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November 2020

Goodbye November and NaNoWrimo!

It's hard to believe that tomorrow is December! I wrote a bit more for NaNoWriMo today and made it to 55,007 words!  I was happy to get there, too!  I will start back on my other story tomorrow.  I'm going to re-read it tonight so I can get back into it.  

I went out to do my recycling today and decided to go to the grocery store while I was out.  I didn't plan to go when I left the house, but then I just decided, what the heck. I went and got my groceries.  I have plenty of good things to eat and I have a lot of snacks, too! :p. I love to snack.  I almost went to Starbucks while I was out, but then I remembered that tomorrow was the first and I always like to go on the first. I don't have any money on my card at the moment, but I have enough stars for a free drink. That is what I'll use tomorrow. I hope to load a few bucks onto my card for December.  Starbucks For Life starts tomorrow!  Wish me luck. :p

It rained here last night and it was pretty heavy at times.  We had a flood warning go out today.  I have a weather alert radio.  I have it so that alerts are off.  It went off today!  I wonder if this is why whoever donated it to Goodwill did so! lol. It's gone off like this several times.  Luckily never when I'm sleeping.  It's so annoying and yes I check every time and it is still turned to OFF! Argh. Silly radio!


Hello from Sunday!

I finished my book today! I need to go back over the last few day's work and check it out.  I may need to add a few more things in, but it's pretty well done. I am almost at 55,000 words!  I might just write a few more and make it 55,000.  That would be neat. I am sure I have 800 more words I can add to it.  

I got my usual Sunday stuff done today, bed linen washed, hair washed, etc.  I also washed a bunch of dishes and put away a load of laundry that was in the dryer from yesterday.  I meant to put them away last night but I was so tired last night I didn't even think about it.  I want to write on my story that I've had on semi-hold since the beginning of NaNo.  I also need to create the December habit tracker and the week's speak for the first week of December.  I will either do that tonight or tomorrow.  It's in my bujo to do today, but I might wait and do it tomorrow.  It depends on if I get on a roll while writing or not.

 


Zzzzzzzzzzz

I'm so tired. I could not sleep last night.  It was after 5am when I finally got to sleep and I woke up before 10 am.  I have been yawning and useless all day! lol. I haven't written for NaNo yet but I will write at least a few lines.  I have my word count and I'm almost done with the story, but there is more to go.  I'm just too tired to write much.  If I write tonight it's no telling what may come out! :p

My 'new' MacBook Pro is all set up now. I moved everything over and I got my music on here today.  I also went ahead and made backups of my iPods and my iPad Mini.  I opened all my Scrivener works and made sure to save them to the backup folder.  I don't want to lose those again!  I don't remember if I mentioned it last night, but while I was waiting for Catalina to install on the MBP, I put my yule tree up.  I got it up and put the lights on but left the ornaments for today.  I put those on today and they looked nice.  Sadly though, I am missing a small box of ornaments.  It's a little box with four glass ornaments that I got from Family Dollar several years back.  They were only a dollar, but I love those four ornaments.  I can't find them!  I am not sure where they are, I looked tonight but didn't find them.  I'm not giving up though. I know there are here somewhere!  I'll try to remember to show a picture of the tree tomorrow.  I DID remember to take a picture of the laptop in the daylight.  Here you go:

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This is my desk where I sit to write.  It's a nice spot to work on my writing or whatever I'm doing.  It's nice being able to see better with this bigger laptop too.  When it arrived, the seller had put a hard case on it similar to the one I have on the 13" one.  I popped it off out of curiosity to see what condition the actual laptop was in.  My 13" was scratched and banged up pretty badly when I got it.  This guy is FLAWLESS.  The only minute scratches I see are on the bottom.  The top is mint.  It looks like it just came from Apple and it's 8 years old!  I'm glad whoever had it before me took good care of it.  My nice laptop bag is too small to fit it.  BUT!  Some time back, I saw one of those laptop sleeves at Goodwill. It was brand new and it was pretty big.  I bought it knowing it was too big for my 13" MBP but I figured I could use it for something. It fits my 15" MBP perfectly!  My messenger bag that I used to carry to Starbucks to write pen pal letters is big enough to hold it, too! I will probably get a laptop bag in the future, but this will work well for now. The sleeve is well padded and the messenger bag is sturdy and it will still have room for other stuff and the laptop.


What a day!

I got up and did my usual stuff.  I later got a text from my friend.  He asked if I were home and I teased him and said, no, I went to Myrtle Beach! lol. He came over in a few minutes and he had a box.  He bought me a MacBook Pro!!!!!!  It's just like mine, the same year, but it's 15" and it's got a huge hard drive and a faster processor. I was stunned.  It makes the struggle I went through this month to get my old on working worth it.  I love it! I already have Catalina on it and my photos from the on MBP.  I need to get my music tomorrow off my iPod, I couldn't seem to get it to copy over but that is no big deal at all! That won't be any issue at all.  I hooked the external up to it and moved the photos and I have moved my Scrivener stuff.  I have installed Scrivener, Evernote, and Chrome. (my most used apps) and several others.  Now, I'm just waiting for the two big folders from the desktop to copy over.  

