I’m sure you’ve noticed by now that I have not been very chatty in the last three or so weeks. My whirlwind trip to South Africa is a mere drop in the bucket of what has been occupying my time (and brain-space). While in SA, the wheels started coming off the proverbial wagon. Yesterday, I said to a friend that I think the universe realised that things have been running along splendidly for too long and quickly needed to bring some balance in my life by throwing everything at me all at the same time. Similar to the washing machine, oven, hairdryer, fridge and coffee machine breaking at the same time. Right after you had not one, but two flat tyres while driving in the rain on a dirt road in your Sunday best!
I’m not going to bore you with the details, but interestingly enough, most of the fires I’ve had to put out in the last three weeks have been technology related. And the worst of it? None of it was my doing. (Can you hear me howl in frustration?!?) The drama I’ve had to deal with is related to doing business with huge corporations that have service centres where the left hand doesn’t even know the right hand exists. And I’m 150% sure you know exactly what I’m talking about. A good example: phoning the 10th time and once again speaking to a different person and you have to tell your story again, but only now your story is so much longer than the first time because so much has been done/undone/redone/re-undone/done in the meantime.
UPDATE: My website is live again!!! Woohoo!!!!!! But… now I do indeed have two websites. Hee!
[Old news now (and thankfully over): The biggest of these spectacular disasters is my website. Because of an internal error on their side, the company that hosts my site managed to take it off-line. It’s even displayed as for sale – it’s not for sale nor expired. It’s just not working. I’ve been spending a lot of… er… quality time on the phone with them (each time a different person) and they keep promising me that they’re working on getting it back online. But in true Estelle style, I politely ended the last call, growled a few extremely impolite words at the walls and built a whole new site!!!
Yup, estelle-ryan.com is online and is an exact copy of my precious original website that hopefully will be restored soon. Then I’ll have two websites that look exactly the same – a sign of true success. Hah! But at least you can find all the extra info for each book – the music videos, paintings and even articles about some of the topics covered (3D printing, car-hacking, etc).]
Needless to say, all of this has robbed me of a lot of writing time. And to be honest, I don’t think I should be writing when I’m in the mood to have Colin and Vinnie infiltrate and destroy these huge companies’ computer mainframes. And maybe get Francine to hack their computers and replace all their files with smiley faces. And have Manny arrest the lot of them for testing my patience. So, the writing slowed down for a short while, but I’m back on track.
It felt so very good to be sitting in a cafe this week and do some editing. And no, I’m not finished with the writing yet. I’ve just lost a bit of momentum with all the interruptions. Now I’m editing everything I’ve written so far to get back into the story, into Genevieve’s world. And oh, my goodness, it feels good!
I can’t tell you how much your support means to me and how much your impatience and enthusiasm for book 10 inspires me. I truly value it. Because of this, I want to give you the very best Genevieve adventure I can possibly create and therefore allow myself to take the time I need to produce just that. Nothing less. Only the very best.
So, for now, I’ll be my usual optimistic self and hope that all the technological gremlins have finished visiting me so I can get back into my writing-groove. And also stay in touch with you a bit more. 🙂