Program Complete. You May Enter When Ready.

It’s not 100%, but it’s close. There’s still some tweaking I need to do, but it’s essentially finished. Check out the new digs! A shiny new website I made all by myself! Well, not entirely “all.” I looked a a lot of other writer’s websites and various themes and layouts and decided on what functionality worked best for me.

There was vast amounts of techy work involved. I will now drink my tea and eat more chocolate in celebration of this occasion.

Have a look around. If anything doesn’t work for you or shows up funny, let me know and I’ll see what I can do to fix it. Please let there be nothing insanely wrong with this new site. I’m wary enough as it is!

Big Red Button Post

SHORTEST FUNDRAISER EVAR. OMG. It’s totally done. I should use the Big Red Button more often. Carry on! – Dina

What’s the Big Red Button? It’s the one that always gets pushed in movies to make things happen. I’m pushing mine. Why? Because my Editor of Awesome needs a new shiny.

If you can chip in and help Editor of Awesome buy a new tool so she can make my books come out faster (after…you know…I write them), that would rule. (And I will let you live when I rule the world.)

Also, you know…you’ll get my books faster. You all want that, right?

In the words of Captain Picard of the USS Enterprise: MAKE IT SO. *presses the Big Red Button*

BALLS!

(Today’s post is cross-posted from the Evil League of Evil Writers blog. You all do know I’m a member of the ELEW, right?)

My turn to continue our two-week theme of self-care tips for writers. No, I’m not going to talk about being sedentary or not killing the person in the house playing a musical instrument while you’re trying to solve a plot issue.

I want to talk about eyeballs. Continue reading

Cultage and Eviltry

DISCLAIMER: This post is possibly inflammatory and most definitely sexist. You don’t have to read it if you don’t want to. It’s all for fun and games/for entertainment purposes only. And because I’ve always wanted to start a cult. Continue reading

Getting There!

A big thanks to the lovely people at my host/server, Laughing Squid!

The blog is back, but it’s not like the old view, and I’ll have to wait for my webmistress to make it look pretty again, because I’m nearly clueless when it comes to techy things. I can do the basics, but she’ll have to sort this one out and fix the links and things!

For now, though, it works again, and I’m very happy! Whee!

We’re Sorry

The person you have reached is experiencing technical difficulties. If you feel you have reached this message in error

GUESS WHAT? YOU HAVEN’T!

/frustration

Anyway, yeah. My laptop is fried. It’s a long story, but the short of it is that it has to go in for repair, and that will take anywhere from two weeks to a month to get back. Hopefully – HOPEFULLY – it will be done and sent back in a week or so, but this being the holiday season, “7 business days after we receive it” may as well translate to “don’t expect it anytime soon”.

But there’s always hope, right?

Right?

I mean, the laptop is less than a year old and still under warranty, so I’m not going to have to take out another mortgage or anything to pay for it, or buy a new one (that I know of…yet). I don’t even have to pay shipping, so that’s good. This came at a seriously unfortunate time, but it’s not the end of the world, no matter what it feels like (and it does feel awful – everything is on that laptop, but the really important things are saved and available, namely my manuscripts! Weekly external hard drive backups FTW!).

So it’s not the end of the world. It’s just the (hopefully very temporary) end of the lifestyle to which I’d become accustomed. Yeah, I’m bummed bigtime – I has a BIG sad 🙁 – but I’ll bounce back soon enough.

I’m trying to look on the bright side of this crisis/fiasco/craptasticness (and believe me, I did NOT need this today on top of a few other…issues I’m dealing with that I won’t detail here.*sings* “Always look on the briiiiiiiiiiiiiight side of life!”) – lappy is under warranty, I don’t have to shell out big bucks, it will come back nice and shiny and fixed, it’s good that it’s in because there’s obviously a big problem that needs serious attention, I have the most important things backed up or otherwise available, I have access to other computers, etc. – but anyone who knows me knows I’m a pragmatist, and I adapt well and make the best out of a situation and make do with the tools I have.

If that means mustard ends up on the ceiling, well, that’s your fault for letting me in the kitchen, isn’t it? It’s not like you weren’t warned! It doesn’t mean I’m unaffected by the situation or that I won’t complain about how much it sucks before I get on with it.

Sometimes “getting on with it” isn’t ideal, but it’s what you’ve got, so stop whining already and go. I believe the phrase is “suck it up and move on”. I’ve had my frustration vents and moved through the stages of grief already. This note is just to let you all know, really, that I’ll be scarce the next however long, as I’ll be borrowing computers and connections to get what needs doing done.

So being a pragmatist helps. As do cupcakes and a borrowed laptop.

Cheers,
DJ