February 27th, 2012

This IS me (by schwitters)Default

Gimme My Mail

Big annoyance of the moment: as of yesterday afternoon, although I can send just fine, I can't receive any email.

This isn't the huge disaster it sounds: dryden.co.uk went over to Gmail a couple of years ago, so I can still read my emails on the webterface. But for convenience and for having a local record, I do prefer an offline reader.

Googling has not produced a solution, but has produced someone else flagging up a similar problem a few weeks ago using the same client as me (Mac Mail 2.1.3).

I haven't changed any settings, but I wouldn't put it past Mac Mail to have altered something behind my back; it would not be the first time I've been utterly baffled, only to find a box ticked somewhere that had not been ticked by me.

My hope is that it will pop back as mysteriously as it went wrong. If Gmail has suddenly stopped supporting my mail client, however, I might just end up buying a new computer.
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In The System

I spent my weekend clearing the decks of various in-progress writing tasks.

This included revising my submission for Heat, which arrived back from the editor last week peppered with comments, suggestions and requests for more dialogue, oh and by the beginning of March please. (To be fair, there wasn't all that much to do; in fact the accompanying email said it was a 'nice clean submission' and I 'made for a happy editor', which pleased me greatly.)

I'd never done anything like this before and it was an interesting process, not least because Heat is a US publication and although my British spellings were allowed to stand, there were a few "we don't use 'paracetamol' as a generic term here, do you guys have Midol?" type flags. (Also a query as to whether I'd missed a word out from the phrase 'going down the Union'.)

I was pleased with the end result, feeling that the flow of the story was improved by the suggested changes - plus I got to put in a brand new joke! - and I have resubmitted to the editor in a timely fashion. I hope that my gentle introduction to the world of revisions will be the start of many such processes, and that this is the beginning of a lovely working relationship with the Heat editor (one Alopex Fox).
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