Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Welcome to another installment of the monthly INSECURE WRITER'S SUPPORT GROUP, hosted by Alex J Cavanaugh, and his helpers Sarah Foster, Joylene Nowelle Butler, Lily Eva, and Rhonda Albom.
I don't really have an insecurity this month, or anything really awesome to report. I'm kind of in this dead zone: not really writing, minimal editing, forgetting to blog and comment. I meant to vote on all WRiTE CLUB bouts and before I know it, its another week gone and not logged in.
I joined an on-line critique group and got all the assignments completed, despite having computer problems. Computer problems might be inaccurate. I downloaded a word document, it wouldn't open with my super Microsoft Office 2013 program, and in searching out something to open it with came across this Microsoft affiliated program called RegCurePro. Yep, I hear y'all collectively groaning and shaking your heads at me for falling for a Registry Fix scam. There was extra money in my account, and the Support Technician was effective with his pitch (though he would NOT have been effective without the little swell in my checkbook), before I knew it I paid $300 for a computer cleaning which also activated and installed the registry program.
Making a long story short, the old saying "if it ain't broke don't fix it" is excellent advice, especially when it comes to computers. My computer was slow but worked fine before the "fix". After five days of frustration, I was finally able to have my computer restored to pre-cleaning status and will receive all my money back in seven to fourteen days. Yay.
I suppose the next question is "why didn't you just use that $300 tablet for blogging?" Tune in next time when you hear Donna say . . "Doh!?!" (In my defense I would not have been so diligent to unfix my laptop if I had an equivalent alternative . .)
So its basically all work, work, and very little play at my site. Day job going good, writers group fun and interesting. Hey, how long should I wait to resubmit a short story that was accepted 8 months ago and not published yet? I've emailed the publisher several times and he hasn't responded.
That's it for my ISWG post. Thanks for stopping by. I'll be reading as many as I can from the list through the weekend.
And on to the Battle of the Bands voting results.
I don't always post for the BotB event, but am trying to be more consistent at blogging of some sort. And I'm always listening to Utube music, so its only natural to come across many different versions and artists of the same song, and to quickly link to other songs like it.
For my post on August 1, I pitted Marilyn Manson and Deprech Mode against each other with the song PERSONAL JESUS. I like the song, but I honestly posted it because of the upsettingly controversial video content. Both video's were basically in a brothel, and really had nothing to do with the lyrical content of the song. I was curious to know how many people's votes would be swayed by watching the video, but I was equally curious to know how many people would refuse to vote based on their beliefs.
Thanks everyone for your responses. I imagine I would have had a better outcome if I would have remembered I scheduled the post, and paid it forward with blog visits/comments. Oh well, I'll just say I've not been feeling very social lately . .
Of the 16 responses:
1 voted for Marilyn Manson
11 voted for D'Mode
4 wrote in a vote for Johnny Cash
In the final tally; there were only 9 clear votes for D'Mode. Two of the eleven that voted for D'Mode preferred Johnny Cash but cast a vote for one of the two featured videos. So I'm wiping out those two and calling it 9 for Depreche and 4 for Johnny.
Depreche Mode is the clear winner no matter how it is read. And I must say, my vote nearly went to Marilyn also.
Have a good week everyone!