Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Dammit, It's Snowing, And That's Not All

Yesterday was terribly windy. I don't mind the occasional breezy day, but this was different. It was the kind of wind that brought down a neighbor's tree. It put my teeth on edge, made the dogs nervous, blew debris all over the place.

Truth is I've been in a bad mood for a couple of days. I was having a long conversation with someone on twitter in direct messages, which are private, not out in the open. It was a very interesting conversation and in direct message mode, I can see both sides of the conversation. I was invested in it. It meant something to me. But day before yesterday it vanished, all one hundred and forty seven of those messages just vanished. Not just his side of the conversation, but my side too. Poof! Gone! It made me mad. It made me paranoid. It made me sad.

Then today I struggled with a chapter of the new book. It was a difficult bit of writing. I gave the chapter a title and saved it. Then went to do laundry only to find that the dryer is dead. Totally fucking dead. This after I'd washed a load of sheets. It's snowing so there is no hanging wet sheets on the line to dry outside. And I blame the new kids.

Then when I got back to edit the story, it was gone. I know this makes no sense since blogger auto-saves constantly. But this is the second time this has happened to me with short stories and I will no longer write fiction on blogger. Bummer!

For some bizarre reason I woke up at 5:45 this morning, if you can call that morning. For most of my life that would have been called late night, and I'd be going to bed, but no. I tried to go back to sleep, but it wasn't possible for some strange reason. I've been pissed off all day and the snow is starting to accumulate. If it keeps this up, I'll have to shovel front and back because the new kids are moving the first of May and they no longer give a shit.

I'm too ticked off to tweet.


La Belette Rouge said...

I hate it when technology eats up all of our hard work. I am on week 6 of still not having access to 120 drafts that I have on Blogger and it is making me so crazy. I have even considered hiring someone to set up a new domain and blog for me on Wordpress. I have learned two things:
1. Don't trust free softaware.
2. Back up everything.
Hope the snow stops and that you get your writing back.

Utah Savage said...

I may have to revert to printing everything. I do have an external hard drive, but... This all makes me feel as if I've been hacked. Picked up an STD from one of the bots on twitter. I got a DM from Mathman about a month ago and I clicked the link included in the message, only to later find out that Mathman had not sent me a DM. The only reason I clicked that link is it seemed to be sent from someone I adore and trust. Someone was using Mathman's twitter identity to troll.

Elizabeth said...

In my world of insomnia, I call waking at 0545 "sleeping in".

It's been a long winter, and I think we're all ready for it to be over!

Nan said...

I am so skeptical about technology that I do actually print out hard copies of stuff to be sure of having it -- because I know that sooner or later Blogger is going to mysteriously lose all my archives.

There are bots that go rummaging around in various places looking for e-mail addresses and then generate unbelievable amounts of spam. The S.O.'s Hotmail account got hijacked a couple times; so far as I know it hasn't happened to mine yet.

There are times when I think the Luddites are right, and going back to goose quill pens, parchment, and snail mail would not be a bad idea.

Randal Graves said...

We're all very happy that you're not a teabagger because then you'd likely channel this righteous rage into something explodey.

Alex said...

Last night I wrote a blog post. And when I cut and pasted part of it (because it turned out to be TWO POSTS), it was missing except for one line. I was up too late and annoyed. Maybe technology is rebelling. (a bit of Hal or War Games)