Sunday, June 13, 2010

New Contract

I signed a contract with Silver Publishing this week for a short story to be released over July Fourth. Eternal Flame. I'm excited. A different publisher for me. I hope it all works out well. I'll post all the info as soon as I have it.

Now, on the personal front, what a BAD week. My hubbies Engine Dyno computer took a dumper this week. The hard drive frying like a piece of bacon. Here's the problem. The computer we were using was an old IBM from, oh, I don't know the early eighties. This program that runs the Dyno works only on, wait for it, it's a blast from the past, MS-DOS. How many computers do you think you can buy today with DOS on it? Exactly none.

Okay, so I pull out an old computer we had stored in the basement that has Windows 98 on it and low and behold, they still used some DOS in the old Windows. So, after much research I figured out how to get into the DOS. Whoopy!!!! Now, I try to load the program and, NOTHING! Turns out our program shriveled up in a fire we had a year ago in the DYNO room.

Next step, call the company and request a replacement, floppy disk. That's right, I said it, a FLOPPY disk. Easy right? NO! This company is run by one man. ONE individual and that man is a genius that for some strange reason believes DOS is the only operating system in the world. That Windows won't be around for long. I don't know. Anyway, this genius apparently was having a bad day and says, No, he won't send a replacement disk. Ughhhhhhh! By the next day, he has a change of heart and decides he'll send us a replacement disk. It arrives, I sit down and YES, I get it loaded. This will work for a while but it won't hold up for long. Engine Dyno's cause a lot of vibration and a regular home PC won't last. Now we have to find someone to build us a computer that will withstand the punishment and has DOS on it. Think we'll find one? Stay tuned....

On the racing front, the son did very well racing Friday night. He finally cracked the top 10 and on a very bad track with huge wholes in it. Very exciting.

Okay, that's all for now.

Have a great week everyone....

Happy Reading......

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Welcome June

Another month passes and in a day and half, the kids are home for the summer. Not sure if that's a good thing or not yet. My writing time will be cut severely. Guess I'll have to send them all out of the house for a few hours a day. I could always grease them up and send them to the pool for about two hours. Not only good exercise but it'll wear them down.

Currently I'm working on a short story for the 4th of July to submit in a few weeks. I need to get it done and out asap. Everyone in the house will have to deal with it. My hubby will give me the time I need, he's great that way. I'm very lucky.

On the racing front, the kid did super well. Each week he gets faster and learns a little bit more. Two laps away from finishing the race, another driver spun him out. Now, there seems to be some question if it was intentional or not. Me, I say let it go the first time. Second time, well, things might get ugly. That's the beauty of racing. Tempers, tempers. Mom or dad might have to climb in the car and take care of the problem if it happens again. I say, strap me in and get out of my way. Mess with my kid, mess with me. Racin's racin' until you're constantly being hit by the same driver and then its a problem that needs dealt with. Okay, I'm done venting about that.

So, if my short story gets accepted, I'll let you know. Fingers crossed for me please.

Have a great rest of the week and......

Happy Reading.......