I think that it is time for an update.
One of my fans has been good enough to give me an older computer. However, UPS mishandled things. By the time that the unit got here the hard drive was broken free and there were screws and bits of broken plastic on the bottom of the computer. Pictures were sent and forms filled out... Now we are waiting for UPS Insurance to decide it they will accept the photos or require an actual inspection AND if they will pay for the damage.
Please pray that the corp. type bean counters will not cause trouble.
As ever your servant,
I managed to cobble together a short chapter of Singular. Got my machine back with a death notice. The thing smells like burning plastic every time I turn it on. (the teck had to disconnect a bunch of components just to get it to boot up) However, I thought it worth the risk to at least give you all a short bit. One of my readers has promised me his old machine. Please grant him good thoughts for his promised kindness.
Well I finally dropped my computer off at Staples for a 'guesstimate' of the repairs. At any rate they will try and retrieve my data off of the hard drive. If they are able to do that then I will be able to use the library computers to get back to work, health permitting of course.
Please have good thoughts people...
BTW, a big thank you to those that wrote emails of encouragement.
Just thought that I should keep you all abreast of my situation.
I went to Staples stationary and was told that it will cost $75.00 to scope out what is wrong with my machine. The good news is that they will retrieve my data at the same time and only charge me for the needed flash drive. Soooo..... The that shouldn't take too long to save up.
Thank you all for you sympathy and suggestions, they are greatly appreciated.
I'm sorry that I must announce that my computer died and with it went all of my stories--even The Magic Way, which was almost ready to go to the publisher!
Every time that I saved some money for external storage a R/L problem would break the bank and I would have to start saving all over again. January was a particularly hard month since I needed to renew my driver's license, register my car, get a saftey inspection and fix the brakes on the damn thing. Therefore nothing was backed up. (Wish I were more technically savey so that such things would be easy for me. <sigh> But no... I barely get by uploading stories.
Sooooo... The short and the long of it is that I need to, somehow, finish paying off the dead machine, get another computer and then find someone that can retrieve the data off of the dead machine. (It always was a gamble when I bought the used old machine. I lost. :(
That said, I again must beg your patience. If it is at all possible I will finish all of my stories.
Hope you all are having better times than I am,