Monday, February 8, 2016

Laptops And Revisions

I'm still working on revisions. But of course I am. This is what I do.

I honestly don't know if they're going well or not, but they're going, so that's a good thing, right? I'm a little (a lot) behind on the pace I had hope to set, but it's okay because it's more important that the revisions be done well as opposed to rushed in order to conform with a deadline I set myself.

Right?

But I'm getting closer. I only have three or four chapters left to go. Plus that one character arc I need to restructure completely. And the two pages of notes I so cleverly called "Unresolved Shit Deemed Too Much Work To Deal With The First Time Around."

To add to the revision fun, my laptop has started making the type of noises that would suggest it is, perhaps, on its deathbed. And not because I threw it out a window in frustration or anything like that.



It's dying of natural causes, leaving me to hope beyond hope that it will last through this next book release. This hope has led to several variations of the following conversation between The Man and me:


Him: Just go get a new one.

Me: Are you crazy? I'm working toward a book release. They're stressful enough without me adding 'learn how to use a new laptop' to it.

Him: It's a laptop, not a rocket ship.

Me:


Him: You're just afraid of change.

Me: I wouldn't say I'm afraid of change—

Him: I would. You run away from change like you run away from those lizards in our mailbox.



Me: THEY'RE HIDING THERE ON PURPOSE!

Him: Go get a new laptop.

(End scene.)

What it all boils down to is that my List of goals has just one item on it:

FINISH WHAT YOU SAID YOU WERE GOING TO DO LAST WEEK. AND THE WEEK BEFORE. AND (checks calendar) THE WEEK BEFORE THAT. 

What's going on in your neck of the blogosphere?

Happy Monday, all!

40 comments:

  1. If my hubby told me to go get a new lap top I'd on line ordering in a matter of minutes. Besides, if you get a laptop with the same op sys you've got, shouldn't be a problem, right? Unless you've got XP in which you would have to upgrade to win 7.1 which is almost the same. It won't be so bad. You'll see :)

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    1. I honestly have no idea what version of Windows I'm running. Vista, maybe? But it's more my version of Word that I worry about. It's an old, old version—I made my husband buy it specifically for me on eBay because I refuse to use anything else—and it won't run on a newer machine. I was hoping to put off anything new until I was working on a new book. After this release, I'll happily select a new laptop. Well, maybe not 'happily'...

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  2. Would it be wrong if I said I understand his logic?
    I wonder what your mailman thinks of those lizards?

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    1. It is my belief that the lizards wait until after the mailman has come to hide in the mailbox. All the better to scare the you-know-what out of me every damn day.

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  3. Which would be MORE stressful - learning a new laptop in the middle of all you have going on OR the one you have dying in the middle of all you have going on?

    I'm still not crazy about those lizards. As long as they stay outside, it's all good. The mailbox, though, might be fair game, since it is, technically, outside....

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    1. Both situations make my chest feel tight, so I would say that they are equally stressful. I shall say daily and nightly prayers to the laptop gods that my laptop keeps on keeping on. :)

      And we've had a few lizards in the house. I am, sadly, getting quite good and shooing them out. Except for that one that apparently died under my fridge.

      Florida is fun.

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  4. The lizard conspiracy continues. Maybe they're after your novel! Good luck with the last of the revisions. I agree with you about the new laptop. Not in the middle of a project!

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    1. If they're after my novel, they obviously haven't been reading about the revision struggle. :)

      And yes, exactly! Not in the middle of a project! I could possibly deal with it after. Not during.

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  5. That's a tough one. I think it would be hard to break in a new laptop when you're already in the middle of something. Hopefully it will make it through the book release!

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  6. My book isn't nearly as long as yours but my pace isn't what I want it to be either. And go get a new laptop!

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    1. I guess those revisions sometimes just take longer than we'd like. Blurg.

      And I will get a new laptop. As soon as I'm done with this book. :)

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  7. Oh no! Someone get the laptop crash cart STAT! I hope it lasts until you can get this book out and that you have the means to replace it.

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  8. Oh, yikes, that really sucks about your laptop! I tend to put off buying a new one as much as possible, too. It's always so hard to find one that meets my very picky needs. (The prices scare me more, though...LOL.) Will keep my fingers crossed that your laptop is too stubborn to die just yet!

