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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #1200 on: October 16, 2019, 12:18:55 PM »
55 words today. Off to a slow start this week.
 
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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #1201 on: October 16, 2019, 07:41:57 PM »
Had a nice long weekend (Canadian Thanksgiving)
Back at it with this interminable outline
5,197 written in it today
might be another week before it's finally done, oh well
hope y'all are hitting your goals
 
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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #1202 on: October 17, 2019, 12:45:36 AM »
Well done, everyone!   :goodpost:
     
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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #1203 on: October 18, 2019, 07:06:56 PM »
Was so tired yesterday, I went straight to bed without reporting results...
4,287 written in my outline yesterday
3,060 written in my outline today
I'm grateful for this thread as it helps me keep myself accountable... when I'm not sleepy, that is  :confused:
 
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« Reply #1204 on: October 19, 2019, 02:30:05 AM »
Hm. I'm going to have to set a reminder to post because I keep forgetting. :)

Yesterday I wrote 1,856 words. The day before I wrote 1,515 words. And the day before that I wrote 157 words. :D
 
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« Reply #1205 on: October 19, 2019, 03:19:51 AM »
I've been doing some clean-up on two of my old laptops. Too many of my book files are stuck on one of them that is barely running but when I do get it running, it won't turn off. Next time, I'll just hold down the on button until it turns off. The other one is okay, but I did take some files off it and put them on a flash drive.

I'll be back to writing tonight.
           
 
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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #1206 on: October 20, 2019, 03:53:33 AM »
519 words on my timeline and I think I have the series worked out.  Yay!  This is the last book and it will be fun.  :banana-riding-llama-smiley-em
     
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« Reply #1207 on: October 20, 2019, 04:56:19 AM »
1,953 words yesterday. :)
 
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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #1208 on: October 20, 2019, 10:57:32 AM »
Edited two chapters and wrote 362 words.  :dog1:
     
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« Reply #1209 on: October 20, 2019, 11:26:57 AM »
Back to work and added 1,148 words for a total of 31.2K and 132 pages.

           
 
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« Reply #1210 on: October 21, 2019, 11:19:51 AM »
Squeezed out 300 words today.
 
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« Reply #1211 on: October 21, 2019, 12:26:10 PM »
Just added 1,375 words for a total of 32.6K and 138 pages.

           
 
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« Reply #1212 on: October 21, 2019, 12:49:38 PM »
1,331 words yesterday :)
 
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« Reply #1213 on: October 22, 2019, 09:25:32 AM »
1,890 yesterday.
 
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« Reply #1214 on: October 22, 2019, 12:03:19 PM »
1,022 tonight for a total of 142 pages and 33.6K words.
           
 
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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #1215 on: October 23, 2019, 11:04:28 AM »
851 words so far.  Hoping to get a few more tonight!  :catrun
     
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« Reply #1216 on: October 23, 2019, 12:43:50 PM »
I thought I wasn't going to get anything done. I just sat around watching videos for well over an hour. But then something prodded me to get up (could have been the  :dog1: ) and I thought I would just do a few paragraphs. Turned into 1,109 words. I'm up to 34.7K words and 147 pages.

           
 
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« Reply #1217 on: October 23, 2019, 01:07:51 PM »
1,412 words yesterday.

So much trouble getting started today. Bet it'll show tomorrow when I post my word count for today. :writethink:
 
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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #1218 on: October 23, 2019, 02:21:09 PM »
Another 759 words.  I don't think I'll be done by Halloween...but maybe before Thanksgiving!  :angel:
     
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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #1219 on: October 24, 2019, 07:56:16 AM »
739 words and I hope to get more done tonight!
     
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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #1220 on: October 25, 2019, 12:07:12 PM »
Took me a little bit to get started, but I ended up with 1027 words. That brings the total to 35.8K and 152 pages. My AS counts words differently than Word does, but the total from Word should be accurate.

           
 
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« Reply #1221 on: October 26, 2019, 12:37:02 PM »
I've been starting a little later these past few days but I'm still getting the words in. 1215 for today and up to 32K and 157 pages.

           
 
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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #1222 on: October 27, 2019, 10:42:24 AM »
Over 700 words yesterday and 1417 today.  Finally, starting to come together.  :smilie_zauber:
     
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« Reply #1223 on: October 27, 2019, 12:17:07 PM »
Added 787 words for a total of 37.8K and 161 pages.
           
 
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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #1224 on: October 28, 2019, 11:02:43 AM »
609 words and did some editing on the last chapter.
     
