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02 November 2005 @ 12:45 am

Originally uploaded by sable_eminence.


I'm probably just posting this to catch Clair's attention, but I know this to be a treat that helps me to get my creative flow back. Decent suman like this paired with freshly brewed coffee warms the belly and stirs the senses... and is easily purchased at the market not far from home. *sticks tongue out at nee-chan* For those of you who don't know what it is, click the photo and read the caption. But I suspect that won't be an issue with the majority of my readers. Like everything sweet, it's not something you eat everyday; only on those times you need a salve to the spirit...

Why I don't write for a living

I suppose those readers who've known me a long time wonder why I didn't take up the pen as a means of supporting myself. The simple answer lies in a simple issue; my case in point is the past week; didn't see any updates, now did you? Creativity isn't something that can be tapped on demand. Unlike jobs that require a more or less fixed skill set, "getting creative" just isn't as simple as the idiom makes it out to be. I fear that my pen will run dry, starved not of ink but of the thoughts and passions that fuel it. And this, my good audience, will in turn starve the erstwhile author, yours truly. And beyond remuneration, I've always considered personal pastimes to be out of the realm of business; deriving profit from a hobby is a disservice to it (except perhaps where computers are concerned). I'm sure this point is debatable, as are many things I have written, but that's why the comment form is there. Right now is too tiring.

My friend is out of trouble! ^^

Welcome back to the world, Joule! Finding out about his Dengue fever was a shocker. I'm glad he's out and recovering. When he dropped out of online sight for a week, I knew something was up. It's funny how IM can mean so much to connecting people...

Help from an unexpected quarter

Dom's helping me get published! This is so unexpected, yet wonderful nonetheless. It looks like my knack for finding good friends has not failed me yet. Go increase his site traffic (but do it in a new tab/window)! ^_^

Three days till the worst day of my life...

My birthdays are invariably the same: all the bad luck I should have suffered for the year compressed into 24 hours of perdition. I have no idea why my birthdays are like this, but I'm tensing my shoulders for the beating. This time around, there's no Cat to stay the whip for me...

Prayers for Freya

Funny how All Saints' Day can remind us of our mortality... not just ours, but that of the ones we hold dear as well. Yes, I am very attached to my computer, as you can probably tell by now. (^^) Cold-starting Freya gives me slow booting due to ATAPI timeout errors, and I occasionally have the odd BSOD. Fortunately, Microsoft has been kind enough to make kernel debugging a snap; you can get the kernel debugging tools (Windows Debugging Tools and OS Symbol files) here (opens a new window again). It's so easy that anyone can do it in a few seconds; trust me. Freya's results were not encouraging:

Probably caused by : memory_corruption ( nt!MiAttemptPageFileReduction+46

Crap. Only two things cause this kind of error: a parallel-port Zip drive or bad memory. Since I don't own a Zip drive (or any form of removable mass storage), guess where that leaves me? I'm not getting the flags associated with bad paging sectors either, so it looks like the RAM module's gone bad... and ECC RAM is expensive too... I hope it isn't that, but I may have to live with the cold start crashes if my worst fears are realised. T_T

Current Mood: sadsad
Current Music: "Ten Minutes 'Till the Savages Come" by Manhattan Transfer
reluoj reluoj on November 2nd, 2005 04:02 am (UTC)
being offline for me means a lot of things:

a) i'm sick or near death.

b) i have a realtime girlfriend or fiance.

c) i'm working too much.

d) i'm playing a game too much.

e) shiroi-hikari is under repair.
sable_eminence on November 2nd, 2005 10:48 am (UTC)
Yup, that's you, alright. I can almost set my clock by your log-in time, so if you're not on by 11AM, I get worried. =D
invisible canada/clueless chibitalia: plotting eclair on November 2nd, 2005 08:13 am (UTC)
Hehehe. Suman!!! ^_^

As for writing for a living: you know what I find difficult about it? It's the fact that I can't have several hands typing away at other terminals just so I could keep up with the ideas that float in my head. At the same time, I do wish to keep on reading more so I could learn more as well but I just don't have enough time management skills to do that :( What I do isn't as creative as other people's writing jobs, you know. It's more like looking for a great topic quickly and writing about it.

Birthday blues: Hey, I hope that the blues won't hit you this year :D *hugs* You never know when good things will turn up ;)

Freya dilemma: Hmmmmm. RAM problem isn't good... Ever tried using any Live CDs and see how things go? I mean, does she react that way all the time? How consistent is it?

Joule has posted a comment to your post already, I see :)

By the way, if you could download or get your hands on Firefly - watch it :) Your nii-chan and I are positively hooked on to the series and we can't wait to watch the movie Serenity. Soon I will have a new set of LJ user icons to prove my being addicted to it :D
sable_eminence on November 2nd, 2005 10:55 am (UTC)
Hmm... any kind of writing is the same for me, actually. If you don't give it your all, you won't feel satisfied. It's that emptiness which I strive to fill. I think you're doing a wonderful job; it keeps you busy. I hope you find a job you really like, though. That works wonders for the self.

*hugs* Yeah, it sucks to be me. =D I hope so, too. But I'll look out, all the same.

She takes ages to boot from a cold start; warm boots are fine, but occasionally Windows XP takes a long time to load. When that happens, it's a good bet that I'll get a bugcheck. It doesn't happen often, but since the same thing happened with Windows 2000, it's going beyond mere suspicion. Looks like I have to save up for a new case to eliminate grounding problems, as well as a new 1GB stick of RAM... =(
invisible canada/clueless chibitalia eclair on November 3rd, 2005 02:51 am (UTC)

Poor Freya, the girl must be feeling really ill. A new 1Gb of RAM? Aiyee. You do need to get published...