ka·put[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.