First I’d like to apologize to anyone who received an email from “me” saying something about checking out an Oprah site. No, I didn’t send that. Although I thought I had decent virus and malware protection, evidently I didn’t.
I think that message went out about the same time my computer went crazy. Last Thursday my computer stopped working in the middle of a comment, the screen went black, and then a message came across the screen that Windows had detected a problem and was shutting down. Off it went.
I did get everything up after that, but I’ve had problems in the past with this computer—freezing up, weird columns of lines tearing up the picture; trouble booting up—so I decided it was time to stop taking chances. I took my tower (yes, I still have a PC that uses a tower) to a recommended computer shop. So, it seems, had dozens of other computer users, all prior to my arrival.
By Friday evening I hadn’t heard anything from the shop, so I called. Alas, he wouldn’t get to it until Monday. That meant four days without a computer. Four long days. I had a newsletter I was working on, files I needed to download and print, financial accounts to check, and on-line bills to pay.
Sometimes I forget how dependent I’ve become on the computer. As it turned out, the work on my computer wasn’t completed until 5:30 p.m. Monday.
I am very happy to have it back. It now has a new virus program that’s supposed to be top of the line. (I hope so.) A lot of “junk” has been removed from my computer along with unwanted programs/files. My computer should be in good shape now; however, yesterday morning I once again had crazy lines on my monitor and had to shut my computer down and restart to get that taken care of.
I’m wondering if that problem is in the monitor.
This week I’d also like to follow up on last week’s blog about book fairs. I did attend the book fair held at the North Port Library on Sunday. The Friends of the Library group that put on the book fair worked very hard to make it a success, but I’m afraid it wasn’t. People simply didn’t come. Most of the traffic through the library during the 5 hours that we were there was the Friends of the Library workers themselves and the attending authors. I don’t have an actual count, but I don’t think more than two dozen “outsiders” stopped in and checked out the books and authors, and of that two dozen, a dozen were children.
Most writers didn’t sell any books. I sold one. A few of the writers were very upset and left early. I don’t know if the “Friends” failed to advertise the event well enough; if holding it on a Sunday made a difference; if the beautiful weather had anything to do with the lack of attendance; or what. I do know that the North Port Library is beautiful, but it’s quite large and we were spread out, so there were times when “guests” didn’t make it to all of the tables. Perhaps if we had been set up in the front rooms (closer together) it would have worked better. I don’t know.
Was it a wasted five hours?
I’m not sure. I met a few new/interesting writers; had a chance to talk to a couple of writers I know but rarely see; did sell that one book; gave away PR on my upcoming books; and didn’t have to do any house cleaning or laundry for 5 hours.
Often the benefits show up at a later date. A newspaper reporter did go through and she made notes about my books and took my picture. I met a woman who does radio interviews. Someday…maybe. And I had a few women talk to me and ask if my books were on Amazon. Maybe that will lead to a sale.
You just never know.