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Just Curious

Crumbly Writer

So how many authors out there are still writing, this close to the holidays, and how long will you refrain from jumping back into your stories (to the exclusion of family and friends)?

This is particularly poignant for me, because a sudden illness has me sitting in isolation and I've put off celebrating Christmas for a while, so I'm feeling especially cut off during this holiday.

By the way, hope the rest of you can wrest yourself from your virtual pens so you can return in January with your visions of your imaginary worlds refreshed and invigorated.

Dominion's Son

@Crumbly Writer

So how many authors out there are still writing, this close to the holidays


I am, In fact I have started a new project over the holidays. I am going to try to finish this one before posting it, so I don't know if it will ever get posted.

will you refrain from jumping back into your stories (to the exclusion of family and friends)?


I never write so much that it excludes friends and family.

Dominions Son

@Crumbly Writer

This is particularly poignant for me, because a sudden illness has me sitting in isolation


Merry Christmas and Get well soon.

It's not fun being sick, especially over the holidays.

Ernest Bywater

@Crumbly Writer

with my lifestyle, holidays or no holidays, it makes no difference to when or what I write. I either feel like writing or I don't - end of story (after a good lot of writing, I hope).

docholladay

@Crumbly Writer

This is particularly poignant for me, because a sudden illness has me sitting in isolation and I've put off celebrating Christmas for a while, so I'm feeling especially cut off during this holiday.


Get well soon, I almost skipped this topic but something made me take a quick look.

Take care of yourself and I will look forward to learning new things from your knowledge.

Capt Zapp

@Crumbly Writer

This is particularly poignant for me, because a sudden illness has me sitting in isolation and I've put off celebrating Christmas for a while, so I'm feeling especially cut off during this holiday.


I can relate to being cut off as I have very limited contact with some of my family.

I hope you recover from your illness soon.

Merry Christmas.

Crumbly Writer

I just finished a quick Christmas with my brother and sister-in-law. Because he runs a hunting & guide service, he can never get away for Christmas. I'm recovered enough, we're traveling to my sisters on the 26th to spend a delayed X-mas with her family. I haven't done any shopping, since I've been restricted, so it'll be interesting.

Traveling with be interesting, as I get incredibly winded (heart pounding in chest type) from even minor exertion, despite my endurance being fine. But if I have enough time, I should be fine. If not, someone will have to communicate with my sister to get the rest of my stories published!

Ernest Bywater

@Crumbly Writer

If not, someone will have to communicate with my sister to get the rest of my stories published!


Make sure she has the details of who to contact and how to contact them so they can do it for you.

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Crumbly Writer

@Ernest Bywater

Make sure she has the details of who to contact and how to contact them so they can do it for you.

That's fine, Ernest, I'll give her your email. That way, if anything happens, she can ship you all of my nearly completed stories, and you can post them all 'as is' (they're all completed, only the latter chapters haven't been fully revised and edited).

El_Sol

I usually get a lot of time to write during holidays... this year though, in-laws are in the house.

docholladay

@Crumbly Writer

Have more than one backup CW. There is always a possibility that one will fail due to unknown circumstances. Hopefully those backups will never be needed, but its like car insurance, never needed until you don't have it.

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Switch Blayde

@Crumbly Writer

I should be fine.


I hope you feel better soon. I'm expecting a Happy New Year from you so don't disappoint me.

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Crumbly Writer

@Switch Blayde

I hope you feel better soon. I'm expecting a Happy New Year from you so don't disappoint me.

I'll be fine. I just went for a long (1/2 mile) walk today, and was fine. I pant, and my heart pounds, but it's not like I'm in any danger. Instead it's like walking uphill. Your breathing gets faster, your heart races, but you keep going and you're fine. My ex scared me by suggesting heart attacks (I've always had exceptional heart health for a type 1 diabetic my age), so I've restricted my movements rather than risk it, which I'm sure now was a mistake.

I'm flying through the Baltimore Airport, which has a healthy hike from one flight to another, but other than than it's several hours sitting around and twiddling your thumbs.

Now, we'll see what I'm like after a couple Margaritas!

Crumbly Writer

@docholladay

Have more than one backup CW. There is always a possibility that one will fail due to unknown circumstances. Hopefully those backups will never be needed, but its like car insurance, never needed until you don't have it.

You don't have to tell me! A couple years ago, while away from home, I was wrapping up a story, making changes to dozens of files and figured 'Instead of backing up each one, I'll just do them all and back them up all at once'. Wouldn't you know, an energy surge to my laptop turned my SS drive into a brick and I not only lost everything, but also my laptop. I spent the next two weeks trying to resurrect 3 days of data, but forgot another story I'd worked on--which I gave up when I discovered I couldn't recollect what I'd written a year later.

Backups count, but only when you save them! (Oh, and power conditioners for laptops are important too.)

Ernest Bywater

@Crumbly Writer

That's fine, Ernest, I'll give her your email. That way, if anything happens, she can ship you all of my nearly completed stories, and you can post them all 'as is' (they're all completed, only the latter chapters haven't been fully revised and edited).


I can manage that for you, but hope I don't have to. I'd even work at finishing the incomplete ones or finding someone who can finish them well. And if I can't because of health issues, my son or brother will look after them the same as they'll deal with any of mine.

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Crumbly Writer

@Ernest Bywater

Actually, having an email to leave if something happens is better than pages of what gets posted when, where and how. My stories are on my computer and on my jump drives, so they're easy enough to collect. However, not many people know how to publish, or format and submit documents to the various sites. Just the list of required passwords is fairly intimidating.

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Ernest Bywater

@Crumbly Writer

Just the list of required passwords is fairly intimidating.


Just list them in a document addressed to be sent to the person you want to complete things for you.

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Crumbly Writer

@Ernest Bywater

Just list them in a document addressed to be sent to the person you want to complete things for you.

Unfortunately, the password list is continually growing, and I'm continually forced to change my existing passwords. A list prepared today will be invalid two to three months out, not to mention some ten years on.

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Ernest Bywater

@Crumbly Writer

A list prepared today will be invalid two to three months


amend and update as required.

Or set up a dropbox with copies of the work concerned and have the family send the password to the dropbox a/c when needed.

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