Friday, August 14, 2009

Pass the Wine, Please

Just when you think you have enough stress in your life the gods decide to add a bit more.  First was the death of my laptop and the accompanying terror.  Next came the horror of the cost of a new one...just at the time of year when I'm buying school supplies and clothes for ever-growing teenagers.  Then I had to deal with a customer's issues with one of my mystery games - which took hours.

On the plus side, I am now typing this blog on my new computer.  My old hard drive was undamaged so everything was saved and put into this one.  All hail the powers above.  The customer seems to be content.  All hail again.

It would be wonderful if  I could use any of these incidents in any of my stories but this brainwave has not yet occurred.  Hoping there's a silver lining to all these clouds, but in the meantime, pass the wine please.


  1. As an unrepentant geek, I see nothing but upside to a new computer. Fun, fun, fun. Setting it up, installing software, tweaking the settings and just generally being amazed at how fast it runs…all good.

    In addition, the bright side is that you’ve salvaged all your hard drive info. Very cool.

    So, while things might be better, they could for sure be worse.

    Have a great weekend, Elspeth, and thanks for visiting my site, you’re a welcome addition.

    Best Regards, Galen
    Imagineering Fiction Blog

  2. I agree with Galen! New computer! *nerd squeal*

    Also, I'm a believer that pretty much any occurrence in a writer's life is worthy fodder. Just store it away and it'll show up at the most unexpected times. That's been my experience, anyway.

  3. I understand the joy of a new computer - I just wasn't expecting to experience the joy right at this moment in time, if you understand my meaning. Thanks to both of you for your comments - any encouragement is greatly appreciated!

  4. Elspeth, you seemed to have had the best results from a computer crash that I have ever seen. My harddrive crashed twice last year and I lost everything. Toast that wine and drink up.

    Straight From Hel

  5. Thanks Helen - I shall! I was very lucky that my hard drive wasn't the problem and everything has been transferred to my shiny new laptop - which, I admit, will be going with me on vacation.

  6. My laptop died in early June (R.I.P.) and there began and 2 month saga where my new laptop from Dell didn't work and needed to be returned. Then they sent me another one and there was another manufacturer error on it. Grr! I'm with you---when the laptop doesn't work, it affects everything!

    Mystery Writing is Murder

  7. Why can't laptops be just a wee bit considerate and self destruct only when it is economically convenient for them to do so? Not at all a nice way of repaying you for years of companionship.

    But having said that, I think the fact that the hard-disk survived is the biggest reason to cheer. I lost my hard-disk two weeks back, and were I anal when it comes to taking weekly backups, I shudder to think of how much I would have lost.




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