So last night when I restarted my computer since I hadn't done so in a while (a few days at least), it decided that it didn't want to load back up again. That's right - my computer died...
Now I know quite a bit about computers so I did all of the things I could to try to get it back up and running and/or figure out what the problem was for a few hours. I even called Microsoft Tech Support and then Toshiba Tech Support in hopes that they knew something I might not. But alas, it was to no avail. They just had me redo the things I had already tried myself. *Sigh*
I believe that the problem is probably that the hard drive decided it had done enough work in it's somewhat short but admittedly very busy time in my possession. Thankfully my computer is less than a year old and when I bought it (at Best Buy), I also purchased a good service plan to go along with it (it's a laptop by the way). So I brought it in to Best Buy today and they gave me some good news and some bad news. The good news is that because I have the service plan, the diagnostic tests will be free and if it is the hard drive or any other hardware problem, they will fix it for free. The bad news is that if it is a software problem, then it will cost a little over $100 to reinstall Windows, and if it's the hard drive then I will not have access to any of the data on that hard drive since they will be putting a new one in.
That means the book I've been working on most (for which I had almost 8,000 words written as of yesterday), will be gone!
Now the mediocre news is that they can most likely recover almost anything that is on that hard drive, but that costs $100. It's mediocre because I don't have $100 since I'm currently unemployed after having been laid-off a few months ago. But I can get my old hard drive back from them and then when I do have the money, bring it in and have them recover the data then. So I can probably get it back, but it'll cost me $100 bucks and I won't be able to do it until I find a job and catch up on all of my bills and everything, so I can't work on that book anymore until then. Or at least it'll be difficult to since I don't remember what I have already written and what I had just outlined, and I don't have any paper notes for that book like I do for the others that I am working on.
Oh and I do have most everything that I want to keep from my computer backed up onto an external hard drive, but since I was using yWriter to write that book and just recently found the "export" feature to create a separate text file of everything in the book, I hadn't added that to the list of folders that I regularly back up yet. In retrospect, that was a very stupid, and now costly mistake on my part... Learn from my mistake! BACK UP YOUR WORK AS SOON AS YOU START IT AND VERY REGULARLY THEREAFTER!!!
If I take a step back and look at the situation, it's really okay. I can still get my work back and my computer will be fixed soon and the very most it'll cost me for both is around $250. So that's really not that bad I guess. It still sucks a lot, but it's just a setback. Soon I'll overcome it and start making progress again on my first book.