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« Reply #1225 on: October 28, 2019, 12:11:17 PM »
Started cleaning up Book 1. Good comments and changes from my editor.
           
 
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« Reply #1226 on: October 29, 2019, 03:35:42 AM »
Yesterday I wrote 161 words.
Day before that I wrote 401 words.
Day before that I wrote 247 words.
Day before that I wrote 1,107 words.
Day before that I wrote 67 words.
Day before that I finally managed to write a few hundred words but then I deleted a bunch of straggling bits and ended up with -5 words. So I was right when I said:

So much trouble getting started today. Bet it'll show tomorrow when I post my word count for today. :writethink:

:D All caught up again.
 
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« Reply #1227 on: October 29, 2019, 03:49:05 AM »
Where's Dan?

           
 
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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #1228 on: October 29, 2019, 04:08:57 AM »
I saw him in another thread.  I think he's glowing eyes right now.  :catrun
     
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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #1229 on: October 29, 2019, 04:34:08 AM »
I was wondering the same thing.
 
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« Reply #1230 on: October 29, 2019, 06:00:54 AM »
I saw him in another thread.  I think he's glowing eyes right now.  :catrun

Hiding from us, no doubt.  :dog1: :catrun
           
 
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« Reply #1231 on: October 29, 2019, 11:51:28 AM »
1,096 words tonight for a total of 39K and 165 pages.
           
 
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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #1232 on: October 30, 2019, 02:38:16 AM »
No words yesterday because...blizzard.  It looks like Christmas instead of Halloween!
And six degrees this morning.  (Fahrenheit, not Celsius.)  I am NOT ready for winter yet.  :lalala


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« Reply #1233 on: October 30, 2019, 03:50:35 AM »
*Shivers* I'm just getting used to a frost in the morning.

Wrote 67 words yesterday, thanks to this thread and my (now) 85 day streak of writing every day.
 
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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #1234 on: October 30, 2019, 03:55:14 AM »
*Shivers* I'm just getting used to a frost in the morning.

Wrote 67 words yesterday, thanks to this thread and my (now) 85 day streak of writing every day.

Cograts, Lynn!  That's wonderful.  :clap:
     
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« Reply #1235 on: October 30, 2019, 04:49:38 AM »
No words yesterday because...blizzard.  It looks like Christmas instead of Halloween!
And six degrees this morning.  (Fahrenheit, not Celsius.)  I am NOT ready for winter yet.  :lalala


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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #1236 on: October 30, 2019, 12:51:39 PM »
2219 words tonight.   :smilie_zauber:
     
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« Reply #1237 on: October 30, 2019, 01:12:59 PM »
1198, but I haven't uploaded them yet so I don't know the full page or word counts.

           
 
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« Reply #1238 on: October 31, 2019, 04:16:21 AM »
Wrote 2,157 words yesterday.
 
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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #1239 on: October 31, 2019, 07:08:30 AM »
1296 so far.  Hopefully, I'll get some more words tonight!  :catrun
     
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« Reply #1240 on: October 31, 2019, 08:01:15 AM »
Hiding from us, no doubt.  :dog1: :catrun

Not really.  I was off WS for two or three weeks to, among other reasons, wrap up my latest book.  I wanted it out by the Halloween and I had missed my original release dates of October 1st and October 11th, so I was determined to release it on the 21st.  So I spent a whole lotta time on it to proofread and edit it.  Mind you, I had done that prior to sending it to my beta reader, but found stuff I'd missed.  I ran it through spellcheck and made those corrections.  Sometimes, there are words that are not spelled wrong but spellcheck thinks they are, so I spent some time uncorrecting words in some cases only to go back and correct them again.  Also, there are words that are both hyphenated and not and spellcheck likes one but not the other, and checking online came up with different results so, in the end, on some words, I picked a source I trusted and made sure all usages of the compound words were consistent (hyphen or not) throughout the book.

Finally got it all ready to go and had it formatted and then, the evening of the 20th, while doing a final check, discovered I had used a name that's in use elsewhere.  Maybe it wouldn't have been a problem, but I wasn't going to take any chances.  So, come morning, I changed the name to be on the safe side.  Finished formatting it, again, and uploaded to Amazon . . . wherein it got stuck.  Rather than pending, or whatever, it was stuck in not finalized or something mode wherein it said I hadn't completed all the steps but also wouldn't let me do anything with it.  After a couple hours, it hadn't changed so I thought, heck, I'm sending a support request.  I had already tried clearing my browser cache and even using a different browser to no avail.

The next day, I get a message (canned) saying how sorry they are that I am having problems accessing their website and that I should clear my browser's cache and all that.  Oy.

