Off the Rails
I’m crossing my fingers while writing this that the internet will hold on long enough for me to post it. Since the Great Outage, I’ve bought a new router, jumped through more network hoops than I care to think about, worked ten hours a day at the day job with the exception of the day I drove the Junior Mad Scientist into the city for an appointment, and even that day I didn’t arrive home until late, and had dental work done. Still, the ‘net is iffy at best. Today, it is hoped, a technician shall arrive and figure it out, because I’m stymied.
What that means for you, dear readers and fellow writers, is that I am knackered as of the time I write this post, and have not had time to do my proper research for the requested topic of the day: formatting books for those who eschew Microsoft Word. I know there are more than a few of you out there who can’t afford Word, don’t want to partake of the MS Koolaid, or for that matter, the Apple Juice that it would require to run Vellum. I get it. I still recommend Open Office, Libre Office, and Gimp for folks on a budget, because I’ve been poor. Er, thrifty. Heck, for that matter my beloved husband is balking at putting Adobe pdf reader on his computer, and while I don’t blame him because Adobe is evil even if I do use their products, I really need for him to be able to handle opening and reading pdf forms on his own instead of on my computer.
Sometimes you have to touch the evul to get stuff done. I’m not fond of Google’s omnipresence in a Big Brother way, but I’m drafting this in a Google doc file on my tablet because I can, and if I want to swap to my computer I can seamlessly access the file there. I could, in theory, write while I was sitting waiting on a kid to get out of class, or the doctor, or Civil Air Patrol, or… If I wanted to share it with the First Reader and collaborate, we could literally both be in this document at the same time, with a chat bar on the side, and working in real time to create something beautiful. Yeah, I know that I’m the product – heck, I pay for storage. Every year, because I like multiply redundant backups, although I did learn recently that I needed to start that earlier because a client needed a file from four years ago and I can’t access it. Because a power cord for an old backup drive got lost in the move. And because I need to be better organized. Which is why I have Google Drive, even if there are theories that they can steal my content at will. Until there is a better option, I simply haven’t got the foxes to give. Behold my foxes, and see? There are none.
Honey, I’ve fallen and can’t get up. Can you splash cold water on my face?
Ok, that’s better. Yeah… There’s been no writing. I can’t even see the tracks from here. I went from ‘we don’t have anything planned this weekend!’ To we have PT appointment, and Fencing Class, and my son’s friends are coming over and next week is the last week at the First Reader’s job and he would like to spoil them with cookies one last time and I miiiight have said I’d take Pumpkin Bread to work for snack Monday. Oh, and the Internet Tech is coming. So I should probably make sure the most obvious weirdnesses in our bedroom are tucked away tidily. What? You don’t have Vallejo and Bell and Freas art on display? Ahem.
I’m breathless and wordless and given my day at work on Friday, quite possibly brainless. Did you know salt expires? I was wandering through the lab muttering ‘our salt’s not salty enough. It has lost it’s savor! Turned to…. what’s the opposite of salt?’ But fortunately I work with a lot of Mad Scientists and they were just contemplating why an orange flame has to be called a yellow flame. I ask you, if you put table salt in a flame, good ol’ sodium chloride, what do you get?
I’ll give you a hint. It’s NOT YELLOW.
So how was your week? Can you recommend helpful freeware for writers? Give us a shout in the comments, then.
(Header Image: “Upside-Down” photo by Cedar Sanderson)