Return of the Zombie Writer

I’m tired.  Land of the Living Dead tired.  But I’m also thrilled to be back home, back to real life and back to my computer screen.

The last two weeks were filled with the good, the bad and the ugly.  In no particular order or chronology. 

  • My computer died.  I all but had it buried when the Computer Tutor sat up until 3:30 in the morning last Tuesday breathing new life into it.  Thankfully he was able to save my writing–heading to Mozy now–but everything is in read only now.  Should be fun retyping…
  • I went to Chicago with my DH for his work.  We were wined and dined with dinner cruises, champaign carriage rides, museums, botanical garden tours and sailing.  It was my first trip there, but definitely not my last.  The architecture was amazing and the fact that our last name is a famous street name had a cool factor all its own. 
  • While gone, my DD got in a car accident in which the car was totaled, the airbags deployed and whiplash abounded.  Nothing like being states away and completely helpless.  I didn’t have the ability to hug her and hold her close while simultaneously beating her for being on the wrong road at the wrong time.  Everyone is okay and seatbelt safety has been reinforced.  The windshield in front of DD was cracked even through the airbag and her seatbelt.  I shudder to imagine what could have been. 
  • Two days later, Eldest’s wallet had a run in with the lawnmower.  He lost it on the golf course.  It was found after credit cards, driver’s permits, money and leather spewed out onto the green.  All as finely chopped as a specialty salad in one of the fancy restaurants we ate in.
  • Because of the above two items, my little sister (who kindly watched over our angels) will never need birth control.   
  • I read Mockingjay, the final book in the Hunger Games trilogy.  If you haven’t read them, get cracking.  Now.  Suzanne Collins is firmly planted at the very top of my Favorite Author list.  When I grow up, I can only pray to be just like her.  Even a little bit.
  • I have tons of catching up to do on my computer–sorry for the absence–and a new schedule to figure out.  Starting next week, I will open the doors of my new business.  I finally have pictures up over there if you want to check it out.
  • Lastly, my women’s group decided on our 2010/2011 program.  As I am on the committee, I had the pleasure of helping plan our year.  Our theme is Bridging the Gap.  Because of this, we will get to learn all sorts of ways to move from possibilities to practices.  Subjects of interest: literacy, socio-economics, health, technology, safety, environment and culture–to name a few.  Exciting stuff.

Life is good.  My novel fodder folder is overflowing and blog posts tumble around in my head.  All I need to do is hop on over and visit all of you before I fall asleep…

21 responses to “Return of the Zombie Writer

  1. Glad to hear that your computer is back in business and everyone is okay. I’ve been missing your posts! 🙂

    • I’ve been missing my friends!

      Now I can finally get back to work and finish off my beta reading. What a hassle technology can be when it decides not to cooperate.

  2. Oh, hon! I’m so sorry you’ve had a series of unfortunate events. I don’t know how you’re not running around screaming like a chicken with its head cut off.


    • Jenny,

      I just have to laugh otherwise I would cry. Thankfully nothing has been major and is all workable. Just time consuming. Like I said, at the moment, life is good!

  3. I sort of wondered what happened to you. Wonderful that you’re back, and so sorry everything fell apart without you.

  4. YAY, welcome back, Cat! I missed you and your wonderful blog!

    I’m happy you had a wonderful time and that things back home ended up okay.

    I haven’t read The Hunger Games trilogy yet, but I ordered the first one and will probably start reading it as soon as it arrives. I can’t wait to finally know what everyone is exclaiming about!

    • Laura,

      I have read Hunger Games no less than six times in a year and three months. Since the release of Catching Fire last fall, I’ve read it three times. The last time I read both was a few weeks back to prepare for the release of Mockingjay. Now that I read Mockingjay, I will reread the entire trilogy in order and in rapid succession to get the whole story in one bite.

      It’s okay to call me crazy, by the way. I won’t take offence at that.

      I do have to admit that I fell in love with Ms. Collins while reading the Underland Chronicles a few years back so when the Hunger Games came out, I was already a huge fan. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

      • I don’t think this is crazy at all! I re-read all 7 Harry Potters every year, around December/January. I used to read them twice a year, but then the huge fifth book came out and I decided once a year was probably enough, haha. Around this time I start getting the itch to visit Hogwarts and I can’t wait for the holidays when I read them again!

        I’m looking forward to reading The Hunger Games!

      • Laura,

        It’s nice to know I’m not the only one who almost becomes obsessive over great stories. Enjoy your next to trip to Hogwarts and hold onto your hat when you read The Hunger Games–it can be quite the ride.

  5. Glad you’ve returned, Cat, but so sorry you suffered all that stress and worry along with the fun. I’ll be looking forward to your upcoming posts.

  6. Hi, Cat! I’m glad you’re back, but so sorry about all the bad news. There is a bright side, of course. Now your eldest doesn’t have to shred the cards once their expiration date arrives. They’re already shredded. Of course, your DD’s blessing goes without saying and thank God she wore her belt and had an airbag! I have a small ray of hope for you:

    Before you start retyping everything, try resaving one of those documents as a .doc or .rtf and see if it lets you. Sometimes that works for me in similar situations. Here’s hoping!

  7. Oh my goodness – what a week you’ve had! And love so much that you end your post with “Life is good”. It truly is, no matter what happens – love your perspective. Great post!

  8. Ai Karumba!

    I’d love to see more of Chicago than their airport (nothing wrong with the airport though). I have heard so many wonderful things about the city.

    With your read-only files… is there a way to highlight the whole thing, copy it, and paste it into Word as a new file? There’s got to be a way around having to type it all out again.

    I hope things straighten out for you soon–and glad to hear everyone is fine.

  9. Yikes–so sorry to hear about your daughter’s car accident. I hope she recovers well. It’s the worst being away when something happens, but at least your sister was there to handle everything.

    For your read-only file, why not use voice recognition software to get it back into a normal doc? There’s Dragonally speaking, but also other online webistes with this type of service.

    All the best,


    • Angela,

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I will take your tip under advisement.

      My daughter is feeling much better today. Still a little stiff, but nothing compared to the past week.


  10. Oh my gosh, I’m so glad DD is okay. The Eldest’s wallet being in bits gave me a chuckle. Poor guy, that’s not fun to try to replace it all though. Glad to hear you’re back up and computing with us all. 🙂

    Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

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