The Journal: Yesterday and Today

In today’s Journal

* Quotes of the Day
* Yesterday
* Today
* Of Interest

Quotes of the Day

“[T]his is the equivalent of colonial powers dividing up “uncivilized land” while not conferring with the indigenous inhabitants.” C.E. Petit in a comment on a post at The Passive Voice

“That’s how they roll, right? The only … change is whose bread is buttered.” Felix Torres in a comment on the same post

Yesterday

Whew! No rest for the wicked. Yesterday I rolled out at 2:30. In the hovel, I checked to see whether the sites still at my old host were finally up. They weren’t. That was enough.

Yesterday was the 8th day since the sites went down, and every time I contact those fine folks, a different tech rep tells me everything will be up in one day, two max. The same thing happened again this morning.

So I contacted the tech at my new web host (that was around 3 a.m.) and asked her to go ahead and start migrating the sites from the old host to the new. But it wasn’t as easy or quick as it should have been. If I wanted to vie for the understatement of the year, I could say, accurately, that the old host was being resistant.

The tech and I worked back and forth over the next 8 hours (a full work day) to find a way to transfer the files. I finally had to go into my directory at the old host and download a couple of essential backup files. They’re mine, but I felt like I was stealing them.

But I couldn’t get them to upload to the admin panel at the new host. There was a file-size limit, and both files wildly exceeded it. The tech said I’d need to upload them directly via an FTP (file transfer protocol) client. I hadn’t used one of those since the late 1990s, so I’m a tad rusty. (Yeah, another understatement.) I downloaded a client, then set out re-learning how to use it.

For a couple of hours I couldn’t even get it to connect to the remote service (my new host). But when I tried S(secure)FTP instead of FTP, it finally connected. That felt like heaven. I initiated the upload of the two semi-purloined files, then rocked back and relaxed for the first time since 3 a.m. It felt good. (I was chock full of understatements yesterday.)

My mantra in times such as these: Keep calm and continue working the problem.

Today

So today, finally, even without anything remotely resembling luck, the websites that have been down for the past week-plus will be up again in a day or two. The backup files had fully uploaded this morning, so the tech at the new host can go about her business of getting the sites up and running again. Fingers crossed.

I’ll get back to the novel today while keeping one eye peeled for emails from the tech. If I need to go steal more files or whatever, I’ll do that and then return to the novel. It feels good to be in control again instead of in freefall.

Even after the other sites are up again, I’ll continue to post the Journal to the new site at HarveyStanbroughWrites.com. I expect it will become the hub through which folks access all the other sites.

Talk with you again later.

Of Interest

See “Long-term IP Management” at https://www.thepassivevoice.com/long-term-ip-management/.

See “Writing Fiction for US Adults” at https://www.thepassivevoice.com/writing-fiction-for-us-adults/. I have to admit, though, I diddn’t fine Orwell’s rules particularly helpful.

See “Let Your Words Grow Wild” at https://www.thepassivevoice.com/let-your-words-grow-wild/. Just in case it makes sense to you.

See “Copyright and Coronavirus” at https://www.thepassivevoice.com/copyright-and-coronavirus/. Be sure to read the comments.

The Numbers

The Journal…………………………………… 620 words

Writing of Blackwell Ops 8 (tentative title, novel)

Day 11… 3134 words. Total words to date…… 23240
Day 12… 1257 words. Total words to date…… 24497
Day 13… 3078 words. Total words to date…… 27575
Day 14… 1597 words. Total words to date…… 29172
Day 15… 1901 words. Total words to date…… 31073
Day 16… 2569 words. Total words to date…… 33642
Day 17… 3741 words. Total words to date…… 37383
Day 18… 2229 words. Total words to date…… 39612
Day 19… 2117 words. Total words to date…… 41729

Total fiction words for June……… 33628
Total fiction words for the year………… 45405
Total nonfiction words for June… 12240
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 92850
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 138255

Calendar Year 2022 Novels to Date…………………… 0
Calendar Year 2021 Novellas to Date……………… 0
Calendar Year 2021 Short Stories to Date… 0
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)…………………………………… 66
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)………………………………… 8
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)………………… 217
Short story collections……………………………………………… 31

Disclaimer: I advocate a technique called Writing Into the Dark. I’ve never said WITD is “the only way” to write, nor will I ever. However, as I am the only writer who advocates WITD both publicly and regularly, I will continue to do so, among other topics.

2 thoughts on “The Journal: Yesterday and Today”

  1. In a hole – but with paperwork and real-world stuff.

    “…Keep calm and continue working the problem.” is the only way to deal with things.

    And if there are consequences, I’ll deal with them when they happen, and not worry about them now – there is only so much someone with zero energy can do.

    I’m going for nap #2 for today. It’s not even noon. But the naps let my brain catch up with processing, so serve as a reset. The problems will be waiting, but I will be in better shape to try tackling a small piece here or there.

    I’ll get there. The formatting and cover for NETHERWORLD aren’t going to do themselves. Fortunately, I have the first book in the trilogy as a model, and like it fine except for a couple of small cover tweaks. Just need a functioning brain.

    You seem to be getting there. Hope the change works long term for the better.

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