Bingo, Books, and Bamboozling

My Bingo game app stopped working on my Windows 10 laptop and I almost swore off Windows 10 right there and then, but then I was finally able to get the machine to update and I am back to Bingo-goodness.  Windows 10, you are forgiven.  But DO NOT let it happen again.

That was important news, which I why I led off with it.

Also I forget the original thing I was initially going to write about when I started this post.  Thanks, Brain.

I just today finished reading “Lexicon” by Max Barry.  I seriously recommend this book.  I’ve been a fan of his since the beginning, with “Syrup” and “Jennifer Government” (the latter book being the catalyst that led him to create the NationStates website, for those of you I coerced into joining back in the day).  Wow, and it looks like it is still a thing.  I linked it.  I think Lexicon may be my favorite of his books to date.  It takes the idea that “hey, yes words CAN hurt you” and runs the hell away with it.  There is an organization of people who call themselves poets and they study the language in able to mind-control people with words.  Great story.  Go read it right now.  Well, after you finish reading this post, please and thank you.

I have now started “You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost)” by Felicia Day.  I have been looking forward to this book for months.  Being a socially anxious geeky gamer girl as well, I have always thought of her as a sort of role model.  Very excited to read this book and proud of her for having written it.

What else is going on?  Oh, the second draft of my novel is coming along.  Just hit 80,000 words the other day, so yay.  Ten thousand words to go!  I need to just pull a Tolkien and have a super long chapter or two about some random character that has nothing to do with the rest of the book (::coughTomBombadillcough::) and then I should be all set.  I will get right on that.

I wish I could remember my original intent in posting.  I had this thing and thought, “man I should post about that because it would be awesome.” And now this is all you people get because I up and forgot it in the short time it took me to get to my computer.  It was really good.  You are missing out.

Oh!  I remember!  Last night I got a text alert because my account balance had dropped below $10.  I thought it was pretty weird, because I knew full well that I only had around ten bucks in my account so I was not using it.  I check the transactions and something in Holly Beach, California charged me $1.65 then immediately did an ATM credit of $1.65.  Suspicious deeds, indeed.  Bottom line: called the bank, got the card canceled, and new one issued.  Super helpful and timely.  But we could not figure out what the heck this thing was.  Finally it hit me, that had to be an ATM fee.  Somehow someone tried to withdraw money from my debit card from a bank that was not mine.  They got charged the fee, but then could not make the withdraw because hey, I only had ten bucks in there, and then the fee was credited back.  The only thing that makes sense, though it does beg the question of how the heck did someone get my PIN number?

Looking back on that, it was not nearly as interesting as I said it was when I could not remember it.  Oh well.  That’s life.

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