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Sat Oct 25, 2014 2:35 am Post

Montree_Whiles wrote:oh my. read the brief. reread it. the mind is totally blank.


Take a walk. Have a cup of tea.
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Sat Oct 25, 2014 2:36 am Post

MY COMPUTER JUST CRASHED! All I was doing was researching locations. :(

I don't know what's wrong today, but my computer has been getting progressively less stable all week. Getting frustrated and a little concerned.

Pigfender, I'm very sorry. Will you release my computer now?
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Sat Oct 25, 2014 2:39 am Post

Did you upgrade your computer directly before facing an Important Deadline? :?
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Sat Oct 25, 2014 2:50 am Post

nom wrote:MY COMPUTER JUST CRASHED! All I was doing was researching locations. :(

I don't know what's wrong today, but my computer has been getting progressively less stable all week. Getting frustrated and a little concerned.

Pigfender, I'm very sorry. Will you release my computer now?

Excuses like this are a poor cover. Very poor.

Thanks for suggesting it though. I'll go hit yosemite then load the brief into scriv and …
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Sat Oct 25, 2014 2:54 am Post

pigfender wrote:Take a walk. Have a cup of tea.


I just figured out the problem. I've not cracked the sushi tray yet. Think I'll do that then pack up the laptop and head to somewhere else with wifi. The only places that don't shut down by 11P are the grocery and the local bars.
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Sat Oct 25, 2014 2:58 am Post

AmberV wrote:Did you upgrade your computer directly before facing an Important Deadline? :?

No. Deliberately postponing Yosemite upgrade until after NIAD.
Console indicates Safari was the last to log anything prior to the system hanging (something about a missing semicolon and XML - sometimes I understand the log, this isn't one of those times). Had enough experience to know that the last logged message is not necessarily related to the cause - I've had hangs that crash system before anything can get logged.

Great excuse to procrastinate though, so there's some upside... :roll:
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Sat Oct 25, 2014 2:59 am Post

Montree_Whiles wrote:
pigfender wrote:Take a walk. Have a cup of tea.


I just figured out the problem. I've not cracked the sushi tray yet. Think I'll do that then pack up the laptop and head to somewhere else with wifi. The only places that don't shut down by 11P are the grocery and the local bars.

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The one thing that I find to be perfect for "getting things started" is a nap. It is 11p ET and it would be better for me to go to bed than stare at the screen. I'll make sure I have a pad and pen handy as I know i'll wake up with an idea. In the morning I'll be rested and ready to go before the coffee makes it to the pot.

Don't stress about this. The worst thing that happens is piggy doesn't get to edit. The best is that you are a superstar.

I wonder if MA or LD ever stared at a blank and walked away. I'm sure the little chapel roof and the boards behind Mona Lisa were just as blank as the outline. Look how those turned out.
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Sat Oct 25, 2014 3:00 am Post

nom wrote:
AmberV wrote:Did you upgrade your computer directly before facing an Important Deadline? :?

No. Deliberately postponing Yosemite upgrade until after NIAD.
Console indicates Safari was the last to log anything prior to the system hanging (something about a missing semicolon and XML - sometimes I understand the log, this isn't one of those times). Had enough experience to know that the last logged message is not necessarily related to the cause - I've had hangs that crash system before anything can get logged.

Great excuse to procrastinate though, so there's some upside... :roll:

Run a memory test suite. I think apple shipped one with the last OS. If it finds anything wrong you don't want to do too much before you replace the RAM in your system.

That's worse case. I'm probably wrong.
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Sat Oct 25, 2014 3:10 am Post

Jaysen wrote: The one thing that I find to be perfect for "getting things started" is a nap. It is 11p ET and it would be better for me to go to bed than stare at the screen. I'll make sure I have a pad and pen handy as I know i'll wake up with an idea. In the morning I'll be rested and ready to go before the coffee makes it to the pot.


Hmmm. At 22:00 if I go to bed now, I'll wake up and have probably six hours to pork out the chapter. Though I'll probably sleep in for the first time in ages, leaving only perhaps an hour to get my chapter done. Hmmmm.

The sushi is great, btw.
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Sat Oct 25, 2014 3:22 am Post

Montree_Whiles wrote:
Jaysen wrote: The one thing that I find to be perfect for "getting things started" is a nap. It is 11p ET and it would be better for me to go to bed than stare at the screen. I'll make sure I have a pad and pen handy as I know i'll wake up with an idea. In the morning I'll be rested and ready to go before the coffee makes it to the pot.


Hmmm. At 22:00 if I go to bed now, I'll wake up and have probably six hours to pork out the chapter. Though I'll probably sleep in for the first time in ages, leaving only perhaps an hour to get my chapter done. Hmmmm.

The sushi is great, btw.

It's 1500 words. Figure 75wpm and you are looking at 10minutes. That leaves you 50 minutes for editing. You seem like an intelligent person. I'm guessing that 20hrs is more than enough for your brain to churn out a decent 1500 word short story.

Remember that KB wrote scrivener. He's an over achiever. His 5K words are … he wrote scrivener. Just get 1500. You'll be fine.
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Sat Oct 25, 2014 3:34 am Post

Jaysen wrote:Remember that KB wrote scrivener. He's an over achiever. His 5K words are … he wrote scrivener. Just get 1500. You'll be fine.


Well if I look at it like that, it's doable. At least I don't have to write scrivener. We'd be here a re generations.
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Sat Oct 25, 2014 3:57 am Post

This public versus private school thingy or the city versus City stuff make so little sense to me in regards to their relevance on my brief that it makes me wonder if I'm actually understanding anything about the story... :?
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Sat Oct 25, 2014 4:05 am Post

Nothing to do with the story, r6d2, their just on the character sheets to give (unnecessary?) colour and background to the players!
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Sat Oct 25, 2014 4:12 am Post

For those keeping count, I have now been awake for 24 hours.
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Sat Oct 25, 2014 4:13 am Post

I hope we aren't judged on accuracy because I am pantsing the hell out of this scene with no time for research (it's way past my bedtime).