I could do the music tonight, but I think I'll wait.... unless... If I can find the backup files from iMazing and drag them over, I'm set! We'll see how that goes.  It's going to be weird having a bigger laptop but it's a good kind of weird.  I love how big the screen is. It's so gorgeous!  Look:

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I'll take a better picture tomorrow in natural light.  I'm in love with this thing! It's got as much RAM as the old one but the harddrive is four times the size. Whoo Hoo!  I already have my current works from Scrivener on here, too.  I'm a happy camper!


Thanksgiving and NaNoWriMo

I didn't go out to anyone's house for Thanksgiving this year.  I did do my tradition and drove down the main 'drag' in my city to see everything closed. I do this twice a year, Thanksgiving night and Christmas night.  It's just something I've been doing for years.  I did that and I came home and wrote 1000 more words for NaNoWriMo.  I am close to the end of this book, I still have some words to go.  It's supposed to be the summer session at the academy where my skaters go. It's late August now so it won't be much more.  I would like to write at least a little bit every day leading up to the 3oth as I want to get the update everyday badge! :P  I may or may not work on my other story tonight. I'm not sure. I'm really tired so I might just relax for a bit.  I've been doing more recovery work and I think I have just about 99.8% of my stuff back so I'm happy about that.  I just need to get a new hard drive cable, install that and clone my drive.  That is going to be fun. @_@;


266 words.

That is the number of words I need to fulfill my goal of 50,000 words for this year's NaNoWriMo! I'm so happy!  I could probably get those in tonight but I was struggling to write today's portion because I started so late.  I will be well over 50,000 with tomorrow's word count.  I still have a bit of the story to tell, so it's going to be longer than 50,000 words but that is okay. It will still be finished by November 30th, though.  Then, I can devote myself full time to the story I started before NaNo. I have discovered a few other old fics that I would like to pull out and revise and continue on with so that is great. :) 

I am going to post this, get in my daily French lesson, and then just relax the rest of the evening. I didn't sleep well last night so I'm hoping to crash hard tonight!

 


47,728

That is my current word count on NaNoWriMo!  I'm only 2,272 words from 50,000!  My story won't be done in the next 2,272 words, but that is okay. I can write some each day until the end of NaNoWriMo!  I worked on my other story today too.  I was able to work on it first because I had a Write-in to go to tonight.  I can't believe my NaNoWrimo has progressed so well. I've hit at least 2000 words every day except one.  That day was 1928 words.  I don't know why I kept pushing myself to get 2,000 each day but I'm sort of glad I did.  I now can relax a little as I'm so far ahead and there is another week to go! The last day is Monday and there will be one last write-in that night. 


Sunday stuff

Bed linen is in the dryer waiting to be put back on the bed.  Laundry from yesterday is put away, hair is clean, a few groceries are purchased!  It's been a day.  I knew going to the grocery store the weekend before Thanksgiving would be chancy, but I did it.  It wasn't too bad and I only needed a few things.  I got those and got out of there! lol

I got my word count today for NaNo but I didn't write on my other story. I meant to!  I hope to get some done on it tomorrow. I'm waaaay ahead on Nano at the moment!  I am at 45,680 words!  The main trouble I had for my character hasn't even happened yet. D'oh! That was not going to be the main issue in any case. I may have it happen right near the end to make a cliffhanger for the third book.  I might not even have this drama and go with something else. We'll see.  Right now, it's still undecided.

 


No excuses.

I'm sorry for not posting for two days. I meant to post every day but you know how that goes!  I am glad I remembered to post tonight! :p  I am now over 41,000 words on NaNo and I wrote a bunch on my other fic last night too.  I am hoping to get some written on it tonight, too.  I always make sure to get my NaNo words in first.  I am very tired, so if I get any words at all on my other work I'll be happy.  

By the way, just out of curiosity, I downloaded another recovery software and it finds the parts on my drive that the one I was using won't find anymore. It only lets you recover 1Gb so I was able to get a few more things.  I am thinking if I download every recovery software that lets you get back so much stuff, eventually, I'll get it all back! lol, I would like to have it all.  The next bi thing on my work list is a new hard drive cable and I should be back in business with the internal drive I bought and I'll keep the 2 TB one for backups and such.

I washed a ridiculous amount of dishes today and I need to fix dinner but I am damned if I am going to dirty up any more plates or dishes tonight.  :p


Writing done!

