Monday, March 13, 2017

A Nice Surprise

I spent a portion of my time Sunday cleaning out my e-mail box. I was trying to find an e-mail I opened and before I could save it, the computer crashed (because of course it did). I tend to keep older e-mails NEW until I no longer need the information from them, and I usually (USUALLY) save them in another folder, for just this case.

Did I do it for this one? Of course I didn’t!

Problem is, AOL (at least my software) is acting wonky. All e-mail software acts wonky in one form or another. I really hate them all, but I hate AOL the least, so that’s why I stick with it. Anyway, I clicked on Incoming/Saved e-mail and was told it had over 90,000 e-mails and would take a while to sort.

Apparently it only wants to sort 50% of the e-mails. What’s up with that?


So I set out to delete e-mails I don’t need, hoping to finally get to 2017 and find the e-mail I DO need. But then I got distracted.

Don’t we all?

I found a set of e-mails from 2010 from an e-mail address that looked vaguely familiar, and it had to do with critiquing her work. I opened one, but it didn’t display her name. But a character’s name (Isleen) jumped at me. Hmmm… I recently read a book with that character name. Coincidence? I wasn’t sure. So I kept clicking on the e-mails and then I found her name: Abbie.

No, it couldn’t be. But then I saw another character’s name (Xander). They were both from that book. And now her e-mail address looked MORE familiar, so I went to my COFW membership roster (because I’m the treasurer and keep track of that sort of thing) and found the name I know her by now and there, listed beside it, was her other name. Her real name. The name on the e-mail address.

And the funny thing is, I was reading her second book.

I had actually critiqued Abbie Roads’ first book. Well, at least 10 pages of it.

Gosh, I hope I said good things!

Oh, and I still haven’t found that e-mail I wanted. After all that, I wanted to finish reading her book. And I did!

Hubby is getting his port inserted (installed?) today. Don’t know when I’ll get back to my computer. I’ll most likely have to drive him to class tonight (not sure I want him to drive after having anesthesia). Fun, fun, fun!

So… Do you save your e-mails? How far back do yours go? Am I stupid to keep mine? I know a lot of people delete e-mails after reading them. Mine automatically get saved to that Incoming/Saved folder anyway and I just can’t seem to get myself to hit delete on all of it.

Happy Monday!



Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's wild you're reading her second book and didn't even remember critiquing her first one.
Personal ones I keep, but I try and delete the other stuff not long after it comes in. (Like Goodreads notifications.) I can usually find what I need by searching name or date. I had to find someone's phone number this weekend and I managed to find it in an email from four years ago and it only took five minutes.
Hope everything goes well today.

JeffO said...

I have far too many e-mails in my inbox, but I do delete all the junk at least. I think my wife just puts everything in the 'archive' folder. When I got myself a gmail account (which I did primarily for writing), I swore I'd keep the inbox clean. Now, I have 767 e-mails piled up (though I've at least read them all). So much for that!

Maria Zannini said...

I save a lot of emails, especially business related ones. I try to store them in sub folders so they're easier for me to find.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Alex - To be fair, the pages I critiqued were for a YA, but she said she had an adult version, too. Glad she went with adult! :)

Jeff - I always SAY I'll keep the inbox clean...then I don't.

Maria - I do my best to put important e-mails into separate folders. In this case I forgot and I think it's gone. When I had computer issues last year and had to add AOL a gazillion times, I forgot to check the box to have everything automatically saved to my Incoming/Saved folder. Explains why it only went back to April 2016! Urgh.

Jennette Marie Powell said...

I delete most emails, but save those I think I'll want to check on later... and I almost never do. So I have stuff in my inbox going back to 2010, when I got my current computer...

Given that she's now published and you're enjoying her books, chances are your critique was helpful to Abbie--which is what's most important!

Stacy McKitrick said...

Jennette - Mine go back to 2009, when I got my first laptop. I figured out how to move my e-mails from the old to the new to the next new.