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Eric: Service Disruption

It's nothing technical, you understand.

Seriously. As near as I can tell, everything's aces. The internet is working, the websites are up, and while I did migrate to Leopard, that was about as seamless an OS upgrade as I've done for a while. And Time Machine just plain works, for the record, which is staggeringly cool.

Well, all right. Upgrading led to some issues with my windows partition and I had to reinstall it, but honestly. It's the first time I've ever had to reinstall Windows in the era of Boot Camp, so how upset could I be?

So it's nothing technical. And yet, there has been an interruption of service.

It may have been my last trip to Ottawa. You can tell when it was -- it was the day my first Superguy post in years went up. And that was really cool, as it was on the heels of Gary posting, and there's been a flood after us so Gary started something. Apparently the collective Superguy writers have been waiting for someone to break the ice. And now they have.

But the day it went up, I drove to Ottawa, and spent a week up there. Up with Wednesday, kept by the government out of the United States until they get through processing the fiancee visa that will let her come down and let the two of us get married and on with our lives. This is the longest visit we've done for a long time, and it also featured a move to brighter surroundings for her. And time spent together. And time spent listening to a radio station with ten minute synopses of Ottawa in general. And time spent being on the weaker side of the dollar divide while in Canada for the first time in my life.

For the record? When they make the same jokes to you you made about them for your entire life? You don't get to be anything but gracious about it. Even when gasoline ends up costing five bucks a gallon after conversion. God damn it.

It may have been the change of time. I love love love love love the day we Fall Back. I am no fan of Daylight Savings Time. I think the system should have been abolished years ago. I am no farmer, and I like the day being an hour later in the morning, thank you kindly. But I am also of an age where the time change screws with me something fierce. It took a few days this year, as the trip back corresponded to it so I was exhausted enough to make it easy, but I'm in the throes of crappy sleep cycles right now.

It may have been work, which has been busier than November normally is, not the least of which was a day we had a power outage and the central core's backup generator didn't kick in. We managed to shut everything down before UPSes failed, but it's like doing work on someone's heart -- when you stop it from beating for a few minutes, it's gonna be a few days before they're feeling up to jogging and you have to do a lot of post-op stuff.

I've had people e-mail me. Just to make sure I wasn't dead. I appreciate that. I'm not dead.

I'm just not writing.

Which is weird.

I have ideas, mind. Tons of them. Banterable ideas. Websnarkish ideas. It's not that. It's not that at all.

But it's not actually going onto paper.

Maybe this notice of service disruption is the jolt I need. Maybe that'll get the big writing stone rolling down the hill.

I sort of plan on writing more Superguy today. I enjoyed that, and it too might spark things.

If it does, it'll go up sometime this week, and then a Myth will follow it, and Justice Wing will follow that.

And maybe somewhere in there I'll talk about the sale of City of Heroes and Issue 11 and dual blades and flashback and stuff. And talk about Zuda and how their interface (and their decision to downsample God damned cursive into it) makes the Baby Jesus cry and no one gives a shit about Zuda as a result.

And, you know. Stuff. Things.

I dunno.

But for now? I'm okay. I am.

We're just having a minor service disruption. Please stand by.

Posted by Eric Burns-White at November 14, 2007 11:31 AM


Comment from: LurkerWithout [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at November 14, 2007 2:44 PM

Good to know. And hopefully you and Weds will finish slogging thru the bureaucracy soon and can be together...

Comment from: kirabug [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at November 14, 2007 7:07 PM

I had assumed you were holed up somewhere working on a NaNoWriMo. Glad you're alive - hope the words come soon, for your sake, and maybe a little for ours ;)

Comment from: Dave Van Domelen [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at November 14, 2007 10:24 PM

And lo, for League #2 has indeed been posted. It needs Banterlinkage, tho. :)

Comment from: 32_footsteps [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at November 15, 2007 9:15 PM

Man, I've been having the same writing issues, too. I finally kicked out a scene in a novel project I've been tossing around for about a year. And I've done a couple of columns. But I've been feeling a nasty ol' case of distraction myself.

What do you have in mind to get yourself writing more? I need a can of "sit your ass down and write" myself.

Comment from: Paul Gadzikowski [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at November 17, 2007 12:03 AM

Take your time. Be well. Say hi to Wednesday for us.

Comment from: Ben Brown [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at November 29, 2007 3:21 PM

Wait. Wait. Superguy active again? Where?

I've fallen rather off with the writing (never was that prolific) but it'll be a joy to read Gary's stuff again.

Eric, send me e-mail. It's been too long.

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