Monday, December 11, 2017

Oh Christmas Tree


For the first time in years, I have a Christmas tree!


I've had a hard time convincing Mr. Janney that we have the room in our cluttered trailer for a tree, but I got lucky this year and his mother offered us their old one.

Maybe I should have waited until we'd organized things a bit better, but I decided the heck with it since it'll only be up a few weeks. Jaclyn, our dog, is a bit confused, especially since I moved her cage and bed a bit, but she'll adjust. I just worry that her tail will knock ornaments off, it's a bit of a whip when she's excited.

There aren't any lights on it. The set I had was old and only half of it would light up, when it was of a mind to. Which makes me sad, because they were blue lights that made me happy. I probably should have waited until I got a new set to put the rest of my random ornaments on, but I do tend to do things out of 'order'.

I used to have a tiny tree, from when I had an apartment. But it got ruined in one of my moves. That happens. There are quite a few ornaments on the tree, which would never have fit on the tiny tree. Because Christmas ornaments are a weakness of mine. I can't walk through the decoration aisles in any store at all without wanting to buy it ALL! And now that I have a large tree, I so badly want to run out and buy more! Which I'll probably do at some point, or go through my mother-in-law's extra ornaments, maybe for next year. Because...well, just don't look at the backside of the tree!!

I'm feeling a little festive now!

:)

Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Evilness of Creativity by Robin Janney

I know what you're thinking...' omg, an actual post and not just another picture?! Is she feeling ok?'
 
Well, yes and no.
 
One of the popular 'complaints' of creative people, writers or not, is how their creativity likes to kick into high gear at inopportune times. As in times when they can't take advantage of what their mind is creating at that exact moment. Whether it is driving, in the middle of the work day, in the shower... or in my case, when the computer decides to poop the bed.
Daisies at the junk yard.
 
I have tried everything I can find on the world wide web to try to fix it. I downloaded Windows 10 onto an USB device and gone through every repair step that came with it. I even tried putting Windows 10 on new since it acts like there's nothing there. To no avail.
 
And as soon as I decided 'yep, I need to take this to someone who knows more than I do.'... my writing gene which has been giving me the finger for a long while, decided to give it to me with both fingers and turned back on.
 
Of course, this happened about 5 in the morning when I was now trying to get some sleep before we went to the junk yard to find parts to fix our broken car. Plot points I've been struggling to connect started flowing and branching out and... I wanted to stab that part of my brain. I really wanted to sleep.
 
I debated writing some notes down...there's two different opinions about that. One being to take notes so you won't forget it, especially since you most likely will when you sleep. The other being, if it's a good enough idea... you'll remember it or come up with it again.
 
But for me, I had to grab my phone and write the bare bones down. It was the only way to shut my brain up. Although it was a temporary respite.
 
I was worried about my novel. I normally save to my computer and every once in a while I back up by sending myself the file thru email. But I couldn't remember when the last time I did that (April) and worried I had lost the newest material I had written the last time the writing gene had given me a glimmer. With no way to work on it, I was beginning to despair. Until I remembered my idle tablet.

I'm not sure why I don't use the Surface more than I do. But I remembered that I could use Word on it, and that documents could be saved on One Drive. So I dug it out of its hidey-hole and charged it. I could barely contain myself with hope! But I managed.

After all the updates, I went into my email and downloaded the last back up file I had sent myself to the One Drive. Once I'd found where I had left off in my story, I was dismayed to find that I had indeed not backed up after the most recent material I had written. But, they weren't the greatest and needed to be rewritten anyway. So far I haven't tried to rewrite word for word, my memory is no where near that good! Rather I am recalling the direction I was headed and going from there. I've had to rename a character; he was a new introduction and I hadn't given much time to him. With the name change, came a bit of an attitude change. To be expected really, since he is in essence a new character.

There's no telling how long it'll be before my laptop is fixed. With our broken car, we have other priorities. I prefer to write on a larger screen and keyboard - although I might see if I can use the wireless keyboard and mouse with the tablet. Maybe this weekend, since it's a three day one. We'll see.

Now, if I can just remember the 'great idea' that I had for my other blog... since I didn't write it down and don't remember it, maybe it wasn't so great!