Monday, October 04, 2010

Breaking (and entering) news ...

I would love to write a full post about the amazing Getting Published event on Saturday.
I'd like to give you details on how doing 19 back-to-back Book Doctor sessions was intense but very rewarding.
I wish I had the time and space to tell you what an indispensable tool this book by Harry Bingham is - the writer's bible without doubt.
I would include links to Twitter, to Writers' Workshop, to Wordcloud ...

Then I'd say that I hope to see you tonight at the Story of London event at Victoria Library where I'm reading from my short story in 33

Sadly, I can do none of the above.  On Thurs evening we came home to find our home being burgled by 5 guys.
It could have been much worse.  Most of the stuff was piled up and ready to go. If we'd been a few mins later ...
And, most importantly, even though they utterly trashed our home, no one was physically hurt.

The point I'm getting to here is that my biggest panic was that my laptop was missing.  It's ancient and the letters have rubbed off the keys, but it's worth more to me personally than all the other stuff put together.

I found it on the balcony the following morning.  The hard drive was lying separately and the cable and charger were gone.  I'm trying to sort all this out, while still needing to carry on with my usual essential workload.  Meanwhile, I can't get an internet connection on it, so can't get into Outlook to access my emails.

If you need to contact me electronically, you will have to do it via comments here or via Facebook for the ttime being.

Normal service will be ... etc ... etc

15 comments:

Tania Hershman said...

Oh god, Debi, as someone who was burgled several months ago and whose laptop was taken, I am so so sorry to hear this. At least you found your laptop, I hope nothing is missing, that it's all working. It's the most horrible feeling, your home being broken into. Thinking of you, sending love. xx

Debi said...

I thought of you, Tania, remembering your own awful experience. Worst thing was that they were still here but in a way that's good too. It somehow helps to have a human face to put on the people who have rummaged through your knicker drawer.

And like I say, it could have been much worse. And I've even sorted the internet connectivity problem. Think 'right cable'. Think 'right socket'. Doh!

Sue Guiney said...

Oh jeez. I'm so sorry. How awful and how scary! Thank God no one was hurt, though!

Sara Crowley said...
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Sara Crowley said...

Oh no, that must have been so frightening. Sympathy and cyber hugs atcha.

Debi said...

Sue - that was of course the night I was triple bookeed and missed your launch. Otherwise, I'd've been home even later.

Sara - thanks. You can never have too many cyber hugs.

BarbaraS said...

Debi, so sorry to hear that you went through that awful experience. Creeps! What I love about you is that you always look to the positive - teach us all a thing or two.

DBA Lehane said...

As I was asleep upstairs when my girlfriend's house was burgled earlier this year I know exactly how you feel. Hope things return to normality for you and family soon.

Liane Spicer said...

So sorry, Debi. I know how you feel: we were burgled three months or so ago and losing my laptop was the hardest part of all. Well, apart from our lingering paranoia...

I'll tell you what I keep telling myself: It could have been much, much worse.

Debi said...

I remember that happening to you, Liane. Right from the beginning 'It could've been worse' was our mantra.

Lorna F said...

Having experienced burglary three times in my life, I know how horrible that feeling of invasion is - and the lingering sense of vulnerability afterwards, so wanted to send you my sympathy. Thank goodness your laptop was still around. And as you say, it could have been worse ...

pundy said...

Sorry to hear about this, Debi, not a pleasant experience at all.

Don't let it get to you.

Bill

pundy said...

Really sorry to read about this Debi. Don't let it get to you.

pundy said...

Really sorry to read about this, Debi.

Don't let it get to you.

Debi said...

Lorna - home security team have fixed us up with new locks and window alarms. Hopefully, this will never happen again.

Pundy, Pundy, Pundy! How lovely to see you here after all this time. Thrice - to make up for lost time.