Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Why You Should Not Let Your Family Borrow Your Laptop



     My laptop and note pads are my best friends. I’m always jotting down ideas and doing research. You see my stories have a military twist and with three children that serve right now I have been lucky to be able to interview a few Navy Seals and a Special Ops Marine. Their stories helped my research. Well I also have terrorists groups in a few so I let the World Wide Web be my research guide. I tried to get my son to give me some information, but he said no. He was in Iraq and Afghanistan and I thought he could help.  He told me that I should make up a bad guy for my story and stay off web sites that would get me in trouble.  He is just too serious some times. I told him I wasn’t asking for major government secrets, just information so that I had my facts straight. 

     Well I found some sites that had the information I needed. Simple things like locations of camps, their operations, and even one on bomb making. They were on the web so I thought it would be no big deal to save them on my computer. Well there I go thinking.

I went to visit my son and his computer crashed and he needed a laptop for a briefing. I thought no big deal, and let him borrow mine.  He was gone a few hours then called his wife. Told her I needed to come to his office. When I walked in I knew I was in trouble. There were four men sitting around a large table and I knew they were pretty high in rank with how impressive their uniforms were. I guess my son downloaded his information for their presentation into a research file, mine. Do you see where I’m going here? Your right, when he pulled up his slide show my web pages came up on terrorists in Pakistan and bomb making. 

     I had to explain that I was not going to take over the world. Just write a romance book. I was asked to turn over what I was working on to prove my innocence.  It was a pretty nerve racking afternoon while he read what I wrote.  He concluded that I was not a threat and deleted the pages off my computer.  He asked how I picked the location of my terrorist camp. I told him a map and a dart. Where it landed was my camp. How was I to know that there was actually one there that the government was following? 

      This unfortunately is not the first time I got my son in hot water. Right after 9/11 I was so proud to have my children serving, yet so scared at the thought of them going to war. My son was in his senior year of college, but also in the reserves. Well he called me and told me that he volunteered to go active. He said they were pulling his reserve unit anyway so he was going regardless. I was upset and told him no. I wanted him to finish his last year so in the midst of my anger I found a website where you could e-mail the white house. I thought why not, no one ever reads them. They probably go to some black hole. I never gave my name or any personal information. I just told the president that little Johnny could not come out to play because he was grounded for not doing his homework, and he would not be able to come play war games or stay the night with the boys. It was a joke, but I felt better. Well they did read it and they did respond. With my name, address, sons rank and branch of the military. They basically told me that they did not need my permission for my son to participate because they were his mother now. My son called me and told me that his commander received an e-mail about this and asked me to never e-mail the white house again.

I know my son now wishes I wrote YA or paranormal. 

    So lesson learned, do not e-mail the White House, they do read everything, and never let your child borrow your laptop if there is anything there you don’t want them to see.

To be released late 2012, early 2013 through Black Opal Books,
 Rescued from the Dark

What if you woke up from a nightmare, trapped in a world of darkness, with no memory of how you got there? Rescued from the Dark is a passionate, gripping story about FBI agent, Jason Michaels, confronting his duty to his country, and struggling with his feelings for a woman with no memory of their love.

Undercover Agent, Jason Michaels, infiltrates the terrorist cell and risks everything, even his life, to save the FBI intern who stole his heart, then walked away. Once Mercy wakes from her coma Jason struggles with the fact that she does not remember what happened, but anguishes with the idea that she believes their unborn child belongs to her ex. Jason soon realizes the terrorists vow to get her back to claim their secrets locked in her memory, no matter what the cost. In a race against time, Jason and Mercy struggle to fight their attraction, and put their differences aside, as they launch a manhunt to save their country and each other.

Lynda Kaye Frazier
Facebook- Lynda Kaye Frazier- Author
Twitter- lynda_kaye 
Writing is my passion, Reading is my Love. 

30 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness. I don’t know what to say except that you have the best stories!
    I do worry about things I look up on the internet sometimes – not that I’ve done anything awful. But I always wonder… who’s watching me…?!

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    1. Thanks Sonya, and according to my Militqry children we are being watched. But I think they are just trying to scare me.
      Lynda

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  2. I bet your kids hold their breath and cross their fingers .. a lot. But hey, you have great real life experiences to draw on when writing. This was a great post Lynda. I am Definately going to check out your books. This is why I love this blog site. I have found several great authors I might never heard about.

