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Mourning the death of my computer.

Posted in Office with tags , , , on January 20, 2012 by generatedanomaly

A few years ago, when I started my grad program, I decided I needed a new laptop. I wanted something small, light and with a little flash since I would be taking it with me when I went to my practicums. I ended up getting a Gateway Netbook and proceeded to work that little computer into the ground. I mean, I used it for everything short of gaming because the poor little thing just couldn’t handle that much output.

Things went well until the last few months. It started freezing if I asked it to do too much. Usually the thing that pushed it over the edge was loading video, but sometimes just listening to music would make it angry. Voices and instruments drawn out into a violent, otherworldly screech while my computer decided what it wanted to do with all the information I was asking of it. Within the last week, it started to have trouble keeping up with my typing. I should have known then it was about done, but I kept pushing it forward.

Yesterday, it started its final plea for death with a random restart cycle. I won’t lie. There were intense moments of panic, and I certainly felt more worried than I should have when the files were being rescued. But then, that’s over three years of work. It’s not just the things I did on that computer, it’s the files and older works from previous computers. It’s all my writing.

But, it was all rescued. Every last word of it. I had a huge sigh of relief when my boyfriend pulled them off. An even larger sense of calm when I opened up the current round of revisions and found everything intact. And then, I went to town and kept moving forward with the work.

For now I’m using the desktop in the living room. It’s not ideal, but I’ll just have to track down my headphones again and make the best of it until I can get together enough money to get a new laptop. And I’ll be smart about it this time. I’ll get something more powerful than a netbook.

The I need to post more often post.

Posted in Office, Projects, Video games, writing on August 7, 2011 by generatedanomaly

I was doing so well for a while. Posting almost every day, sometimes there was even content other people might care about and not just me talking to myself. Which, I do like doing a little too much. I’m beginning to believe it’s a writer thing, or maybe just hoping it’s not a crazy thing. I’m pretty sure it’s not a crazy thing. I don’t hallucinate and I limit my drug intake to painkillers, caffeine and, on occasion, ethanol.

So, writer thing. Okay. Awesome. I like this plan.

Speaking of plans. I finished the novel the other day. I waded through the mires of post novel mental goo by playing a lot of Bioshock 2 and have come out the other side ready to create something new.

Step one, kill the fruit fly that decided to make my desk is base of operations. It is starting to annoy me more than I thought a small fly could. There’s dead fruit in the kitchen. Go that way. Leave me alone!

Step two, once I’ve cleaned the speck of blood off my hand, is to flesh out one of the short stories I edited earlier. It needs more. The ending was rushed. It’ll be fixed.

From there, continue my not quite so fruitful job search. Work on the bazillion other projects I want to get done and find something to put on the wall on the other side of the room. I turn around a lot and I want something to look at other than the green wall. Not that the paint color isn’t awesome. I like the color. I should. I picked it. But, I like to look at bright, creative things while I’m working. Or, at least something to break the monotony.

The other thing I’ve been working on is cleaning the office up. In the process I hung some plot maps up for stories that need to be finished. I had a finishing problem a few years back. I started all sorts of projects an never finished them. They’re good ideas, solid beginnings that need more with them to make them shine. Stories that need homes. That might be a good title for a short story collection. I’m keeping it. It’s mine.

Spider Plant, I like you more than this Story Right Now.

Posted in Life as it happens, Office, writing on June 28, 2011 by generatedanomaly

Tuesday happened at some point when I wasn’t paying attention. Strangely, it’s also known as the day I finally decided to do the laundry. At least it is this week. I finally decided to do the laundry.

I also did some organizing of random things in my office and moved my spider plant in from the dining room. It’s starting to make little baby plants of its own. This is amazing to me since in December it was an almost dead baby spider plant itself. It soldiered on though, and with some love, it’s now a parent plant.

This is when I realize that strange things excite me. It’s a plant. Granted, a very large plant that was once attached to my Great Grandmother’s plant that no one took care of for a month after she died. Go family! But, should I really be this excited about the small plants hanging off it.

Anyway… this short story I’m working on, it doesn’t want to die. It wants to keep living. Just when I think I might be close to finishing, it says “Nope! Time for another thing you weren’t expecting!” I think it might use more than one exclamation point. It seems like that kind of story. The twitchy kind that likes exclamation points but doesn’t have many of its own.

It’s okay. Keep being twitchy story. I’ll win. Besides, I think I have you figured out. Now I just need to get there. Which is going to be the interesting part. My attention span is shit today. Utter shit. And somehow I still have 1000 new words. I’m just going to go with it. That’s the only plan I have right now. Well, not the only one, but the others don’t involve writing. More like sinking into a vat of aloe gel and not moving for hours. It’s only a little counter productive.

Posted in Life as it happens, Office on June 9, 2011 by generatedanomaly

I worked at the day job this morning. It wasn’t bad. Not great either, but it’s a day job, so it was never meant to be fantastic. Now I’m off until Monday. Ideally, I’ll be able to get a lot done.

