I knew that I was forgetting something!
This has not been a particularly good week. I spent the latter half of last week dealing with computer issues. We had been having sporadic issues where our wireless network at home would be fine for a while, then all of a sudden decide to go out to lunch and leave us sitting there watching the wheel spin around. Resetting the router would help for a while, then it would start again. Using a wired connection, with my netbook connected directly to the router, was the same way: it would work fine for thirty minutes, then hang for ten.
Finally I decided to bite the bullet and buy a new wireless router, since the old one had been in service since before the stroke. I received the new one on Friday (Amazon is wonderful), plugged it in, configured it, and everything worked fine.
For about an hour.
Then the same thing happened with the new router.
I Googled “wireless router hangs” and read several of the top articles, all of which suggested that I look for a source of electromagnetic interference. I thought it might be the shredder, the printer, the television, even the cable modem (which I couldn’t really unplug, but I could move it farther from the router), and none of those seemed to be the issue. I was ready to turn my attention to the six-outlet power source that sits on the computer table, and stopped…
About two weeks ago, Mary got a new cellphone. I charged it for her by plugging the charger into the aforementioned power source (it’s nice because it sits on the table so that I don’t have to get on the floor to plug things in). When her phone was charged, I unplugged it from the charger and left the charger plugged in (I know, I’m not supposed to do that, sue me). I realized that it had been since I had plugged it in that we started experiencing problems….
So, I unplugged it, and we haven’t had the problem since.
Anyway, on to the update:
- Writing: I’ve figured out a way to get this done early in the day: Write the stories into 750Words.com. The stories are lousy first drafts, anyway, might as well write them while I’m throwing words on the screen first thing in the morning. I started doing this yesterday morning. So I wrote a story four days out of seven.
- Reading: Focused on short stories from the collection Best Short Stories From The Saturday Evening Post Great American Fiction Contest 2013. This gives me some idea what people are writing as well as giving me examples of what award-winning short fiction looks like. It’s fun reading, and I’m learning a lot. I read the first five stories in the book over the last seven days.
- Tweeting: Not as much Twitter this week as I have been doing. I’m not losing sleep over it.
So, that’s the news from this end. Hope your week is going well.