Saturday, May 21, 2011

Followers are Back

My followers showed back up on my blog, a positive step forward. Now, if I could only recover my main email, life would be semi-back-to-norm.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Out of Hacker Hell-Sort of...

A huge apology goes out to all of my followers. By the looks of my home page, it seems that my followers have been removed, or they've removed themselves due to my recent, unfortunate hacking issue.

A wee bit of advice, when "Google Accounts" emails you telling you they are checking on people with multiple email addresses, and they "need verification that all accounts are being used," don't fall for it. The hacker actually copy & pasted a form from Google into an email to me, making the scam look legit. It even stated that if I did NOT reply, my accounts would be terminated within 48 hours.

I made two crucial errors: I fell for it, and I used the same password for all 3 emails and both blogs. :((( Welcome to Hacker Hell.

Never again will I be so naive.

So far, I've been able to recover one email and one of my blogs, minus my followers. Hacker Hell is a miserable place to be. I hope the person in California, working out of Egypt, gets what he/she deserves--my advice to this pathetic person, get a real job like every other normal person on this planet.

Again, I apologize to my readers.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Spiral-Bound Writer

I stared at my blog this morning trying to figure out why the background appealed to me when I'd found it. My eyes shifted to the spiral notebook buffet strewn about my desk, and then back to the tattered spiral page of my blog background. It dawned on me; I'm a spiral-bound writer. Every story idea, character name, plot note, setting idea, character description, stellar one-liner, I've create goes into a spiral notebook. 

A couple of weeks ago, we had a discussion on She Writes, the wonderful online writing community I belong to, about organizing writing notes or keeping track of submissions. I mentioned that I keep my information in notebooks, yes, even my submission histories. There was a lot of talk about different computer programs or online servers such as Query Tracker to keep the writer organized electronically. I tried signing up with Query Tracker, but call me dumb, I can't figure out how to add the agents / queries I've already sent.

So, for now, I'll stick to my notebooks; it's how I roll.

Looking back on my school career, many (many) years ago, I remember one of my favorite things was having a cute spiral. Kitten or puppy covered, wild horses, sparkled or glittered, funky chic; spirals were my thing. I'm tickled to admit, they still are.

The spiral I'm carrying right now has a hard cover, brown and orange swirls, maple leaves and dragonflies on the cover. I picked it up two years ago for my YA notebook. It accompanied me on my dusty trek west two summers ago in search of a story. It contains all of my notes, leaf samples, daily adventures, and every single detail I gathered on my trip, tucked (or taped) inside.

When I look at the tattered spiral page on my blog background, I smile, thinking back to my younger writing days. It is who I am. It's nice to know, I've always been a spiral-bound writer, and I always will be.