Well for today it is.  I got my NaNo work done and a little on my other work.  I was glad to get them both done. I am getting there on my NaNo work and I'm still loving my other story.  I will definitely continue it after I finish NaNo.  There is another old story that I pulled out not too long ago and I think I might just work on it too after NaNo and I've completed the one I am doing. I had actually done a little on it in Scrivener and I realized that it was the one work I didn't get back. I hadn't done a lot on it so it's not too bad, but I would like to re-read what I had done. Oh well.  The old drive will let me load it on the case when I plug it in externally, but the part of the drive that the stuff is on that I can't get it not working. It's there but it's acting like it's not there.  I still don't know what to do about that, but I'm not going to delete anything just in case I might be able to get that portion back.  I wish there was some magic fix!


Sorry again!

I forgot to post again last night. I don't know what happened.. Oh well! I got my NaNo word count for yesterday and today done. Tonight's was in a virtual write-in.  They are always fun.  I also got a few words for my other story written.  A lot is happening in it and it's killing me not to be able to write on it! The NaNo stuff is coming along nicely. Today I hit 33364 words! 

Guess what I forgot to do, though? I forgot to eat dinner! So, I'm going to find at least a little something now to eat or I'll not be able to sleep tonight from being hungry.  I had a very bad night's sleep last night so I do not want a repeat of that!


Hoo boy!

I have been writing today, boi! I wrote over 2400 words for NaNoWriMo and then I went to my other story and wrote almost 2000!  I'm tired now.  I spend all day and part of the night trying to clone my drive.  I should have known something was off when it took so long.  It was a mess today.  I looked and found that it probably WAS the hard drive cable after all!  I am getting that adapter box tomorrow and I'll put the old hard drive in it.  If it recognizes it and reads it as a functioning drive, I know the next step is to replace the hard drive cable.  That should be fun! If that is the issue, it will be good to know.  Since I bought the little adapter thing, I can now use it as an extra backup drive.  It's 500 gb.  I am anxious to see it the drive it recognized. If it is I'm going to be irritated but happy if that makes any sense! Happy it works but irritated that I only needed an inexpensive cable.  Oh well, live and learn!  I'll update you tomorrow.  The package is coming via Amazon by USPS. It still makes me giddy when I get a package on a Sunday. I'm such a nerd. :P


This day is loooong and it's not over yet!

My internal hard drive came today.  I unpacked it and opened the Macbook Pro and pulled out the old drive.  Then, I found that I had to get the screws from the sides of the drive to put in the new one to securely mount it.  I, of course, didn't have the right screwdriver!  I looked online and Lowe's had one that was a multi head one and it was only $10 so I left the computer and ran over there and got it. Easy peasy getting those little screws out then and I have a tool for future use!

I get the new drive in and turn on the computer to do the disk copy.  Well, disk utility is being snarky. I look up information and see it's a glitch with Disk utility in Catalina that causes this and to go get a clone software.  Oh no! I thought, more money.  I found Carbon Copy Clone and it has a free trial. It's a fully functioning trial, In other words, you can do everything as if it's the full version. YES! Thank you, CCC!  If I ever need you again I'll be happy to purchase the full version.  I'm currently in the process of copying the external to the new internal and I'm hoping that goes well. It took some doing to even get everything to start but it seems to be rolling along now.

While I that is running in the background, my mail lady came. (The hard drive came via UPS) My new tags for my car came! YAY!!!!!!!!  I went out to put the back one on and I was NOT going to put the new tag in the damn front window so I got some tools and sat down and worked on getting the tag holder on the front. I had to go slowly and work diligently so that I didn't mess up my bumper.  I also had to bring something outside to sit on because the ground is still wet and pretty saturated from all the rains.  I got the little holder on and then I went and found (after a search)  the screws to attach the plate to the holder.  I had put them in the little compartment in the new car in a Ziploc but of course, I had forgotten ALL about that.  I finally remembered and put my tag on.  I now have a car with front and back tags.  I'm so proud of myself.  My friend kept saying he was going to do it but it's been since July, so... 

I went out earlier before I knew I needed a screwdriver.  I knew via informed delivery that my new tags were coming today and I wanted to take my car over to Starbucks one more time with the STARBUX tags.  I got a Peppermint white mocha (delicious) and I took a picture of the car with the tags and Starbucks in the background.  I'm silly, I know but I don't care!

Of course with all the stuff I've been doing, I haven't written for NaNoWriMo yet.  I guess I'll be writing later this evening.  That isn't a problem at all.  I really want to work on my other story too, but NaNo work comes first!  The video I watched to make sure I was removing and installing the drive correctly gave links to the things he used.  He has a little 'case' to put the internal drive in to make it run like an external. I ordered one hoping I can access the drive.  I don't think I will be able to, but you never know! I'm hoping.  

Here are the pictures I took at Starbucks. :)

 

If you are wondering what the little blob is in the first picture on the upper right, it's LSP from Adventure Time! Oh, My Glob! lol