I wrote in yesterday’s blog that we planned to sleep late, and then do absolutely nothing the rest of the day, and I’m a man of my word. That’s exactly what we did! Sometimes we need days like that, where we shut out the rest of the world and just play hooky from life.
I had a very long list of e-mails to reply to, and spent part of the day working my way through them. There were half a dozen invitations to dinner (we’ll see how much we can work in), an inquiry by a reader who is going to be here at the Thousand Trails over the weekend as to whether he could come by and look at our Sea Eagle inflatable kayaks (sure, come on over), two people wanting to know when and where our Eastern Rally will be held next year (September 3-7 in Celina, Ohio), and a request by a lady to read and critique her three historical romance novel manuscripts (sorry, I really don’t have the time, and I don’t read romance novels).
During the afternoon, I knocked out another 3,000 words on my new mystery. It’s moving right along, and I’m optimistic that I will be able to finish it by the end of the year. On the topic of my mysteries, Big Lake has been in the top 700 or so of all paid Kindle books for over a week now, and yesterday it climbed to number 480 for a while, before dropping back to number 511. Last month I sold 545 of the mystery, and 709 e-books all together, and I set a goal to sell a total of 1,000 e-books this month. I looks like I’ll do that with no problem, since as of midnight last night, Big Lake alone had sold 907 copies.
About 2 p.m., I called Adobe to find out about upgrading the InDesign software I use on the Dell to put the Gypsy Journal together. I had downloaded a sample copy to the iMac, but I knew I could get an upgraded full version for the iMac. I got a recording asking me to leave my phone number, and a message that a sales representative would call me back within 11 to 16 minutes. Nobody did, so I called back at 4 p.m., and the same recorded voice told me that they already had me on the list, and I had moved up to only 4 to 6 minutes for a callback. finally, at 8:30 p.m. I called again, and this time I got a real live person, who took care of processing the order for me, and even knocked $25 off the price because of the hassle. I guess that the squeaky wheel really does get greased.:)
Terry made her delicious anchovy garlic aioli for dinner, and we spent the evening doing pretty much what we did all day, just taking life easy.
We have very fast Verizon 3G internet service here, as well as 4G for the Verizon MiFi. Terry was doing something online yesterday, and told me that she loves the speed she gets with the combination of the 4G MiFi and her new iMac computer. When it has a good 4G signal, and when it works, the MiFi is incredibly fast, and makes getting online a real pleasure. However, three times yesterday the darned thing locked up, and I had to reboot it. We have four days left on our billing cycle, and we have used just a hair over 4 gig of our 5 gig limit so far. And that is just for the two iMacs. I still have my Dell desktop computer in use too, for posting the blogs, and that is running off the older 3G air card, with unlimited service, and so far in this billing cycle, we have used 4.6 gig on it. That amazes me, because in the years we have had it, we have only gone over 5 gig once, with both of our computers online. We haven’t been doing anything different, we don’t watch videos or movies and don’t download stuff from the internet. So why the sudden surge in use?
Thought For The Day – Never confuse education with intelligence.