Bah. And Humbug. Or, Yet Another Hiatus Post

Bah. Humbug. Ugh. Etc.

Okay, so as if developing a new book idea, laying groundwork for the meat book, developing idea for a Kindle short weren’t enough — a catastrophic computer crash (well, okay, that’s how it felt to ME) got added to the mix.

Not that I’m complaining: I’ve used a PC since 1984, and owned one since 1986, and this is the first time it’s happened to me. Weirdly, there was something kind of liberating about it: I lost hundreds of stored emails that I thought were “important” — and hey, the planet didn’t stop spinning when they vanished into the ether. Ditto iTunes (all those cds I hand-loaded: Poof! Gone!)

Plus, I had plenty of warning in the form of three blue screens in the past four months. So. Whaddya gonna do?

Apple iMac made with Photoshop CS3

Apple iMac (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Finally make the leap to a Mac, that’s what. Which I did two days ago and my hands are completely —and I mean COMPLETELY — confused by the Mac keyboard. I still haven’t figured out how to cut/paste. (But, yes, I will.)

English: A1242 Apple Keyboard shipped with the...

 Apple Keyboard (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Added to which is the Arrival of the Manuscript: my editor sent the edited manuscript yesterday. (*1)

And the manuscript gets priority over everything else.

manuscript

Translation: all those blog entries I’ve been working on (several of them, all long, all complex) are going to have to wait. So will the research for the new book idea and the Kindle short. Yes, of course, when my brain is fried from revising, I’ll turn to those other projects, but for now, they’re all back burners.

And so it goes in the life of this writer-who-loves-blogging. Gotta put it aside. Again. Which is frustrating because there’s a LOT going on out there I’d like to be commenting on. But apparently one of the many treats of getting older is that the ol’ brain can’t be pushed in as many different directions as it could when I was younger.

Anyway: off again. But for those who are interested, I wrote this entire entry using a Mac keyboard and my fingers didn’t get confused once. Progress!!!

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*1: For every person out there who thinks Old Publishing is both useless and dead: I’m here to tell you that a superb editor is any writer’s best friend and I am incredibly fortunate to have one on my side. The meat book, like the plumbing book, the Key West book, and the beer book, will be immeasurably improved by the eyes, mind, and hands of an editor.

6 thoughts on “Bah. And Humbug. Or, Yet Another Hiatus Post

  1. Um.. are those bullets in front of you gigantic manuscript?

    and.. will your “Key West” ever be available in digital form?

  2. Dave: I don’t think so. The photo is from some fan of Neal Stephenson and taken at the Sci Fi Museum. Not sure what they are! Okay: Key West book. Funny you should ask. My agent is currently looking to grab the digital rights (which were not mentioned in the original contract), and if those rights belong to me, the digital form will be out soon (more or less…) Also: the digital version of the beer book is in process. Hoping for that soon.

  3. Welcome to Mac-dom. I hope you like it.

    You’ll probably encounter some more blips as you learn the new ways. 🙂

    Just in case you weren’t joking – cut/copy/paste is almost the same as on a pc. You still use the x,c,v keys the difference is that instead of the control key you use the command key which on an Apple keyboard is the key(s) right beside the space bar. That modifier key is the equivalent for most purposes to the CTRL key on a pc.

    Even though I got my first Mac in the mid-80’s I’ve never cared for Apple keyboards (and the current “chiclet” keyboards in particular) and since I also still have/use Windows and Linux machines I quit using Apple keyboards a dozen years ago.

    Now I use the same backlit (luvs me some backlit keys) Logitech keyboards on all my desktop computers which leads to sort of the opposite of your problem – how do I cut/copy/paste on a Mac using a pc keyboard 🙂

  4. I wasn’t joking about cut/paste! I barely knew how to do that in PC-land. (I use a word processor that is neither animal, and I’m slow about stuff like that.)

    Re. the keyboard: I was kinda skeptical. And I’ve got it propped up with an object so it’s not so far away from my wrists. (Wierdly, or not, I’m propping it up with my other Mac keyboard inside its Origami Workcase, which I got to use w/my iPad when I travel. It’s amazing!) But today’s work gave me a LOT more confidence in my ability to get used to this kind of keyboard. I did a lot of typing this afternoon and almost immediately forgot it was “new.” Backlit keys? OOOOHHH! Sounds great.

    It is strange to not be using a PC. I’ve sort of grown up with them (sort of: I was 31 when I first used a computer), so this really is a Brave New World for me. But so far? I LIKE.
    Also gotta say: this “magic” trackpad thingie (whatever it’s called) is pretty damn cool. So is the “magic” mouse.

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  6. Ha! I sorta knew they weren’t bullets. But they are cartridges! Apparently “Mont Blanc” ink cartridges. A fountain pen? [as you would say] ye Gads!
    That’s a lot of hand writing!

    Excellent news on your previous books, maybe the plumbing book too?
    Cool!

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