punkwalrus (punkwalrus) wrote,

On mice and novels

For the first time in over 10 years, I bought a mouse.

I felt it was time to start buying one of these new-fangled mice with laser tracking, floppy scroll wheels, and the like. I was at Best Buy on Saturday, picking out myself a gift, and that was one of them. I got a Microsoft Comfort Optical Mouse 3000, an upgrade from my old HP scrollwheel mouse, of which I got back in 1998 when AOL had a plethora of them, and I have spares should that one die. I have enough free mice to last me until mice are rendered obsolete. My old mouse had a ball in it at was always jamming and getting gunk, and my other Optical mice were kind of jerky. I needed something that Linux could understand, so I didn't get an el-complexo 8-button "glow when you have an IM or e-mail" kind of mouse (really, they had one that did that), and I had to have something that would work with my KVM at my desk. Out of the box, it didn't work, but it worked once I read the directions (which may have been, in part, due to the the mouse being USB on a PS/2 adapter over a KVM) and installed the drivers first and did a reboot. Still have yet to use it with a Linux GUI, but I am optimistic.

NaNoWriMo is dead in the water, holding at 11.5k words. This is due to the fact I haven't had a whole lot of "me" time to settle down, get in the writing mood, and have at it. Plus I couldn't sit at my desk and type because my ankle would eventually swell up, and I don't have the space or good typing angle to have my foot up AND write. I could still make it if I restarted now, because the whole story is backed up in my head, and I am sure I could do 50k words or more. But it's now a race of actual physical time and typing speed to make Nov 30th. My record was 8,900 in one day I did back in August, so it's doable, but difficult.
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