Monday, May 14, 2012

Mother's Day, Zombies, and Real Life Scares

Hello everyone! Great Monday morning to you. Let me offer belated Mother's Day wishes to all the fabulous women out there in cyberland. No matter what you mother -- people, animals, plants, monsters  -- you are terrific. 
Yesterday, my own Mother's Day started off pretty fantastic. My family did church, a nice lunch, and a visit with the mother-in-law. Then we came home and (this is why I love having boys) drew up a bunch of wicked zombie posters. Masking tape in hand, I hung up these fantastically scary/funny pictures from door frames, bookcases, you name it. My joyous boys then armed themselves with Nerf guns and ping-pong balls and played attack/target practice/you name it. All fun and laughter, and I'm thinking this is turning out to be a pretty great day. 
By this time I needed a little break, so I plop down in front of my computer to check emails. Great news - a recent release of mine, The Fires of Beltane, received a 4.5 star review from Sensual Reads. Yeah, I was a bit ecstatic. Naturally, I wanted to shout it to the world. I posted on facebook, twitter, you name it, when my computer started acting funny. 
First, my internet page completely shut down. Just, zip. Back to my desktop. I shrugged, checked my internet connections, and logged back on, ready to update my web site, blog, etc. Before I could do much of anything, the internet closes again, but this time things on my desktop disappear. It was almost as if someone behind me held a laser gun and zip-zap-shot, icons spun and winked out. No lie. My programs, my WIP files, my released files. Leaving me, gasping for air as I see them go, and I didn't know how to save them!
Okay, I panicked. Wouldn't you? See, in a cruel twist of fate, my Norton expired last week. I'd planned on renewing next week. This scare had me praying and getting back online to download and install the new Norton. It took me two or three tries, but I got it on. Ran a full scan which took a few hours, and it did find lots of cookies and one virus that it told me it annihilated. Rebooted the computer with high hopes that all would be well and...
Nothing. My desktop was a vast blank, black page with a full recycle bin icon in the left corner and a notepad widget reminding me of my current WIP in the right corner. It took me awhile, but I discovered my programs were hidden and pulled most of them up.
Now, I'm working on trying to see if my documents are hiding somewhere as well. By now, I've come to terms I may not see my Word files again. I'm okay with this. Most everything had been backed up, emailed, stuck somewhere, so I can find them again eventually. What has me worried are my pictures. I know I've backed up my pics, but it's been awhile, so I'm sure there will be a lot missing if I can't get them back. sniff. sniff.
Ah well, that's life sometimes, isn't it? You make fun of the zombies and someone out there knows and gets back at'cha in very frightening ways. All this to say, I hope your Monday is terrific, and don't worry about the blues, I think I'm carrying enough for everyone. :D
But I won't leave this hanging. Help me out a bit. I know I'm not the only one that's had the "Oh, crap!" and other %$&#(! words - moments. How about you? Had any real-life scares that seemed to be direct attacks of your treatment of monsters? Let me know!


  1. You are definitely not alone, Ayla. My computer crashed in January. Not fun. It took weeks to rebuild as best as I could and I know there is still stuff that is missing. Oh well. Can't worry constantly.

  2. I'm so sorry. You're right about the not worrying part. If you can't do anything about it, don't waste the time, right?