Every week I give it a tune up, clean up the registry, tweak a few things and run a dozen or so scans, but it's like a space ship that's been patched up over and over in a horror movie. It's still bleeding oxygen out into space, and there's very little the crew can do to stop it, so they're just coasting on borrowed time, looking for a habitable place to land.
That pretty much sums it up for my computer usage. I cross my fingers when I turn it on in the mornings, and pray it won't overheat before I've saved what I'm working on. I bought a laptop fan for it about two months ago and that has helped the overheating problem tremendously, but I know that's not a legitimate fix. You can feel the hot air blowing from the vents underneath the USB ports, and just this morning I had to say a chant over what remains of the keyboard during startup. Yikes! The fan and the tweaks are only prolonging the inevitable, but hopefully I won't have to worry about that for much longer. I gotta say...it will be awesome to tip-tap-type on a keyboard that has all they keys and a working space bar. Uptown, y'all. For reals.
Hubby bought a new desktop system for me as a Mother's Day gift, but it's still in the box. I'm holding out until Monday so I can finish the damn book before setting up the new machine. I have this fear if I try to transfer anything it will end in disaster, and I'm so close to the ending I'd probably have to be sedated and locked away for life if I lost my work at this point.
Right now I have about 40 pages left to edit on the existing manuscript, and 4 new scenes I have to write to bridge unexpected gaps. As it stands, I'm a hair shy of the 40k point - 10k added since the last time I reported in - and without a doubt this thing is going to go a few thousand over 40k. So, unless there is a massive, ginormous amount of cutting during the official edits, this will be a short novel rather than a novella.
That's it for now. I have to get busy and write while I have the chance. It's my dad's birthday today (Happy birthday, daddy! *waves*)...and once Mini is in from school this evening we have to go over his lines, download his school pageant songs to sing through, and cut out felt stars so we can fabric glue them to a red T shirt for his end of the year program. Hear that crunching sound? It's the universe standing on my neck. No problem.
Incidentally, Mini's grand production is scheduled for Thursday morning. I usually look forward to the kids doing stuff like this, but I'm kind of put off by the attitude of some of the people involved. Have a job? Pfft. Work long hours? You wuss. Your own plans be damned, there is a school program to prepare for! *snaps fingers*
Yep. Thanks for the advance notice. I'm going to crawl into the writing cave and hide now. Happy Tuesday, everyone.