It has been five weeks since my last post! In April, my computer did the closest thing to a crash without it being a complete one; I’m still getting it back in order. It was disappointing to lose some things, mostly writing contacts and information. The upside of this computer crisis is that having to reload programs has given me the newest updated ones, and introduction to some great new-to-me programs.
Free advice regarding anti-virus programs: First, BUY one! Second, ONLY use a free one to test it using their limited time free trial, then buy it if you like it. I learned the hard way that free ones do not have enough of the necessary ingredients to protect your computer, regardless of what you think.
I had been working on a story I’d written for children, and revising it in preparation for submission to a magazine. With the ‘crash’, once I found my story again it would be a rush job to get it sent by the April 30 deadline. After all that effort I made the decision to set it aside. Maybe one day it will go somewhere and even be accepted. Now, in fact, I am not sure what I am supposed to do about my writing. Does it sound as if some discouragement has sneaked into the picture?
Do you ever get into the place of not being sure what you really are supposed to be doing? I remind myself of Jonah in the Bible. Remember him? God told him what He was to do, Jonah didn’t agree and ran the opposite way, only to be hauled up short. You know the story; he came around eventually. Now, I’m not saying I deliberately said no to God, but I may have wandered off on my own brilliant tangents instead of following closely to His plan. Not that my choices are/were bad ones, they just may not be the right ones or God’s best for me.
My business website is under scrutiny now, too; I’m considering revising my business goals.
Maybe it’s because Spring is here in Nova Scotia – or maybe I am getting wiser?? hmmm
What do you think? What is happening in your life? Do you ever go through this kind of thing, and if so .. what have you learned from it? Tell me about it!
Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings! 🙂
All the best with the computer and the story. Keep writing if you can – it all adds up in skill and experience terms. Most creatives have dips – goes with the territory!
Thank you for your post, nexi. I had heard that term before .. creatives .. and I really like it. I must add that to my own personal vocabulary. Thank you for the encouragement! 🙂
I’m sure you’ll do whatever you’re called to do. Sounds like you’re already listening. The thing is–writing is not as dangerous as having to confront the godless people of Nineveh, or hanging out in a whale’s belly! When I feel like not writing it helps to switch genres. For example, you might want to set that story aside for a while and try poetry or even blogging!
Good luck with the computer and enjoy spring. I’d love to visit Nova Scotia someday.
Hi Victoria, True it isn’t as dangerous, but it still is lack of obedience or action. I am finding it hard to even start writing again, but I trust that will come eventually. Thanks for the advice and encouragement.
Nova Scotia is wonderful this time of year, but the best time to visit is in the Summer, or in the early Fall if you want to see the beauty of the leaves in their Autumn colours, especially around the Cabot Trail of Cape Breton.
I’m sure we all go through times of uncertainty no matter who are, and discouragement does creep in. Remember to say hello and show discouragement the back door.
It’s nice to have you back, Lynn. I, for one have, missed you!
Awww! Thanks, Laura! And thank you for the reminder. I start doubting myself too easily.
Happy Mother’s Day .. new Grandma! 🙂
Never,Never,Never give up! 🙂
Thanks for the reminder, Donna. 🙂
Congratulations on the Versatile Blogger Award. My computer crashed regularly until I finally bought a Mac in 2008. Haven’t had one problem since then. It’s a blessing.
Thanks, Joylene, for the congrats and for taking the time to post on my blog. Laura caught me off guard with that one .. the versatile blogger award is certainly not something I would have expected to receive. She is trying to encourage me to get moving again, and maybe it will work. 🙂
I don’t think I could handle frequent computer crashes; one is enough for me! I’m glad you have found a computer that works for you.
Again, thanks for your post. 🙂