Query Tracker

Querytracker.net is a terrific tool for writers who’re starting out and looking for a literary agent or publisher. You can search based on your genre and other criteria and find people who’re most likely to be interested in your work. You can also keep track of your queries and see how long these people usually take to get back to you.

There is a premium option, but you can do a lot for free.

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Computer Issues

Some time ago I bought a new hard drive because I was tired of the slow performance I had. It took so long to start up my 2010 MacBook Pro.

I got the new hard drive over a year ago, but even though I made a back up, I feared losing a project that was half done. Lately, the computer had been shutting down suddenly. I knew I’d always be in the middle of one if not two projects, so it was time. I made a back up, followed this video above and changed the hard drive.

The process hit a snag when I tried to transfer my back up to the new hard drive, but I did get it done yesterday. That process took several hours.

So now my computer does run and faster at that. However, there are some glitches. Microsoft Office won’t work and won’t accept my activation code. All the old files are dated 2001 so I don’t have the ease of finding files by the date created. Final Draft doesn’t work. It won’t accept my customer number. Customer service’s advice doesn’t work either. I hope that a complete reinstall will work. For now I’ll use a different computer to write.

So I’m proud of fixing the problem myself, but wonder about all these little glitches which do inconvenience.

Thank God for these helpful YouTubers. This one’s clever in how talks with the “old” lady.

What I’m Learning

I’m becoming more and more of a fan of online learning. I really want to dig into Adobe Illustrator and PhotoShop yet since it’s so pricey, I have to go to the library to use it. I’m going back to the library tomorrow to try these styles.

What are you learning? It doesn’t have to be a software program.

Strange Parts: Custom iPhones

This guy made his own standard iPhone a while back then he challenged himself to make a one-of-a-kind iPhone. In the top video you’ll see how he designed and got the back etched with a laser.

Below he shows how he got the back to glow and then me assembles the phone.

Bunker Labs

On Friday I got to go on a TechTrip with the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and one of the stops was Chicago’s incubator 1871. 1871 offers space and programs for start ups. One of its members is an organization called Bunker Labs that serves veterans who want to become entrepreneurs.

What a great organization!