Meanwhile, however, the book had gone live so I guess it was stuck in manual review.

Once live, I started running AMS ads for it, hoping to get some sales on this one.

So far, zippo, which is a bit of a bummer but, on the other hand, at this point I am used to my books not selling.

Anyways, last week or so, I came upon an eBay listing for a Newton keyboard.  I should mention first that I have an Apple Newton MessagePad that I am quite fond of.  I'd long wanted a keyboard, not that I cannot use the onscreen keyboard but just that it'd be nice to type sometimes.  Mind you, I have an eMate 300 that does have a keyboard, but I haven't done the hinge repair on it so I try not to use it until I get brave enough to try to do the fix.  Anyway, so on Monday, the keyboard arrives and, excited to try it out, I get my Newton out and give it a whirl.

Keyboard doesn't work.  Seller said it was tested and it worked.  Is that true?  I dunno.  Meanwhile, I discover that all the data from my Newton is gone which is a major bummer.  At that point, I wasn't concerned with the keyboard anymore.  It gave me a warning that I needed to replace the battery or all data would be lost but I am pretty sure all data had been lost prior to that point.

You see, unbeknownst to me, or if it had been beknownst to me I had long since forgotten, the memory relies on power from the batteries.  There are the main batteries it runs on (four AAAs) and a backup battery (a 2032).  I had removed the AAA batteries a year or so ago after leakages had caused some minor damage to the inside.

I should explain that the Newton has a power issue that needs to be repaired.  Also requires a bit of bravery because the instructions come with warnings your Newton may not survive the attempt.  So, I haven't used it much because the batteries die out quickly or I forget about them and they leak.  So, I took them out to prevent further damage from leaking.

That was a stupid move.  Good for preventing physical damage--bad for maintaining the data.

The backup battery, being the sole battery in there, died, resulting in data loss.

Now, had I known or remembered it required power to maintain the memory, I would have kept batteries in it.

Anyway, so all the data is gone.  And it hasn't been backed up in 24 years.  I have a partial excuse in that the computer that it connects to with its special connector died five years ago.  But, I could have taken photographs or whatever but nope.  I didn't.  Stupid me.

One note on there had some sentimental value.  I was initially optimistic that this note had been preserved in the last backup, but, nope, the last backup was performed two days before that note was written.  On the plus side, four years ago, I did have the presence of mind to copy the contents of that note to a file on my iPad and I have a copy of that on my computer.  So I still have the content of the note and I can probably later recreate a reasonable facsimile of it on my Newton if I want to maintain a copy on there.  Won't be quite the same but better than nothing.

And I cannot seem to find a number of the applications that are on the Newton.  Most are still there but at least one is gone.  Hopefully, I installed it prior to the last backup because I cannot find the original install files anywhere.  The only thing I can think of is that they might have been on a Zip disk that went bad before I could copy its contents to other media because I have two dead Zip disks from that time period that are bad.  There used to be a site online that archived Newton programs, but it crashed a year and a half ago and is still offline.  So, hopefully, those programs are on the backup I do have.

The worst part is not knowing what was lost.  I don't think there was anything critical on there and I'd like to hope that anything important had been copied elsewhere, but I can't remember for certain.  On the one hand, I didn't use it that often.  I'd pull it out now and then and put fresh batteries in a use it for a week before the batteries ran down and then I remembered why I didn't use it that often.  And, also, a lot of times I just played a couple games that are on it, so hopefully, I haven't lost anything important.

Its greatest value was the time machine aspect in that I could start it up and see what things I had done way back when.  I have made a file and written down things I think might have been on there but I don't remember how long it's been since I last used it so I can't remember what all might have been on there.  And it's the not knowing that's the difficult part.  If I could see what was there, I might be like, oh, okay, I got all the important stuff.  But, not being able to see what's there and not remembering what's there, it's like, am I missing anything important?

I mean, my phone and iPad are far more capable than the Newton and I use the iPad almost daily but the Newton's been there for years and not knowing what things I might have recorded on there is a bummer.  I keep thinking of trying to build some kind of external power pack so it can run longer but who knows if I'll ever get to that.  I guess it's that the Newton is old and past its prime so maybe that's why I like it so.  I guess it's just like me in that now neither one of us can remember our adventures together.

Anyway, so that's been a bummer.  I'm awaiting a new 2032 and some rechargeable AAA batteries from Amazon.  After that, I'll see if I can figure out if I have a computer I can use to restore it from the 24 year old backup.

I've still been writing daily, trying to finish the space opera.  I'm not going to go back and post all the past totals, but I'll post the end of the month total after tomorrow and maybe start up with daily reports in November.
 
