Never order a new computer when you're set for a book release.
That is today's lesson gleaned from my experience. My desktop computer has been failing for at least a year, weakened by the malware attack which apparently damaged hardware. Not worth repairing, so my dear hubby said we could use some of our tax refund to replace it.
So I did, but the first one was a lemon. It happens. Not usually on the very first boot up, as happened to me, but I actually prefer lemons to make themselves known right away rather than after the warranty expires, lol. Back in the box it went.
The second replacement seems fine, if still a bit slow (I'm attributing this to McAfee, which I let the salesman talk me into). He was very nice, though - I insisted on Windows 7 so I wouldn't have to replace every last bit of software I own, and Dell accommodated me. He likewise gave me a tip to look online for drivers to update my old printer's software.
While I'm excited about the new computer, I'm also scrambling to catch up. The past few weeks have been crazy busy with the release of Cursed, which launched Decadent's new Tease line (yay!). But you never know how many files you accumulate - and in how many places - until you try to transfer them all. I'm still hunting down things I need.
I'm also excited that I splurged on Photoshop Elements 11, but now am finding that I need to relearn it. The last version I had was 3, and they've made lots of little changes.
Windows made lots of changes to its MovieMaker program too - I didn't realize, or I wouldn't have used my credit card points to buy Sony's Movie Sound Studio HD. My trailers are so blah compared to some of the wonderful book videos out there. But no matter which program I use, I'll have to learn (or, in MovieMaker's case, relearn) it.
Meanwhile, I had two story edits to finish this weekend - on my historical, Betting It All, and on Charmed, the second book in The Vitruvian Man series.
All that back and forth made me feel like I was accomplishing little. I did finish both story edits and sent those back to the editor. And I did get the PC in workable shape. Oh, and I managed to check off one more thing on my Author To Do list - a professional photo. I am camera shy normally, so believe me, this was a feat!
It's good to stop and take stock now and then. Too many times, I feel like I'm spinning my wheels and getting nowhere, but it's better to step back and take the longer view.
Any Photoshop or book video tips to share? :)
The other lesson for today is: Half a rainbow is better than none. Don't you agree?