It's a coffee coloured world

September 14, 2011

On Music

Filed under: Uncategorized — coffeegirl88 @ 3:05 pm

I’ve been doing a bit of cleaning here recently and I found a recovery disc for one of my 2 old Compaq laptops.  I didn’t think much about it at the time beyond  how nice it would have been to remember I had it when the laptop died.  Then last night it came back to me.  I settled in with a very rusty start on one of my stories and I lamented the loss of the playlist for this story.  That’s when I remember the recovery disc.

See I put all my music on a portable hard drive years ago, but iTunes the program has always sat on my laptop.  When I installed iTunes on my current laptop I didn’t think for a moment that I would lose the playlists when I did this.  If I had realized then that plugging in my iPod to the new iTunes would wipe them off I would have recreated them first.  I know better for next time.  Some of the playlists I’ve been able to recreate to some degree but not completely.

I gambled this morning and pulled out the laptop and the recovery disc and set about to restart the laptop and after a few tries, I got it back.  It started up and gave me my desktop.  I was able to open iTunes and there they were.  I cannot begin to describe the sheer joy that came over me as I realized I could have them back.  Not to mention just how happy The Younger Miss Bennets are, let’s just say there is much dancing and singing.

But something else happened.  I should have known this, but didn’t.  I world build through music.  Only music.  Well, I have photos of my heroes and some side characters but everything and I do mean everything else comes from the music.  My stories and the drive to write came back to me today in a rush.   It all makes such sense now, but I never made the connection before today.

So, in addition to backing up story files, I will from now on keep a record of my playlists.

September 1, 2011

random thoughts

Filed under: Uncategorized — coffeegirl88 @ 3:10 pm

I’ve been doing a little pre-Fall cleaning around my home and I pulled some old hardbound journals out from where they’d been hiding.  At least 2 of them were my attempts to kept a book review journal.  This was before I found out about Goodreads.  I barely reviewed a couple of books then I just wrote the title and author’s name on a page and moved on.  So those journals are in the trash.   I pull a couple of personal journals out as well.  One of them has been transcribed on the computer, I don’t know how I did it.  I looked through a couple of those pages and I ache for the woman I was then.  Angry and full of pain.  I know that most, if not all, of the spiral bound journals I have are full of the same.  I really wondering if it’s worth keeping them.  Yeah, I know I’ve been here before and well obviously I choose to just tuck them away to deal with another day.  I might do the same again, but I don’t know.

I’ve been going through a phase of trying to reduce my footprint around here.  I have stuff that I keep for reasons I cannot easily remember.  Like the stack of books I put in the donation box this afternoon.  I read 3 books from that stack and each one was more frustrating than the last.  I went through a phase where I bought books strictly because they were from the Harlequin Blaze line, especially at the used book sale at the library that’s all I bought.  For at least 3 years.  So my paperback book stack now is 24 books high.  I have some keepers, books that aren’t available electronically.  If they are ever made as e-books then out the physical books will go.

I wonder a little what has brought this on.  I’m feeling very determined to let go of stuff lately.  Maybe it’s leftover from last year?  I never really had the energy, emotionally, to do any of this.  I kept losing family last year, I had trouble coming up for air some days.  I just have to check myself and make sure I’m not toss things just to toss them.  I’ve done that then wished I’d had them back.  I know I’ve bought a couple of craft books twice because I’ve donated them only to want/need them again.

So does anyone else do this?  Get in a mood in the Spring and/or Fall to clean up the space around them?

Oh but this hasn’t pushed me to put those 60 pages of handwritten story on the computer yet.  I actually considered laundry over that today.  Maybe later.  Maybe.


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