Unfortunately Karin hasn’t been feeling well lately. Fortunately she hasn’t really needed to do anything the last little while, so it’s more annoying than a true hindrance, but no doubt frustrating to her. We’re assuming that it’s just Ménière’s, but I suppose technically speaking we don’t know that. We’re doing our best to keep her away from the various triggers, or things which make it worse, but so far either we haven’t done enough, or they just aren’t working.
What might be the most scary is how many more stories she would have posted for her beta readers if she’d been feeling better, as she’s still managed to be reasonably prolific despite it all. I know that personally I’m at least two stories (and possibly three) behind at the moment. In fairness to me, they are getting longer, and I do provide really detailed feedback, but still I really need to take this opportunity to catch up while I can. I don’t know if she’s looking for more beta readers or not, but if you’re interested you should get in touch with her, for now most of that interaction is taking place on Facebook, so if you’re not a frequent user that might be why you’re out of the loop.
Speaking of Karin’s writing, she had a tangential scare today, and I think I’ll not try to make the long story short. In our building today, due to some maintenance which I don’t really understand we have no hot water from 8-5. I believe the sign in the elevator called it “Emergency” maintenance, although I must admit I disagree, as the notice has been in the elevator for at least a week. In my book that makes it at most “urgent”, but definitely not “emergency”. If it were emergency the notice I’d read in the elevator would be:
“We apologize for the hot water outage yesterday, it was unavoidable due to some emergency maintenance. Everything is now working normally and we don’t expect any further outages.”
Regardless, the end result was a false fire alarm this morning, so we got to wander down the stairs and out of the building for a few minutes. Thankfully it was a false alarm, caused by the maintenance. Having been through a few of these fire alarms before we’ve learned a few things:
- bring a book or some other form of entertainment, you might be a while
- make sure to dress appropriately, you might be there a while
- don’t expect to get back in quickly
- go to the washroom before leaving
Today, we thought we might go for a walk while we waited for the building to be cleared, but Karin wasn’t feeling so well, so we only did a lap around the building. Turns out that Karin had a few concerns relating to today’s fire alarm:
- she was particularly glad that the Geckos were elsewhere and in no danger as a result potential fire
- she was also very pleased that she’s been distributing some of here writing around to reviewers, so that her only copies were not on a computer which would have been subject to melting or water damage had it been an actual fire
As a result of the last one, I’m doing some experiments with Google Docs to see if it might be an appropriate alternate method to help ensure that the single point of failure is not sitting in our condo. If anyone has experiences, good or bad that they’d like to share, or alternate suggestions for “fireproofing” her writing do let us know.
In talking to Karin last night, she is planning to post something about the Geckos, but given how she’s been feeling it might be a little while before it appears. I think that’s all I’ve got.