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Hard drive crashes, finished novels, book chats

Dear Dell Computer

My wife and I have been leasing and purchasing Dell computers since the 1980s. Suffice it to say, we’ve sent you a lot of money over the years. So, when I’m in the middle of finishing my adventure novel Sarabande, I feel rather let down when my two-year old Dell Inspiron 330 quits on me with a hard drive crash.

The PC is totally non-functional. Won’t boot. Using some trusty SpinRite software, I find that the hard drive is so bad that even trying to extract my data from it might cause it to be even more trashed than it is—whatever that means.

So now, we are forced to buy a new box, complete with new software because—naturally—the software we purchased with the 330 can’t be moved to another PC. Yes, we’re buying from you guys again, but we’re less than pleased.

Finished Novels

I realized several days after the Dell Computer crashed how lucky it was that I had backed up the most recent version of Sarabande on a flash drive a nanosecond before the computer was toast. Consequently, even though the book was done, I kept tinkering with it because it was a miracle it existed at all.

I did add a new scene that I dreamt about adding in the middle of the night, so I think my muse was right about that. But otherwise, I was just tinkering, just refusing to let go.  So, I sent it to Vanilla Heart Publishing yesterday just to get it out of the house. It should be available this fall.

Smoky Talks Books

My friend and colleague Smoky Zeidel is having a VHP Day on her blog Smoky Talks Books this coming Monday, July 25th.  She will be chatting with Vanilla Heart Publishing authors Malcolm R. Campbell, Vila Spiderhawk, Robert Hays, Melinda Clayton, S R Claridge, Collin Kelley, Charmaine Gordon, Marilyn Celeste Morris, and Janet Lane Walters.

Fortunately, I didn’t go on a rant about Dell computer because that would have taken up all the space on her blog. Stop by and see what makes us tick rather than what ticks us off.


  1. Hard drive crashes are really scary at best and tragic at worst: I can feel for you! You were indeed lucky to have used that flash drive when you did! I really like the back-up utility on my Mac. It does a back-up automatically every few minutes to an external hard drive: incredible system they have.

    July 23, 2011
    • An external drive backup sounds like a good idea as long as all those saves don’t slow down one’s typing.

      July 23, 2011
      • With the method Mac uses the backups are not noticeable.

        July 23, 2011

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