Friday, October 29, 2010

Give it Up!

I survived an entire week with only one working hand! Supposedly, my stitches will be removed tomorrow. We'll see.

Enough about me. I've got some goodies to give away.

First up --

The "Official Apron"
for details on how to enter, go to

Next --

Free copy of When Love Ends
and the Ice Cream Carton is Empty

Enter to win at -

And another --

Free* Michael Miller Fabric
Get details at -

Can't say I never gave you anything. :)

Okay, my finger is beginning to throb, which means I need to get off the computer and relax.

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Ouch! Pain. Pain. I'm out. I'll talk you guys next Friday.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Woman Down!

I'm hurt!

Sliced my right index finger while cutting potatoes.

Blood everywhere. Looked like a scene from The First 48.

4 hours in the emergency room.

8 stitches.

Pain. Pain. Pain.

Doctor says:

Still haven't finished update. I'll post as much as I can.

Typing hurts!

Don't want to do Adobe Max tomorrow. But will go.

Pray for me (please).

Friday, October 15, 2010

Production Report for the Week Ending October 15, 2010

The following is a report of my activities for the week ending October 15, 2010.

I. YouTube - You're BARRED!

I work a lot on my computer. Most of the time I operate in a zone and am not aware of what's going on around me. From time to time (not very often), I'll log on to YouTube and play a few music videos. Chaka Khan ("Sweet Thing"). Beyonce ("If I Were a Boy;" "Halo"). Angela Bofill ("I Try"). Phyllis Hyman ("Old Friend" "You Know How to Love Me"). Stuff like that. I don't watch the videos. I merely have them playing behind the scenes as filler noise.

Last Tuesday, I was in the middle of practicing my new Dreamweaver skills (learned in my ongoing web design course) and listening to Anita Baker sing, "Angel," when all of the sudden, my cursor started jerking all over my computer screen. I thought I accidentally held down my shift key too long or was leaning on a character. But, I wasn't. Then it stopped jumping. I shook my head and returned to my DW lesson. By that time, the Anita Baker video was over and I went to the YouTube tab and pressed the "Replay" button so I could hear the song again. All was well for the next few minutes. THEN, the cursor began zooming across my computer screen. I tried shutting DW down but it wouldn't close. I did Ctrl, Alt + Del and that's when my entire computer screen turned upside down. The cursor was going wild. I couldn't select anything. Long story short, I powered off hoping that would stop whatever was trying to get on my system.

I rebooted. My screen was still upside down. I had a difficult time moving the cursor and selecting. However I was able to get to the Internet and download a malicious software removal program and run it on my computer. In the middle of the scanning, I had a light bulb moment and remembered the "system restore" option that is supposed to restore your system to a date prior to the attack.

So, I shut down the scanning and attempted a system restore. (Praying - a lot, too.)

It did not work. My desktop was still upside down, although the cursor was not as wild. I did an online search for a solution to my upside down screen and came up with:

Ctrl, Alt + up arrow

That worked.

Then I re-ran the virus software, which, after an hour long scan, claimed no viruses found.

I had to go to my j-o-b. So, I just powered off and hoped whatever was wrong would resolve itself overnight.

The following morning, I powered on and all seemed well. UNTIL, I began my morning blog hop and started getting new tab windows every time I scrolled down the screen or clicked on a link.

I was pissed. I started calculating the costs of taking my computer to a repair shop. Not something I could afford. Then I remember a long time ago when I had a virus and I spoke to an online tech guru and he told me about finding and deleting hidden files where viruses plant themselves.

Step 1: Double Click "My Computer"

Step 2: Double Click "C" Drive and select "Documents and Settings"

Step 3: Select the "Default User" folder, then "Local Settings" folder. (The Local Settings folder is going to be a hidden file. You have to unhide all hidden folders. To do so, go to "Tools" and select "Folder Options".

Go to the "View" tab and select "Show hidden files...")

Step 4: Open the "Local Settings" folder. You'll see a "Temporary Internet Files" folder. Open it and delete all files. Be sure to empty your "Recycle Bin."

Step 5: Reboot your machine.

