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September 27th, 2006

(no subject) @ 01:53 pm


Oh, I lead such an exciting existence. Right now I'm busy downloading a database backup from an FTP server so that I can restore it at my end, so that one of my fellow trainers can do their preparation for class. This was part of what I was working on yesterday, when I was replacing the Oracle database on one of our servers.

Now, here's something I didn't have when I started in IT: I'm sitting on my deck while working on a system across town. I remember having to get up and ride the bus to downtown Chicago in the middle of the night when a job would fail. Now, I don't even have to leave my house to work on computers at the office. They just recently granted us contractors VPN access, so I don't even have to go to the office at all unless I have to meet with someone face-to-face, and that doesn't generally happen. All that work I did yesterday was done from my office in the house, while I was watching NCIS. Even the application that I'm working with uses technology that didn't exist when I started. I was working with 80 column cards when I first started. When I started working with online systems, there had to be hard wires between locations. Now it's all available via the Internet. This application is web-based, meaning that anyone can get to it with a browser. Amazing.

I've been reading Janet Evanovich's How I Write, her entry on the writer's training manual shelf. It occurs to me that Mary Cecelia would make a very good series character (and Mary Cecelia agrees with me; Mary Holton hasn't read enough of those stories). This year's NaNo project might very well be a Mary Cecelia story. She's a very well developed character (in more ways than one, if you know what I mean) and I know her almost as well as I know myself. I've been writing her for ten years now; is that amazing, or what? (I know, lourdesmont, Ellie and Connell have been around at least as long.) About time she started supporting me.

Anyway, I have to go play database now. See you later.
 
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From:anderyn
Date:September 27th, 2006 07:19 pm (UTC)

Val says: "Boo YAH!" about that idea!"

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Or, really, YES! Write about Mary Cecelia. You'd have to make Val a different kind of guy, if you wanted to have her with an ex, but a vague, unworldly college professor type who has no common sense and doesn't remember to come in out of the rain (which, God knows, enough mathematicians/physicists really ARE!) could work very well, if you wanted to keep her feet on the ground and out of the realm of fantasy (plus, that's how I envisioned him, kind of vague, well-meaning, but totally clueless about women/relationships).
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From:john_holton
Date:September 27th, 2006 07:56 pm (UTC)

Re: Val says: "Boo YAH!" about that idea!"

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I'm sure that I would leave out the whole magic angle. The kids are interesting enough as it is, and as far as Val, I wouldn't have to introduce him just yet. (Maybe for the second book....) I've got the cast of characters set in my mind (the crowd that I used in The Living Doll: Rex, Margie, the kids, Jamal, the Pescaderos, the mysterious Opal, and Pudge the cat, with guest appearances from Jack, Tommy and Lupe and their gang) and I've been toying with an idea that I haven't done very much on, so, yeah, it could happen this November. OK, you've convinced me.
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From:anderyn
Date:September 27th, 2006 08:06 pm (UTC)

Re: Val says: "Boo YAH!" about that idea!"

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I wasn't expecting him to come onstage, just be this shadowy person in her past, the clueless dork who left her with these three kids! I figure you have to have a reference or two to their Dad in there.

I do like this!

Chief Jack's Galley

There's a place for people who laugh at nothing...