OK. I just need to vent. The web hosting services I pay for from one of the big companies have been, to put it mildly, less than dependable. I really try to pride myself on being organized and effective in all my correspondence and it is so frustrating when a "higher power," so to speak--especially one I'm paying hefty monthly fees for--lets me down.
The latest glitch (and there have been many!) is that I cannot remove/disable my auto-response message. It was in place from the middle of last week to yesterday, telling anyone who contacted me that I would be away from my e-mail through January 2. Last night I tried to remove that message. The trouble is all my correspondents--including, this morning, no fewer than five editors (at last count)--now must be thinking that I don't know enough to turn the auto-response off. That I am not detail-oriented. That I don't know what day it is.
Yes, I've checked with the web hosting company. Yes, they're having a problem which is interfering with my ability to be--and appear--professional. No, they haven't yet announced it on their own Web site. No, they don't know when it will be fixed.
Well, I just hope it's fixed soon. I don't like being made to look sloppy. And I don't like thinking that something I am already aware of and *want* to fix may negatively affect my writing practice, even in a small way.
Rant over. Thanks.