Monday Madness

imageWords.  They are very important here in the Darc House.  We love words.  We love to write words.  Surely it’s clear by now that while I’m not a writer, I always wanted to be one.  Talent, I lack.  But I have gained insight into the craft of writing in these past few years, thanks to my husband, who does have talent.  And skill.  Skill is important in being a writer.  There is definitely a method to the madness, and it’s not all just about talent.  Lots of wannabes forget that, I think.

Anyway, the KnytLite has decided he wants to follow in Daddy’s footsteps and be a writer himself.  Let me tell you, a couple of years ago he wanted to grow up to be Spiderman, so we’ve come a long way since then.  :)  It’s so cute too, because Darc has found this method for writing that has helped him immeasurably, and when he and the KnytLite watch movies together, they sit there and discuss plot points and inciting incidents and pinch points and set-up, all kinds of writerly stuff.  And the boy even had Daddy make him a “map” of the method, so he could follow along and try to determine those story elements himself.  So easy a child could do it.  The method, I mean, not the writing.  And now the MiniNess is making writerly noises too.  :)  I tell ya, teach a kid how to read and soon they’ll think they can write anything!  LOL

Today is kind of a big day for us, as Darc has put his 2nd anthology up on Kindle and Smashwords.  Here’s the Smashwords Link: A Moonlit Stroll – Smashwords.  The Amazon one is coming, but that will take a day or 2 probably.  They’re a tad slower to get things up.  If you’re on FaceBook you can follow Darc’s author page and that will have updated information, that, and his fiction blog.  Cool book cover, huh?  I love it.  🙂
 
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The Flintstones laptop here is on it’s last legs I fear.  It keeps dying on me.  When I say dying, I mean as in dead, it shuts down like someone cut the power off to the building.  It gets too hot I think and just goes.  No fun when you’re trying to get things done online!  We’ve had it propped up for some time, but now even that doesn’t seem to be good enough.  If any of you have the winning lottery numbers, I could sure use them!  😉

So that was my weekend, how was yours?  Have you bought Darc’s book yet?  Hurry! 

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Check out my husband’s latest book, available for download!
A Fine Cast of Characters on Amazon US (Kindle version)
A Fine Cast of Characters on Amazon UK (Kindle version)
A Fine Cast of Characters on Smashwords (non-Kindle versions)
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5 thoughts on “Monday Madness

  1. Bob

    Your laptop problems sound like mine. My laptop overheats. I think it is a problem with the battery.

    I know it’s not the battery because we took that out almost a year ago now. It’s just old, and the fan needs help, so we prop it up, but it got dust under there so now that we’ve cleaned it, it seems to be holding on better. 🙂

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  2. livingthelifeofmagoo

    Oh we have a computer in the house like that and everytime it gets used the cable company cuts off the internet saying we have a “Major virus and are spamming people” I tell them we would spam if we could keep it on! It never goes over very well when I say that :o)

    There you are! Goodness it’s good to see you again! It’s been a long summer without you!

    That major virus notice sounds kind of scary! Have you thought about putting in an anti-virus disc from someplace and see what happens?

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  3. sperry

    The internal fan on your laptop is not cooling off your microprocessor and is shutting down to protect it from burning out all together. Keep in mind that the more compact the machine, the hotter it gets.
    Prop it up on an angle and put a external mini fan on it. Or, you can also pick up a cooling mat made for laptops.
    Laptops get heated up if one works for a long time (4 hours and over). All notebooks have a cooling fan built into it but still it does not solve the problem of overheating due to very small size of the laptop chassey ( the laptop body housing the components )when compared to the desktop CPU cabinet which has a lot of room for air circulation.

    To solve this problem there are many external cooling pads in the market, almost every laptop cooling pad is has one or more fans built into them and are powered by the USB ports of the notebook.

    Two things are to be noted while purchasing a laptop cooling pad.
    1) Does the laptop have any vents in the bottom (Macbook’s dont have any)
    2) A little understanding of the direction of air flow in the laptop vents.

