Jean, I haven't been on Crime Space much; too busy, and I can't seem to find the comment you left for me. Nevertheless, I got the email notice of a coment and saw the subject matter. Please let me express my sympathy. I have no idea of the pain you must be going through, but I encourage you to spend time with those you love and trust, and give yourself liberal time to move through the grief. Take best of care, Morgan
My very sweet friend, I'm so saddened by the death of your daughter. We live and work with words, but words are like tiny snowflakes at a time such as this....beautiful, but gone and hard to hold on to. I do know believe to share your words makes healing begin no matter what the circumstances. Please know you are in my prayers. Matthew 5:4
Thank you for your prayers! I appreciate them more than you can imagine. And "no," I didn't have a print out or back up of my book. I was in the process of doing a backup of my book when all this happened! That's what makes this so maddening. I think that possibly the backup software was defective. Who knows? They said they'll try to determine the cause when they repair my laptop.
I get the decals that you asked about from all over the place--they are the ones that I lost over a thousand of, by the way. Friends make them for me, many different websites offer them for free or I snag them from other people's pages (with permission, of course.) Someday I intend to learn how to create them myself using Paint Shop Pro or some other software programs to edit and work with images. It should be so much fun!
Congratulations on your book! That is such exciting news!
What am I up to? Well...my computer "ate" all my files in a fit of anger! I was in the process of using a new program that backs up files...then my computer froze, and when it finally unfroze, it had erased ALL of my documents files! So, all of my pictures, tags, animations and graphics are gone. In addition to that, so are all of my short stories, my research, my outlines and story ideas. All of my important files that I have saved throughout the one and a half years that I've had my computer are gone.
Are you holding your breath like I did? Yes, my book is gone, too...all 33,883 words! I'm just sick about it!
I should have backed the stuff up long before this. I've heard the horror stories about this happening to other people, just like everybody else, but I just had to be a perfectionist and try to find the perfect software for backing up my book and all my other important documents. Now looked what happened to me! I'm not positive that the program was the culprit, but my computer is definitely defective. The manufacturer is going to repair it FREE OF CHARGE, even though it's well past warranty! What does that tell you?
A friend of mine had her husband call me and we found a few of the files had not been erased--at least that's a small blessing. I was very happy about that.
I certainly have a different outlook on things, that's for sure. Besides, that...on the grand scale of life, it's just a little blip. There are so many more important things.
For instance, Dion's Uncle Herbie just found out two weeks ago that he had cancer. He was a strong, vibrant, seventy-six-year-old, 6'4" tall man, who took care of people, not the other way around...and now? He died this morning. Such a shock and what a loss. Praise God we'll see him again in heaven some day. It's the only thing that makes the loss bearable.
Sorry to bend your ear. I have a habit of doing that to you, don't I?
God bless you, Jean. Cynde
Much as I'm flattered to be asked to contribute a weekly blog, I think I'd better say no. I need to get my focus back on the next book and just keeping up with my own blog is an issue I'm trying to handle.
Thanks for thinking of me.
I'm still looking forward to penning a piece for your part of the blog later next week. Does that still work for you?
I'd be happy to have you guest with me one day. I just joined the blog so none of my articles have appeared as yet, but Fridays are my days. Send along whatever you have in mind to Seniorsleuth@aol.com.