Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Stolen Laptop & Live Lab Blogging

So, on Monday I wandered around our flat looking for my laptop. I couldn't find it. I thought I was going insane. Had I hidden it somewhere? Then J discovered the marks of a crowbar outside my study window and we realised we'd been broken into - they only took my laptop and iPod. Only. That laptop felt like an extension of my hands, my brain. I had backed up mostly, and thank goodness from Gmail, the majority of my stories are in the ether, accessible. But passwords and things... I had a real panic, and one sleepless night. Such a violation. And of my study, my safe space - now it's my unsafe space.

I have no computer now. I do need to get one. Luckily I had a wonderful day planned yesterday, going to the recording studio and listening to my flash stories being recorded by 2 amazing actors for broadcast on Radio 4 on June 29th & 30th and July 1st. It was very emotional for me, and I was pretty emotional already!

So today I thought of something else to cheer me up. I'm in the biochem lab, where I "embed" one day a week as writer-in-residence, and today I am blogging LIVE from the lab... So, if you ever wanted to know what it is that scientist actually do all day, check out Bristol University Science Faculty's brand new blog. (I am blogging from my mobile phone, forgive any odd spelling. ) Comments welcome!

Coming up tomorrow: I an delighted to be hosting Elizabeth Baines as she jets around the virtual world on her blog book tour for Too Many Magpies! Won't be doing that from my phone, Elizabeth's wonderful book deserves better than that. Stay tuned.


Sarah Hilary said...

I'm sorry you had to suffer this, but very glad you had the day in London to help remind you that life can be good as well as bad. x

Ethel Rohan said...

Tania, I'm so sorry about the robbery and sense of violation.

Light some sage, smoke your office, and restore your safe place :-)

I'm sending you lots of light and good karma.


Bernadette said...

I'm really sorry to hear about that Tania. Thank goodness the stories (and you!) are safe, but an awful thing nonetheless.

Rachel Fenton said...

What a horrid thing to happen to you but what a brilliant attitude you have to just keep going!