Turns out it was Just Regular Old Writer’s block

Rather than me being frustrated with the circumstance surrounding Of Heroes and Magic Mishaps, the story had just diverted from the barebones outline I made back in March to the point where it no longer worked. Due to the introduction of two additional characters, the protagonists can longer meet the way or in the location, I intended them to. Also, the antagonist needs a different approach.

I gave myself a few days to figure out what to do with that and I think I got it. At least, I don’t feel like I’m fighting against a sea of molasses everytime  I write.

The Long Road to Catching Up

April’s harddrive/trojan fiasco threw me for a real loop and switching to my hated backup PC just made it worse. I intended to be more or less finished with the novel I started in April by now. Instead, I’m barely a quarter in.

I still love the story and want to finish it but, I’m having a hard time getting back into it. Some days I just want to print the whole thing out and shred it or burn it.

Thing is, I know myself. I know that if I take a genuine break from it, I’ll never come back. Plus, I kind of feel guilty if I try to work on something else.

I’ve got no idea what I’m going to do now other than try and force my way through. Which will likely mean the story suffers.

 

There’s a Fine on That?

I keep reading that wasps are an endangered species, which I refuse to believe. There at least as common as houseflies here. So, I looked into that a little further. Turns out there’s a 5k fine on killing a wasp without due cause. Though I think they refer more to less common kinds that keep away from people, but still… In comparison, blocking an ambulance or another emergency vehicle with full sirens costs 60. No further consequences should someone die as a result unless a third party just happened to write down the license plate.

Someone explain that to me.

Striped Invaders

Earlier today, I opened my bathroom window to let out the steam. It’s a small window, located right behind the toilette and thus nearly inaccessible. When I went to close it again, it wouldn’t. A narrow gap always stayed open at the top. I figured it’s warm so it’s not too big a problem just yet and reported it to my landlord.

A few hours later there’s a wasp buzzing up and down the window. And that is a huge problem. I have a severe wasp phobia–I can’t even go in there and spray it, nevermind getting it out. While the bathroom door is right beside the entrance door, the layout makes it unlikely for the damn wasp to find its way there. It’d have to fly away from the light until it finds the next source and then outside.

So, I shoved a glass of sugar water in there and closed the door. Checked a few minutes ago, and the thing is nowhere to be seen. Maybe, I got lucky for a change and it made it out through the same gap. I’m going to check on it again in an hour or so.

A few years ago, one flew over my head through the entrance and into the living room. I spent about half an hour standing outside, waiting for it to come out again. Fortunately, it did.

I wish I wasn’t too much of a coward to kill them. Hate me for it, but, I torch every last wasp on Earth if I could.

 

Linux – I Wish I’d Switched Years Ago

Tuesday evening I rage quit Windows when it decided that I wasn’t using my computer and it was time to install an update. Forced updates are bad enough but disrupting my work? With all the other things I dislike about Windows 10, that just one too much.

It took me less than an hour to set up Linux and get it doing what I want. As I used no Windows based programs anyway, I’m still working in the same environment. The hardest thing so far was getting it to let me lock into my network and even that only took minutes.

And to top things off: A few years ago, I spent hours trying to get Windows to display a clock on the taskbar on both screens only to find out that it’s impossible.  Linux let me do it with just a quick Google search.

So, that’s it for me. No more buying prebuilt computers just for the OS.

Leaving Windows

After I got that trojan and all traces malware off my machine, things went fine for a few days. Then the bluescreens increased dramatically. It took me a few days to narrow it down to a failing hard drive, which by the way, was the thing I suspected before finding that trojan… So, I basically spent almost two months fixing the wrong thing.

I figured it’d be easy enough to pop in a new drive and reinstall Windows. But, of course, this laptop came preinstalled and I never wasted a thought on backing up my system. After all, all my important files are backed up online. Big mistake. Turns out the motherboard will only accept an Asus specific version of Windows 8, which I’d have to buy from them. Since I was already playing with the idea of switching to Linux, that wasn’t happening. I just didn’t want to switch cold.

After a lot of back and forth and trying to force 8 on this machine, I caved and made a Windows 10 install iso. Of course, that worked and the stupid thing even activated itself somehow. Despite my not entering a product key…

Thing is, I went for a new HDD rather than a new laptop to avoid Windows 10 and it’s so much worse than I’d feared. I don’t like the way it looks or the way it handles. I’m running Linux Mint Mate in a virtual box now to get myself used to it while I finish up a few things I don’t want to try and port over just yet.

I’ve known for a while that this would be my last Windows machine. I just didn’t expect it to be so soon.

I guess this is goodbye.

Sidetracked by Malware

On Thursday evening, with a mere 300 words left to write to hit my NaNo-target, Chrome crashed and wouldn’t restart. When it finally did, it was locked into starting with some stupid search engine homepage and no way of switching back to start with previous session. I got that fixed and spent about an hour setting my tabs up again (no further writing done that day).

Friday, the exact same thing happens. And now I’m pissed. I don’t mind these hijackers as long as all they do is insert some popups and try to make me use their search engine but touching my sessions is unacceptable. I keep about two dozen or so pages, mostly forums or stories, open at all time, many of which have no easy way to go anywhere other than first or last page. So, now we’re at war.

Turns out, the hijacker I thought I’d removed about four years ago, has been real busy. I got about 12k hits with some stupid software that wouldn’t remove them unless I bought a subscription first. Yay! Queue days of chasing down folders and registry keys. Finally came up clean Sunday night. Whether I actually am remains to be seen.