Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Blocked at every turn


This is going to be one short post - dear readers I have been in some sort of hellish realm these last few days - check The Watery Tart at right for her descriptions of the circles of hell! Mine are comprised of the following

Tech Hell - my computer is SLOW. Just to give you an idea, I can practice my accordion while I'm waiting for sites to load. Yes, and that is perhaps good for my accordion skills but it makes doing anything on here - well slow. slooooooooowwwwwwwwwww. Ron ordered some memory for me on line because the price was good. After two weeks it arrived. It isn't compatible with my computer (or his for that matter). They suggest we mail it back and for $14.95 they will ship us something compatible. Sure but it will take them weeks to do so and in the mean time I am walking through the thick mud of slow. I say, sweetly I think, 'how about we just buy the new memory and let them credit our account when they get the old memory back?' Ron tells me that then they'll charge us restocking fees that they won't if we do it this way. I walk away, sulkily. For thirty bucks I will wait a total of about six weeks if all goes well. NO!

So, we are in negotiation.

Grey Hell - it is grey here and has been for about a week. I don't do well with grey (or beige but that's another day). I don't mind bad weather so much but dull day after day makes me dull.

Restless Hell - I am restless with my writing. I need to choose something and stick to it. I think it can't be Earthbound because I don't think it is the plot that is the problem. I think that I don't want to work like mad on the second one of a series until I hear something - anything about the first. I will not go into all the back and forths of my brain on this as I am fiercely trying to take a stand against WHINING and WHINGING which I think is so goofy. I know what life I chose and I'd chose it again in a Nova Scotia minute (which unlike the forty seconds of a New York minute is really about an hour and a half.)

Finally there is

Heaven Hell - I have lovely work today with the folks I adore. I have lunch with a friend at her house which means she'll cook it and I only have to eat it! I have an evening planned of watching a few more episodes of the last season of WestWing - a season that Ron and I have not seen even once (I think.) We'll undoubtedly have a yummy nutritious dinner. I have gas in my car, money in my pocket, love in my heart, and my feet on the ground. Hey, I think this one trumps the other ones - pretty sure it does.

Later dear readers.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

But what about HEALTH hell or HEAll or however it might be spelled? You stopped before you got to Health hell. For me February is more often than not a battle to the death even WITH the unstinting support of my new best friend Vitamin D. If I ever make it all the way to the 28th unscathed I'll be sure to check my pulse and if I don't have one it'll probably just mean that February has actually finally killed me and I just haven't figured it out yet. May I rest in peace come March. Last week I had the classic cold, textbook perfect, and this week the classic flu, also textbook perfect. Perfection in sickness! That's the best I'm going to get or expect from any February any year.

Anonymous said...

We're so far from land in February. It's a mid-Atlantic experience. It's been ages since we enjoyed the celebrations of Fall and early Winter and will be ages still before the relieving light and warmth of Spring and Summer. Landfall; it's all about making landfall.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I'd go with the last one as well!

Stacy Post said...

Jan, I'm sending you a virtual hug. You need it! I loathe computer woes and can sympathize. I too, am struggling with a sequel because I haven't sold the first story. It's been endlessly gray here too. I'm ready for daffodils, cherry blossoms and warmer wind. For now friend, you are those for me. Cheery-O and enjoy your "Heaven Hell". Follow the road where it may lead. Blue skies soon. Hopefully, sooner than we can imagine!

Faith Pray said...

Ugh! Computer and writing hell. Sounds so inviting! I'm glad you have a good dinner coming up, and West Wing and Stacy Post's virtual hugs to help. I want to help, too. I have prizes to send you from the Writer Games contest and am trying to figure out how to contact you. Do you have a contact page?

Jemi Fraser said...

You're right about the final one trumping all others! We've been lucky with sun lately - makes everything a little better and brighter :)

Jan Morrison said...

anon - so sorry about health hell - it really is the worst.
another anon. - yes! making landfall! saving the crackers and the hard tack - hard times ahead - ship to shore - where's Captain Jack Sparrow when you need him?
Diane and Stacy - yep, that last one wins again. But man oh man I want some sunshine soon...
Faith, I will give you my email address on your site which you can then put in the trash - OK? Thanks for the bit o'cheer - I look forward to my gold doubloons...
Jemi - I'm a coming to your house!

Watery Tart said...

Erm... sorry about the Jack Sparrow thing. I have him tied in my basement.

Jan, so sorry life is throwing complications at you! Computer stuff completely sucks. Writing constipation also does... Unfortunately, the wheels move SO SLOWLY that really all you can do is move on as if the second has to stand alone (hopefully it won't, but easier to take out repetition than to go add it in later, I think. I'm not sending out ANYTHING on my trilogy until all are done because I'm worried later stuff will changer early--so maybe think of it like that?

And thank you for the plug on my hell blog... I've had a request to do the full devine comedy, but I'm afraid that would mean I'd have to read it. (I only made it as far as the sixth ring of Paradise Lost before I decided I'm too much of a lightweight)

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

Oh…I can feel your pain. Hope the sun shines bright again soon – and that your tech problems get resolved. But, in the meantime, you have the right idea, enjoy your friends and those good little things about life.