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September 20, 2009


L.J. Sellers

Really weird stuff happens in real life. Yesterday a woman at the Goodwill was crying and my husband tried to assist her. It turned out she was carrying a hatchet that she referred to as "my friend." I don't think I can use that in a novel either. Glad you and your electronics are safe!

kd easley

Can't say as I've ever carried a hatchet into, well, anywhere indoors actually. LOL

I can relate to the lost iPhone, though. I don't know what I'd do without mine, and I'm pretty sure if it was lost I wouldn't get any sleep at all.


I could definitely use the "weeping woman with a hatchet" in a story, not to mention several dumb jokes. And if I were the heroine in a mystery, I'd rather be carrying that hatchet (or my trusty Swiss army knife) than a cell phone that's guaranteed not to work at a critical moment.

Now if the Swiss can figure out how to incorporate smart phone/GPS technology into their knives, I could become emotionally attached...


I love that our iPods can be used to light the way in the dark. I've lost my phone and like you had to call multiple times to find it.

Kristina L.

After losing my keys several times as a teenager, I learned to make rules about where I'm willing to leave my keys. The same thing applies to my purse and cell phone. Saves a lot of trouble - there's only a few places they can be.

Except for the time my keys fell out of my pocket and behind the cushions on my couch. And I forgot to charge my cell phone today.

And I still have to spend time looking for the book that I just set down for a minute while I was doing something else.


I must admit that I find some of the "accounting for the cell phone not working at the critical moment" bits in recent novels annoying. One of the earliest books I read with this problem had a protagonist who actively used her phone multiple times a day, noted several times that it needed recharging, and then still forgot to charge it before the critical moment. My immediate thought - what, this woman has never heard of a car charger? She's in her car half the day - the phone could be charging as she drives! I can't be the only one who has one.

Kristina L.

Yeah, but I've done things like that, remembered that I needed to do something and just not gotten around to do it until it was too late.

Dana Cameron

I'm glad you found the durned thing, Donna. And, having done the same thing, and used the same method to find the phone, I've come to a conclusion: I need to change my ringtone. It's more than a little creepy to suddenly hear "Don't Fear The Reaper" (The Ceasars' version) coming out of nowhere.

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