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Monday Morning Blues

Well, this a lousy way to start a week.

Last night, shortly after I made my post about yesterday's Jets and Giants game, my office was broken into and burglarized.

We've been adding on a two-story library tower to the back of the house. The construction started in June and will continue to December. That's how they got in, entering through the back yard and construction area and ripping down the temporary plywood wall that separates the new rooms from the rest of the house.

They pulled open a lot of drawers, rummaged through a lot of stuff, and knocked over my computer monitor, but didn't get much of a haul, all in all. I lost a video iPod and a Bose docking station (although they overlooked the remote), plus two replica swords I had in a corner awaiting the end of construction, so I could hang them on a wall. So far as I can tell, that's all that's missing. They smashed the electronics on our safe, but were unable to open it. Some of the tools that the workmen had left at the construction site were also taken; a power saw, a few other things.

One of the swords was a gift from readers, a beautiful piece. That's the only real loss, though. Easy enough to replace the ipod. The second sword was junk.

(And no, they did NOT take my computers, so the hard drive where A DANCE WITH DRAGONS lives is still there, and safe, and I haven't lost any work. And yes, I back up regularly, so even if they had made off with the hardware, I have all the finished text saved on disk. So you can all come down off that ledge, please).

The most unsettling part of all this was the timing. I came over to the office last night after football to make my LJ post about the games and answer some emails. One of the mails in my in box was from a friend who wanted to come over and watch television. I said sure, then went back to the main house to tell Parris that our friend might be dropping over. She never did, so Parris and I watched ENTOURAGE and CALIFORNICATION and a couple of episodes of THE DAILY SHOW from last week that we'd TIVOed. Two hours worth of television. After which I went back to my office... and discovered the break-in. Spent the next couple of hours dealing with the cops and the aftermath of all this.

But if I hadn't gotten that email from our friend, I might have stayed in the office and continued to answer emails, which meant I would have been here when the thief (or thieves) broke into the construction site and then into the house. I would certainly have heard the sound of the plywood wall being ripped down. Most probably a shout from me would have sent them fleeing back into the night... but maybe not. I suppose I could have tried to drive them off with one of those replica swords, but I'm just as glad I didn't have to try. I am not exactly a figure to inspire terror in night stalkers.

All in all, we got off light, but it's still a crappy way to start the week, and I'll be spending most of today dealing with police, insurance companies, locksmiths, our alarm company, and the like. And somewhere out there, some asshole has my sword.


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Oct. 27th, 2008 09:26 pm (UTC)
That truly bites - one can only hope their rotten karma gives them whiplash...or worse
Oct. 27th, 2008 09:37 pm (UTC)
Ugh, what a horrible way to start the week. I am so very sorry. Best thoughts.
Oct. 27th, 2008 09:42 pm (UTC)
Monday Morning Blues
Mr Martin I am very very sad that you were a victim of a break-in. Thankfully you and your family were not harmed - things can be replaced but lives cannot. So sorry that you lost your sword.
Oct. 27th, 2008 09:55 pm (UTC)
Horrible stuff. I would suggest talking to the local flea market / 2nd hand / pawn-shop type stores in your area, & giving them a description of the good sword -- most shopkeepers will at least be willing to keep an eye out for people trying to hawk stolen goods, especially if they know what you're looking for. Even if you ask them to buy it, hold it for you and get a description of the seller, & you'll reimburse them for the cost... it's better than losing something that has that kind of sentimental value forever.
Oct. 27th, 2008 10:04 pm (UTC)
I am so sorry. Glad to hear that you were not endangered physically. Is there a good discription or picture of the sword, so that those who are willing can keep a look-out on Ebay?
Oct. 27th, 2008 10:12 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear about your burglary Mr. Martin, it's a terrible invasion of privacy. I'm glad you and yours are okay and hope that the first night of the aftermath is not a traumatic one :) Take care.
Oct. 27th, 2008 10:15 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry to hear about this!

I used to work for a major alarm company and I can tell you that it's hard to protect a part of the house where construction is going on, but only if when armed there could be any motion at all. It causes false alarms. If there's anyplace in that area with a wall that won't be disturbed they should definitley be able to set up a sensor there. If there's no wiring right there (don't know what work you're doing) they can always use a remote sensor.

If you can, keep an eye on any pawn shops in the area. It's very possible that the swords may end up there and you can recover them.

Good luck, and I hope the rest of your week gets better!
Oct. 27th, 2008 10:15 pm (UTC)
favourite fantasy authors targeted!
last week joe abercrombie got hit by a thirteen-year-old with a banister, now they break into george martins office. world-wide conspiracy against fantasy-writing? is there a black list? who be next?
Oct. 27th, 2008 10:19 pm (UTC)
i know from past experience pretty much exactly what you're going through, and you have my sympathies.
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Oct. 27th, 2008 10:30 pm (UTC)
Terrible News
It seems we ar enever far from those who wish to take from and harm us and the little castles we make. I'm sorry this happened and want to caution you that when folks find a palce they can break into, they like to repeat the act if it stays easy for them to do so.

Like your fans, friends, and family, I'm glad you and Parris are okay. It's probably hard to think of it that way, but it oculd have gone terribly wrong.
Oct. 27th, 2008 10:38 pm (UTC)
That offically sucks. Let me add my voice to the chorus who is simply happy you and Parris are alright. Although I have to say, a library tower sounds very cool.
Oct. 27th, 2008 10:39 pm (UTC)
Glad you're okay. Maybe that asshole with the sword will trip on it and impale himself.
Oct. 27th, 2008 10:56 pm (UTC)
You're not alone
I'm so sorry. I've been there. Got burglarized about a year ago. The only thing that was taken was our one halfway decent computer monitor, but the house was trashed and I spent the first while frantically searching for my cat, who had the good sense to be hiding under a bed, thank the gods. I kept wondering for months afterward if they'd be back for more stuff, though. I still worry about it. And I've wondered a lot of things similar to what you talk about here. What if I'd been home? Would they have come in anyway? Might I have scared them off? Or maybe I'd have gotten raped or/and murdered instead. It's horrifying to think of. Again, I'm so sorry.
Oct. 27th, 2008 11:01 pm (UTC)
I'm very glad you're both ok, and sorry this has happened. Have you thought of maybe sending pictures of the sword to pawn shops, if you have some?
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