Music: Michelle Pfeiffer – “Cool Rider” (Grease 2)
Location: Lenox Mall
Since December, I’ve been publishing my old poetry journals on Amazon. I did so, not out of a desire to make money, but to expose my poems to new potential readers and to have a cheaper method of binding my poetry into physical books for my own bookshelf. I have yet to order the physical copies, but I’ll be doing that soon. It’ll be nice to hold the finished product in my hand.
Unfortunately, the idea that it would expose my poetry to new readers wasn’t realistic. From the Kindle Unlimited program, I’ve only had about 360 pages (poems) read. I’ve sold 2 chapbooks and gave away 5 for free. Not a whole lot of exposure! The truth is, I get more eyes on my poetry when I post it on my website than I do self-publishing to Amazon. How sad is that?
At this point, I think I’m going to unenroll all my poetry journals in KDP select, and once their enrollment period is over, I’ll post the poetry on my website. This would still give folks the opportunity to purchase the poetry journals if they want to or read them for free on my website. If that means more eyes on my poetry, I’m all for it! This probably won’t happen until July though, as I believe that’s when my current enrollment period ends.
On a different note, I need to do something about my laptop situation. It’s a 15.6” behemoth that’s closer to 17”. It weighs a whopping 4.5 pounds, and you can feel every bit of it when you carry it. I had originally purchased the Flex 4 1580 as a replacement for my failing Surface 3. At the time, the cost was a driving factor in the purchase. Having a backlit keyboard and the HD space I wanted was a close second. I thought I had snagged the perfect combination of specs and price, but boy was I wrong.
My first indication that I had chosen poorly was when I did my first writing session on it. The keyboard layout was wrong! I hadn’t noticed in my store demo, but they had reduced the standard righthand shift key to the size of a normal letter key so that they could fit a full-sized up and down arrows in the arrangement. That might not sound like a big problem, but it becomes one anytime you want to write dialogue. Fiction writer, hello? I found a workaround that let me remap the up arrow to be a shift key, but that causes its own frustrations.
Since then the warranty has expired, all number of issues have begun to pop up. My fingerprint reader no longer functions. My touchscreen constantly gets ghosts touches to the point the machine is unusable unless I disable the touchscreen. Considering I was using it as a digital notepad, that kills half of its use. I’ve worked with Lenovo to troubleshoot both problems, but after reinstalling the hardware and drivers, not to mention doing a full reset of the machine and OS, they deemed that I needed to send my laptop in to be repaired at full cost since it was no longer under warranty. They indicated that they would likely need to replace the motherboard as well as the digitizer behind the touchscreen. Cha-ching. Uhm, yeah. No thanks!
So, between the hardware issues, the crappy keyboard layout, the bulk of the thing and the weight of it, it’s just a hot mess. I miss my old Surface 3. It was thin, light and extremely portable. It made me want to bang out words or do digital longhand, no matter my location. My current laptop is the complete opposite. Since I can no longer do digital longhand because of the touchscreen, I have to carry the laptop and a notebook with me. I can’t fit it on the same table as my open notebook, so I can only transcribe if I have a desk large enough to hold both. This means I can’t do it at Starbucks, Barnes, and Noble or most other places where I tend to haunt for writing purposes. I ended up leaving my laptop at the office today and opting to write poetry longhand rather than working on my short story because of the inconvenience of it. That happens more than I like to admit.
The bastard thing is continuing to do weird things. I’ve had keys randomly not respond but then work later. The mouse pad does the same kind of thing. Other times, the Wi-Fi adapter stops seeing wireless networks and the sound card acts like it’s not installed. I seriously don’t know how much longer it’s going to last. I swear they don’t make computers like they used to.