Going offline today

Today around noon, we’re turning off the internet.  Gasp. I know. We have to return the box to the cable company and the only way to do that is either in person or by having a technician turn up and unplug it.  I mean…really?  There’s not a way to just mail it in?  I guess …

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Buying a cable as a miniature example of life outside Wiscon

Having clerks in electronic stores treat me like I don’t know what I’m talking about is particularly annoying after Wiscon. There are times when it’s amusing to go into a hardware store in a dress and ask for a replacement blade for my bandsaw while the clerk’s head spins with reevaluation.  Today, I just needed …

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Still in tech week

09:51 Double-charging me is not cool. Double-charging me when the bill was $1050.00 is a serious problem. # 11:35 The company apologizes profusely for double-charging me & did a refund. Of course, it will take 24 hours for the refund to take effect. # 11:52 I think that a key reason novelists should write and …

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Banking time for writing

I’d talked about needing to simplify my life. The biggest optional time sink for me is the internet. There are a lot of things that I legitimately need to do online, so banning it doesn’t make sense. I’ve decided to try a very simple rule set. 1. I’m allowed one hour of internet time per …

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Sleep improves things.

The computer is up and running and I got two of the projects turned in. The other two are in process and ought to be finished in a relatively timely fashion. Meanwhile, I’m itching to write something new. It took me a surprising amount of time to realize that the urge didn’t generate from anything …

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Lucky drycleaning

I went to pick up my dry cleaning. As I was standing there, a butterfly flew in and landed on my computer bag. It sat there, fanning its wings as if it were the most natural thing in the world. I froze, afraid to scare it. “Look!” I caught the drycleaning lady’s eye. “A butterfly. …

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