More Notes from the Weekend

Some other things of note from the weekend because I feel bad for not posting at all on Saturday or Sunday. Here are some of the things that kept me from posting this weekend.

Installed a new cable modem

On Friday, I realized that I’d never heard back from Cox Communications when I accepted their offer of a free cable modem upgrade. I’d accepted that offer on April 2 and received an order confirmation that same day. And then nothing. Now, I’ve dealt with cable companies that had deplorable customer service, most notably, Comcast. But I’ve always had excellent, even outstanding service from Cox. So I was surprised when I called to get a status update that I got a bit of a runaround. I called the number in the email I was sent and was told that I’d gotten the wrong department. I was connected to the “right” department, which still turned out to be the wrong department. I got someone who said their manager was out but they’d call me back.

At that point, I decided to start from scratch. On that second try, I got someone who could handle my request. They not only apologized but said they were Fed Ex’ing a new cable modem and that if it went out that day (Friday) I might have it by Monday. After that call, I had a message from the person I’d spoken to previously, given me the number I was supposed to call. So props for following up.

I didn’t have to wait until Monday. The modem arrived Saturday. I got it installed, called Cox to activate it, and it is working beautifully.

It goes to show that not only does Cox really have good customer service, but when they slip, they make up for it quickly.

Still listening to Craig Wasson read 11/22/63 by Stephen King

I re-read 11/22/63 back in February but since then, someone mentioned that Craig Wasson did a phenomenal reading and so I’ve been reading the book again, this time via Audible and Wasson’s reading. And it is a phenomenal reading. I listen to this reading, and the performance that William Dufris gave for John Scalzi’s The Human Division and I wonder at how wrong I was when I scoffed at audio books as something less than actual reading. The performance dimension, especially when those performances are subtle, add a dimension to the book that simply doesn’t exist when I read the book on the page.

I’ve got several more books lined up after I finish this one, including:

  • The Shining by Stephen King1
  • Danse Macabre by Stephen King
  • The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
  • Double Feature by Owen King
  • Joyland by Stephen King
  • NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

There’s more, of course, but these, in some order, although possibly not as listed above are among those books coming up.

Writing and slogging

Yesterday marked 75 consecutive days of fiction-writing for me, although the last week or so has been difficult. Not finding the time, but finding the will. The story–the longest one I’ve ever written–is slogging a bit and I feel a bit like a man stuck in quicksand. My initial reaction was similar, too, which was a writer’s version of panic. I tried rewriting some scenes that I didn’t think worked. I tried considering a view point. I tried several things, but what occurred to me was that I think I was trying to tell this part of the story from the wrong character’s point of view. I am going back to the original character’s point of view and moving forward from there and we’ll see what happens.

  1. This is a re-read in preparation for the release of Stephen King’s sequel, Doctor Sleep, later in the fall.