick, and I’m even more tired of computer problems. I’m sure the latter is the major reason for the former.
I had to give up my four week reading slot for the radio show because the effing MSN corruption has made it impossible to do the sound recording and prepare the files. More lost income, thank you very much, Bill Gates. My entire computer system is trashed due to a forced e-mail upgrade. I’m lucky that I can occasionally get the word processing to work.
Read J.A. Jance’s EXIT WOUNDS yesterday. Excellent book. The first chapter is very upsetting and disturbing and it continues to get even more so as the story moves along, but it is well done. I’m interested to see where she takes the regular characters from here.
I started reading Terry Brooks’s book about writing, SOMETIMES THE MAGIC WORKS. It is brilliant.
On page 6: “The muse whispers to you when she chooses, and you can’t tell her to come back later, because you quickly learn in this business that she might not come back at all.” How true, a lesson I learned the hard way with BTP, and a mistake I don’t intend to repeat with the young adult novel.
On page 7: “We visit our hazy treasure every day in order not to lose sight of it, not to let it evaporate from neglect.” How true, again. And that is why I get so frustrated when I see talented friends who claim they want lives as artists (whatever their art and craft), but use every excuse in the book not to make time and make it a priority.
Every page has important information like this – this is a book every person with a particular passion for anything should read.
Worked on Chapter Three of the young adult novel.
In storage, I have an amazing book about writing for young adults by Jane Edwards. She wrote one of my favorite YA novels, What Happened to Amy? and her book about writing is one of my favorites. Of course, it’s in storage and I can’t get at it. And I need it NOW, not in six months. So I’m searching for it online in order to buy another copy (having scoured the bookstores for it and not found it) . . .and can’t find evidence of it anywhere. I know it exists. So why doesn’t it come up in any searches?
Installed AOL, got myself a new screen name, and am getting the system set up. We’ll see how this trial goes, and if it’s worth retaining. So far, so good, but hey, it’s only been a few hours, and the system is not really tested. At least I can get into my MSN account and rescue as much as possible.
I thought computers were supposed to make our lives easier?
Give me a parchment and a quill pen, or, at least, and IBM selectric.
Will do some chores and then try to get a few more pages done on either the YA or on ANGEL HUNT. The Christmas story is coming along nicely. I know what I’m doing with Nina, why, and who did it. Hopefully, I can keep the piece relatively compact.
Switching ISPs has lost my ability to put in bold or italics in the blog. Please bear with me while I find out how I can fix it. I don't like to use caps unless I'm yelling!