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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #1241 on: October 31, 2019, 08:53:36 AM »
Dan's word count for the day is 1,478.  :tup3b
           
 

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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #1242 on: October 31, 2019, 08:59:26 AM »
Dan's word count for the day is 1,478.  :tup3b

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« Reply #1243 on: October 31, 2019, 09:18:55 AM »
Sorry that happened, Dan.   :icon_sad:
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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #1244 on: October 31, 2019, 10:44:45 AM »
Hiding from us, no doubt.  :dog1: :catrun

Not really.  I was off WS for two or three weeks to, among other reasons, wrap up my latest book.  I wanted it out by the Halloween and I had missed my original release dates of October 1st and October 11th, so I was determined to release it on the 21st.  So I spent a whole lotta time on it to proofread and edit it.  Mind you, I had done that prior to sending it to my beta reader, but found stuff I'd missed.  I ran it through spellcheck and made those corrections.  Sometimes, there are words that are not spelled wrong but spellcheck thinks they are, so I spent some time uncorrecting words in some cases only to go back and correct them again.  Also, there are words that are both hyphenated and not and spellcheck likes one but not the other, and checking online came up with different results so, in the end, on some words, I picked a source I trusted and made sure all usages of the compound words were consistent (hyphen or not) throughout the book.

Finally got it all ready to go and had it formatted and then, the evening of the 20th, while doing a final check, discovered I had used a name that's in use elsewhere.  Maybe it wouldn't have been a problem, but I wasn't going to take any chances.  So, come morning, I changed the name to be on the safe side.  Finished formatting it, again, and uploaded to Amazon . . . wherein it got stuck.  Rather than pending, or whatever, it was stuck in not finalized or something mode wherein it said I hadn't completed all the steps but also wouldn't let me do anything with it.  After a couple hours, it hadn't changed so I thought, heck, I'm sending a support request.  I had already tried clearing my browser cache and even using a different browser to no avail.

The next day, I get a message (canned) saying how sorry they are that I am having problems accessing their website and that I should clear my browser's cache and all that.  Oy.

Meanwhile, however, the book had gone live so I guess it was stuck in manual review.

Once live, I started running AMS ads for it, hoping to get some sales on this one.

So far, zippo, which is a bit of a bummer but, on the other hand, at this point I am used to my books not selling.

Anyways, last week or so, I came upon an eBay listing for a Newton keyboard.  I should mention first that I have an Apple Newton MessagePad that I am quite fond of.  I'd long wanted a keyboard, not that I cannot use the onscreen keyboard but just that it'd be nice to type sometimes.  Mind you, I have an eMate 300 that does have a keyboard, but I haven't done the hinge repair on it so I try not to use it until I get brave enough to try to do the fix.  Anyway, so on Monday, the keyboard arrives and, excited to try it out, I get my Newton out and give it a whirl.

Keyboard doesn't work.  Seller said it was tested and it worked.  Is that true?  I dunno.  Meanwhile, I discover that all the data from my Newton is gone which is a major bummer.  At that point, I wasn't concerned with the keyboard anymore.  It gave me a warning that I needed to replace the battery or all data would be lost but I am pretty sure all data had been lost prior to that point.

You see, unbeknownst to me, or if it had been beknownst to me I had long since forgotten, the memory relies on power from the batteries.  There are the main batteries it runs on (four AAAs) and a backup battery (a 2032).  I had removed the AAA batteries a year or so ago after leakages had caused some minor damage to the inside.

I should explain that the Newton has a power issue that needs to be repaired.  Also requires a bit of bravery because the instructions come with warnings your Newton may not survive the attempt.  So, I haven't used it much because the batteries die out quickly or I forget about them and they leak.  So, I took them out to prevent further damage from leaking.

That was a stupid move.  Good for preventing physical damage--bad for maintaining the data.

The backup battery, being the sole battery in there, died, resulting in data loss.

Now, had I known or remembered it required power to maintain the memory, I would have kept batteries in it.

Anyway, so all the data is gone.  And it hasn't been backed up in 24 years.  I have a partial excuse in that the computer that it connects to with its special connector died five years ago.  But, I could have taken photographs or whatever but nope.  I didn't.  Stupid me.

One note on there had some sentimental value.  I was initially optimistic that this note had been preserved in the last backup, but, nope, the last backup was performed two days before that note was written.  On the plus side, four years ago, I did have the presence of mind to copy the contents of that note to a file on my iPad and I have a copy of that on my computer.  So I still have the content of the note and I can probably later recreate a reasonable facsimile of it on my Newton if I want to maintain a copy on there.  Won't be quite the same but better than nothing.

