I’ve spent the last couple of days plugging away at my new book, Big Lake Ranger, which I had hoped to have out by the end of the month. But I am way behind schedule and I’m not going to make that goal. At least maybe I’ll have it done by the end of the month, but it will still be going through the proofreading and formatting process.
Part of the problem is because I’ve been goofing off, running around to doctors and things like that, but another part of the problem is that I’ve spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to make my dictation program work better and how to get more performance out of my computer. Unfortunately, the reality is that all I have done is slow my progress instead of increasing anything.
I came to a realization yesterday, but I’m not technical enough to know if it has anything to do with my problem or not. When I had this Dell computer built for me a couple of years ago, I included 32 gigabytes of RAM and a 1.8 terabyte solid-state hard drive. But I also took the mechanical hard drive out of an old computer that I had a tremendous amount of data on and put it in an external case and plugged it into a USB port on this computer.
The plan was to use that external hard drive to back everything up, but I realized yesterday that the solid-state hard drive has absolutely nothing on it because everything has been going into the old mechanical hard drive, which is almost full. So now I’m wondering if that old hard drive is slowing me down and not giving me the benefits of the speed that was supposedly built into this computer. I know so little about computers that I’m going to do some research into it or pick someone’s brain who does.
Meanwhile, Judy Rinehimer, one of my proofreaders, has just returned from an extended cruise in the Mediterranean. Friday evening, I sent her the manuscript to date to have her go through it, even though Roberta and Terry already have. She found some things wrong, which doesn’t surprise me because gremlins always sneak in at night and change things, and when she returned it to me yesterday morning, she said she was hooked already. That’s a good sign!
I probably won’t get much writing done again today because it is our friend Jennifer’s birthday, and we’re going to spend some time with her hitting some local antique shops and then taking her to dinner. And if her guy Jesse plays his cards right, we might let him ride along, too.
And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us.
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Thought For The Day – I am writing a diary full of lies. I want my loved ones to read it after I die and be like “wait, what?”