Wednesday, September 19, 2007

A Day Late...

Technology is great...as long as it's working correctly.

Sometime on Monday, I lost my internet. Email was working, but surfing the net was impossible. By that night, everything was gone. Now and then, both would work for a minute or two, then vanish again. To my relief, it finally came back in the wee hours of the morning. I could start catching up. That lasted 30 minutes, leaving me no way to post here yesterday. It's been up and down so much since Monday, I can't remember when it did and didn't work, but the majority falls into the didn't.

I don't consider myself an Internet Junkie, but I do like to keep up with news, both national and local on the www. What books are out this month? It's just a click away. When does the new Fall Season start for the TV shows I watch? Another click. Weather? The temp is available 24/7. When the 'net is working, that is.

I use it even more for research. What kind of research? You name it, I'll research it. I'm currently working on a story with a rodeo background, so I need to know where rodeos will be held in the part of the country where the story is set. Do I need to name a fictional town? I'll want to make sure it isn't a real one in the state where I've set it, so I have a special website where I can check that out. Am I writing about an area of the country I'm not familiar with? Photos are abundant on the web. Careers, names, how long it takes to travel from one place to another, climate, population... The list is endless, and I could lose myself in research for weeks. Imagine what it would be if I wrote Historicals!

Today it appears that the Internet is once again at my fingertips. I'm not holding my breath though. But I am glad I was able to stop in here and say hello, even if I am a day late. Now, back to some research...

4 comments:

Estella said...

I am glad I live in an area where the internet hardly ever runs and hides.

Ellen said...

I don't have a problem with the Internet running and hiding just my server deciding to throw me offling or jam up.

Danny said...

I know what you mean... I'm not a total internet junky, but when my internet connection is acting up and I'm around to notice, it simply bothers me that it isn't at hand when I need it.

Maggie said...

Sometimes my internet is down... because they are doing some upgrades... which seem to be happening a lot lately :(