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Blowing dust off the Alphasmart

My back's been bugging me ever since my Tuesday at the lovely, scenic Buffalo International Airport where they made me stand in line for an hour and a half with a heavy bag on my shoulder, then sent my luggage on the wrong flight. (The Madison end of the equation was no better; they delivered it to my doorstep...at 2:30 in the morning.) 

Since I was determined to get some word count in today, I dug out my Alphasmart Dana so I could work in a more comfortable spot.

I'd forgotten what a dream that keyboard is. I think it needs a new battery, either that or letting it sit for several months and ignoring it is the cause of its memory wiping clean between uses. I'm paranoid it's going to fully discharge and take my data with it, though, so I'm being really paranoid about plugging it into the computer and uploading the word count from it every time I have a sizeable chunk. Yay for Dana, I got 1200 words and a podcast in today.

And another yay for PsyCop rocking the ghost list on Amazon today. (Someone get rid of that Poe guy for me...wait, whaddaya mean, he's already dead?)


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ali_wilde
Nov. 2nd, 2009 01:10 am (UTC)
I think you deserve an aromatherapy massage. Off you go...

And congrats on the Amazon thing. Who is this Poe person anyway? ; ) How much gay erotica has he written? Honestly...
jordan_c_price
Nov. 2nd, 2009 12:27 pm (UTC)
Some other newbie named Faust is edging in on me today. I swear. You can't turn around without stepping on one of these so-and-so's.

(Actually, I'm beyond thrilled PsyCop is doing so well on Kindle. My hope is I'm tapping a new audience, maybe even one who didn't know about m/m until they got their reading device and wanted to load stuff on it.)
nocturnali
Nov. 2nd, 2009 12:36 pm (UTC)
It's brilliant that PsyCop is doing so well. I can't wait for the movie. :D
ali_wilde
Nov. 2nd, 2009 12:38 pm (UTC)
Oops, that was me back when I was a nobody... Er...
jordan_c_price
Nov. 2nd, 2009 01:38 pm (UTC)
But the ghost is perfect!

Funny, I never thought of PsyCop as ghost stories...more like psychic stories. But I would think a ghost fan might enjoy them. Clearly it was a category that needed some new books in it.
littlegreenleaf
Nov. 2nd, 2009 03:24 am (UTC)
I had a similar incident happen at the Houston airport. We waited two hours in the airport, then another two hours sitting on the plane afterwards. Boy, was my butt sore...and that doesn't include the three hour flight! It was all due to weather and I'd rather them wait until it was safe, but the jerk behind me complained loudly that he hated the Houston airport and would never fly through there again. I don't know what was worse, his complaining or the wait!
jordan_c_price
Nov. 2nd, 2009 12:29 pm (UTC)
Didn't you know the weather was controlled by the Houston airport?

That's funny, after the wait in line that put my back out, we also had to wait an hour for fog to clear in WI before takeoff. I didn't care as long as I was no longer standing with a bag on my shoulder.

Complainers make me crazy.
becky_black
Nov. 2nd, 2009 07:13 am (UTC)
I'm definitely paranoid about stuff losing data if the battery fully discharges, because that did happen with my PDA. Which wasn't really a problem, as I wasn't using it any more, but there was something on there I wanted to look up and found it was all gone. Oh, well.

Yay for word count and Amazon ranking!
jordan_c_price
Nov. 2nd, 2009 12:31 pm (UTC)
I had extra programs and fonts installed on the Dana that are now gone...though I don't think the fonts ever quite worked right. I had a clock, a nice big clock, that I miss.

Maybe if I get used to using it to the point where I'm willing to check it once a week (instead of once a year) I'll put some software back on it. But right now I'm treating it like a temporary word container that needs to get dumped into a "real" document at the end of the writing session.

The keyboard is divine.
ctudball
Nov. 3rd, 2009 09:50 am (UTC)
I recently stumbled across the PsyCop series a week ago, and bought the series on Kindle last Friday. I'm currently halfway through the third book and really enjoying it!
jordan_c_price
Nov. 3rd, 2009 01:39 pm (UTC)
Yay! That supports my theory that publishing through the Kindle made me more findable! I adore the "try a sample" feature on Kindle, though I read it through my iPod. Happy to hear you're digging it :D
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