Okay, I quit. Greg White wins. I should have listened to him back in 2011 when he told not to buy an Apple computer, but I didn’t. And I should have listened to him and dumped it a few weeks later when my brand new iMac started giving me problems, but I didn’t. And I should have…. well, you get the idea. But after three years of nonstop battling this piece of junk, I’m done and I officially declare that I was wrong and Greg was right, as always. (I can hear Jan White saying, “Welcome to my world.”)
Yesterday it converted about half of my current book into a bunch of gobblydegook. I was typing away and it just turned into a bunch of symbols and numbers. Fortunately, I had backed up to my external drive about 15 minutes before, so I didn’t lose everything. But it was the final straw. It’s time to move on. I called Greg and asked him to make a list of what I needed in a PC, and once we find something that will do the job I’ll be ordering it. Hopefully Amazon will have what I need, and with Prime I can get it here before we leave town on Sunday.
Yesterday Miss Terry started a new weaving project that she hopes to get finished before we leave. The hardest part is getting the yarn ready and sleyed onto the loom. This one has 541 individual threads that all had to be threaded through the heddles in a certain way to make the pattern come out.
While she did that, I was doing my thing at the keyboard, but while I had hoped to have another three to four thousand word day on my new Big Lake book, with the computer fighting me every step of the way I only managed about 1,250 words. If I typed more than two or three paragraphs at a time without saving and then closing the document completely, it would switch everything to the same mess of symbols, squares, and random letters. Hopefully today it will give me a break and let me get some work done. I never know going in exactly how big a book is going to be, but after putting out fifteen or so titles, I usually have a pretty good idea when I’m getting close to the end. I think I’m about 12,000 words away from wrapping this one up. So three good solid days of writing should do the trick.
We did stop for a while in the afternoon when Terry’s parents, Pete and Bess Weber, came by to visit and check out the residential refrigerator that we installed in our motorhome back in December. Then later we got together with them again and had dinner at J&M Chinese Restaurant. This is a real favorite of ours and we wanted to get there one more time before we left the area.
I got word yesterday afternoon that the long awaited audiobook of Big Lake Scandal is now available on Audible.com. It will also be on Amazon and iTunes within a few days. Now I have to talk to Bruce Miles, my narrator, and see what his schedule is to start working on Big Lake Burning.
Speaking of audiobooks, it’s Thursday so it’s time to kick off a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Highland Passage by J.L Jarvis. It’s a time travel historical romance that begins with the heroine blacking out following a car crash on an icy road and waking up in a mysterious stone chamber being cared for by a kilted man who claims to be an eighteenth century Scottish highlander. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.
Thought For The Day – In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing. – Theodore Roosevelt