October 28th, 2009
I recommend spill-proof travel mugs. Always.

Sooooo I got my Christmas present early over the weekend, a pretty blue Toshiba Netbook. I wanted one because they’re so portable. You can literally stick this thing in your purse and go. It’s useful for me because I write a lot on the go, at the coffee shop while waiting for my child’s preschool to end, for example. I also travel a lot, having a husband whose family is overseas.

My laptop is awesome. It’s my third arm, and my constant companion. It’s also somewhat unwieldy. This is my laptop’s “Mini Me”.

Of course, I didn’t want it *this* way, so early and under these circumstances. What circumstances you ask? Well, my cat, my ancient, doddering, toothless, senile cat, knocked over a mug of hot tea on my laptop Saturday night. I acted quick, immediately getting all the liquid I could from the keyboard, using a blow dryer on it, and then setting it over a vent to dry for the night.

I thought the laptop was done for. I also thought I’d lost about 9 thousand words on my current work-in-progress, Jeweled. Not devastating. I know authors who have lost much more than that in computer mishaps, but they were a GOOD 9 thousand words!

I had a sad.

But the computer booted right up in the morning. I backed up my work immediately and thought I was in the clear…and then *crash and burn* it started to act up. So, long story…er, long, I guess, the laptop went off to the Geek Squad for two weeks and I got my Netbook early. I did manage to save my 9k at least!!!

Good thing because I’m under deadline for Jeweled and it’s pressing me. That’s why you’re perhaps not seeing me around as much as usual. That’s also the reason I’m not blogging much lately.

I am, however, participating in a Round Robin Horror Story over at the Witchy Chicks blog, if you care to check it out.

I’ll also be at a booksigning this Saturday in Lexington, KY. Here’s: the info, if you’re planning to attend:

Kentucky Romance Writers Day
featuring — Lora Leigh, Toni Blake, Anya Bast and many more!
Saturday, October 31 at 1:00 pm

Meet some of Kentucky’s best romance writers, including Sheryl Brennan, Teresa Reasor, Jules Bennett, Toni Blake, Dianne Castell, LuAnn McLane, Rosemary Laurey, Patricia Rice, Shiloh Walker, Molly Harper, Anya Bast, and Lora Leigh.

Joseph Beth Booksellers, Lexington, KY

I hope to see you there! We planned the event early so we could all get home and get to the all important trick-or-treating. My daughter is going to be a princess (for the second year in a row).

What are your plans for Halloween (if you have Halloween where you live, that is).

7 comments to “I recommend spill-proof travel mugs. Always.”

  1. Glad you were able to save your work!
    As for Halloween, I man the door! Sister#1 and Mom take my nephews out for Trick or Treating… Sister#2 and Dad hang out back with the fireplace, and later we meet up for smores!!! Love our tradition!!! 😀

  2. Eek. Travel mugs, indeed.

    I’m bored, so I posted about your upcoming appearance at Win a Book. No, I posted at Win a Book. You’re not appearing there. I don’t think.

  3. Susan — Thank you so much !!! 🙂 🙂

  4. Thank God you managed to save your first 9k; that would have been a mite disappointing for you.
    No plans for Halloween will be working for this one, but have fun with all the trick or treaters!

  5. Glad you were able to save the 9K, that’s alot of work! I will be staying home this year while my daughter goes to another halloween party. She’s 18 now and doesn’t do the trick or treat thing.

    I will be watching as many horror movies into my day as I possibly can.

  6. Thankfully you saved your work….that would be a fate worse than loosing the laptop.

    For Halloween, I am doing as all good adults should be, taking a 9 year old ‘Scream’ avec bloody knife, a 5 year old ‘Ariel’, a 16 year old pirate and dear bf and I as Thing 1 and Thing 2! Yes we are from Dr. Suess! It shall be quite humorous! The laugh heard from around the world.

  7. Hey , HAPPY HALLOWEEN! A little late..!!