Status: Am feeling a bit better about life in general. I realized that I had a little more cash than I initially estimated, so that makes me feel relaxed about it, somewhat. (see below for why)
I’m convinced that there’s some kind of evil retrograde somewhere.
My RAM died. The merchant’s being as difficult as possible with the return.
My dishwasher died. It needs to be replaced, most likely, since the current unit’s old. This is a completely unexpected and unplanned expenditure, but it must be spent.
Yesterday, my site died. It was the new plugin I installed for WP, and it killed my blog. MySQL refused to import my back-ups. I almost died until I found a file that it would import. If you see any errors on the site, please let me know!
Despite it all, I’m trying to stay optimistic. I’m going through the latest draft of Slayer. I can’t believe I missed some of the continuity errors that occurred when I made some changes to the story. I was 500% embarrassed when I discovered them. :oops:
One thing that’s really difficult for me is the amount of work that is required for the newly added materials. Unlike some writers who I envy, I’m not the most polished writer. It takes me a while to get it to flow just right. So the new materials take several days before they’re on par with the other more polished scenes.
Currently I’m using iPod Touch to review my manuscript. I downloaded an app called Files. It works great for me because it can read *.doc and not destroy all my formatting. (I’m very particular about formatting.) So I’m saving money on paper & printer cartridge. The price of paper went up about 50-100% in Japan, depending on what grade, size, etc. So I’m trying to find ways to reduce the amount of paper, etc. I use as much as possible. Does this mean I’ll never print my entire ms? Nope. I like to see stuff on papers. I catch different things on different medium. But Files is one of the tools I can use.