The Trouble with the Cloud

I am a list-maker. If I don’t write down what I need to do, what I need to buy at the store, or things like birthdays and events, then nothing gets done, we don’t get what we need from the store, birthdays would be forgotten, and I would miss appointments and events.

I use an app called Cozi Family Planner for all of this. It syncs across my computer, my phone and tablet, and on any computer I can access the web (i.e., if I think of something while at work). It’s also intended to be shared with family, so I can schedule things for my husband, and we share the grocery list. It works so much better for me than slips of paper.

I had a pretty big to-do list for today. Mostly little things, but a bunch of them.

And Cozi is down today. I’ve been using it for at least four years, and this is a first. Once I figured out that, no, it’s not Google Chrome being wonky, I got a little twitchy. Then I wrote my to-do list on a sticky note. I think I remember everything that was on it for today, but I hope Cozi gets fixed soon, because there are things on it for later in the week that I’m afraid I don’t (or won’t) remember.

It kinda does highlight the dangers of relying on the cloud, and I think it’s time to have a paper backup–at least for the long-term stuff.

ChildrenOfAmargosaWhat I’ve Been Reading: The Children of Amargosa by TS Hottle. This is a science fiction novel in which the main characters are teens, but this could be enjoyed by readers of any age. It’s the follow-up to Gimme Shelter, which ended on a major cliffhanger, and takes up where that left off. Children follows the main character into a war with invading aliens. But the aliens aren’t the only enemies. A massive rebel militia has risen up among the humans, and they’re more than willing to kill other humans for supplies. This book is non-stop action that takes the reader on a relentless roller coaster ride, but where it really shines is in the character development. The teen characters and their main adult ally are such well-developed individuals, they are almost like real-life acquaintances. There aren’t a lot of space ships or techy stuff in here, though they’re present in the background. The real action of the book is in the transformation of the young fighters as they grapple with the deaths of parents, friends, and romances while struggling to survive–and triumph.

ROW80Logo175ROW80 Update: My goals for this week were to write a book description, and provide front- and back-matter of my novella to my publisher. I did get the description done, but that’s all. Luckily, the book is still in first round edits, so I have some time on the other stuff. So that’s what’s on for this week.

How about you–do you rely on online calendar and list tools, or do you use good old fashioned paper? Is there an app you can’t do without? Have you read any good books lately? Please share in the comments–I’d love to hear from you!

Jennette Marie Powell writes stories about ordinary people in ordinary places, who do extraordinary things and learn that those ordinary places are anything but. In her Saturn Society novels, unwilling time travelers do what they must to make things right... and change more than they expect. You can find her books at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo, iTunes, and more.

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  1. Ugh, so sorry that Cozi is down! That has to suck. I actually relay on paper. I’m old school like that. I’ve tried list apps (Trello being one) but I dunno…they never really stuck for me.

    Awesome on getting the description to your publisher, yay!

  2. Paper and pencil for me to the end! I’ve tried digital planners, but except with recurring events, they seem to take more time, and I can customize my paper planner to be perfect for me. I remember things better on my own if I write them out as opposed to typing them in, so even if I forget it, I’ll probably remember.(Except birthdays. I’ve forgotten my own birthday.) 😀

    Congrats on the book description. Book descriptions can be real pains in the neck to write.

  3. I think you saw my calendar the other day, so you know it’s paper. I love those pocket calendars I get each year. I tried putting my appointments on my Yahoo calendar, but I never pay attention when it chimes me a reminder, so why bother? Haha!

  4. Erin, Cozi is back now, thank goodness! And they confirmed that they had an outage.

    ReGi, my trouble with paper is I forget it! LOL! But I never forget my phone. And thanks!

    Stacy, sometimes if I get a notification when I’m in the middle of something I ignore it, but usually they help me. I don’t pay much attention to stuff on my Google calendar, though, go figure!

  5. First, thanks for the shout out!

    I am addicted to my To Do list. I gave it up for a while because I thought it was interfering with the rest of my life. How I just prune things as I go along.

  6. TS, you’re welcome! I really enjoyed the book. And I totally agree with keeping the to-do list manageable. I don’t put more than a couple things on mine that take more than a few minutes.

  7. I’m still a pen an paper list maker. I have lists all over the house. Usually nothing gets forgotten, but sometimes I get tired of looking at all of the lists.

    Good luck with those clouds.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  8. I think you may have mentioned the Cozy Family Planner app to me before. I had never heard of it. Did I download it? Uh, nope. I’m old. Lol. I’m still doing things prehistorically on paper. lol. But, like most technical gadgets, when they go down, there is big panic. Could you imagine if your smartphone went down? Utter chaos would erupt. It would be almost suicidal. Don’t even want to go there. So I hope you survived my dear friend. May the force be with you! ((Hugs)) 🙂