My plan had been to get a move-on with migrating my blog to my other server tonight. I’m planning an entire redesign, and am finally ready to sit down and do it.
My hosting provider had other plans.
Turns out that, somehow, I didn’t get the Past Due Notice that I’m *sure* they must have sent before charging me a late fee. So, when I tried every possible password combination to log into my Cpanel and nothing worked, I decided to log into the Members section of their site, where I discovered that my account had been suspended. I promptly PayPal-ed them my annual $85 for 5GB of webspace (plus a $9 late fee), then contacted Billing (via a support ticket, since they had no e-mail or other contact form on their site) to confirm that my payment had been received and that my account would be un-suspended.
To their credit, they responded within an hour and reactivated my account — while I was writing this blog entry, in fact. I was seriously considering whether I wanted to continue my business relationship with a company that doesn’t seem to notify its customers before suspending their accounts… but this is the first real issue I’ve had with them (besides their initial data entry error in calling me “Dina”), so I’m willing to stick with them for another year. After all, dianaschnuth.com has been hosted there for the past three years with no major snafus.
I hadn’t been planning to go off on my web hosting provider, though. I’d been planning to detail my project plan for the next couple of months.
November, as usual, is National Novel Writing Month. I’ve never “won,” meaning I’ve never successfully completed a 50,000-word novel in the month of November. I’ve never finished a 50,000-word novel at all. I have three unfinished novels, though: the first, started in 1999 (I think) and clocking in at 19,400 words, I haven’t touched since 2004, according to Windows. The second was my first real attempt at NaNoWriMo, back in 2005 — between my NaNo wordcount and subsequent additions, it’s up to 16,000 words, and hasn’t been touched (besides the story bible) since late 2006. The third was last year’s half-hearted attempt at NaNo, which only made it to 10,000 words, despite being a plot idea I’m particularly fond of.
I’m going to pick one of these to write on this November. Since I haven’t successfully completed NaNoWriMo with 50,000 words in 30 days, I’m not going to be invoking the Zokutou Clause by finishing a previous work and still claiming to be officially participating. See, the rules clearly state that all actual writing must be done within the month of November (of the current year) in order to qualify. So, technically, I’m not planning to do NaNo this year. I am, however, planning to devote much of my November to writing.
Which means I need to get my blog redesigned (or well on its way) in the next 2½ weeks. And then decide which story I want to finish this November.
Oh, yeah, and after that? I should really update my portfolio and resume.