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Last week I decided we were going to take this week off from lessons because we needed the break. So glad I did because our computer hard drive crashed at the shop. Unfortunately for me, I had
forgotten neglected to back up my back up's from Quickbooks onto a usb drive - since mid march. *facepalm* I fibbed and told my employees it was just a couple weeks worth of data because I didn't need want to hear a lecture from my techs. Fortunately for me, they reinstalled the old hard drive from when we had Windows XP which enabled me to get everything entered, up to date and backed up. Tomorrow the new hard drive arrives and I get the pleasure of installing everything and restoring quickbooks back to normal.
I also signed up for a critique class through Savvy Authors and learning how to critique as well as be on the receiving end of a critique. I have a tendency to be more of a teacher rather than a critter, so working on my critter skills. Speaking of being on the receiving end of a critique, the fine authors over on The Kill Zone, a group mystery and thriller author blog including James Scott Bell, Clare Langley, Michelle Gagnon, et al offered up their annual first page critique and I took the plunge. Here's mine. Educational experience to say the least.
Have been doing a bit of blog browsing and as always getting inspired by what I see:
Why do I write? - Patrick of The Artist's Road asks. Contemplating the reasons.
Have you been following K.M Weiland's Secret of Story Structure. She's just concluded the 11 part series and it well worth reading. She's very wise.
Meanwhile my 52 Books group has been introducing to me all kinds of books that need to be added here and here (read 3 so far) Starting to see a theme shaping up for 2013's challenge. And I've added another group of authors to my Author Blogging Reading Project - check out the weekly line up at Mullholland Books.
I'm also intrigued by the responses to Audrey Niffenegger's visual book The Night Bookmobile. It created a discussion within my book group about books that are so good they make you forget to put the groceries away. It was a serial graphic novel published in the London Guardian in 2008 and published in book form in 2010.
Anyway it prompted the thought:
There are so many books I haven't read yet and if I came across my own bookmobile full of the books I've read in a lifetime, what books would I have regretted not reading.
Time to start a bucket list.
So those are the things that have derailed my progress this week. How's your week been so far? Check in here and encourage your fellow rowers