Crashing without burning

Well, crap. It looks like I’m out of the PostAWeek race. My last post, on 30 January, was two weeks ago. I guess it’s true that time flies whether you’re having fun or not. Now I reckon I’ll have to remove that cute badge from the sidebar. I don’t want to advertise falsely, or anything.

One thing I won’t do is blame the weather, which was a lot worse in other places than here, or power outages, which we didn’t have, or computer failure, which hasn’t happened. I just got distracted by other projects…, and going to work…, and television….

Today I started working on a project for my local Kennel Club. Our annual dog show is coming up and I’m contacting all the judges to find out what lodging and transportation arrangements they want us to make for them. I have some “form letters” to use to paste into emails, and I’ve been making some modifications based on how they are traveling, etc. My word processor has been crashing every time I “copy/paste” before I get to the “paste” part. Gahhhh! At first I thought it was because I had one of the files saved in a different folder than the others I was using, but it still happened after I moved all the files into the same folder. I’ll probably have to send a “bug report” somewhere. But first I need to finish those letters.

Still, I am not tempted to think “this wouldn’t happen if I was still using windows or microsoft or mac,” because obviously there would be the chance that exactly the same thing could happen in any of those environments. The difference with my environment is that I don’t have to “start over.” Even though when my program recovers the files that closed when the program crashed, I can’t just paste the passages I had copied, all I have to do is click on a little clipboard icon on my tool bar and there is the text I want. I don’t need to go back and click and drag through the letter again (which could just make it crash again), I just click on the line I want on my clipboard, and paste it into the document where I want it. Not a perfect solution, but not as much of a pain in the ass as others.

And that little clipboard is always there.

I’m Posting every week in 2011!

As part of my effort to be more productive as a writer and artist in the new year, I’m joining the WordPress community challenge to post regularly throughout the year. But not every day. I could probably find enough material about open-source software and how to use it to write every day, but don’t really want to make this my full-time job.

The challenge for me will be to do my writing in the mornings, when I’m on my own time, and when I normally fritter away that time on Facebook and Twitter. Below I’ve quoted the sample post from the WordPress blog to fill in some more details. I’ll be back next week.

 

I’ve decided I want to blog more. Rather than just thinking about doing it, I’m starting right now.  I will be posting on this blog once a week for all of 2011.

I know it won’t be easy, but it might be fun, inspiring, awesome and wonderful. Therefore I’m promising to make use of The DailyPost, and the community of other bloggers with similiar goals, to help me along the way, including asking for help when I need it and encouraging others when I can.

If you already read my blog, I hope you’ll encourage me with comments and likes, and good will along the way.

Signed,

Crazybasenji

(I forgot to make the “Postaweek2011″ tag yesterday. My bad. Added now.)