As part of the Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour for Pinot Red or Dead?, I’m pleased to host the writing team of J.C. Eaton for a guest post today.
Series: Wine Trail Mysteries #3
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Lyrical Underground
Release Date: March 26, 2019
There’s a lot of noir surrounding this rare pinot.
As the vineyards in Seneca Lake, New York, prepare for the seasonal “Deck the Halls Around the Lake” festivities, someone is determined to keep pinot noir off the wine list. Hijacked trucks and sabotaged ingredients have made it a hard-to-acquire vintage for the six local wineries—including Norrie Ellington’s Two Witches Winery.
The case of the stolen and spoiled wines gets stranger when Arnold Mowen, owner of the company distributing the wine, is found dead, the apparent victim of a hunting accident. As Norrie tries to find the connections between the pinot’s problems and Arnold’s death, she uncovers a conspiracy among many locals whose hatred for the wine distributor was bottled up for far too long . . .
Don’t Throw Out Those Paper Files Yet
By Ann I. Goldfarb and James E. Clapp (J.C. Eaton)
At least once a month one of our file cabinets gets stuck. And we mean stuck! No amount of pulling, yanking or shaking will help return the drawer back into its cabinet. Pleading and cursing don’t help either. That means one thing. We’ve stuffed and crammed too many copies of our writing into the darn cabinet and the screws that are attached to the metal slides can no longer do their job. Yep, we’ve rendered it immobile.
The only way out is to empty the file cabinet, remove the drawer and reinsert the screws. Sounds simple enough, but it’s really a two person job and neither of us are thrilled. The last time this happened it took us two hours since the screws were so worn from previous attempts to rectify the situation. Then, of course, we had to look over the stuff like a walk down memory lane. Factor in twenty minutes to critique a short story written a decade ago, uncover two grocery lists from 2015, and an overdue notice from the library. (Yes, we returned the book!)
“We have a computer. Can’t we just back-up our files without copying all of them?” (Jim)
“We do that but it’s scary. We don’t want to lose them.” (Ann)
“That’s why they invented flash drives…and that cloud thing.” (Jim)
“But something could go wrong.” (Ann)
“What do you call spending an hour or two with the file cabinet?” (Jim, really exasperated).
In fairness, some of the stuff we’ve written was penned long before computers were around. And we simply haven’t had the time to re-type Jim’s junior high diatribes, Ann’s diary entries, short stories, plays, and that dreadful first novel that may never see the light of day. But we don’t want to part with them either. Just in case…
And then, there’s the “back-up” stuff. Yeah, we do make flash drive copies and we send email versions into cyberspace, but Ann still can’t sleep at night unless she knows we’ve got a written copy of whatever we’re working on, safely stored in a file cabinet. We blame our high school teachers for this. And our college professors. And our mothers.
The mantra was always the same for both of us.
“Don’t turn in any work without making a copy for yourself!”
Making copies was a big deal back in the sixties. We called it Xeroxing since the Xerox Company introduced the first photocopier. Their advertising went a long way and suddenly, everything had to photocopied, including our spelling lists, book reports, and term papers. Now, as cozy mystery authors, we wouldn’t dare leave a piece of work without a back-up copy or two.
And while computer technology certain beats old school, nothing can replace holding something tangible in the form of a written manuscript. Besides, if the computer crashes or something heinous happens to our flash drives, we’ll always have the file cabinets. Provided we can still open them!
J.C. Eaton is the penname for the collaborative writing team of Ann I. Goldfarb and James E. Clapp.
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What about you? Have you gone all digital or do you still get overrun with papers?