January 16, 2016
It’s been a very, very, very long day and because of having slept only two hours and a half last night, I have been like in a permanent fog.
As you already know, last night I had to launch the first issue of our magazine and after working on a beautiful format for days, I was suddenly confronted with the limitations of a website building.
Not only couldn’t I use what I prepared, but it refused to let me upload anything for a couple of hours and brought me to desperation laced with a very black fury.
Finally, I found out what the problem was, after chatting for over half an hour with the guys from technical support: the stories were too long and I could upload them only a few paragraphs at a time and after doing so, I had also to format everything again because the website didn’t accept the format I worked on.
All right, then, I did what I was told. Exhausting and time-consuming work, however, I was determined to have everything up and running at 4 am Eastern time, as promised. My daughter would tell you: have I given my word, I will keep it no matter what.
To have everything up the same time, I scheduled all the stories to be published at 4:00 am. I finished at about 3:30 and I went to bed initially, but I couldn’t sleep. I was afraid that something might have gone wrong and finally at 4:10, I decided to go on line and see the finite product.
I was in shock. First of all, not even the order the website had decided upon was there, but the worst, there were stories and poems missing. I couldn’t find them.
I went back on the building side of the site to see what was going on. After two more hours – my mind was mush already, that’s why it took me so long, I think, I discovered that actually there was a button at the end of each page and if you clicked on that, you could find the missing pieces.
It was already over seven when I calmed down and went to bed again, thinking I would sleep a bit.
Then, the emails started – my phone lets me know when I have an email and I forgot to put it on silent. Almost all of them were saying the same thing: I cannot find my story or my poem.
I realized that they had the same problem I had during the night. I told them to click on previous and then went to bed but I couldn’t sleep. It bothered me that people had to go through all that hassle.
Then, I had an idea: I’d create categories. That would make it easier to find stories or poems. So, I forgot about sleeping and went back to work.
I was very satisfied with what I managed to do in the end, and decided I’d forget about sleeping and go out to solve other pressing matters.
So, after a very cold shower – no warm water came, and, please, don’t ask why, because I don’t really know, I left wearing light clothing, as it was quite pleasant outside.
On the bus, almost when I got to the subway station, I realized I had forgotten my bank card at home. I was hunting without ammunition. So, I got off the bus, crossed the street to the stop on the opposite side and waited for a bus to take me home so that I could take my card.
That was the start of my day. Everything evolved accordingly afterwards: wherever I went, it was closed, or the person I was looking for was not there. Worse, it got colder and colder and I got to the point where I was freezing. No problem, after about an hour or so of freezing, I got warm again: apparently fever started looming over me. That’s what I was missing.
I made a short stop at a Romanian shop on my way home and when I left there, it started raining. That was the cherry on top.
I finally got home, made a few corrections on the site because one of the categories was holding only one short story and the others were nowhere in sight.
No matter what I tried, that category didn’t show any more stories, even though on the building side of the site, it did. Therefore, I created a new one and put all the missing ones there. Not a work of high finesse, but I was already bordering on the desperation side.
And, then, blissfully, I slept for two hours. I am not 100% and I am pretty sure only tomorrow I will be but at least I managed to finish my blog with only about 10 minutes delay.
I do hope, I won’t be so annoying tomorrow, though.
Born sometime in the past century, living in the 21st century.
Sometimes I have good ideas... (what do you think?)
Sometimes fascinating guests!
(that for sure!)
Sometimes I have to share some of my frustrations,..
(not too tempting, huh!)
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