Overhead: That concept they lay on you at the auto dealership when you wonder why it costs $70 per hour to fix your car.
Overhead: A life concept I too often ignore.
I digress today from writing about writing per se to talk about the real-world business of writing. Specifically, is this new age better? Or just different?
Surely, we have resources we never had before. Google maps, Wikipedia, thousands … nay millions … of specialized websites. I said in the last post that I was able to scope out and define a little town in Austria right from my comfortable chair in Minnesota.
Wonderful, but …
- Arriving home from a trip abroad, my good old HP printer doesn’t print. Turns out Apple’s latest update of its OS is probably the problem. That cost three hours and led to a new printer.
- WordPress.com explains that my podcast hasn’t passed through to iTunes, depriving it of 80% of its listeners. Nobody knows quite why. I’m looking into a separate website. Several hours squandered there.
- Audible/ACX, the Amazon audiobook service, hasn’t responded after having told me there’s “electrical noise” in my audition file. Serializing the first novel as a podcast is on hold.
I don’t know about you, but I realize I should allow for all this overhead when I set my expectations about what this wonderful world of technology promises.