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The Slow Death

I’m running my computer in Safe Mode this morning. It’s the only way I can get it to work. My graphics card is dying. Seems like just another thing. We’ve taken so many hits of late that when something else happens I just shrug and keep on going. I guess that’s what life is all about. No matter what happens, you just have to keep on going. What’s the alternative, really?
However it sounds, I’m not at all down in the dumps or anything. I’m just annoyed. I was hoping to work on a new song this week, but that has been set aside. In Safe Mode I can’t run the drivers for my audio interface, so Cubase doesn’t work. It’s also put a damper on writing, since there are columns of yellow and blue dots all over the screen. I don’t even want to imagine what staring at that for long would do to my eyes.
Anyway, there’s not much else to do but regroup and redeploy. Luckily we’ll soon be able to afford a replacement graphics card, but it’s an expense I would rather have avoided. You do what you have to do, I guess. I’ve broken my moratorium on placing t-shirt ads directly on the Malleus Maleficarum web site and put a few up. ¬†Hopefully that’ll translate to some traffic in my eBay store (and some money in our pockets). Honestly, with an average of about 1,000 visits per day, it’s foolish of me not to advertise my eBay store more aggressively on the Malleus web site. Especially when we’re in the deep end of the pool and facing the proverbial sink or swim. Besides, who wears more t-shirts than college kids (the main traffic there)?
Over, under or through, I say. I’ve learned through the years that for good things to happen, bad things have to be endured. And I imagine that, if the difficulties we’ve stumbled across are any indication, the novel I’m writing is going to pay off in a big way. Or at least it should, if the dues we’re paying is any clue.

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