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Friday, November 16, 2012

My Computer is Kaput


  [kah-poot, -poot, kuh-]  Show IPA
adjective Slang .
ruined; done for; demolished.
unable to operate or continue: The tall glass of water toppled on the laptop and it went kaput.

And with it, my manuscript, Afloat. Granted, I hadn't gotten very far - maybe 15k words, but still. 
Writer, person, fail.

I never backed it up.

So. As a writer, what do I do? Write the old-school way by hand, or borrow a Chromebook and use google documents. Pray that after a few days of "drying out", the hard drive can be rescued, and thus my work.

I hadn't been treating very well, I was taking it for granted.  I had been lusting after shinier, sleeker laptops. It was exactly four years old - I had gotten a Macbook just before Thanksgiving to celebrate the fact that I had just signed my first publishing contract.  And I LOVED it. Until the MacBook Air came out and my eye started to rove.

I had finally convinced my husband and kids to get me one for  Christmas.

So I can't get a new one immediately to solve my writerly needs, right? I have to delay gratification. 

Now that's a concept.

A teachable moment for everyone.

I was irresponsible. I put my full drink (cranberry juice and seltzer) next to my laptop (no drinks near the computers please kiddies!) and . . . KABLAM! KAPUT.

And you know what? It's not the end of the world. It's frustrating and I feel more than a little stupid, but it happens.

It's not the first time that I've lost work, and I'm sure it won't be the last. Stiff upper lip, and all that.

Hmmmm. Wait - I need to scream.

Aaaaaaaarggghhhhhhh! There, I had to do that, and probably will have to several times before Christmas, but my inner parent is telling me I have to wait, it will be good for me in the long run.

Will it?


  1. Major suckage!

    When I was a teen I knocked over a glass of pineapple juice on my notebook computer (yes, they had those back then--but much thicker/heavier than the computers of today.) It worked for a while, but smelled of roasting pineapples whenever it was on.
    I had to revert to a word processor for a while after that.

  2. Gosh, I'm sorry! What a disaster! And a lesson to all of us; I have drinks near my computer all too frequently. I hope you'll be able to resurrect your work without too much trouble.

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