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If I'm the protagonist, who's the author?

Whew! I've been living the Victor Bayne experience the last few days. (Translation: even the most simple of things are sure to go wrong, just because they can.)

First, the hard drive on my art computer died, which means no typesetting, no podcasting, no ebook production, no uploading ebooks to distributors, and no newsletter layout.

So I went and bought a vodka cocktail drink. (You know how they have those pre-mixed mixed drinks nowadays? It was a good brand.) I sat down to finish the puzzle I've been working on for the past couple of months, a difficult 1000-piece "Big Ben" puzzle, and have a drink.

The drink -- icky icky icky!

The puzzle -- those 4 pieces of "grass" section I thought would fall into place once I finished the puzzle? They're evidently from a different puzzle.

Being the crackpot I am, I then sent an email to the vodka company and Hasbro.

The positives so far: The quality control manager from the vodka company is looking to see if something's wrong with the batch from a control sample in the lab. They get points for response and seriousness if nothing else.

My computer: I lugged it to the Mac store where they said they could replace the hard drive for $400, but they couldn't upgrade it, which was what I wanted. They recommended a local computer place to replace the drive for me that could upgrade it. So I hauled the big, honkin' computer to the indie repair shop and they can increase the hard drive from 500 gig to 1 TB for only $250! Score! 

I wanted a bigger drive anyway and i think it's been wheezing to death all year. I think with a 1TB hard drive I can upgrade the OS and have this computer serve me for another 2 years or so.

Hopefully it'll be done Wed/Thurs and hopefully my data is not all gone. But I do have a backup service if the data is lost, so it might only be a day or two's worth of typesetting work.



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Apr. 5th, 2010 11:59 am (UTC)
Yay for having such a current back up at least!!

The puzzle that finished off my puzzle assembly career: a bazillion emperor penguins staring at the camera. Truly, the individual differences between emperor penguins are not significant, from a puzzle assembly perspective.
Apr. 5th, 2010 12:27 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure what I think of puzzle assembly. It seems like a good thing to do when I'm fatigued from writing because it's a spacial thing rather than a verbal thing. And I can zone out and listen to an audiobook or podcast or music if I want to.

It's garage sale season. I'll see if I can get some jigsaws for cheap. The 4-wrong-pieces scenario is proof that even if you buy it new, pieces could still be missing. (I don't understand why it was 4 wrong grass pieces, though. I guess I just don't know enough about puzzle manufacture. Tampering is frankly the only scenario I can think of.)
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Apr. 5th, 2010 12:30 pm (UTC)
Hiya Val, I tried not to be too melodramatic in my contact with the vodka place, but seriously, it tasted quite bad. I can't imagine anyone would develop it as a drink and say, "Okay, let's bottle and sell it." I told them I thought it had a strange chemical taste, and I was disappointed because I'd spent a lot of money on it.

I think I'll get my money back but that's about it.
Apr. 5th, 2010 01:20 pm (UTC)
Oh dear. I'm just glad I'm not the only one with days like that.
I love working on puzzles. And the more difficult the better. Hmmm, now that I have a nice big dining room table I might go buy one. But then Ali might now hear from me until it's done. I'll just have to buy smaller puzzles.
great deal on the hard drive! Will they transfer the data to the new one?
Apr. 5th, 2010 01:25 pm (UTC)
Yes, if the data is there to be transferred, they will do it. I subscribe to an online cloud storage but it would take me a long time to get my computer back together if I had to download everything go from there.

I could mail you my 4-screwy pieces puzzle! I've been trying to figure out if I should just throw it away or what. I was going to donate it to the senior center...but not with those four pieces all crazy. The elderly have enough frustration as it is.
Apr. 5th, 2010 10:23 pm (UTC)
I was going to donate it to the senior center...

Do it, do it! It will keep them entertained for months.
Apr. 5th, 2010 10:25 pm (UTC)
You want that bazillion emperor penguin puzzle, don't you? Admit it.
Apr. 5th, 2010 11:50 pm (UTC)
Silly question, of course I do ;o)
Apr. 5th, 2010 06:20 pm (UTC)
I think the author is called Murphy... ;)


I hope this week will turn out better for you.

Apr. 5th, 2010 07:22 pm (UTC)
Wow...murphy's law has a Wikipedia entry. Crazy!

I'm itching to get my computer back. I hope they can transfer the data for me.
Apr. 6th, 2010 05:43 am (UTC)
Could the four pieces of grass fit in if you re-did all the grassy areas? I had a puzzle like that once - it looked fine but the last few pieces didn't fit; until someone else dismantled part of it and finished it for me. I was not very grateful for some reason.

I have a 1000-piece penguin puzzle that has only been finished once, although it has been started several times. It is a Keith Shakelton painting of Adelie penguins on an ice shelf.

I want a 1Tb drive. I don't think I need one yet, but I do want one. Glad you are able to get it fixed. I had drive and computer death last year. Ugh.

I prefer the alcopops to the cocktails, but I wouldn't be surprised if you got a selection pack of flavours to try from them.

Apr. 6th, 2010 09:28 am (UTC)
I thought maybe I had the grass together wrong, but I looked at it really closely and the grassy part (that was there) fit flawlessly. I suppose it could have been wrong. I shoved the puzzle back in the box and it's not coming out! (I think I'm going to send it to Andy and let it drive her nuts for a while.)

Alcopops, are those the fizzy ones like Mike's Hard Lemonade?
Apr. 6th, 2010 09:17 am (UTC)
I laughed out loud about that puzzle thing - I can remember getting nearly to the end of a poppy field one and finding two cats paw pieces in the bottom of the box and a guilty-looking Son who'd been helping to 'clear up' the games drawer in the living room.

Good news on the computer!!!! :)
Apr. 6th, 2010 09:31 am (UTC)
Ha ha, it's fun to think of us all working jigsaw puzzles, each in our own little corner of the world. And coming up with pieces that don't fit, no less.

I want my computer back so badly! I wonder if it will have an operating system on it or if I'm starting from scratch (again.)

I love your Heart and Home cover. Trace does some damn good work.
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