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Well, finally got my pc back up and running. Had one hell of a time finding my restored files but it was kind of a combination of my not understanding Mozy's directions and Mozy not realizing not all of their customers are computer geeks. At any rate, I lost, for some reason, my icons (used for my desktop only, thank God) and all my html files for my webpage. So I had to go to the webpage and download them all to my pc. Which was just as well because now I also have the host's additional files in case I need to restore the website itself. But like I say, a combination of me and Mozy which I think is now straightened out, at least on my end.

Anywaaaaay...

Had mammoth catching up to do for the directory, and will be doing a two-month update instead of just the one as usual. Which, fortunately (or maybe not) didn't take a really long time as the fandom has slowed to a crawl lately. I think it's just a matter of the initial enthusiasm for the movie has died down, and some writers have moved on to other fandoms or just gotten worn out.

It also put a big damper on the short story I was trying to write, as the computer I was using had no text software and it was impossible to find any that would still work on Windows 98 (DOH!). I tried hand-writing it but my fingers/wrist just cramps up too much after a while. Sigh. The story is pretty solidly in my head, but I'm not sure I can get it written, edited and polished for the contest I was hoping to enter it in (deadline June 30). The length I'm looking at, I very much doubt it. :(

Didn't get the job here in town. Bad timing, as so many college and high school kids are around, needing summer jobs. But the manager said they'd be looking for people in the fall, so I'm trying to be patient. And there are a handful of other places in town that might have openings over the next couple months as well. I'm just tired of the commute (especially in the winter) and all the managerial bullshit at the store.

Good things though. My son was home for 8 days and I had actual vacation time coming so I got to spend the whole time with him (well, except when he visited his dad). We took one day (we being me, my son, and my brother) and went to a little town that has a state bike trail going through it - great little shops! And then we went from there to a state park, had a picnic lunch, and hiked a couple trails. Otherwise we worked on some projects around the house and yard and just mellowed out together. He really wants to move back to Minnesota, something new for him. But, as he said, they don't even need weathermen out in California - it's always 70 degrees and sunny, and he likes weather. Real weather, like thunderstorms and rain, and hearing the leaves when the wind blows, and - OMG! - snow in the winter. So we shall see...

Date: 2012-06-24 09:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] billy-shriner.livejournal.com
Hey, welcome back! Nice you had a good time with your son. But sorry you didn't get the job :-(

And you should be more confident about your writing... you don't know until you try AND you are a good writer ;-)

Date: 2012-06-24 09:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ostarella.livejournal.com
And you should be more confident about your writing... you don't know until you try AND you are a good writer ;-)

Thanks. :) I'm definitely going to give it the old college try - and at least I can submit it electronically, so that gives me a couple extra days to sweat it out ;)

Date: 2012-06-24 09:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] billy-shriner.livejournal.com
You really have nothing to lose. And you will never know if you don't try.

It might not win... but it also might. Who knows? DO IT!

Have you seen my email from the publisher? I think I forwarded to you to keep you in the loop ;-)

Date: 2012-06-25 01:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ostarella.livejournal.com
Yeah, I have that in my "beta" file :D

Date: 2012-06-25 05:52 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] beckyblack
Even if you don't get the story done in time for this contest there's always another! Or other options for it. Are you still working on the novel?

Annoying you didn't get the job, but encouraging that there should be another chance at it when the students go back to school.

PC problems are horrible. Hope it's all sorted now. Blimey, Windows 98, what a nightmare to have to use that! Did it not even have notepad to use?

Date: 2012-06-25 11:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ostarella.livejournal.com
I'm already gathering a list of places/contests to send the short lol Never say die, right? And I am working on the novel - very slowly. :( I really need to just kick myself in the ass because, even though I've tried to write something every day, I've allowed other things to take priority. Some things have to, of course, but other things... just self-indulgences.

That old PC - hell, half the software on it was so old I had no idea what it was or what it did. Opened a couple things and it started making strange noises - scared the shit out of me! LOL It basically was still around only because of a couple programs the newer Windows wouldn't accept (and I'm too stubborn to go to newer software), so it had pretty well been cannibalized to give as much room for those as possible.

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