The statistical probability of everything going wrong is directly proportional to my level of busyness; that is, the more work and obligations I have, the more likely things will go wrong… and usually when it rains on my parade, it pours. Quite a lot.
I was psyched for November. I had a novel idea spinning in my head and I wanted to write it, and I started NaNoWriMo with great momentum. I thought that hey, I might actually be able to get to fifty thousand words, that this year will be a lot better than the last one. Unfortunately, however, work happened. In my fiancé’s words, my clients exist to make my life miserable.
At first I thought it was no big deal. Even if I have a humungous document to translate and I have to work on it from home as well, I can still make some time to write. 1,666 words are not a lot when you think about it. That was my first silver lining. However, it was soon shot down when lo and behold, my laptop decides to crash. Repeatedly. It tricked me into thinking that I’d fixed it for three or four days before finally refusing to start altogether. Thankfully everything had been backed up, but I ended up having to replace the hard disk. HOWEVER. My computer technician was kind enough to replace my annoying Windows Vista with a brand-spanking-new Windows 7. That was my second silver lining.
At around the same time my laptop crashed, I received a lovely package from Daniel in the mail. As I mentioned before, I love receiving letters and things by regular mail, it always makes me happy… especially now when it contained some of my favourite things ever – a steampunk necklace, See’s chocolates and a swanky new Google Nexus 7 tablet. No more will I have to read eBooks on my computer! Now if only I can find a way around Amazon so I can download all the eBooks I want…
Work is still being a complete pain, and there is no way I’ll be able to finish my novel in the next two days, but you know what? I’m surprisingly okay with that. Work will be work, and at least I got a head start on my book (though I do feel a bit sad that I didn’t win again this year). My third silver lining through it all is that Daniel was always there, cheering me on, hearing out my rants and suggesting ways to get back at my clients, haha.
Do you tend to look for silver linings too, or do you generally feel pessimistic when things go bad? Do you love receiving things in the mail too? =D