As my friends and family can attest, I am not technologically inclined. Skynet (look it up, young’uns) and I have a long-term relationship wherein it stalks me online and messes with all of my electronics. But I, like John Connor (The Terminator, people!), am learning how to fight back.
My computer died this fall. On the first day of a ten-day trip, of course. I came home and immediately bought a new laptop – the full version of a netbook I already owned. Then I decided that it was ridiculous for me to call my friends and family for help before I even tried to set it up myself.
So I buckled down and brute-forced my way through the set up. I got my laptop up and running. I got my wi-fi set up and running. I got my printer up and running on my new machine. I got Microsoft Office installed. I got anti-virus stuff downloaded and running. I downloaded Firefox. That was a huge accomplishment. For me, at least.
After I got everything running, I wanted to keep my roll going. I decided to put my e-books into print. Here’s where everything came to a screeching halt. I don’t do cover design and I certainly don’t do manuscript formatting. I’m not nearly that advanced. I can code italics and bold and underlining and, if I’m very lucky, a link. I know my limits.
But I persevered and I am thrilled to report that, with minimal outsourcing, I will have actual, physical, paper books available in the new year for Screen Idol and Drama Queen. It only took about a month to set up, so go me.
Next up – converting from one like this to a smart phone. With apps. And stuff.
Shoot me now.