My Whirlwind of a Weekend, And What Sketchy Internet And Life Have In Common

How was your week? I know it’s almost over, and that’s kinda my point for today–I’ve been dealing with wonky Internet for about the past week. Which meant I’ve had to deal with things like reading books, doing puzzles, and watching TV (oh, man–what has the world come to?).

I also didn’t sally for comics or papers on Sunday–being on the phone with tech support more than an hour that morning, and all.

But it was fine. Since the service was erratic, and not totally cut off, I did get in some pieces here and there, late last week (and get some documents uploaded that someone needed to see).

I think I was on the phone with the tech people for at least four hours altogether over the past several days–I’m not sure. Anyway, they said their towers had been having problems since last Thursday–but I didn’t feel the effects until about Friday, when an upload took something like 3 hours to get finished.

I rebooted my equipment, which didn’t do any good. They rebooted my equipment from their side. Same deal–not much. After the tech told me my signal was all over the place, we set up an appointment.

So yesterday, the tech guy made it over (I gave him correct directions–there’s a miracle–although I didn’t figure right on how long it would take him). Since he was from the local area, that helped. He rebooted the equipment’s radio, which I didn’t know how to do, and told me some numbers that were supposed to be in the traffic area of the thing he was checking weren’t there, so he had to put those in.

A couple of speed tests he ran didn’t do much–one gave a crazy result, and one of them just quit before it started, because it took too long. He even got the error that I had where websites took too long to respond and just quit loading (and this is for things like Gmail and Facebook–nothing super complicated).

So after all that, he tells me, after a chat with his boss, what the tech dude told me on the phone a day or so before–that this is on their end, and there’s nothing I can do about it.

Last night, the internet seemed okay, and today, we’ll see how things go–it seemed fine, but then a video I was watching dropped right in the middle.

Not to bury the lead, but I am taking that writing class I’d mentioned over here. I probably won’t have time to do all the lessons before I start writing for the competition, but I’ll do what I can.

Sometimes I think determination is more a matter of what workarounds we come up with when we run into something, instead of just blindly pushing ahead (although sometimes that’s really the only choice, at times).

That goes for character sketches, subject lines, dialogue, and what-have-ya.

You can plan, but sometimes you just have to adjust to what comes up.

Just like having a tech tell you there’s nothing they can do, and you have to ride things out until they get fixed.

Until next time,



About Ty Mall

Thanks for stopping by. I've almost always been interested in writing, among other things. Along with discovering pop culture, I've uncovered a lot about the craft over the past 10 years. And whether you're a fiction writer or email copywriter, I'm here to pass on what I've found out. And have a ton of fun in the process.
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