Thursday, November 17, 2011

The thing about technology...

Technology is a beautiful thing. I love my computer, couldn't live without the word processing program I use to do my writing, and—as my husband would no doubt be very quick to tell you—I am...oh, let's say...just a teeny bit captivated by e-mail. LOL

When you're a writer on a deadline, technology can be a wonderful thing. Or not.

Recently, I was plugging away at the work-in-progress when a new program I'd installed on the computer began acting up and my screen froze—and proceeded to freeze every ten minutes.

As I continued to plug away, the program began to spontaneously combust and shut itself down every five minutes.

Then, even though I had set the backup feature to do its thing every two minutes, I discovered it had decided not to do its thing at all. So I lost countless pages of writing.

And this program's designed to help make the writing process go smoothly! Grr...

But wait, there's more.

A few days later, I was deep into the best part of drafting a story, the part where thoughts burst into your brain so quickly, you can barely type fast enough to get them down before you lose them, and...and... The keyboard died. (sigh)

The computer settled down, finally, and that seemed the end of the catastrophes.

Although, today—I suppose just to make sure I didn't get too complacent—this blog post refused to go live....

Yes, technology is a beautiful thing, isn't it? When it works. LOL

Well, despite all the recent frustrations, the good news is that being on deadline means I'm due to have a new book out. (smile) That's just one of the many things I have to be thankful for in this week before Thanksgiving.

Another of them is you.

Thanks so much for stopping by. And, if you celebrate it, I hope you have a wonderful turkey day filled with family and friends and good food.

All my best to you,



Barbara White Daille


Donnell said...

Oh, Barbara, how awful to be on that tight a deadline and your computer go wonky. Thinking of you and yours. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Mary Marvella said...

I sooo understand about computers that have issues. White Baby, my little white MacBook, is sitting in lap now. I go nuts when she doesn't work well, or when my Internet goes down, or when AOL or Yahoo play games with my head. I hope your computer behaves!

Barbara White Daille said...

Hi, Donnell - what's that old cliche? It never rains but it pours. LOL

Thanks, and have a wonderful holiday.


Barbara White Daille said...

Mary - oh, yes--what you said! It's amazing how those little boxes can wreck our lives when they're not working properly.

Thanks for stopping by.


Sara said...

Crazy, wicked wild - that's what computers can be. Glad to hear you have a new book coming out...

Barbara White Daille said...

Sara - you're so right about those computers.

And thank you! THE RODEO MAN'S DAUGHTER will hit bookstores in February. A wonderful after-holiday treat for me. ;)


linda s said...

Congratulations on your new book. How exciting. I am sure the thrill never fades. As for fixing tekkie things... that's why God invented children... right?

Barbara White Daille said...

Linda - LOL Sounds good to me.

And that's so true about the thrill never fading when a new book comes out. Can't wait till February!

Thanks for stopping by.


Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Ack on the tech problems. That's always so frustrating, especially when you're like me and don't know how to fix them. It usually requires me asking my husband, "Can you fix this?" :)

Barbara White Daille said...

Trish - yes, I am just like you and don't know how to fix them!

My husband's a big help with the hardware--thank goodness.