Yesterday the replacement laptop arrived, it is an older model, probably an ex showroom model, it is windows 7 and has half the memory of my previous laptop but it works and is perfectly usable until I can save up for another. it would be easy to wallow in lost files, it seems Dropbox had not updated itself for a month or so before the computer died, but not all is lost, the majority of my files are available via memory stick or Dropbox, previous research I had done is stored in Evernote, and with the exception of Office and my video editing software I have re-installed everything I need to start being productive once more. Thankfully my old-fashioned method of editing on hard copy has worked in my favour and over half of Voices had been printed off and edited, the rest may take a few weeks to get back into shape but it is not a disaster. I have my Scrivener to write on for now and the basic Word starter pack until I can afford the new office set up in a week or two.
The hardest part has been accepting that some of my video clips have gone, I use a site which regularly changes its free loops and sadly some my favourites are no longer available unless I spend more money, I have to say that the site is actually worth spending the membership on if you make lots of videos or book trailers and as my output increases I will certainly be doing so but at the minute other priorities take precedence. I hope to get a few blogs up this week but my main aim is to have the laptop in full writing mode and get back into Voices, hopefully by next week there will be a Vlog, complete with a new intro and new look, and I will be able to look at setting a new release date in the near future.