I have some bad news—bad news that makes me particularly frustrated and sad.
I had Chapter 5.17 written, edited, and ready for photos. I was in the process of taking said photos (got about half of them done) when my computer just…failed. It froze up entirely. Okay…not a big deal, right? You restart it and life goes on. Only, my computer won’t start back up.
I’ve tried everything. It won’t even load up Safe Mode for god’s sake! I just…can’t even. It’s currently sitting in my room running a disk check while I type this on my old laptop. The last time I attempted this it ran for 8 hours before my idiot self, attempting to remove my Sims disc from my drive so that I can pop in the recovery one if need be, tried to force my computer to eject it by sticking a paperclip into what I thought was the “force eject” button. It was not. It turned off the battery, so when I unplugged my computer, it completely shut down in the middle of said disk check, thereby probably worsening the issue. FML.
So, this is my second attempt at a disc check. Wait no, actually third, the first time it froze and I also had to restart it. *sigh* Anyway, maybe the third time is the charm, maybe not. I really don’t know.. I can only hope.
So what does this mean for Different Winters?
Best Case Scenario: This disc check does the ticket. I regain access to my computer. About two days after this, Chapter 5.17 is blessedly posted. I cry happy tears.
Not Ideal, But Okay Scenario: This disc check finally gets me into my computer so I can back up what I need to and eject that dang disc, but my computer is borked, so I need to run a full system restore with the recovery disc. I do this, it FINALLY works, and I eventually get around to posting that chapter (maybe in a week or two).
Worst Case Scenario: I cannot start up my computer. It is dead. DEAD. I lose my 22 page Chapter 5.17. I lose the photos I took for it. I have to buy a new laptop and accordingly must live off cereal for a few months. I have to get everything back onto said new laptop, BUT GUYS I backed up my stuff about a month ago on my external hard drive, so it’s an outdated save and I’ll need to catch it back up, but the Winters SHOULD be okay. This still means I’d have to rewrite Chapter 5.17 though, which will take a while. Plus, buying the new laptop, waiting for it, setting it up, etc. etc…..In this case I’d get the next chapter up in maybe a month or two, but it eventually happens.
Obviously there’s lots of other crap that could happen here, but those are the three primary scenarios I’ve imagined and prepared for.
TLDNR: My computer died. The next chapter might be massively delayed, but I have a backup of the Winters from about a month ago, so unlike my computer, this blog is not dead.
I seriously feel so sad about all of this, but here’s hoping for the best. I hope you all will stick by me regardless and I’ll try to keep you all updated. Gah 😦