Nearly two weeks ago, June 28th, my beloved laptop died. I had that computer since 2009. It was my beloved companion and co-worker in my writing projects for my first novel “Soul’s Little Lie”, some new short stories and some new novel ideas, including the continuation to Soul’s Little Lie of three other books. I had my whole life on that laptop. I truly loved it until its last breath.
Thankfully, with the help of my best buddy – intuition (gut feeling mixed with images of the coming future), I backed up all my current novels onto disc. I even backed up my art reference pictures for my art classes and whatever else I could. Then, that day on June 27th, I decided to do some serious updates. It wasn’t me that had killed the computer, it was the power supply in the device itself. I could not shut the computer down, I got that legendary blue screen of death. I tossed and turned in my sleep hoping this was only a dream.
Took it to Best Buy to get the hard drive removed and get some extra files out of it. Thankfully the hard drive was not damaged. The Geek Squad clerk suggested I get this USB port drive to drive hook up transfer device. My friend Robert was there with me, a fellow computer geek. I had bought a brand new HP computer that day, too. Took it home, set it all up and began to transfer my old C Drive to the new one with this USD port thing. Well, as soon as I clicked the C drive, it went black. Turns out that there were not options to transfer particular files only. Instead it transferred my whole Vista OS to the new Windows 8 OS and they canceled each other out. Went back to get my money from the USB port device, transferred some more files onto a thumb drive from the old hard drive and then called HP the next day.
Thank you Huricane Arther for stopping FedEx from delivering my recovery OS for my computer! It took two whole weeks and with the July 4th weekend, it made it that much longer to get here. Today, thankfully it made it. I’m typing this new entry from my now fully working computer.
While I waited for the recovery discs to arrive, I didn’t stop writing or reading. I hunkered down and studied my ass off by reading: The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing by the Editors of Writer’s Digest. I’m half way done. I’ve marked up important areas all throughout the whole book that strike a cord with my thinking. There are sections of this non-fiction that I thought I was the only person who ‘went through this’ or ‘went through that’ as a new writer. I never knew other writers thought this way of ‘odd tactics’ or ‘odd behavior’ while flushing out a new novel. I was captivated by this book. I could not, and still can’t, put it down! It’s like a one on one process with your favorite literary teacher and English teacher at the same time. A ‘free’ one on one course in writing in the comfort of your own home with no worries of college debt!
In between reading, I would jot down notes here and there in my purple note book for the current novels I’m working on. Any idea that would come to mind. I’ve found myself making notes in certain pen colors: Pink for Soul’s Little Lie, Orange for SLL: Broken Roses, Green for SLL: Metal Staircase, Blue for SLL: Cloaked Mirrors and Teal Green for other story ideas that are separate. If older notes had other colors, I’d draw a star in the proper color in which I made the current notes in. This way I could find the novel notes I needed at a quick glance. Oh, of course don’t forget that I wrote down which pages to continue from. The notes are a bit jumbled up, but at least I can find them easily.
As a new future author I can’t stress this enough – BACK UP EVERYTHING!
It does not matter what it is, anything that is of importance to you should be backed up. Granted I should have backed up my documents much, much earlier, but at least I got it done in time. At the time the only thing I cared about backing up was my novels. If those had died, even the sections of the 4th book and notes which I had not sent to Dave yet, I would have DIED! I would have freaked out so bad! I got lucky this time paying attention to my intuition. Sometimes, a well worked intuition technique won’t always do the trick.
To close this entry: When your computer has died and you need something to do, continue to write notes of your current novels. Read books that interest you about your writing. Continue studying your craft while you wait for that all important package for your beloved computer. And always – BACK UP EVERYTHING!