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    1. I'm glad you liked my story Trish. My life can be pretty crazy but it does make for some great story ideas.
      Thanks
      Lynda

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  3. OMG. Make on of the interigators your son's commander and you have a romance story right there! I couldn't stop laughing. Sorry. That's probably not very nice. Ever since I got my new laptop it's been pasword protected and only my hubby knows the password. It was to keep my teenaged kids from unknowingly downloading viruses orginally, but now I have a whole new appreciation for my decision.

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    1. My son told me not to make is part of my book, but he'll never know, he doesn't read romance books. So Im' pretty safe. I did laugh about it. I thought they were blowing the whole thing out of perportion. I found out later that the area I had down was actually a hot spot they were watching and they thought my son gave away military secrets. It took awhile to prove it was just a map and a dart.
      I have a password on mine now and I'm sure my son will never borrow it again.
      Thanks
      Lynda

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  4. Thank you Maureen for allowing me to share part of my crazy life with this great site. :}
    Lynda

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  5. Loved this! It was too funny but also kinda scary.....

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    1. Hey Lynne, It was a little nerve racking for a little while, but we just laugh about it now.

      Lynda

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  6. That story is hilarious. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Goodness, Lynda. Your lucky your weren't arrested.

    Still you can write what you know, and you know how to get into trouble with the higher ups in this country, lol.

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    1. Hey Janice,
      I do believe in doing things in a big way, and starting at the top. But both my boys have told me the White House and terrorist research sites are off limits.
      I'm glad you liked my story.
      Lynda

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  8. well, you're a sassy lady and all I can say is, phew! thank goodness it all ended okay.

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    1. I have to agree Valerie, I was nervious while I waited and really enjoyed that drink my son bought for me when it was all over.
      Glad you liked it.
      Lynda

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    1. I'm glad you liked it. I love to make people laugh.
      Lynda

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  10. Oh my goodness! Now that is just wow... thanks for sharing!

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    1. You are so welcome Colleen. I'm glad you like it.
      Lynda

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  11. (spews iced tea all over keyboard)
    ROFLMAO! OMG....Loved the 'map and dart' answer!!!

    Thank you for brightening up my day....and for letting me know NOT to email to prez with a 'my son needs to finish college 1st' email!

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    1. I'm glad I could brighten your day, and please no e-mails to the prez, your son will thank you.
      I also loved the map and dart method. Too bad the Navy didn't.
      Lynda

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  12. Lol...great story...I don't write but I also don't let anyone borrow my laptop for just that reason....don't need them to see what I'm doing or researching

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    1. Hey Maria,
      My computer is now password protected, and not borrowed by anyone in my family.
      glad you enjoyed the story
      Lynda

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  13. Lynda, I know this is serious stuff, but the laptop and the email stories are so funny. I almost choked on my apple. Now I've got to read some of your books.

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    1. Hi Cara. It was serious at the time, but now its just a rally good story that my sons cringe when I tell. My book should be out at the ned of the year. Ill keep you posted.
      Glad you liked the story
      Lynda

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  14. Lynda, I am on the floor laughing about the White House and commander getting back to you.

    I did research on poison and Handsome Hubby found it in his printer and wondered "what???"

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    1. Hey Vicki, between my bomb knowledge, and your poison information we could be a pair to fear. Watch out world the writers are on a roll.
      Glad you got a laugh out of it.
      Lynda

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  15. What a great story. Glad it ended up alright in the in. My son has just signed Delayed Entry and leaves a year from now when he finishes high school. I'll remember to not email the White House or let him borrow my computer.

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    1. Yes Katy please learn from my mistakes. Your son will appreciate it.
      Glad you like my story.
      Lynda

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  16. Love the stories, Lynda. I was just thinking about stuff like this the other day. There's been a time or two when my husband has walked by my desk and raised his eyebrows at the websites I look at (and no naked pictures of men) and he's not in the military. So I can imagine what my military son-in-law would say if he were to look. LOL! I'm sure your son is proud of you.

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  17. The govt is very serious about terrorist stuff...fiction or not. What an experience with both the laptop and writing to the President.
    Sounds like info to put into your next book? Author turned spy?

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