My Laptop Blew Up

First, let me invite you over to the Kensington Brava blog where I’m GIVING AWAY a signed copy of FATED.  The actual book, not an ARC.  Head over, leave a comment, and I’ll toss your name in the drawing.  One of my friends mentioned that it gets stressful leaving a written comment on a writer’s blog and I was like…huh?  It’s perfectly fine to say…”Nice blog.”  🙂 

Now, I’m having a coronary.  Seriously.  My laptop blew up last night.  It may have been my fault.  But EVERYTHING is on that.  Before you ask, yes, I do back-up.  I just haven’t done that in a while.  IN WAY TOO LONG.  The good news is that I had a copy of MOST of my current work, HUNTED, on a USB drive as well.  I still might lose some of it though.  (Of course, those will be the best words I ever strung together, I’m sure.)

The guys at Best Buy have the laptop right now.  I’m sick to my stomach.  Everything is on that laptop.  Sigh.  But my dad says if that doesn’t work…he has a guy.  Hmmm.  This could get interesting!

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12 thoughts on “My Laptop Blew Up”

  1. Jamie says:

    Sorry to hear about the laptop. Hope it all goes good. I have heard about your book and it looks very interesting. I can’t wait to read it.

    1. Thanks, Jamie! So far no luck…but we’re still hoping there’s a solution to get my stuff off the laptop…somehow. I hope you like FATED. 🙂

  2. Anne says:

    Looking forward to getting my hands on the book! Laptops… this has happened twice to me. First time, I hadn’t backed up in two weeks and lost several chapters of my WIP. On Monday, when my laptop crashed and burned, I had Dropbox. I was back in the writing business in twenty minutes. It pairs nicely with a USB key for a backup plan (I like redundancy– don’t trust anything to work 100%!).

    1. Hi Anne! Yeah, I’m looking into Dropbox as soon as I get the new laptop. Even if they get all the info off my old laptop (which is looking doubtful at this point), I’m due for a new one. Have a great weekend! 🙂

  3. Hi Rebecca – congrats on the first book Fated. I have a portable hard drive sitting next to my computer and I keep saying I must back up. But have I actually done it yet. You have spurred me on.

    I can’t wait to read your book!

    PS. I back up my WIP into my writing Yahoo group. A group just for me and my writing. That way even if there is an earthquake (which we have been having plenty of in NZ – a 7.4 in Christchurch last year that destroyed houses and buildings) or the house burns down, I have a copy online that I can get to wherever there is internet.

    1. Hi Bronwen! Good idea about the yahoo group! I do send chapters to myself at my yahoo email address…but not enough of them! Thanks for dropping by today. 🙂

  4. I am so sorry about the laptop. I have had that occur with my PC. Except mine crashed and burned where there was smoke. I hope the tech guys can get you back up and running and all your stuff will be ok.

    1. Hi Savannah! Smoke!?! Oh no. Thanks for the good wishes, I really appreciate it. 🙂

  5. Lynn Rush says:

    Oh man. Been there, done that, Rebecca. Darn lap tops. Bad thing was, I hadn’t backed up my manuscript (that was when I only had one or two)….lost 87 pages. Not a good day in the Lynn Rush household.

    I learned. Now I back up to external hard drive that saves my entire desktop (pictures/songs/everything) every day and a thumb drive that just has my novels on it.

    I hope they can save your hard drive, though. GRRR.

    I’m so excited for your book to come out this month. Enjoy the journey, my friend.

  6. Hi Lynn! Even with the pitfalls, I am enjoying the journey. Making friends like you really helps. 🙂 I’ll let you know about the hard drive…

  7. Ah man Rebecca, that so sucks. I’ve had computers blow up a couple of times and afterwards I’m so diligient with my backups, but then I get lazy again and go to long between them. I’m backing up my stuff right now because of your post. 🙂
    One good habit I started after the last blow-up, two years ago, was to set up an online mail account that I don’t use for anything but sending copies of manuscripts to. After I’ve changed anything or created a new draft, I just send an email to that address and attach the document. Since there are so many free online mail services with unlimited amount of inbox space, I chose this instead of paying for the online backup services that are out there. Most of them charge a monthly fee.

    I still lose photos and important files during my hard drive crashes, but my manuscripts are all waiting in my online account for me. They are not organized in anyway, but they are there. 🙂

  8. Christal Murphy says:

    So sorry to hear about the laptop. It happened to me last year and was without computer for 3 weeks! I don’t know what was worse: the laptop blowing up, losing some stuff or going 3 agonizing weeks without a computer and therefore no internet. Pure torture! I hope you make it through these dark days with your sanity intact…lol.

    Can’t wait for the release and great post on the Kensington blog (love the excerpt from the book).