Production News, otherwise known as TESTIMONY TIME!!!
While not much happened as far as promotional or marketing efforts were concerned: no contests, no blog tours, no giveaways etc, one event did take place on the back end of life here at Songdove Books, that will now let me carry on with two book-related projects. As most of you already know, hard drive space was at a premium and got to unworkable levels by the time I had to halt my prayer cards and halt recording my series. At one point, it seemed as if God might provide the extra space via another author, but for reasons I haven't felt at liberty to enquire over, it didn't happen. When someone offers the potential for a gift, you don't beg. A gift isn't a gift when it's pestered for. So I began asking God again how I was going to even manage client creative tasks for my day job, let alone for my two book-related projects. A couple weeks after that round of prayer, my daughter's laptop died!!!
Normally, when a piece of relied-upon equipment goes like that, the average response is to get upset. Rather than get upset, my daughter asked to pay me back. We located a few units at online stores for local retail outlets, and went to check them out in person. What happened next is completely a God thing! Unbeknownst to us, someone on the other side of Canada two months ago, had bought a particular laptop thinking they were buying a high-end unit with screaming-good specs! They got the screaming-good specs, but failed to take into account that the unit's hardware was built for power rather than speed. The unit had been returned to the store here in Kelowna! The unit had sat on the tech's bench for roughly a month, with the entire store's staff eyeing it on occasion, but no one really wanting to dive further into why it might have been returned, were there any hardware issues with it, etc? So we walk into this store completely unaware of this laptop in the back.
While we were browsing laptops, a guy comes over to ask how we're doing, did we need any help, etc. We share what my daughter was after, talk brands and specs, and it becomes obvious to this guy that I am a computer tech and that my daughter has picked up on my knowledge and talks like the child of a tech. This leads him to do something he doesn't normally do and share about the laptop in the back, particularly because I'd expressed amazement and how well I am impressed with the brand. We end up learning about the above laptop and how it's one generation behind the one on the floor. We learn how it was brought in to this store, and that the unit appeared to have a win8 BSOD of some kind. The guy was willing to offer it to us below cost if we were willing to a) accept it as final sale, and b) refurbish it ourselves, as we "sounded like we knew what we were doing", which is true. My daughter bought it after I insisted on putting it through some paces.
We got the laptop home, and after well over 4hrs of updates, updating to win8.1, and figuring out how to do a backup from the MS servers to DVD, my daughter has a perfectly fine working laptop that only seems to throw up a BSOD occasionally because of AVG. I have discovered in the past, that win8.x doesn't seem to play well with 3rd party antivirus programs, so I wasn't surprised after she put AVG on there and another BSOD showed up. Her own laptop had lost power somewhere on the motherboard, although the motherboard's own power light would come on, so she gave me it's hard drive!
Thanks to that lengthy story, I have 450gb worth of space to use, and transfering my existing data folder over to it only took roughly 80+ gb. So there's lots of room to resume the prayer cards and resume recording my series! I should be good for storage space now for the next while.
Anyone local to Kelowna will not be able to learn who the store was that we dealt with, because as the store manager observed, (yes, it turns out the guy we were dealing with WAS the store manager!) we were a "special case" because we had the technical know-how to get the unit going again. We were even given the head tech's business card if I had questions. Come to think of it, I should be contacting them for no other reason than for a) not brushing off my knowledge, as so often happens in places like this, b) selling us a really nice unit, and c) tell them it's working GREAT!
How's that for an answer to prayer?! The best part of it??? My daughter's income tax return is DOUBLE the price of the laptop!!! God is so good!!!
How has God worked things, people and scenarios to answer prayer in your life?