Leaving Windows

After I got that trojan and all traces malware off my machine, things went fine for a few days. Then the bluescreens increased dramatically. It took me a few days to narrow it down to a failing hard drive, which by the way, was the thing I suspected before finding that trojan… So, I basically spent almost two months fixing the wrong thing.

I figured it’d be easy enough to pop in a new drive and reinstall Windows. But, of course, this laptop came preinstalled and I never wasted a thought on backing up my system. After all, all my important files are backed up online. Big mistake. Turns out the motherboard will only accept an Asus specific version of Windows 8, which I’d have to buy from them. Since I was already playing with the idea of switching to Linux, that wasn’t happening. I just didn’t want to switch cold.

After a lot of back and forth and trying to force 8 on this machine, I caved and made a Windows 10 install iso. Of course, that worked and the stupid thing even activated itself somehow. Despite my not entering a product key…

Thing is, I went for a new HDD rather than a new laptop to avoid Windows 10 and it’s so much worse than I’d feared. I don’t like the way it looks or the way it handles. I’m running Linux Mint Mate in a virtual box now to get myself used to it while I finish up a few things I don’t want to try and port over just yet.

I’ve known for a while that this would be my last Windows machine. I just didn’t expect it to be so soon.

I guess this is goodbye.

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Sidetracked by Malware

On Thursday evening, with a mere 300 words left to write to hit my NaNo-target, Chrome crashed and wouldn’t restart. When it finally did, it was locked into starting with some stupid search engine homepage and no way of switching back to start with previous session. I got that fixed and spent about an hour setting my tabs up again (no further writing done that day).

Friday, the exact same thing happens. And now I’m pissed. I don’t mind these hijackers as long as all they do is insert some popups and try to make me use their search engine but touching my sessions is unacceptable. I keep about two dozen or so pages, mostly forums or stories, open at all time, many of which have no easy way to go anywhere other than first or last page. So, now we’re at war.

Turns out, the hijacker I thought I’d removed about four years ago, has been real busy. I got about 12k hits with some stupid software that wouldn’t remove them unless I bought a subscription first. Yay! Queue days of chasing down folders and registry keys. Finally came up clean Sunday night. Whether I actually am remains to be seen.

 

Genuinely Lost Writing for the First Time

Nano’s been going great so far and the story is coming along well, too. It did try to rebel when I got too excited about the ending of a scene to focus on its beginning. But it’s all good now and we’re back on track. Up to a little over 8k now. First three chapters are up on Wattpad.

Out of fear for further bluescreens, I’ve been writing in Shaxpir and, until today, I loved it. The program structure fits my style well and feels very smooth. Yesterday, I forgot to export the document after I finished and today it won’t sync. That’s a whole chapter down the drain. Considering the state of my laptop, I don’t blame Shaxpir. Should I end up switching machines, after all, I’ll install it again. Until then, there are two chapter twos in the last document I exported. For NaNo purposes only. I wrote those words and I’m counting them, even if I have to rewrite them now.  I even remember most of what I wrote…

Ready For Camp NaNo

If I had any doubt about letting Mist and its universe go, the past two or so days got rid of those. After finishing Lost and Found, I spent a while building a skeleton for Camp NaNo and I haven’t been so excited to write something probably since the first version of What Lies Within.

Granted, not wanting to work too far ahead before the first, I’m only about 4k words in but, considering I was barely eeking out 200 words a day before that…

I didn’t dare set my Camp goal any higher than 15k because at the rate I was going even that would have been a stretch. I’ll leave it there for now. It’s not like  I have to stop writing the moment I hit that goal.

In case anyone cares to follow my progress, I’ll be posting chapters of Of Heroes and Magic Mishaps as I finish them here.

In other news Lost and Found is now available on Amazon. Other vendors are still updating their listings.

Add headingAs long as you don’t get lost, exploring caves is fun. Unfortunately, wannabe adventurer Sidr does get lost and ends up in a cavern deep underground. There he runs into a colony of weird creatures that don’t appreciate his presence. To make matters worse, the creatures’ battle cry brings down part of the ceiling, leaving Sidr with only one direction to go.
Can he find his way back to the surface before his lack of supplies catches up with him? And why is the ground shaking?
Find out in Lost and Found.

After a Week of Struggling my Laptop Decided to Live

About ten days ago, I came home from a quick grocery run to find the threaded BSOD gracing my screen. Rebooted and everything seemed fine. Until an hour later my laptop decided to crash again. I ran repairs and updated drivers in between hourly crashes.

Around Friday, it crashed while booting due to unmountable boot volume. And though, I loathe the thing, I’ve never been so glad, I kept my old desktop. At least, that allowed my to look up possible solutions (I’m a smartphone hater). Got it running again after about five hours.  Now featuring infernally long boot times.

After some looking around and for a bit, amidst several more crashes (now about once every twelve hours) I narrowed down to bad sectors on my C: drive. And as most of these occurred sometime after running Baldur’s Gate 2 Enhanced Edition but never without or during, I figured the two were related. Then in a last ditch effort, because I won’t have

Then in a last ditch effort, because I won’t have time or opportunity to get a new drive until next week at the earliest, I moved the Documents folder to D: on Monday. It’s the only thing Baldur’s Gate accesses directly and might try to modify during or after shutdown.

Whether I was right or not, my boot times are back to normal and I haven’t had a crash since.

So, I Suck…

Since my last post here, I’ve managed to reset my browser to default a full three times. I’m still trying to recover all my sites and logins. The fact that I had a blog kind of got lost in the process and I only remembered now because I finished the rewrite of No Such Thing (now Lost and Found) and sent it through D2D to get the epub for Amazon. It’s up for pre-order on Amazon and all D2D vendors here, or you can read the pre-final edit version on fictionpress. Release date is the 31st.

On the writing front, I’ve come to realize that Mist has too much baggage attached to it for me to ever turn it into a decent story. It’s twenty years of story crammed into one and I can’t gain the distance to separate them. So, I’ve let it go. Maybe it was never meant to be or I’m just not ready for it but starting fresh’s been surprisingly freeing. Though I’ll likely filch the world at some point.

Never Realized How Important “You” is

I’m still trudging my way through Mist, though I’m starting to recover from my November push. But going slow has made me overly aware of how hard to handle the speech quirk of one of the main characters is. I figured omitting “you” would be unique enough and provide a few awkward situations. It fits with his background and all, but some sentences get so awkward or roundabout that I’m likely to drop it come revision. Shame. When it works, it does the job well, but I’m not sure it’s worth the hassle.

In comparison, the protagonist trying to communicate in a variation of a language he hasn’t heard or spoken since childhood has a far better payout and creates world depth at the same time. I really need to make a list of the “foreign” terms I used and what they mean before I start getting them confused