Nov. 30th, 2013

erika_sanely: (My Tree thanks to slodwick)
I ended up completing the NaNoWriMo Challenge 10 am Thursday 28th November (I finished off with 50,172 words). Thank you so very much for putting up with my ramblings! I didn't end up posting a lot of it on here, as it ended up being a heap more personal than I thought it would - and considering what I did post here, you can only imagine what that means. Actually don't imagine what that means, because it didn't mean 'that'. If 'that' is what you're thinking.

I want to do it again next year, but with an actual plan in place, and actually writing a couple of short stories as well. I did end up writing two poems, but my god! I wrote like I was an emotional teenage girl who knows sadness without ever having experienced it. Plath and Eliot were my two favourite poets as a teenager, and it shows.

Anyway, thanks again. It was fun, yet painful. I ended up learning a lot about myself, because of it, and I want to use what I learnt to change parts of my life. ::Fingers crossed::

I hope all those who write proper novels succeeded or at least ended up in a place that they're happy with.

Dammit!

Nov. 30th, 2013 02:28 pm
erika_sanely: (Damn Astronaut!)
My iPod died last week; it was five years old, and I stupidly thought to myself "I'm impressed how it's going considering how much I use it. (Probably 10 hours a day - the office gets loud and it drowns out the annoying people, and the bus ride of work is 40 minutes each way). It started only half playing songs, and skipping certain bands and singers (My iPod apparently hates Adele and The Axis of Awesome), until finally last week while I was charging it on the computer a warning came up with basically said "You are so incredibly f-ed right now. You really have no idea" (but it said it in tech-speak, but let's face it. This is what it meant. And it won't connect to my computer, and instead of having 5 thousand songs on it, it only has two.

Both Taylor Swift.

Five years is a good run, and the closest repair shop is a two hour drive away, so I thought, "screw it!" and bought a new one. When I get home, I find that my version of iTunes is too old, so I download a newer one. To find out my computer OS is too old, and I can only buy that from a store.

I've got music on my phone, but I don't like playing music on my phone; call me old-fashioned, but dammit, I want my phone to be used as a phone (And for checking Face Book at work.) and that's it. Music devices are for music, phones are for communicating.

My computer is not on it's last legs, but is getting closer to retirement (Exhibit A: a non-working k key. I looked into getting it fixed, but it was going to cost about $400.00. Not worth it, when a whole new computer is only a couple hundred more). I don't want to buy the OS software and find out the computer is rat shit as well. And I don't want to buy a new computer just yet (I'd like to wait until at least the post-Xmas sales).

Remember the old days of Walkmans and Discmans? I miss those days. All you needed was to make sure you had spare batteries, and it they started going wonky, you hit them a couple of times, and blew on the moving parts. That was good times.

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