A horrible thing happened to me last week. My computer died.
Without a gurgle or a burp, it suddenly decided to go on strike. At first I thought it was some momentary glitch that would soon right itself, but after repeatedly trying to open every program, I knew I was in trouble.
Staring at the lit screen with all my icons still visible, I sat there trying to decide what to do. Turn it off and see if it will come back on, I thought. So I did, and it rebooted with everything still in place. But nothing would work.
For some this might not be a problem, but for a writer who spends long hours every day at her computer, this was devastating. I suddenly felt cut off from the rest of the world. In reality I wasn’t because I still had a telephone and a cell phone, not to mention the fact that the mailman still stops at my house every day. But to be without a computer was a horrible thing to happen at just that moment.
I had worked all day on a proposal that I meant to get off to my editor the next morning. Now I couldn’t get to it. It was frozen inside my computer.
After taking a lot of deep breaths and praying for a solution, I called my son to bring me his laptop. With it in hand I was ready to redo my proposal. Thank goodness I had the first three chapters stored in an online email account, but I wasn’t so lucky with the synopsis. I had printed it out, so I had to retype the hard copy. Do you know how long it takes to type a six-page-single-spaced document? A lo-o-o-ng time.
My computer came back from the repairman today. There was nothing major wrong, he said, but I’m sure it’s time to get a new one. At least that’s what I’ve told my husband, and I’m sticking to that story.
I must say, though, that I learned an important lesson. My computer may have a lot more brain power than I do, but I’m not going to let a machine get the best of me in the future. From now on I’m going to do what I neglected to do some days. I’m going to back up everything!!!
From sunny Tennessee where the daffodils are blooming and the grass is getting green, I’m praying you have a great day.