I don't have a normal post today. Mostly because my file with all my A2A posts was stolen. Many, many of the things I cherish were stolen yesterday. And I'm completely devastated.
I haven't gone out much since the baby was born but decided I'd take the kids to Grandma's to swim today. While we were gone, someone broke into our house and tore the place apart. Emptied every dresser drawer and crate/box in the house, the fridge and pantry, broke open bathroom cabinets etc. And stole so, so, so many things. Things like the brand new sit-n-stand stroller that I never even got to take out the door yet for a test drive. Things like my camera and video camera with all the footage from the baby's birth. TV and iPods. Every piece of jewelry I've ever owned-- including things I received back in high school, everything my husband has given me, special necklaces from my kids, things from my mom, special gifts for my daughters etc. The worst? My engagement ring. I still can't quite believe I'll never see my engagement ring again. They also got all of the copies of my books. And the police officers didn't understand what I was talking about when I just kept crying that they took all of my USBs! They have all the copies of every book I've written! I just couldn't believe it. I didn't know what I was going to do. I backed up my files onto a bunch of USBs in case one died but duh, never thought someone would just come by and take them all. Today's post was on there too so that is why there is no great post for today. Luckily, when dh got here he mentioned that he happened to make a copy of one of my USBs onto a hard drive a couple of months ago so I do have copies of my books. Just lost the work from the last couple of months. Whew.
I know I should just be grateful that we are all ok. That my kids and I were gone when it happened and no one was hurt. That it is all just stuff. And believe me I really, really am! And I do feel that most of it WAS just "stuff" that apparently someone(s) wanted really badly. But I can't help feeling devastated and violated anyway. And completely freaked out. And I realize this isn't a writing-related post but I just can't get in the mood. At least there is one writing tip you can take away from this post-- not only should you save your books in a bunch of places but spread them out so that no one can come in and just pluck them up all together.
Kristina, Miss Soon-to-Pub