I think I mentioned it already, but I feel so much more productive at my desk. It’s strange. I think it helps that I’m staring at a wall. A wall and art work. It could be worse.

Really, I just like having a dedicated work space. That’s the crux of it. I come back here. The rest of the world is gone. I put words on the screen. And there’s no distraction, other than what I make for myself. Plus, typing that the desk hurts my wrist less than typing with my computer on my lap.

All right. I need to find some new music to listen to. I’ve had my Pandora player on the Imogen Heap station. I like the music, but I’m not feeling it right now. There has to be something that will satisfy me. I just need to find it. Of course, I am open to suggestions.

There’s Always a Plan B

Posted in Office, Video games, writing on May 24, 2011 by generatedanomaly

I’m one step closer to having the office I’ve imagined in my head for the past month. There was a broken, not so pretty desk in the corner where I want the bookshelf to live. We were going to get a dumpster. Turns out you need to get a permit to even be able to get a dumpster in the city of Oswego. On top of that, it’s a $400 deposit. So, no dumpster, we have a backup plan.

This morning was me taking apart the ugly desk. It’s out on the deck at the bottom of the back steps now. I feel a bit like a conquering hero. Tomorrow, I’m working a catering shift (Yay, day jobs!). It’s just a set up, so I might be done at a reasonable time. Then I have another wall to paint, and some baseboard to clean off, but that’s another story.

So, the boyfriend was playing Dead Space 2 last night. Let me just say not wanting to look at the TV is an amazing motivator to get work done. I went through 50 pages last night on my revision/rewrite. I have 38 pages left. Then the scary part: Beta readers and query letters. Next week might be exciting. Or horribly depressing. I’m not sure which yet. I’m hoping for exciting. Exciting is good.

At least it’s Done

Posted in Life as it happens, Office on May 22, 2011 by generatedanomaly

The boyfriend and I spent yesterday and today moving stuff from the apartment to my office in the back of the house. We found mold colonies at the apartment. Multiple colonies. A lot of stuff was ruined and about halfway through I said “Fuck this. I don’t care that much.” So, I’m not getting my security deposit back. It’s worth it not to have to clean up another batch of mold.

The stuff that we moved over has been checked. It is mold free. I’m still wiping the furniture that was in the room down with a bleach solution. The books all seem to be okay.

I bought a new desk today. Mostly because I didn’t want to move the other one. The boyfriend thinks the furniture was compromised because of the mold. His evidence being the television stand. It collapsed on itself on his way over from the apartment. Granted, we did have it strapped to a dollie and he was walking down the street with it, but it still shouldn’t have fallen apart the way it did.

S0, new desk. The “business” end of the office is almost done. I’m waiting a couple more days before I start putting things on the walls to make sure the paint is set. But, the desk is in place. The filing cabinet, which I need to organize, found its new home. My lap is in the corner and my reference bookshelf is in place. Some books have even found their way onto it. I need to finish going through the piles to get the books sorted out. And move the rest from the living room.

Tomorrow starts my new workout, work, socialize schedule. I need a schedule if I’m going to make things happen this summer. It won’t be a set schedule. There will be flexibility, but if I want to get my massive list of things accomplished, then I need to be tough on myself.

Speaking of things that need to be done. I have laundry to finish. As much as I want it to, it won’t do itself.

Posted in Life as it happens, Office on May 19, 2011 by generatedanomaly

Another late lunch today made of leftovers from last night. My boyfriend spoils me with his cooking. It’s not that I can’t cook, more that my idea of food involves pasta and granola. Not at the same time. That’d be horrible.

When I moved out of my parents’ house, I wanted to make all the elaborate things. So I did. I made chili with actual chili peppers in it. I put veggies in everything. The more complicated the better.

Of course, at this point I was living with the ex. I don’t think he always appreciated my culinary experiments. I didn’t care

Then he left. My food choices changed to what was cheap. I was living off my financial aid refund from my first semester of grad school and needed to make it last until I was together enough to hold a job and get through classes. Pasta became my staple. Fruit and veggies became sometimes things I got when I had enough money. It’s a sad way to live.

I’m living with my boyfriend now. It’s wonderful, and for more reasons that just his ability to cook. It’s nice being supported in your crazy endeavors. Such a big change from the way things were. He’s so supportive that he gave me the back room to use for an office and let me paint it. I thank him for that.

Speaking of, the office is coming along nicely. I put the second coat on the bit from yesterday and have painted 3/4 of the way across the room. Tomorrow, I’m starting baseboard, and doing the second coat on what I painted today. It’s a slow process and I’ve realized just how out of shape I am.

Next week begins the “get in shape” portion of the summer. Between that and getting the office in order, I’ll have to work extra hard to stay on top of all the things I want to do this summer. I need to start my job search too… This is a horrible time to graduate with a Master’s degree in education. The state of our country’s education system will be a different rant. One I can probably turn into a book, made a little better by some first hand experience.