Category Archives: Fail

Sad News

Coach Poppy Bag That Was Stolen

On Thursday, June 28th someone broke into my car at Paris Mountain State Park in Greenville, SC and stole my laptop and purse.  Unfortunately, all the back-ups to my novel were in these two things.

My second novel (which was nearly finished) is gone.  I really wish now I had backed up my work on a dozen thumb drives and external hard drives, but I didn’t.  (FACEPALM)  I feel pretty heartbroken to have had my work and personal belongings stolen from me.  I really hope they catch the person who did this so others don’t have to go through what I’ve been through this past week.

My Stolen Toshiba Laptop Model Number L755-s5216

It would be easy to give up at this point.  It would be easy to through up my hands and say “I guess God, the universe, or whatever don’t want me to write this novel.”  But the little bits of positive words from fans and friends and a vast amount of anger at myself (for not backing up my work) and at the culprit of this crime keep me going.  In the last week, I’ve started to rewrite the second novel and hope, hope, hope that I can have the first draft finished by September.  So to those of you who are looking forward to the second installment  in The Fairytale Keeper series it will be out by next Summer.

FAIL: Microsoft Office

My Rant to Microsoft and Why Any Writer Should Avoid Office Like The Plague
To whom it may concern:
I just thought you should know how incredibly disappointing your products are. I’m an author and have done the research to completely format my novel, but I’m going to have to pay someone else to do it for me because of the nightmare I have lived for the past two months trying to work with Microsoft Word.
This isn’t a problem with my personal computer, just so you know. I have tried formatting this doc on four different computers with Microsoft Word 2007. All have managed to mess up the page numbers by insisting that there are two even pages in a row. What is wrong with your programming that would make this happen no matter how many times I reformat this? I have used different docs, different computers and nothing works.
Last year, when I bought my PC, I wanted it because I wanted Microsoft Office, but I will never buy another PC and I will never buy Office again. EVER! This program has been nothing but problems. It is Apple from here on out. Their customer support is amazing and my husband’s Mac has never had a virus issue and his docs have never failed him before. I will make sure to let everyone I know know that Microsoft is a poor investment for anyone who wants a decent word processor and to go with Mac.
Thanks for nothing,
Andrea