Death of a MacBook Pro

I’ve been hanging on to my old 2015 MacBook Pro for awhile now, though I’ve been contemplating an upgrade for over a year. This is how an OS upgrade may have hastened its demise. Warning: updating my Mac to Big Sur, necessitated by the recently announced spyware update for Macs, iPhones, and iPads, may haveContinue reading “Death of a MacBook Pro”

Submitting Poems

One of the benefits of completing SubTracker is that I’m getting back into submitting my poems again. I never stopped completely, of course, but my submissions slowed down when I made the decision to leave behind my old system and get to work on a new way of tracking them. Now that I’ve committed toContinue reading “Submitting Poems”

More Fun with Libre Office Base

As I wrote last, I’ve had some success moving my submissions from my old self-made system to a database, using LibreOffice Base. I was able to set up database tables for my Titles, Places (Magazines, Book Publishers, Prizes, etc.) and link those with a table for each Submission (one title per submission, though I canContinue reading “More Fun with Libre Office Base”

New Base for Submissions

One current project has been to finally get the data from my old submission tracking system transferred into LibreOffice‘s Base database program. As I wrote awhile ago, moving over 30 years worth of submissions from one platform to another is a monumental undertaking. Back when I moved from Hypercard to Supercard, there was a conversionContinue reading “New Base for Submissions”

2020 Craziness Just Keeps Coming

As if COVID-19 wasn’t enough, this year is ending on a completely crazy note. Like many people, we stayed home over Thanksgiving and only visited family later, visiting my wife’s mother and not seeing anyone else. We did a Zoom call with my family on the big day and then ate dinner with our sonContinue reading “2020 Craziness Just Keeps Coming”

Virtual Symposium Followup

A week ago was the first day of the 32nd annual Eudora Welty Writers’ Symposium at Mississippi University for Women. For the first time in those 32 years, our symposium was totally virtual, something that is happening with a lot of events this year. The photo we used for our cover was taken a fewContinue reading “Virtual Symposium Followup”

WordPress Payments Block — Promising, Yet No Thanks.

This summer WordPress.com announced a new feature that seemed promising. I tried it, but I don’t think it will work for me. Here’s why. I use WordPress Personal, and have always had the option to upgrade to WordPress Premium in order to do sales. The problem is, all I want to sell are a fewContinue reading “WordPress Payments Block — Promising, Yet No Thanks.”

Rocking MacBook Pro Fix

Anyone who has read my blog would probably know I’m not afraid to repair my own computer, but I also try to know my own limitations. This was not one of those times I thought was a DIY fix. I thought I’d write about it anyway because the symptoms are interesting and potentially dangerous. Recently,Continue reading “Rocking MacBook Pro Fix”

New Life for Old iPad: Instagram Poetry Machine

This year, I retired my old 4th Generation iPad because it was getting pretty slow. I couldn’t do any serious work with it, and even reading the news or other recreational uses were painful. So I finally broke down and upgraded, but still felt bad to have a working electronic device without using it. Then,Continue reading “New Life for Old iPad: Instagram Poetry Machine”