Lisa Yee (lisayee) wrote,
Lisa Yee

Trash Talking

So here's the deal. NEVER TOUCH YOUR LIBRARY.

The FIRST TIME was bad. And the SECOND TIME was worse.

As I now understand it, you have this "library" on your computer. It is the brains, the guts, the soul, of your computer and therefore sort of important. If you trash it, like I did, your computer becomes an empty shell of what it once was. And you get depressed and eat a ONE POUND bag of pretzels in one sitting.

If, after Michael, your computer guy, manages to retrieve 75% of your stuff and brings the computer to your house at 11 p.m., at 12 a.m. you decide to MOVE your library, well . . . bad things happen.

All I did was created a folder called "NEVER TOUCH THIS." I moved my library into it, and then POOF. Everything was gone again. Apparently, you move the library, your computer can't find it. Then, when you RENAME it, it WIPES OUT EVERYTHING THAT WAS ON THERE. (Michael says it was worse than when I moved it to the trash and emptied it.)

Deep sigh.

My computer is not back yet. I was going to post about Oklahoma, but I don't have iPhoto. Oh, and for anyone who I owe responses to emails to, I don't have e-mail either.

I can, however, post this. My pal Cathy sent it to me and it made me laugh . . .

And when/if I ever get my computer back, I will avoid the library. This makes me really, really sad. Because as an author I LOVE libraries and can't keep away from them. Which was my problem to begin with.

Oh, and BTW, I'm teaching a one-day workshop at UCLA on March 3rd called, "From Slushpile to Bestseller: Breaking Out of the Pack and Getting Published."

Here's the course description:

Award-winning author Lisa Yee's debut novel got plucked from the slushpile and eventually had over 250,000 copies in print. In this one-day workshop that focuses on the youth market, Ms. Yee gives you tips and strategies for crafting your own success story, including sharing insider writing tips and exercises that help hone your skills as you delve into character development and plot, combat writer's block, and the three key things you need to become a published author. You also learn how to write a query letter that gets noticed, how to shape your manuscript, and how to work with an editor. On the business side, you learn what really goes on behind the scenes in publishing--what drives marketing decisions and why, once a book is in print, your journey as an author has just begun. Bring paper and pen and your list of top-five favorite children's or young adult books, and be prepared to leave with an understanding of the publishing world and where you fit in. And also learn how to not trash your computer and therefore avoid eating too many pretzels.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at (I can receive mail at Mail2Web and reply from there), or register at the UCLA Writer's Program

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