It is November again

The NaNoWriMo gremlins have been really active again!

Google Docs doesn’t communicate with my 10” Asus tablet, and my 8” Samsung tablet doesn’t get my Bluetooth keyboard. Shit!!!

😕

Microsoft OneNote will not give me access to MY work anymore. I keep getting the message: ‘try again later’ since about 4 weeks now! Shit, shit, shit!!!

Evernote just wants to sell me an upgrade, instead of letting me work on my NaNoWriMo, nice sponsor!

And my two cats won’t leave me alone; taking turns harassing me.

How am I ever going to get my wordcount done?

Follow up on November 15th: One, forced upon me update from MS Windows, and a very nagging iMac OS that wanted to update. The last one I had to do twice! Of course that means that everything stops whilst uploading and installing the update.

I was hoping that after those updates everything would work well now. No, not really.

My iMac still is very slow, I have to stop and start my Wifi about every 16 minutes to have it working. My android tablet, and other gadgets can’t make good contact with Google Docs and Chrome; “server problems”, but email does work. ???

I don’t get it, at all!

And then there are people, institutions, who have to plan dates and meetings and buying a new TV, in … of course November. all of those could have been done in September, or if must be October, but no ‘let’s wait a good while and pan it in November. Why? Why?

Who, or what, does not want me to do, or to win NaNoWriMo?

 

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OneNote voor NaNoWriMo

OneNote voor NaNoWriMo

Is het echt waar? Microsoft die me gaat helpen met NaNoWriMo?
Evernote laat het helemaal afweten. Mooie NaNo sponsor!
Zelfs Google Drive/Docs laat me grotendeels in de steek
Het komt erop neer dat ik mijn ideale instrument, mijn 10″ tablet met toetsenbord erop aangesloten, helemaal niet kan gebruiken. SHIT!!!

Ik kan wel schrijven in Scrivener, of desnoods Word, maar dan heb ik geen (cloud-) synchronisatie op mijn verschillende werktuigen, zijnde: mijn Windows laptop (waarop ik ook Scrivener heb), waarop ik het lastig typen vind, vanwege de grote “voortuin” tussen de toetsen en mij.
Mijn Asus Android tablet, die in een hoes zit met een fysiek toetsenbord. Daarop kan is het vlotste typen. En mijn iMac desktop computer met OS10. Het toetsenbordje is heel oké, maar ik ben met deze computer gebonden aan de plek waar hij staat. En dat is op een mini bureautje bij mijn bank. Op die bank zitten heb ik nooit rust van mijn dieren, noch geven ze me voldoende zitruimte. Ook zit ik daar wat te laag, kortom: daar langere tijd zitten typen geeft me nogal wat rugpijn.

Ja, ik besef heel goed dat dit absoluut luxe probleempjes zijn. En natuurlijk ben ik erg blij met wat ik heb om mee te schrijven.
Behalve de bovengenoemde “gadgets’, heb ik nog een Livescribe Echo e-pen (ideaal!), en meer dan genoeg fijn schrijvende vulpennen, en een paar vulpotloden.
Kortom geen enkele smoes om NaNoWriMo niet te winnen!

Nu maar hopen dat Microsoft mij ooit nog eens weer toegang geeft tot mijn bestanden in OneNote Online!
Het zou fijn zijn als ik ooit eens een ander antwoord krijg van Microsoft dan het standaard venstertje met “Try again later”!

En dat Evernote, waar ik echt een grote fan van was, de dwaling van hun wegen inziet. Je kunt nog duizenden keren ‘suggereren’ dat iemand moet upgraden naar ‘Premium’, maar als je daarbij je software onbruikbaar en ontoegankelijk maakt, zullen velen net als ik denken: ‘Ja doei! Ook nog gaan betalen terwijl ik maar moet afwachten wanneer ik wel of niet met die software kan werken, en dus of ik wel of niet bij mijn werk kan waar ik mee bezig ben!

Nee, zo echt niet!

365 woorden Dond. 2 november 2017 21 uur

The NaNoWriMo virus

The NaNoWriMo virus?

I have to seriously think about the possibility of a special virus.
I know it is November, it’s that time of the year.
But think about it, how many people do you know who “have, or recently had, a cold. Than think about how many of them are doing NaNoWrìMo? How does that percentage compare to that of the people who don’t do NaNo.
With me it is a case of: “I don’t get colds, but when I do it’s during NaNoWriMo”.

Since I quit smoking and started vaping I didn’t get the flu, my annual bronchitis, or a cold that lasted for more than 24, maybe 48 hours.
But now, I have extra stress and a extra full agenda. Now I got a cold with a bit higher temperature (later in the day). And no, it didn’t go away after 24 of 48 hours.
I’ m not so sure anymore that I’m going to reach that 50K. It is day 7 and I’m already way behind schedule!
I will do my best to catch up, but because of the many things I’ve got to day this week, I am doubtful that I can.

I know some of you NaNo-ers are suffering from a (bad) cold. Know that It will pass soon.
Let us support one another to stay motivated and catch up, if needed.

Any tips for catching up (a lot), anyone? Please, help!

Updating in November, three times. Why?

Dear software people. I would think you are clever people. I thought.

