I’m sitting at my work computer, it’s 9.26. I have read my emails, done something for Julia online, replied to a couple of emails and am now going to use 10 minutes to do the initial work on tonight’s blog post. It’s amazing what you can do when you are fresh.
One of the emails I had to reply to was one from an editor who normally accepts my work. This time he didn’t. Not sure how I feel about that. Everyone needs a wake-up call from time to time but I can’t completely escape the feeling that it’s part of a worldwide plot to stop accepting my work. It’s a tricky one to reply to. I’ve never fully grasped the etiquette of writing to editors as they are busy (and unpaid) people and don’t necessarily want me burbling on. On the other hand, it seems rude not to reply when somebody writes to you.
So I waited a few days to compose a suitable message. Later that day I was sent the results of a competition and found that I had failed to get into the top ten. To not get a prize is expected – competition is tough. I’m always ambivalent about competitions but every so often I have a go, generally unsuccessfully. However, they count as a submission towards my target, even if nothing good happens, and count as a rejection if I don’t get a mention.
So, misery piles on misery.
Then I got another email telling me about two acceptances. I already knew about one because I’d been asked to accept an alteration to it. I had assumed at the time that they only wanted one. It seems they want two. I’d mentally categorised the remainder as “available” and thought of sending them out again. It’s a good thing I didn’t, as it’s embarrassing to make multiple submissions.
This all shows the advantage of waiting a few days – I was in a much sunnier mood when I eventually replied than I would have been if I’d replied right away.
I now note that I have a note from WordPress – You are currently using PHP 7.4.30 which will no longer receive security updates as of November 28, 2022. Please update to PHP 8.0.0 or higher by changing your hosting configuration. In other words “You are doomed. Change something, make your WP experience worse and keep paying through the nose.”
Or am I wrong? Will an update finally improve my life? There has to be a first time for everything.
Tonight, Julia went to visit a neighbour. She took plums and came back with figs.
Meanwhile my WP spellchecker keeps trying to make me spell like an American. I’m hoping this is just a phase it’s going through as I start on the new computer.
Security updates are important to keep up with. It is a pain, but a necessary one.
🙂 It’s not so much the security updates, it’s the problems that seem to creep in with the “improvements”.
Yes, that is a problem. I am working through one of the “improvement” issues right now. Not a show stopper, but it is very annoying.
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I don’t like competitions which are subjective. What is PHP?
Yes, they are, but I’ve had a couple of minor successes so I stick with them. You don’t know what PHP is? Neither do I. However, I don’t know what HSDI stands for either, but I still drive a diesel. 🙂
PHP is a scripting language used for web development.
They keep on producing new versions of PHP so there is no avoiding change. I am surprised that you have to do something about it though as I have never been asked about it. Perhaps you are using a superior hosting package.
Or maybe they just want to annoy me.
It may be because I have an expensive package and am opting to use an old style editor.
Geez mate. A fella ud go bonkers if he let spellcheck take control uv is com pyooda.
Pretty sure it’s a plot to divert my attention from Microsoft tasking over the world – make me devote my mind to -ize or -ise spellings. 🙂
Jodie, are you lurking again?