So far, this has worked for me. So, what does this have to do with YouTube, you ask? Well, this is not the first time, funny things have happened on my computer while running a YouTube video. The previous time, I was actually watching the video and saw immediately that something was attempting to get on my system and I shut it down.

I did an online search and apparently, I am not the only person who has gotten viruses from YouTube.

Well, I'm not taking any more chances.

What would my favorite TV publicans do?

Den & Angie

Pat Mitchell

Peggy Mitchell

YouTube - "You're barred!"

That's right, no more YouTube videos playing on my computer. Okay, maybe I'm being a little over dramatic. Now, if YouTube, can get the BBC to post full EastEnders episodes from the first season to present, I'll buy a YouTube-dedicated computer just to watch.

I've been watching since the 1st episode. I even visited the set.

Albert Square (Queen Vic Pub in center)

II. My Pledge

I will be more diligent about running virus removal software weekly. Fortunately, I do have an external back-up drive. Also, so many Mac users claim to not have virus problems that I think I'll stop by the Mac store and check out a few machines.

This concludes my production report for the week ending October 15, 2010. I look forward to your comments.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Production Report for Week Ending October 1, 2010

The following is a report of my production for the week ending October 1, 2010.

I. Say What You Mean and Do What You Say.

This week I had a very frustrating experience. I was finalizing what was to become an upcoming online crafts class. I spent over an hour on the telephone with the party going over the details. By the time we ended the call we were both in mutual agreement. I started to put wheels in motion for sponsorship. Blah, blah, blah. Long story short, two days later I get a "I'm sorry...this isn't the right time for me..." email from the party. Blah, blah, blah.

I was pissed.

I didn't even bother to respond. Ugh.

Last year, one of the co-founders of a very successful online creative class company warned me that instructors tend to be flaky.

It's so annoying.

But, as with all things in "Judyville," I keep it moving. Next.

II. Don't You Hear Me Talking To You?

For the last three weeks I have sent proposal upon proposal to people/companies for various projects I am planning for Several of the recipients have gotten in touch and will be involved in the future. Great. Much appreciated.

Then there are the others. The ones who just pretend they don't hear me. The ones who blow me off.

Before you say, "Well, they don't owe you anything," consider that these people were beneficiaries of former things I had done for them.

And for the record, I don't have a problem with the word, "no." I actually prefer you to be direct and let me know where you stand. It's the silent treatment that gets the eye roll and clenched teeth. Explain to me, what's the big deal about a simple decline email?

And don't get me started about the short-term memory people I've done things for in the past.



III. Some Good News (Honest - No Bitterness Below)

My media credentials for the upcoming Adobe Max 2010 convention arrived.

I am very excited. I'm covering Adobe Max 2010 for a special week long WOMEN CREATE: Lessons in Business for Women video diary. The video diary will feature demonstrations of Adobe products every home-based (or otherwise) woman entrepreneur should know about. I'll also chat with industry experts about trends.

Adobe is the maker of Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Premiere Pro, Flash, After Effects and more.

IV. Farewell to a Gentleman

The day I received the email mentioned in Section 1 of this report, my spirit was so heavy. I actually prayed to God to release me from this assignment.

"Just say it, God. Tell me to put this down.
Speak plainly to me. And make it audible
so there is no doubt that it is you. Just tell me that
I don't have to do this anymore."

God hasn't gotten back to me yet.

However, the day after, I received a report that one of my all-time favorite television writers - Stephen J. Cannell - had passed away.

I met Mr. Cannell in the early 90's on a film set. He was extremely kind, funny, dapper and encouraging. A year or so later, I had the opportunity to work at Mr. Cannell's independent television production company. I had to decline because the pay was too low, especially in comparison to the money I was making at a large studio.

In hindsight, I probably should have taken the job.

A (small) portion of Stephen J. Cannell's fruit.

Did you know he was dyslexic?

He was a man who had every reason to give up but didn't. (He failed three grades before finishing high school.) He pressed on and found a way to make his dreams come true. In the process he entertained, comforted and inspired a generation via his television programs and novels.

Stephen J. Cannell on Writing:

Stephen J. Cannell on Writer's Block:

Stephen J. Cannell on Greatest Lesson He's Ever Learned:

This concludes my production report for the week ending October 1, 2010.