Well, this wasn't a post I imagined I'd be writing. In fact, it wasn't the post I was going to publish today. I had another post all set up tellling everyone about this year's National Novel Writing Month. Unfortunately, bad things happened.
I back up my work regularly. I sync my laptop with my main machine every time I come with new data on it, and I save my work as I type without even thinking about it. But it seems I may have lost the first 5200 words of the novel I am writing for NaNoWriMo.
The back story to this is I am using a very old Macbook laptop that has been having problems with the backlight for the screen for almost a year and a half. I haven't gotten it fixed because the machine is so old and if I only open the top a couple inches the light works and I can read what I've written. I know, it's very sad, but hey, I'm cheap, and spending $200 - $300 dollars to fix it when a "new" Mac laptop can be had for a grand seems silly. And other than the screen, it worked fine. Until today.
I started writing yesterday and got just over 3000 words down. I didn't get to sync it with my main machine since we were heading out to a party last night. Today, I woke up with a killer migraine, but I still had this story screaming to get out. I was busily writing away when I hit the save keys and noticed the machine did not do its usual 'ding' to signify the save. I tilted the machine up and discovered most of the typing I had been doing since the last save wasn't there. I'm not sure what happened. When I clicked the mouse, the timer wheel popped up and the computer started to do something. I could hear it working, but it didn't seem to be doing anything. Then I couldn't click anywhere else and the wheel was still spinning. After a few minutes everything went dark. I shut it down and started it back up, and that's when the bad news hit me.
I got nothing. The machine was spinning, but I had a blank screen. This is not a good thing. I didn't even get to the apple logo. Over 5200 words, trapped in that damn little box. Arggh!
All is not lost yet though. My husband is a tech guru and he's trying a couple of things, but he doesn't look too hopeful. In the meantime, I'm venting here. And I'm warning others. Don't trust your machines. They can turn on you when you least expect it. Just keep that in mind when you use them so you don't fall victim to their evil plottings.