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    1. Well, if my laptop is anything like me, it's entirely too stubborn. :)

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  9. I'd be worried it would die and then I'd have nothing. Or it would die and take my files with it.

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    1. I don't worry about that too much because I use this Dropbox thing which holds my files in the cloud, or wherever, and I theoretically access it from any computer (provided I remember my login info). It's really my ancient word processing program I worry about losing.

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  10. The moving part that breaks down the most in a laptop is the CPU fan. If it is making a grinding noise, it's because the thermal paste has probably dried up and the fan is choked with dust. Either is a quick fix. You've just got to pop the keyboard off, clean with some compressed air, get in there with a cotton swab and some rubbing alcohol, and then turn it on to see if the grinding is reduced. If not, then unseat the fan from the chip, apply new thermal paste, and then reseat on top of chip. That should solve everything. Dirt is the death of laptops.

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    1. I'll be sure to get The Man to do that. Thanks, Michael!

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  11. Oh, my, I do sympathize. I went through that this summer. Get a flash drive of at least 16GB and back everything up right now.

    Then catch your breath. I was surprised how smoothly things went. And how relatively inexpensive a laptop can be if you tell the folks at BestBuys (I love them) that you are NOT a gamer and DON'T have a bazillion graphics files on your laptop. (It also helps to be taking advantage of Microsoft's 1TB cloud storage space if you have a Microsoft account). But it'll go well for you, you'll sail through things (clutching your chest and staggering) only to find that it all worked out.

    That, at least, is my wish for you. And if you do a cover reveal some time April or later, put me in for it.

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    1. At the rate I'm going, it'll definitely be later than April. :)

      Thanks!!

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  12. Scary stuff! I know exactly how you feel. My computer's hard drive decided to die three days before a deadline. My house was not a happy place to be that weekend, believe me! Get a new laptop before it's too late.

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    1. Only if it'll run my ancient version of Word. :)

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  13. Good luck getting it all done! I hope your laptop lasts!

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  14. OMG! Back up everything onto an external device. Seriously, that sound you hear is probably your hard drive's death rattle. I had to replace mine (rather than the entire laptop), and I did lose a bunch of stuff because I DIDN'T back it up. Luckily I always save my stories to email, so those were good, but music, photos, "other" files were all gone.

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  15. I was going to say I'm with The Man on this one--get a new laptop. But Michael is probably right and it's an easy fix. Although, you might want to learn a new version of Word. (Have you tried Google Docs. Might be simple enough for you. I mean, it might not have all the crazy bells and whistles that you're avoiding on the newer versions of Word.)

    And I agree with everyone who has said back everything up right now!

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  16. What an elegant title. Why didn't you name Second Nature that? :P

    You definitely don't want your laptop dying at a critical moment. Better to deal with it now then screaming because it stopped working in the middle of the last chapter of revisions. Because you know that's when it would happen.

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  17. If my laptop were dying, it wouldn't even be a convo with my hubby. He'd be all "I GET TO SHOP FOR NEW TECH!" Then I'd come home from work one day and there'd be a new laptop because he bought one for me.

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  18. I hope your laptop makes it a little longer for you!

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  19. I'm getting a new laptop too! I love the heading of your revisions, I have that thought about mine as well. First draft, NOPE.

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  20. Oh no! I hope your laptop holds. I've been rocking masking tape on mine to keep it in one piece:) Awesome progress on your revisions! Only a few more chapters to go. You can do it!

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  21. You are making progress and that is awesome.

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  22. So did you get a new laptop?

    ;)

    This is the reason I stick to a desktop. They have a longer life. Wishing you epic speed--although I know what you mean. I spend FOREVER in revisions too.

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  23. I love the name of your "unresolved shit..." list - I have one of those, but it's called my "Ugh" list :-) Good luck, and get a new laptop. Apart from the keys feeling different, they're all the same. Hint: try out the keys before you buy :-)

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  24. Sorry to hear that your laptop is at those end stages, but you'll want to get a new laptop before you're without one completely. Good luck with revisions!

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