Wednesday, July 11, 2007

A Challenging Day

Ever have one of those days? Well, it actually started last night when I returned home from a PTA meeting. I went to start up my computer, but no loud humming greeted me, no sluggish internal cooling fans groaned to life. My lifeline had died and I wasn't even home to whisper encouraging words into its USB port.
Not only that, I hadn't backed up my work for two days! Aaakkk! I lost better than 1,500 words on my WIP. And this during the Challenge! When I tried to use DH's computer, his mouse died. Is it me? Are computers like the green growing things I habitually kill?
So after a bit of self pity (added to the pity party I'm indulging in because I'm not at RWA Nationals) I dragged to Office Depot and bought myself a new computer. A light at the end of the tunnel!
But alas - it wasn't to be. I got the thing home, set it up and couldn't connect to our wireless network. Our computer geek (DH's best friend) created the network so un-hackably well that only he can allow a new computer access.
OK - I can share with DH for a few days. So I set out to install my programs and printer. Only nothing is compatible with Windows Vista and I must go online to make them compatible. But I can't get on line. You see where this is going.
OK - I can wait. Patience isn't my strong suit, but I'm a writer - I wait months, sometimes years to hear from prospective publishers.
So I try to open MS Word. But wait! It doesn't have Word. Only a trial version I can use only 25 times.
WHAT????? When I get the trial version open, it doesn't even resemble the old Word. I hate it!
OK. That's all off my chest. Now I can go back to my WIP, which I've opened from a flash drive on DH's computer with good old fashioned Word - the old version. I'm all right now. And I made up all 1,500 words. Yeah - I'm no further ahead than I was 2 days ago, but I've caught up. Life is good. I must keep telling myself that!

1 comment:

julia said...

OMG, that is a freakin' nightmare. I get VERY pissed off when technology doesn't co-operate. Hope it all settles back into a comfort zone soon. When a writing environment changes, it's very unsettling.