No Symptom Too Small

Like an intravenous shot of caffeine, the meaning of “technical difficulties” really hit home for me this month. In the same way a scratchy throat can signal an oncoming flu, there were signs that trouble was lurking. And like an itchy throat, the symptoms were minor and easily ignored. Soon like a spreading cancer, the symptoms become more pronounced and I was facing a full-blown system crash.

Lesson learned, when something isn’t right with your computer, stop and figure out what needs to be taken care of immediately. Don’t ignore it. Denial just leads to bigger and bigger problems until you have no option other than to reformat the hard drive and reinstall the operating system.

If you’ve practiced good habits of backing up your data, you’ll be in good stead for the disaster recovery process. If you’ve let fate care for your precious data, you will be sorely disappointed. All of your hard work, your cherished photo memories, and your favorite songs are goners.

The sounds of agony that leak uncontrollably from your soul will drag your loved ones and neighbors into a depression of their own. Should they call professional help for you? Should they alert the authorities? No, it’s just going to take some time for you to normalize and be functional again—just like your computer.

I’ve known people who have thrown out their computer, replacing it with a new one at the first sign of technical difficulties. I now understand that they must not have been up to the task of disaster recovery. I don’t blame them, but I’m not in a position to trash mine. Along the road to recovery I’m learning great things from tech support as I restore my computer back to a healthy, functional state.

There have been other challenges with getting this edition together as well. As Rowdy mentioned in a recent Writer’s Site News mailing, the passing of his very close friend Robert “Bob” Gannon, on top of a myriad of other personal challenges combined with the holiday season, made this edition an up-hill battle. We honor his dear friend with our memorial insert page in tribute to a man who was a pioneer in computers.

Barring further technical difficulties and other unforeseen events, another edition of IN will be available to you next month as usual. In the mean time, enjoy this one and realize that it comes to you as a result of many people voluntarily spending many hours overcoming challenges. Let it inspire you to be successful in your own writing career.

First published by Inkwell Newswatch (IN)

© Julie Pierce and Julie’s Writing Portfolio, 2005-2011.

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