Technical Difficulties

Most of you know I’m the Anti-Shopper. Turns out I’m the Anti-Techno Queen as well. Shortly after I put my DH on a plane in the wee hours of Monday morning, I learned I had no connectivity in the condo, for either TV or internet. And my land line phone was iffy.

Since I couldn’t log on, I had no number with which to call my carrier. I knew that I might be able to fix things by unplugging and replugging and booting the whole system up again, but figured I’d likely bollocks up the whole thing if I tried.

Red Pencil ThursdaySo I’ve been disconnected for a few days. I must apologize to my Red Pencil Thursday volunteer, April Holthaus, who was scheduled for today. And I also apologize to those of you who signed up for my subscription and got a raw, uncritiqued version of this week’s offering. I so did not see things going this way, but now that the DH is home again, I’m back online. I don’t know what I’d do without my resident wizard.

Well, actually I do. I’d be stuck without internet or TV with an iffy land line phone connection.

So what did I do with my few days of no internet or TV? I wrote quite a bit. I managed to meet my word count goals for my current WIP before lunch each day. (Sort of gives me a hint that I spend too much time flitting about cyber-space.) And instead of the usual assortment of crime dramas and sit-coms, I read Ashley Gardner’s Captain Lacey mysteries and watched a few Downton Abbey episodes on DVD.

Which leads me to wonder if an occasional break from all this connectivity isn’t a good thing. Don’t mistake me. I’m glad to have a chance to be back with you, but it’s made me realize I need to reel in the internet & TV monster.

How about you? Do you ever feel pressed by the tyranny of technology? Do you become anxious if you’re disconnected? What do you do when you can’t log on?

PS. I’ll be emailing my RPT volunteers with a new schedule shortly and, barring further technical difficulties, we’ll be convening our regular online critique group next Thursday! Thanks for your patience.

4 thoughts on “Technical Difficulties

  1. Pamela Sherwood says:

    Hi, Mia–

    My sympathies! It’s tough not being able to connect, but it sounds like you put your offline time to good use.

    Hope you don’t mind my asking this here–given the situation, I’m not sure whether you received any of my emails on the subject–but would you like to reschedule our suggested blog visit/swap until 10/28? To give you more time to catch up on anything you might have missed on your internet-less days?

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Good idea, Pamela. I’ve gotten a bit behind on that side of the writing biz. I’ll drop you an email. ;-)

  2. My condolences, Mia. Once in a while I too am offline involuntarily. As little as six years ago, this wouldn’t have bothered me. I was a total technophobe, completely bewildered by the new technology.

    It’s still a big challenge to me. There’s so much I don’t know. But I use a great deal the parts I do. And rely on them for so much.

    Without the Internet, I feel little better than Robinson Crusoe must have felt. I’m isolated from the world at large, cut off from everything interesting and meaningful. Which, of course, isn’t true. But that’s what it feels like.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      I did go through a bit of withdrawal the first day. I kept wanting to check my Twitter or send an email. My family is half way across the country so we use FB to keep tabs on each other.

      But was able to really dive into my new WIP which I hope will be titled The Importance of Being Scandalous. And that’s a good thing.

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