I'm not going to start posting annoying joke after joke in this journal. HONEST. I know how annoying they are, I get enough through email. I suspect those that know me think I'm cranky and just need to laugh more - they are NOT helping, or at least they weren't until now. ;)

The email said this was actually a real story. To be honest, I don't know if it is or not, but I could honestly see it happening and in any case the caller deserves it. Geez, I'm far from being a computer wiz, but even I ain't this stupid.

Customer Service Call
This is actual Dialogue of a former WordPerfect Customer Support employee.

"Ridge Hall computer assistance; may I help you?"

"Yes, well, I'm having trouble with WordPerfect."

"What sort of trouble?"

"Well, I was just typing along, and all of a sudden the words went away."

"Went away?"

"They disappeared."

"Hmm. So what does your screen look like now?"



"It's blank, it won't accept anything when I type."

"Are you still in WordPerfect, or did you get out?"

"How do I tell?"

"Can you see the C: prompt on the screen?"

"What's a sea-prompt?"

"Never mind, can you move your cursor around the screen?"

"There isn't any cursor: I told you, it won't accept anything I type."

"Does your monitor have a power indicator?"

"What's a monitor?"

"It's the thing with the screen on it that looks like a TV. Does it have a little light that tells you when it's on?"

"I don't know."

"Well, then look on the back of the monitor and find where the power cord goes into it. Can you see that?"

"Yes, I think so."

"Great. Follow the cord to the plug, and tell me if it's plugged into the wall."

"Yes, it is."

"When you were behind the monitor, did you notice that there were two cables plugged into the back of it, not just one?"


"Well, there are. I need you to look back there again and find the other cable."

"Okay, here it is."

"Follow it for me, and tell me if it's plugged securely into the back of your computer."

"I can't reach."

"Uh huh. Well, can you see if it is?"


"Even if you maybe put your knee on something and lean way over?"

"Oh, it's not because I don't have the right angle - it's because it's dark."


"Yes, the office light is off, and the only light I have is coming in from the window."

"Well, turn on the office light then."

"I can't."

"No? Why not?"

"Because there's a power failure."

"A power... A power failure? Aha, Okay, we've got it licked now. Do you still have the boxes and manuals and packing stuff your computer came in?"

"Well, yes, I keep them in the closet."

"Good. Go get them, and unplug your system and pack it up just like it was when you got it. Then take it back to the store you bought it from."

"Really? Is it that bad?"

"Yes, I'm afraid it is."

"Well, all right then, I suppose. What do I tell them?"

"Tell them you're too stupid to own a computer."

Well, since posting Long Gray Twilight I've been working on the sequel. Strangely, the damn thing has practically written itself. All I have left to write is one medium length scene.

Seriously, I am amazed! I started out hand writing this the other night, just intending for what I wrote to be notes - I ended up writing the first two chapters. The second night I wrote the next two, and yesterday I got the first two chapters typed. Then last night I finished hand-writing one more chapter.

Today while cruising around the net I had to stop three times to write the ending (which is the latter half of chapter six and the epilogue - more commonly called chapter seven). If you walked away from Long Gray Twilight with questions, Long Gray Twilight (* Redux) will probably answer them.
* The subtitle isn't Redux, I haven't quite decided on a subtitle yet.

That's right, it's all but finished. All I have to do is write the opening scene of Chapter Six and the sequel is done. Possibly I might write a bit more, but right now it feels like after finishing the opening bit of chapter six the story will be done. Of course, I may end up with another "Interlude," but somehow I doubt it.

The down-side is that I still have three chapters to actually type and sometimes it takes me forever to type. Then I will have to proof and send off for beta reading before it gets posted.

Still I am happy and hopeful. Hopeful now that maybe I can go ahead and get a couple chapters Unexpected American Vacation finished before I come back and do Long Gray Twilight (even more Redux). Honestly, half (less than is all ready hand-written of LGT-Sequel) of Unexpected American Vacation is hand-written and I believe if I can ever get back into the flow there the bits that aren't all ready written will come fairly easy.