Thursday, October 17, 2013

October 17th Challenge

Hi, it’s Christina – 

I gave myself a heart attack yesterday. I was trying to be a good girl and actually turn my computer off for a little while so it could do whatever updates it needed to do. About half an hour after I shut it down, I remembered there were some bills I needed to pay, so I try to fire it up again, AND IT WON’T TURN ON!!! All I get is a black screen and by little white arrow cursor. I turn it off again, and back on. Nothing. I hold the button down for like ten seconds so all the flashing lights go out. I wait, then turn it on again. NOTHING. I repeat this process several times, and then give up, pack up my computer and head to Staples where I had purchased it. I tell the manager what happened. He puts the computer on the counter, pushes the button, and up pops my stuff.

What the?? I don’t know and I don’t care, I was grateful; and always one to learn from my mistakes, I promptly purchase discs so I can burn all my novels and research on to them. This way, if something ever does happen, at least I have another soft copy. I really didn’t think this would have been an issue with a new computer, but I was not going to take any chances. I lost a bunch of stuff when my old computer crashed and I was not going to let it happen again.

So I get the discs and my now functioning computer home and I get to work. I burn each individual story with all of its research to their own discs. Then, for some reason, I have my daughter put the discs in her computer to check and make sure everything worked. The discs are all blank! AAARRRGGGGHHH! I have no I idea what I did wrong. From my computer, it looked like everything was working. Now I just have to pray the computer doesn’t crash before my hubby can burn the discs for me this weekend.

Speaking of this weekend, I wanted to tell you, I will not be posting a blog tomorrow, but I can’t tell you why. I’ll tell you on Sunday. This also means you have until Saturday to finish today’s challenge. So, I hope you have a great two days and happy writing!


Your Last Challenge was:


If I didn’t get out of the house, I was positive my head would have exploded and flew around the room. I felt like I was being pecked to death by chickens; so I hopped into my car and drove with no particular destination in mind.

After about twenty minutes, I found myself pulling into a park I used to frequent in my younger days. Convinced a walk along the path and some fresh air were just the ticket I needed to clear my head, I parked the car and got out. It had been many years since my last visit, so it took me a moment to get my bearings. If I remembered correctly, the path to the right lead up to the rose garden and the path to the left lead down to the lake. Reasoning the chances of encountering people was far less by the lake, I turned left and started to stomp down the path.

What possessed me to put an office into my home? Your home should be your sanctuary, your refuge, not a source of stress and frustration. Publishing, marketing, signings, appearances, scheduling conflicts, interviews; I’m a writer dammit, not a PR specialist. Why did I hire an assistant if I’m still the one dealing with all this junk? All I want to do is write! Can’t they just leave me alone so I can write?  I grumbled under my breath as I tromped my way to the lake, still waiting for nature to spread its magical balm on my frazzled nerves.

There wasn’t enough time for me to actually make it to the spot in the photo. I had it all planned out in my brain. I was going to sit under one of the willows when an old Chinese man, in traditional apparel, approached me and offered up some Confucius-like advise to set my world back in balance like ‘The victory is always sweeter if the battle is hard fought.’  


Your Next Challenge is:


You have a job interview, but you do not recognize the address they give you, so you plug it into your GPS. The directions the GPS give you, lead you to a strange area you never knew existed.


You have 10 minutes (be honest). There is no right or wrong, just write. Spelling and punctuation don’t count and NO ONE is allowed to criticize what someone else has written. Go.