No matter how I try, I just can’t outrun Mondays. How ‘bout you?
Over the weekend, I took my friend Spark’s encouragement and my loving spouse’s advise and just…did nothing productive. I played video games on Saturday, which means I didn’t do squat in other areas of my life. You know…like training videos. And then on Sunday, I sat around and wrote a second installment to a short story I’m working on. I like the way it’s turning out, even if it is a little repetitive to something else I wrote a little while back.
I’m experimenting in noir and trying to keep it…well, me. So that’s going all right. Maybe I’ll peck away at it a little at a time until I get the hang of it. I want to write full-on hardboiled detective type stuff with a horror twist. Maybe someday.
Still, I laid down about 2000 words on Sunday without much effort. That’s AFTER I fixed my broken fantabulous keyboard. The “x” key popped out of place, for no apparent reason. It happened after I’d had the keyboard about a week, but I fixed it then. I was able to get it back on without trouble. This time, not so much.
I had to Google the solution and found out how to do it. It went lickety-split when I followed the video instructions, but the key wasn’t right. It didn’t have the right action. I think somewhere along the way the little mechanism under the key itself broke. So I took a rarely-used key (for me anyway), the NUM LOCK key, and I swapped the mechanisms. Then I replaced both keys. Now if the NUM LOCK key isn’t springy and have the same action as the other keys, I won’t care. The ones I type on day in and day out work fine, and the number pad works fine too.
So, all’s well that ends well I suppose. Although for the amount of money I paid for this keyboard it shouldn’t be so fragile, frankly. I also discovered it’s a flaw with this model; a LOT of people contact the manufacturer about it. At least, they did as of 2012.
No need for that drastic a measure for me, though. I’m happy as a lark again. So onward. I was able to then sit down with my outline and bang out those 2K without any further keyboard issues. I do believe I’ll pick up the wireless version soon, though, because the wires are killin’ me in my tiny, cramped space.
After writing, I did some Internet searching for a woman wearing a sheath dress. I need some free stock for the cover of this thing, so I can put it on Amazon’s Kindle store. But I couldn’t find a single piece of FREE (that’s big!) stock. And even the pay stock I found isn’t really what I wanted. Besides, I sell so few of the stories, I’m not willing to start it out financially in a hole from which it will not likely dig itself out.
I gave up on that Sunday evening, and thought about writing again. But then I thought, you know what? I ought to quit while I’m ahead.
Next week, I need to get back into the learning videos. Back on your heads, as the old joke goes. But for this weekend, I just let myself go and do something I love doing.
Hope you had a good weekend too, and have a good Monday.