Not a good day…

Boy, when things go wonky, they really go wonky!

Good start to the day, though I didn’t sleep so well. Brain buzzing with ideas for these blogs and also working in my mind on the project for this week’s acting class. Plus we were at this ‘pot-luck’ early yesterday evening and you know what it’s like when you get to hang with a whole bunch of other narrators for a couple of hours… takes a while to come down from that kind of high (oh, right, you might not know that – well, take it from me, they’re a wild bunch).

That said, I did not expect today to turn out the way it has.

After the normal start, recording a couple of hours of the new book, I took a break to check email and so on… And that’s when the train left the tracks. While I record in my studio on to a small MacMini, I do all the major work of cleaning up the files and, well, just about everything else, on a 27″ iMac. When I tell you that the extended warranty on the iMac expired a few months ago I think you’ll guess what’s coming next. Yup! The iMac went belly up.

Time to visit a happy place I think – a Hawai’ian beach…Aaaand breathe!

First of all the screen went very funky such that I could barely see what was supposed to be there. Then, after I powered down and back on again there was even less to see. Just a white streak down the middle and black everywhere else. Nothing I did could make it come back and it beat even the best efforts of the Apple support guy I called. No, this was going to require a service visit.

To cut a long story short (I’m very tired… oh, come on, it’s been a long day) it was either the display or the logic board that had given up the ghost and given the age of the iMac the recommendation was that it wasn’t worth repairing. I’m still waiting while they accurately diagnose the issue but it’s time to get a new one. Here’s the difficulty though: I need to work on the book I have in hand and the repairs (or a new one) will take till the end of the week at a minimum.

Fortunately I have a ‘spare’ MacMini that I have been using as a music server. It’s not very powerful and doesn’t have any of the software on it that I need, but given a few hours I felt I could work something out using an old PC monitor I had. And this is what I am working on as I type now. It’s taken a long time to set things up on a different computer (it’s amazing how many settings you forget how to recreate – relearning how to make some programs work is like beginning on page one of the manual once again), but fortunately so much stuff is safely in ‘The Cloud’ that it’s probably a lot easier for me to pick up where I left off than it might have been a few years ago.

I’d like to say that’s a happy ending, but I’m now behind my schedule for this week and things are starting to get tight given what I need to achieve in the coming weeks… wish me luck!

We make it now so we have time to ‘feed’ it with brandy every few days!

Oh, All that stuff about honesty yesterday, and it turns out I was not entirely accurate regarding the Christmas cake. By the time I wrapped yesterday’s blog it was clear we had no time to make the cake as planned so we squeezed it into the schedule around midday today – it was just after my first attempts to fix the iMac and it was a welcome opportunity to allow my brain to step away from the issue at hand (about which I had started to panic). It’s always good to have a distraction available in case of crises and a Christmas cake is a suitable option… I’ll try to remember that in case this happens again.

Take Care
– S.

About Simon

Simon is an actor who found his way into audiobook narrating as a side-gig and seems to have made a success of it. With some training as an actor as a child (just a couple of hours a week, but it stuck) and 15 years working inside the BBC (ending up as one of the presenters/newsreaders on BBC Radio 4 in London) he found the ideal combination for an audiobook narrator. Found his way to California two decades ago and never left.

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3 Responses to Not a good day…

  1. Jan Johnston October 31, 2017 at 4:37 am #

    Oh, goodness! You need to de-stress REALLY bad, darlin’.

    I de-stressed during the last Astros/Dodgers game by chewing off my fingernails. I’ve NEVER done that in my whole life! It worked, though.

    GO ‘STROS!!!!

    But cooking and basting a Christmas cake seems like a better de-stresser. Yum!

    As a court reporter, I found that dropping EVERYTHING and finishing a court transcript that was plaguing me would make a world of difference. I would warn friends and family that I would not be available for ANY of their dramas and would not be answering the phone or emails or appearing on Facebook until the job was done. My mother still called the police and reported me missing. Hmm.

  2. Yvonne Reed October 30, 2017 at 10:41 pm #

    Hey Simon

    I, too, am a Mac person. When my IMac went down about 5 years ago I was totally shocked. I was told mother boards go down on Macs too.

    Suggestion, get an IPad. The new ones come with loads of memory, have Pages, Preview and other Mac programs, You can even get an Air which receives calls. And keyboards are available for the newest versions.

    Keep writing! I read your blog daily,

    • Simon October 31, 2017 at 11:17 am #

      Oh, I have an iPad – I have an iPad and an iPad Pro (which I use to read from in the studio). But I need a workhorse in the office…and I’m sloppy enough to need plenty of space and power to cope with my sudden urges should I choose to do something different. 🙂

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