    Speaking about point 1:
    Vents in the bottom are found in most laptops (except macbook, Jobs is a genious in designing which I will speak later), these vents are used to draw cool air into the laptop body. One will also notice that there would be a few vents even in the side of the laptop or in the rear end (behind the keyboard) these vents are used to blow the hot air out of the laptop.

    Speaking about point 2:
    Understanding the air flow directions in your laptop. Most laptop cooling pad vendors have designed the cooling pad with multiple fans which suck the cool air from the bottom of the laptop. Remmember when you actually place a laptop in a flat surface, the distance between the laptop body and the table surface is less than 1/10 of an inch. In this gap if the internal laptop fans have to blow out air then they must have highly powerful fans built into them. Hot air has the tendency of rising upwards, so the bottom vents of any laptop manafacturer will not be designed to push the hot air out but suck in cool air in. I confirmed this by conducting a simple smoke test. Light a cigeratte and hold is below the laptop while the laptop is running (caution : ask someone to hold the laptop around 5 feet above the ground) U can clearly notice the direction of smoke flow when held a couple of inches below the laptop body. This confirms that bottom vents are actually used for sucking in cool air not push out.

    With a fair understanding of the vents in the laptop and the air flow direction, one will be able to understand that laptop cooling pads which claim to suck cool air from the bottom of your laptop is a pure design flaw !!! BEWARE, if you happen to purchase such a laptop cooling pad which sucks air from the bottom of your laptop then its gonna overheat your laptop by preventing the flow of cool air into the laptop. Its like u wanna breathe in air but someone is forcing to pump out air from ure nostrils, jus think wont u suffocate ???

    So one must purchase a cooling pad which actually blows cool air to the bottom portion of your laptop, this inturn increases the airflow into the laptop and helps in cooling it better and faster. By far, I have tested 3 laptop cooling pads and Belkin is the best ! It blows cool air into the laptop’s bottom vents and also its designed in such a way that it creates some space below your latop which eases the cool air inflow ( the curved design ).

    A note to macbook owners, most macbooks do not have a vent in the bottom, so purchasing any kind of cooling pad is useless. In macbooks, the air circulation vents are provided behind the keyboard, this is a far better design than any other laptop manafacturer.

    Hope this helps!

    Chuck

    All excellent advice, my friend, thank you. 🙂 I didn’t know about cooling pads, Darc might have but I didn’t. This poor little beastie is pretty old and now that my computer has died and this one is also now the only computer in the house able to find an Internet connection, it’s seen it’s usage ramped up considerably. We’ve been propping it up and that seemed to be working well, until this weekend. After about the 3rd crash, I thought I’d check underneath it, and sure enough, there was some dust over the vents. I cleaned it. So far, (fingers crossed) so good. It just has to last until those lottery winnings come through, and then we can give it back to the kids to play on. 🙂

    So good to see you here! *hugs*
    ~Ness

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  4. Sperry is very on target about lap top cooling pads. If all the elements are in place, they are great.

    He is on target! He, like Darc, has been in the Tech industry for a long time and knows his stuff. 🙂

    I love hearing that the little ones are taking flights of fancy. Wonderful.

    My cousin’s son was here over the weekend and we talked about how when he was little, he had all of these imaginary friends. I said to him: “When you are young and have imaginary friends people say you are bright and imaginative. When you are old and have imaginary friends, you are senile and have dementia.”

    LOL I think I’m getting old then. 😉 One of the best thing about having kids was that I could pretend I was talking to them when I was actually just talking to me.

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  5. I don’t have a e-reader so if I bought the book, can I save it for the time when I do have an e-reader?

    We don’t have one either, and I honestly don’t know how that works if you buy someone for an e-reader when you don’t have an e-reader. I don’t know if it saves it. I do know that Smashwords has it in different formats so that it’s downloadable to a computer, so those without e-readers can get things too. You can d/l it in different document formats. That’s why he went with Smashwords as well as Amazon, because a lot of folks are like us, and still don’t have Kindles yet. 🙂

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