Sunday, August 31, 2008

I'm outta here!!!!!

In case ya'll are wondering, I live in Houma, Louisiana (Terrebonne Parish). I'm sure everyone knows by now that Houma will likely take a direct hit from Gustav.

I evacuated Friday night to beat the rush. I'm in Gatlinburg, Tennessee hiking in the Smokies. Unfortunately, the resort I'm staying at charges for internet access so I'm currently in the parking lot of another hotel checking my e-mail. Is that ethical?

Anyway, I'm not sure when I'll be on-line again.


Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Excuse me while I vent . . .

Last month I hopped on over to a great new resource for Christian fiction writers: Christian Fiction Online Magazine.

After perusing the site, I entered my name in the book giveaway contest and . . . I won. The prize: Two autographed books by Robert Liparulo. Mr. Liparulo is a talented author and I was happy to not only win autographed books by an author I admire, but, also the fact that I won the inaugural Christian Fiction Online Magazine contest.

Well, yesterday I received my prize. An empty box with a postal note saying: received without contents. So, I called the post office, knowing it was an exercise in futility, and they said there is nothing they can do about it. That is how it arrived in their office.

Thus the problem with media mail. Although it's never happened to me before, it seems that at any point on its journey, a media mail package can be looted and simply forwarded empty to the recipient who has no recourse.

Of course, I hate to accuse anyone of stealing. I'm sure most postal employees are honorable hard-working people. And, it's quite possible something else happened. The books could have fallen out of the taped box, remained unnoticed, and swept away with the refuse.

But then again, someone other than me is probably the proud new owner of two autographed books. Maybe I'll check e-bay.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

The flipside . . .

It's not that men don't want to ask for directions, it's that women always think we're lost.