And I cannot seem to find a number of the applications that are on the Newton.  Most are still there but at least one is gone.  Hopefully, I installed it prior to the last backup because I cannot find the original install files anywhere.  The only thing I can think of is that they might have been on a Zip disk that went bad before I could copy its contents to other media because I have two dead Zip disks from that time period that are bad.  There used to be a site online that archived Newton programs, but it crashed a year and a half ago and is still offline.  So, hopefully, those programs are on the backup I do have.

The worst part is not knowing what was lost.  I don't think there was anything critical on there and I'd like to hope that anything important had been copied elsewhere, but I can't remember for certain.  On the one hand, I didn't use it that often.  I'd pull it out now and then and put fresh batteries in a use it for a week before the batteries ran down and then I remembered why I didn't use it that often.  And, also, a lot of times I just played a couple games that are on it, so hopefully, I haven't lost anything important.

Its greatest value was the time machine aspect in that I could start it up and see what things I had done way back when.  I have made a file and written down things I think might have been on there but I don't remember how long it's been since I last used it so I can't remember what all might have been on there.  And it's the not knowing that's the difficult part.  If I could see what was there, I might be like, oh, okay, I got all the important stuff.  But, not being able to see what's there and not remembering what's there, it's like, am I missing anything important?

I mean, my phone and iPad are far more capable than the Newton and I use the iPad almost daily but the Newton's been there for years and not knowing what things I might have recorded on there is a bummer.  I keep thinking of trying to build some kind of external power pack so it can run longer but who knows if I'll ever get to that.  I guess it's that the Newton is old and past its prime so maybe that's why I like it so.  I guess it's just like me in that now neither one of us can remember our adventures together.

Anyway, so that's been a bummer.  I'm awaiting a new 2032 and some rechargeable AAA batteries from Amazon.  After that, I'll see if I can figure out if I have a computer I can use to restore it from the 24 year old backup.

I've still been writing daily, trying to finish the space opera.  I'm not going to go back and post all the past totals, but I'll post the end of the month total after tomorrow and maybe start up with daily reports in November.

Dan, sorry you've had to deal with all this.

Congrats on publishing the book!  Glad you're back!  :banana-riding-llama-smiley-em
     
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Maggie Ann

Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #1245 on: October 31, 2019, 10:45:44 AM »
Sorry that happened, Dan.   :icon_sad:

Yes, Dan. Really. That had to be so frustrating. But congrats on finishing the book and getting it up on Zon.

           
 

2-Bit D

Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #1246 on: October 31, 2019, 12:24:00 PM »
Thanks all.  I know it's not a big deal in the grand scheme of things but, if I had been smarter, it was 100% preventable.  And I keep trying to convince myself nothing important was lost.  It was a few months after the computer died that I had copied the text of the aforementioned note to my iPad.  I wasn't thinking of the backup at all, partially because I thought the backup software was on a different computer, but I keep trying to tell myself I must have been concerned enough after the computer died that I took the time to copy over the content that was important.  And I know I used it more often to play games like Tic Tac Toe than to keep notes, so I'm hoping the two notes I copied were the only important things on there.  It's just the not knowing for sure that's troubling.  I keep wondering, did I have it when . . . and wondering if I wrote something down that's significant.  But I keep hoping those two notes were it.

My other backup plan is that time travel becomes possible in the future and I go back in time to earlier this year or last year when I know the device was unattended and borrow it for a bit to check things out.
 

Maggie Ann

Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #1247 on: October 31, 2019, 12:41:23 PM »
Here's a friendly household tip for Mr. Evil Entity. When you batteries leak corrosive acid, all you need is a q-tip and alcohol to clean it up. Of course, it goes without saying so I'll say it, put in fresh batteries.

           
 

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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #1248 on: October 31, 2019, 12:54:38 PM »
584 words tonight.  Book will not be finished by Halloween, but I'm hoping before Thanksgiving.  :angel:
     
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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #1249 on: October 31, 2019, 01:01:50 PM »
Here's a friendly household tip for Mr. Evil Entity. When you batteries leak corrosive acid, all you need is a q-tip and alcohol to clean it up. Of course, it goes without saying so I'll say it, put in fresh batteries.

I usually use vinegar and Q-tips.  The vinegar neutralizes the alkaline, if I recall.

For leaks that get into the electronics, then I use 91% alcohol.

If I had known or remembered the memory storage required power, I would have ordered rechargeable batteries a long time ago, as well as replaced that 2032.
 
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