Almost DisasterSubmitted by John Pappan on Thu, 12/14/2017 - 11:00am
I have been working on a novel. I don't know if it's any good or if I will even attempt to publish it is still unknown to me, but I have been having a lot of fun working on it. A few days ago, I had just finished the second chapter and was feeling a little proud of myself. My sister noticed and asked why I was in a good mood, so I told her why and she asked to read it. Normally, I wouldn't let anyone read it especially since this one was a bit weird, but she's my sister and I typically let her read most of my work first. So I sent her a copy of it over email, then I went to work.
When I got back from work, I noticed that my computer was turned off which wasn't odd since it's over 5 years old and has a graphics card that overheats from time to time and crashes my computer from time to time. I went to bed and when I woke up the next morning, I pressed the on button and took my dog out to go to the bathroom like I always did. But when Rocky and I went back to my room, my computer wasn't on. I figured that I just forgot to push the button or missed or something like that, but when I pushed it, it didn't turn on.
I didn't freak out at first because sometimes when it storms and the electricity goes out my computer doesn't like to turn on for a few hours (even though I use a surge protector, it still does this). So I unplugged everything and plugged it back in, then let it sit for a while before I tried again. But when I tried again, it flashed like it was trying to come on and the fans started to but they both quickly stopped. My first thought was "Oh crap! I lost all of my writings." Except I didn't use crap (I don't think they want me to curse on here). But luckily a few weeks before, I moved everything except for my current project onto a flash drive because, in the past, I've had a computer die on me. But even more importantly, the 80-page story that I had been working on for two weeks was in an email sent to my sister the day before. I know that if I wouldn't have sent that, then I would have lost it forever and I would never try to rewrite it because it wouldn't be the same.
After a little research and help from some techier that I am friends, I have come to the conclusion that my power supply has gone out. If this is true, it will be an easy and cheap fix. Hopefully, it will because if not, I'll have to buy a new computer. The moral of the story is to always have your work saved in multiple places because you never know when technology is going to give you lemons that they stole from life.