The last years some companies did their maintenance and updates during november. Which made quite a few people very unhappy, their cries of woo and protest could be heard all over the world.

I remember thinking last year: ‘That’s why I bought this very expensive iMac. Those guys and girls at Apple know better, and think more about the peace of mind of their loyal and well paying customers.’

But now, 10 days into November, my MS Windows laptop wanted (demanded!) to update the software. Fine! That took most of an afternoon and the whole night!

Then my iMac kept nagging me about updating the OS software. I finally caved in and let my iMac do his updating. That took a  few hours, later in the evening so the next day I finally could get to work uninterrupted. I thought. Hah!

The next day Apple started whining and demanding all over again, so I had to close everything and let my computer do the updating thing, again. He did exactly the same thing as before, only now it took at least twice as long.

Dear, dear software and internet people, I need to ask you again, in the name of hundreds of thousands NaNo-ers:

NOT IN NOVEMBER PLEASE!!!

If, which I can’t believe, you still have never heard of NaNoWriMo, or don’t know what it is go check it out at: nanowrimo.org

We, who do NaNoWriMo, are working like crazy to get our 50000 (Yes 50K!) words done in the 30 (or less) days of November.

Why Microsoft, Google, Apple, and others, why are you sabotaging us. Every year again.

Is this so hard to remember?

Remember, remember,

Not in November,

No, not in November!

 

The NaNoWriMo virus?

I have to seriously think about the possibility of a special virus.
I know it is November, it's that time of the year.
But think about it, how many people do you know who "have, or recently had, a cold. Than think about how many of them are doing NaNoWrìMo? How does that percentage compare to that of the people who don't do NaNo.
With me it is a case of:  “I don't get colds, but when I do it's during NaNoWriMo”. 

Since I quit smoking and started vaping I didn't get the flu, my annual bronchitis, or a cold that lasted for more than 24, maybe 48 hours.
But now, I have extra stress and a extra full agenda. Now I got a cold with a bit higher temperature (later in the day). And no, it didn't go away after 24 of 48 hours.
I' m not so sure anymore that I'm going to reach that 50K. It is day 7 and I'm already way behind schedule!
I will do my best to catch up, but because of the many things I've got to day this week, I am  doubtful that I can.

I know some of you NaNo-ers are suffering from a (bad) cold. Know that It will pass soon.
Let us support one another to stay motivated and catch up, if needed.

Any tips for catching up (a lot), anyone? Please, help!

 

OneNote for NaNoWriMo

OneNote for NaNoWriMo?

Really? Microsoft is going to help me with NaNoWriMo? No way!

Well Evernote is letting me down big time. Great NaNo sponsor! 😦

Even Google Drive/Docs has made thing very difficult for me. This is the first NaNo I can’t rely on Google Docs.

It boils down to that I cannot use my favourite writing instrument at all, my 10” tablet with à physical small keyboard attached to it.

I could write in Scrivener, or even Word, But then I wouldn’t have any (cloud-)synchronisation on the diverse tools I use. Like there are: my Windows laptop (on which I also have Scrivener, as well sas on my iMac), but I find it very difficult ty type much on the laptop, because of the big “front garden” between the keys and me. My Asus (Android) tablet, which sits in a case with a real keyboard in it. That’s the one I type the fastest on. And my iMac desktop computer (OS10). The little keyboard that belongs with the Mac is quite okay. But with this computer I am bound to the place where it stands, which is on a very small desk, that stands in front of a small couch. On that couch my animals won’t leave me alone at all, also they take over most of the space on that couch. And I sit too low there to typ for à while without my back starting to ache.

Yes, real first world problems, I know, I know.

Of course I am very, very happy with all I’ve got to write with.

Not only do I have all of the great “gadgets” I mentioned above but I also have à Livescribe Echo smartpen (Ideal for me!), and more than enough very smooth writing fountain pens, and some mechanical pencils.

In short: no excuse at all for not winning NaNoWriMo!

But I am still hoping that Microsoft will someday give me access again to MY work in OneNote Online. It would be nice to get an answer from Microsoft other than that standard window with: “Try again later”!

How much later? It’s already more than 4 weeks now!

And then there’s Evernote, of which I’ve been à big fan, for many years. I hope that they soon will see that they are on the wrong path. You can constantly “suggest” to people that they should upgrade to ‘Premium’. but if meanwhile you are making your software unusable en inaccessible, many people will, like me, think: ‘Yeah, like I would do that! Paying good money when I would have to see if I can or cannot work with the software, where and when I need to, and so if can access my work in progress or not. No way!

It is November again

The NaNoWriMo gremlins have been really active again!

Google Docs doesn’t communicate with my 10” Asus tablet, and my 8” Samsung tablet doesn’t get my Bluetooth keyboard. Shit!!!

😕

Microsoft OneNote will not give me access to MY work anymore. I keep getting the message: ‘try again later’ since about 4 weeks now! Shit, shit, shit!!!

Evernote just wants to sell me an upgrade, instead of letting me work on my NaNoWriMo, nice sponsor!

And my two cats won’t leave me alone; taking turns harassing me.

How am I ever going to get my wordcount done?