An Unsurprising Outcome

Before you create your plan A, be sure you have a plan B.

There is nothing like a significant technology failure to throw your plans entirely off schedule. That happened to me just over a week ago. Despite my knowledge of computers and the sounds of a dying water cooler, I continued to push my machine until the pump died, rather than servicing the device at the early signs of trouble.

So, instead of being down for a couple of days, my sick computer sat among wounded compatriots at the local repair store for a week. To make matters worse, I had to reinstall everything from a backup once my hardware was returned.

Many books and articles talk about the necessity for proper maintenance of machines. Yet, we all seem to ignore this sage wisdom when it does not suit our given situation, and such efforts always end in the same fashion, disaster. So, I won’t sit here and write that you should learn from my mistakes. Instead, I will say that you should be sure and backup everything you work on as a creator.

Also, there are the proverbial unknown consequences. These include a break in the rhythm of my writing and videos. Additionally, there are delays caused by interactions and discussions that have to occur with software companies when activation keys reach their limits. There are always consequences to our actions beyond what we plan.

I want to sit here and type that I have learned my lesson, but I am quite sure something else will come up. Do yourself a favor, always have at least a plan B, because at some point you are going to need it.

Surviving The Push

To call the last three weeks hectic would be an understatement. “Humor Deeper Than A Holler” released and we did a show in Blacksburg, Va. to celebrate that event. Family and friends showed up as well as my two new author friends Jiffy Day, and Michael Abraham.

A couple of weeks later we were at our first Paws in the Park event. The books and crafts sold well, and we met a lot of great people.

A few short weeks after that, “Harold and the Angel of Death” released. On this same weekend, I joined other authors from the Union County Writers Club at the Monroe Branch of the Union County Library here in North Carolina. I met more new friends in the author community and sold several books.

The next weekend my wife and I were asked if we would like to join the Union County Art League’s event in Indian Trail, NC. We saw several friends and made a few more.

Last weekend we had our official launch party. A great time was had by all, and we sold several books to the people who attended. We even had a spider crash our Q&A session, although I was not informed of the unwelcomed guest until much later, I hate spiders. No authors, interviewers, or spiders were harmed during the streaming of this event.

I finally have a couple of weeks to catch my breath and continue to work on my next Lucius book. I believe I am down to my last story. I hope, in a couple of weeks, to have this book in the hands of my beta readers, and the journey begins again.

So, if you have read all my books, a new one is in the works. If you have not, check out the books tab and the links attached to purchase and read one. You will be glad you did.