Various thoughts about travel, writing, and publishing -- plus anything else that is worth a comment by award winning science fiction author Henry Melton
Friday, July 21, 2006
Last night, I seemed to be frustrated on a number of fronts. For one thing, for all my internet options, I was shut out. The RV has gone to the shop to get its gray water tank repaired after our June adventures. Then, the ISDN went down. This is the third time it had gone down in the past month. I suspect it's either heat related or construction related. But since it comes back up on its own after a few hours, I haven't followed up on it. Heat ruled out using my cell phone internet option. Sprint signal isn't strong enough inside the air conditioning to use. So ... that left the dial up modem. Somehow I didn't have the stomach to even plug in the cable.
Besides I was working on my latest novel and was in an exciting sequence ... when Microsoft Word announced it had too many files open and was unable to save anything. This happens regularly in my copy of Mac Word v.x whenever I leave the application open for a few days running. I've gotten used to it. I saved several days work in the clipboard and then quit without saving. When I re-opened the old version of the novel I pasted the new work back in. I waiting for the day when OpenOffice is good enough to use.
So, traumatized from the potential loss of words, I quit for the night and played with my new camera, a Canon Powershot A620. I grabbed a bunch of coins from my desk and tried out the macro setting.
I always have a lot of coins around. These are just a random selection. They appear to be mainly leftovers from my last European trip, along with a few Canadian coins, commemorative medalians and ice machine tokens. I love coins -- and about anything qualifies. I've got a wooden nickel from an old co-worker, aluminum Dairy Queen tokens good for a treat, squashed pennies from various tourist attractions, as well as some personally squashed coins from the RV campground outside of Durango Colorado which was handily next to the train tracks. I've got special silver coins from the US mint, and lots of statehood quarters. I have coins and paper money from all the different countries we've visited.
There's one special set of coins I don't have, yet. It's because they don't exist. In my unpublished novel Follow That Mouse there are psychic resonance enhancers that are specially made quarter-sized coins. When the novel sells and becomes popular, I'm going to contract with trinket makers to produce matched sets of resonance enhancers, and I'll get myself a set to rest in my desk along side the coins from all the countries I haven't visited yet.