So my place came with a pre-installed smoke detector (which has been a PITA for various other reasons) which runs off the mains. All well and good, its nice to know I'm not going to die a firey/smokey death one night while I snooze, but now its decided to beep at 5 minute intervals. Just one beep. One, really, loud beep. Over and over and over and over and over and over and...you get the picutre.
Anyway, I've managed to find out what make and model it is thanks to my google-fu (of course there were no instructions etc to be found when I moved in) and I think (hope) that its the back up battery that's running low. I've even found out what type of battery (obscure) and hunted one down at the local DIY place. Now (according the the online instructions) all I have to do is turns off the mains, stuff a screwdriver in the thing at the right spot,wiggle it a bit, slide it from the base unit on the ceiling and then open it up to replace the batteries.
Here's hoping that a) I don't blow myself up, b) I don't break the think and yet it still keeps beeping, c) replacing the batteries fixes the probem...
If my next post here is me gibbering incoherantly, it probably means the beeping is still happening.
I'm away with family at the moment doing the Christmas thing, but that also means I'm in Internet purgatory as the connection here drops about once every thirty seconds and then can take anything up to 30 minutes to reappear. I have so many things to catch up with -especially replies to comments on the Camelot Drabble Holiday Fiction exchange, but eveytime I try to post a comment or reply the Internet craps out on me. I am as a result now foaming at the mouth in frustration. I'm just hoping that if I keep on hitting 'retry' this will get posted eventually.
I'm travelling home tomorrow so normal internet service will be resumed (as will R/L unfortunately) and I do have a good few more days off to get my fic onto AO3 and maybe FFnet so it's not just on LJ.
Its been really fun taking part in my first exchange thingy though, and the fic that Eurydice72 wrote for my prompt was splundiferous, so here's hoping I get the nerve up to do some more.
To be fair, right now, I'm not actually getting around to writing much at all, so speed isn't the problem, more getting pen to paper is. I've got a bunch of 'in progress' things that have just stalled out and then i get new ideas to add to the mix in a sort of snarled up traffic jam of none writing. I've got to be in the right frame of mind but at the moment my head is mostly full of work stuff (in a bad, fretting kind of way, sigh) and its keeping the writing stuff from happening and its driving me nuts.
I keep reading about 'challenges' and things I'd love to join in with - there's a Merlin Christmas Challenge thingy coming up for example, but there will be weekly prompts, which mean I'd have to come up with something once a week, and right now I'm struggling to come up with something once every six months so its not really a realistic option, but its annoying to not be ablle to get involved in these things and have to watch from the sidelines.
Yay, 1144 words today and only one day to go. Barring catastrophes I think I'm actually going to make it! And then I'm out the next two night's doing stuff, but hopefully I'll be able to get another chunk done over the bank holiday weekend, and perhaps my zombie fic will actually have some zombies in. That would be good right? Even better would be if I got around the actually starting to type some of it up before its gets to be too much of a chore.
Today's target was 1000 words and I hit 1216, so yay, go me :) It'll be harder for the other 3 days as they're work days, but hopefully I get 1000 per night written so I hit my 4000 word target for the 4 days. I'm hoping that'll get my scarily longer than usual fic moving again.