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Sunday, August 30, 2009

hard drive blues

I'm on my husband's laptop at the moment, envious of of the portability and ease that it offers. Well envious period...

My hard drive crashed a few days ago leaving me without any access to any of my writing or photos. Thank the Lord my husband was wise enough to buy me an external hard-drive about a month ago, so I backed up my sequel, screenplay, and all my important photography shoots.

My computer dude called Saturday to say he's working on my computer, and the hard drive may be partially retrieved ... fully retrieved ... or not. at. all. Sigh.

So as of now, I'm praying that it's fully retrieved as I've got my photoshop, final draft software, and current photoshoot, that I shot last Monday (which didn't get backed up yet).

I'd rather not re-shoot anything, as it's a hassle for the family that's already paid me a sitting fee and taken their time to meet me at the park. I'd rather not refund their sitting fee as a courtesy because of a computer. Although I'M HAPPY to if I need to, as it's the right thing to do. If someone has to meet me again for a reshoot, I'm going to refund them their money. BUT - I'd be so thankful if those pictures are still there. (crossing my fingers)

I'd also rather not reload my final draft software...or spend more money to purchase photoshop. I don't have the original CD to reload it, as we got it through a previous job & have no access to it now.

So thank you for listening to my vent session. I'll be up and running soon hopefully. I just shot a wedding this past Friday and am ready to download those pics for the happy couple.

Come on computer dude! Call me with good news!!!

Monday, August 10, 2009

10 days

This summer has flown by. I can't believe my little baby will be in first grade in 10 more days. It's so hard to believe he's growing up and then in other ways, I'm blown away that he's only 6.

Today when I took him to register for soccer, he also wanted to register for flag football. I asked my friend, who was in charge of the sports camps what each cost and she told us that for soccer it would be $50 but for flag football it would be $65. I instantly knew that was more than we really could afford or should spend.

I tried to make a game out of it for my son and said, "You do the math - what's 50 + 65?"

I was just being flippant.
I never dreamed he'd be able to answer.

You could see his wheels turning, and his mind calculating.

He turned to me and said, "Um, 115 dollars?"

Both my friend and I look at each other astounded.

Yes, that's my son. A funny social silly kid, with a major brain.

I told him we couldn't afford to do both - and he said he would choose soccer because 'it was more fun and less expensive.'

Um - okay 1st grade teacher - you've got 10 days to prepare for this kid! Good luck!!

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

A small but worthy review

You know in a tough economy it's hard to sell anything that's not needed. To me the one thing needed is a good story to take you away from any stress you may have currently in your own life! BUT I'm not normal...and that's clear. And not everyone is a reader.

At this point I'm still waiting to know how many have sold, but I know it's making somewhat of a ripple...as I get so many emails from random people, who I have no ties to - that have bought the book and felt led to email me to comment.

BUT days like these are well worth the wait when I get a wonderful comment from a random stranger sent to me via facebook or email:

Pj Blevins- I just finished your book and it is spectacular. I love books that make me cry! I can so emphasize with Chastity in losing her Mother as I lost mine a year ago. Can't wait to see what happens to her in your next book. Hope it comes out soon.

Thank you miss PJ - whoever you are...where ever you are. You and those like you, who take this book to heart, is why I wrote this book. It doesn't matter how much I make (okay yes it does - a little) - as long as my work makes an impact by touching people's hearts.