I remember, way back when, getting my first PC at work. As an accountant, it was supposed to make life so much easier because we would have electronic spreadsheets to do all our calculations. No more ten-key adding machines and pads of 13-column paper! And as a writer, wow, we could type in our words and then play with them, fix them, change them, cut and paste them! But today it seems like I’m a slave to all that technology! And God forbid anything should go wrong with my computer or my Internet connection, because it’s so darn complicated that I have no idea how to fix it! My computer died a couple of months ago. The techs at my local geek place said it was a bad hard drive. The computer manufacturer said it was virus in my software and refused to replace the hard drive under warranty. So I did a system restore instead. Mind you, all this took days and days of writing time! I didn’t lose any of my documents, but I lost all my e-mails and my address book. But finally, I had a restored computer. It worked for 3 weeks. Then, same problems, freezing screens, programs not working. This time, the manufacturer agreed it was the hard drive and yes, they’d replace it, but it’ll take about 3 weeks between sending it, repairing it, and returning it. Okay, I’m down with that! I’m using my netbook so at least I can still keep working. Then, on Sunday, the netbook suddenly refuses to enter the Internet! Something about conflicting IP addresses. After two days, I finally get someone to tell me what’s wrong and how to fix it. Bless you, Belkin Man! But really, what it points out is that without my computer, I can’t work. And that to me means I’m a slave to my technology. Maybe the old typewriter wasn’t so bad!
So, what’s your worst Internet or computer nightmare? Leave a comment and your contact e-mail address and I’ll enter you in the drawing for an autographed copy of Show and Tell, the second book in my Fortune Hunter Tales. I’ll also add you to my newsletter for updates if you aren’t already a member. BTW, today I’m taking my Mom to Sacramento to visit an old friend of hers that she knew in England. So I might not be able to get in and answer any comments for a couple of days (see, more slave to technology!).
Just a reminder, don’t miss the Take Your Pick excerpt on my website, but wear those oven mitts, because it’s explicit right from the get-go! Take Your Pick is available from Loose-Id.
And of course, Dead to the Max is finally available on Amazon Kindle with a text revamp, and thanks to Rosemary Gunn for creating that fresh new cover look.