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Tech Hell Day 2: Less Hell!

2015-03-25 10.29.48
“Keep Calm and Carry On”

My author site is now almost kinda sorta almost operational again. You can access three out of four pages (the page with my ebooks still doesn’t load). At the time I went to bed last night only half a page was loading for everything, so this is an improvement. I still can’t access the admin area. It’s now been over 24 hours since the site went down. The techies are making progress, but from the emails I’m getting, it sounds like they’re running out of ideas.

I can’t let this get me down. I can’t spend another day thinking about having to reinstall the site software and restoring it from a backup. I can’t let this distract me from the creative things I need to do. It’s my website, but it’s not the end of the world. I’ve made a big pot of tea and now I’m going to dive into the Scrivener tutorial. I won’t need it for Camp NaNoWriMo since I’m revising a standalone novel, but I need to evaluate the trial version before my winner’s code from last year’s NaNo expires. I’m hoping it will make organizing the series material easier. 🙂 With the ongoing adventures with my website, I’m also hoping that Scrivener will be easy to use and not another version of tech hell. 😉

Keeping calm, carrying on…

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You heard it here first…

Camp-Participant-2015-Web-BannerNaNo2014-2Well, I’m in tech hell right now. My author site has gone down, so the post I was doing there I’ll be doing an abbreviated version of here instead. So, here’s ALL the news — you’re seeing it here first! I’m doing Camp NaNoWriMo in April. I haven’t done Camp before, but it’s less crazy-making than regular NaNo, with flexible (lower) word count goals, and you can also use it to revise and edit existing projects. Which is what I’m going to be doing. I’m going to be rewriting the little sci-fi novel I wrote last November AND I mocked up a better version of the cheesy cover art. 🙂 I am still not happy with the working title, so both it and the cover art will change (to something better). (The new background looks like it needs reggae music to accompany it.) 😆

I’ve set up a private cabin for a few friends. Camp NaNoWriMo is shaping up to be fun! I’ll post little whimsical updates here much like I did during NaNoWriMo last fall.

And if revising that book weren’t enough, I’ve decided to put all my material for The Seaport Chronicles (over two books worth, plus background material) into Scrivener before Camp starts in April. So, I’ve got a steep learning curve that I was going to spend all day today tackling, but instead I’m going to be corresponding with techies about my author site going down. 😦 I’ve downloaded the trial version to see if I like it. Time is running out for me to make a decision on whether to get the full version of Scrivener: my NaNo winner’s discount code expires in May.

AND I am back to contributing weekly to the Usual Suspects group food blog…though if I’ll be able to keep up that schedule with doing Camp NaNo in April, I don’t know…

I’ve lost track of how many things I’m doing at once right now. This is just writing stuff: it doesn’t include all the hiking and mucking around in the garden I’ve been doing since the weather has finally turned Spring-y. 🙂