December 17th, 2009

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A quick update

I wish I could say that this was going to be a fantastically happy post, saying I have a brand new publishing contract and Verdant is out and all that other happy stuff people have been waiting to hear. Sadly, though, it isn't. Last night, my Macbook, Wraith, decided to go down. I tried to boot it up to work on something and... nada. It made a whirring sound of the hard drive trying to do something, but there was no video and no start-up chime. I went over to the Apple site and followed the "my MacBook won't cut on" tutorial and the no video tutorial. (So now my OSX disk is in the drive with no sign of it being willing to turn it loose.) To me, the worst part is that I have the most recent draft of Fallen stuck on there, with no way to retrieve it. So, until I am able to afford to get Wraith repair, there will be no video updates. Typed updates will be even more sporatic.
<video>, MacBook

Here's to hoping

I had said that I was going to hold off on posting anything like this till I was in dire need. Unfortunately, that time seems to be coming and quickly.

I would love to know why this keeps happening to me. I suspect a lot of it has to do with the fact that all I can afford on my own tends to used models. I have no way of finding out how the person or people who had the computer before me treated it.

In August 2008, I replaced my iBook G4 (with a dead logic board) with a MacBook. Unfortunately, at the time, all I could afford was a used model, from 2006. It was from the "loaner" pool from my university's computer store; even that was $750. Now it seems to be giving up the ghost.

So I'm thinking that the best way for me to go this time will be to purchase a new one, preferably from the Apple Store itself or the Best Buy located here in Tallahassee. The one I am looking at is the minimum version, 2GB of RAM and a 250GB hard drive. I would love to go higher than that, but I am capable of doing my own upgrades, so it's not completely necessary to buy it all "pimped out".

I am running a fund raiser via PayPal, trying to get the money up to afford this, since I can't do it on my own, not and have the money some time in the next two years. I am currently accepting donations through PayPal at the link below.

I'm only trying to get up at least $800. That will go a long way to helping me offset the cost of the computer and the tax. Anything over that will go towards programs and AppleCare.

Any help is most appreciated, even if it's just passing on this link!


More information is available here. X-posted to Thoughts of a Struggling Writer.