Nice fall weather! That means more taking dogs out to run or out to the park and less everything else. Progress was made, sure, but, I mean, not as much as I would have liked, particularly AFTER WORD LOCKED UP SUNDAY MORNING FOR NO REASON.
Periodically this happens. Oh, sorry, you can’t edit your Word files! Oh, you’ve driven to your office so you can connect to the internet? Well, I hope you enjoyed the drive but nope, you can’t sign in, sorry! Sure, that’s the right password, but you can’t sign in anyway, sorry! No, you aren’t allowed to sign in with a personal account, has to be your school account, which isn’t going to work! See the IT people! Too bad it’s Sunday morning so you can’t actually do that!
This is absolutely infuriating, obviously. I downloaded and installed Libre Office, which I always hate to do — that is, I’m uneasy downloading anything in case I get suckered into downloading malware (I’m not sure how big a risk this is, but since I’m not sure, I’m always concerned about it). I also unearthed my old computer, which I kept just in case of this sort of problem. It can’t hold a charge at all and can be used only when plugged in, which is why I got my new laptop in the first place, but if it can be used plugged in, that’s a big step up from not being usable, and have I mentioned HOW TOTALLY INFURIATING IT IS WHEN WORD LOCKS UP FOR NO REASON?
I should not be required to sign in to use the product! If I AM going to be required to sign in, then the sign in process should work! OMG, I love Word but I hate, hate, hate the bureaucratic nonsense associated with Microsoft!
However, given various options by which I can keep moving and don’t have to waste the whole day, whatever, it’s fine, I guess. Also, if using the computer is tough, I might as well take the dogs to the park considering the weather is indeed lovely. So that was a lot of Sunday.
You know what’s coming up? November. And you know what I want to do sometime during the first week of November? Send out a newsletter. That means writing a Tuyo-world short story. The last one was about 6500 words and took several days to write, so I started this one. This is the story about the boys who climbed up the rainbow. Tano only heard a little bit of that story, as you may remember, since Raga was telling it in the most soothing, go-to-sleep way possible. Beats me what happens when the boys get up to the top of the rainbow; I haven’t gotten that far yet. Unless I really get stuck and tell a different story, you’ll find out almost as soon as I do. Want to read this story and not subscribed to my newsletter? Here’s the link!
Very happy about the early reviews for Invictus: Crisis. It’s up to 48 ratings and holding at 4.8 stars, which is a big relief. The rating’s likely to joggle down and up a bit, but this is enough ratings to suggest it’ll settle into a nice solid rating. That means most readers are finding the ending of the story satisfying, which is, as I said, a big relief.
This means I’m much more likely to go on with associated novels in this world. I suggest a probable direction in the endnotes, and that really does seem probable, since I have the opening scene in my head, as well as tentative scenes from later in the story. I really wish I could write three times as fast because arrgh! There are so many projects I would love to work on!
You know what would be helpful? If Microsoft would stop locking up Word and demanding you sign in and then not letting you sign in.