Monday, October 03, 2005

Monday, October 03, 2005
New Moon
Chiron Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Mars Retrograde
Hazy and cool

Circadian Poems has launched! Our first poem is by the wonderful Wanda D. Campbell of Kentucky. Check out the site here.

I’m very excited. Stressed, getting it up with everything else that’s been going on, but excited. It meant a lot to me to fulfill my commitment to the launch date NO MATTER WHAT.

My mom is hanging in there. We had an extra sick dog to look after this weekend – poor thing. So I had my hands full. But I got a bunch of work done on Never Too Late and on a couple of other things.

I’m pissed at NaNoWriMo. Now, suddenly, they might have a new server up and running by tomorrow. In other words, still no way to sign up. Now, look, they have a team of people and they had eleven months to get it together. If I’m handling everything I had on my plate over the past week – my mother’s accident, handling two large dogs, commuting between three households and dogs and cats, the calendar deadline, prepping for a film, launching Circadian Poems, working on B’way and the half dozen other things I’m doing – the team at NaNoWriMo should have been able to handle their responsibilities within ELEVEN MONTHS.

I have to ask – do I really want to participate since they can’t seem to get a website up in a year’s time? Will this end up being merely annoying instead of a good experience?

On top of that, my brand new phone died 27 hours into its life. No excuse. It’s a lemon. I was on hold for 37 minutes last night and cut off six times trying to get customer service. I finally got a good technician who typed up a complete report so that I could go to the nearest store (40 minute drive from where I was staying) at 8 AM this morning and switch out the phones. Of course, since the phone was a lemon – I lost all my numbers, everything. They “can’t” transfer the numbers they transferred from the old phone to the new lemon phone to the new working phone. Personally, I think that’s bullshit – you HAVE the technology, you’re just too fucking lazy to do it – and if this phone craps out on me in the next few days, some new assholes will be ripped at a high corporate level.

My old plodding phone for which they no longer make batteries is much, much, MUCH more reliable.

If you’re going to improve technology, then IMPROVE it. Don’t improve one thing and make the whole system work badly. Get the bugs out before you start charging people money.

We have Microsoft to thank for this – charging people to be guinea pigs every time they put out an extremely flawed and useless new system.

Got to get some stuff out to an editor for a deadline, then have a client meeting in Stamford, then back to CT to take care of the dogs, then to drive my mom to the place she’s house-sitting and then maybe, maybe, MAYBE I can have a quiet evening at home – my first in a long time.

Will have some information regarding the serials shortly. As of yesterday, my contracts expired on The Widow’s Chamber, Tapestry, and Angel Hunt.

And the cats are pissed!

Man, I need a week in Tahiti!

I’ll settle for a bottle of wine and ordering take-out tonight.

Devon



Imaginative Powers – 19,750 words
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19 / 90
(21.0%)




Never Too Late – 32,750 words

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32 / 90
(35.0%)



Periwinkle – 16,344 words
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16 / 80
(20.0%)

2 Comments:

At 4:40 PM, Blogger Eileen said...

I hear you. Products (Microsoft in particular) are released to the public with known bugs in them. I took several courses in Excel and Word, and the teachers put forth this truth to their classes. They said that some errors weren't worth their time. Aren't worth their time?

Congratulations to you for the launch of Circadian Poems!

I hope that you enjoyed your wine and your take-out. :)

 
At 9:39 PM, Blogger HawkOwl said...

Regarding NaNoWriMo... It's free, and it's not so much a service they're providing as a challenge they're extending. I'm not sure why the presence or absence or timeliness of the website should affect one's interest in taking the challenge. Although it is nice having the "winner" sticker to show for it at the end!

 

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