There are some nasty viruses spreading over the Internet. I recently had a computer crash. I’m not going to mention the name of it in case the people who created it have Google alerts set up. No need for them to know they temporarily succeeded in robbing me of my computer. Fortunately, everything was backed up. It’s been more of a minor nuisance than anything else. I do have access to another computer, so it hasn’t been a complete disaster – as I know they’d hoped. So they failed in that regard.
They actually did me a favor though. I’d learned to back everything up from my last computer failure, but I hadn’t learned something far more valuable. Computers are not a substitute for face-to-face human encounters. Because I have not been on a computer 12 hours a day, I have spent more time with family, friends, and neighbors, something that’s especially important over Christmas and New Year. Actually, it’s important all year round. It also caused me to focus on something else that I’ve neglected for far too long – my Christian faith. (Something else that is also important all year long.) So, as Joseph told his brothers in the book of Genesis, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done.”
I have two contests coming up in February. One is at Coffee Time Romance and one is at Long and Short Reviews. I don’t have dates set up yet, but you can find those by visiting my personal blog this month at www.dlynnkennedy.blogspot.com. I’ll be giving away a $20 gift certificate to Barnes and Noble in the contest at Coffee Time Romance. I’m not sure what the gift will be at LASR, perhaps a gift certificate at Amazon.
I wish everyone a Happy New Year!