I’ve Been Away For Too Long – Life Updates

Yeah, I’m getting that feeling too. It’s been a while since I’ve really sat down and spent time on this blog. I posted a few tidbits about National Novel Writing Month, but the blogging side of it didn’t go as planned.

So, I’m ready to get back into the swing of things. First off, what’s with this new WordPress update? Everything is so different and….and clean. It’ll take a while to get used to, but it’s not bad. Without further delay, here’s what’s going on:

Winning NaNoWriMo ’15

If you haven’t read my previous post, I successfully finished my third consecutive NaNoWriMo. That’s pretty cool. I was scared I wouldn’t finish, but I ended up finishing early again. It was such a stressful month and it makes me not want to write again, but that would be silly. Writing is life.

I’ve haven’t touched my novel since NaNoWriMo ended. Part of this is that I needed a break from writing. The other part is my computer problems, but we’ll get to that in time. Like I said, this is my first post in months to delve deep.

I did end up printing my novel at the college late one evening. Every student gets $10.00 of printing each quarter and it doesn’t roll over to the next quarter, so we have to use it or we lose it. The editor-in-chief of my newspaper printed her novel for just over $4.00, so I decided to make my novel double-spaced and printed it double-sided for like $7.50. Basically, I printed the first 50,000 words of my novel for free so I can edit it with a red pen. I’m pretty excited about that.

Troubleshootin’ Right Here in River City

Now let’s get to my computer troubles. I got my HP Envy m6 laptop for Christmas in 2012. I remember how excited I was to get it. I had been using an old Dell Dimension 8300 desktop with a dual-core processor and like 250 GB of space, so upgrading to a laptop with an i5 processor and 699 GB if usable space was amazing.

The laptop worked fine for a while, then it started to get slow and some Windows updates stopped working. This was in 2013. It started to have issues but we couldn’t figure out what was wrong. It wasn’t malware or viruses and the hard drive was still good. It got a little bit better around the time for the Windows 8.1 free upgrade, but I wasn’t able to upgrade because Windows updates wouldn’t update.

In 2014 we reformatted the laptop and it worked good as new and I upgraded to Windows 8.1. The computer was great for a few months then it slowly crept back to having small errors.

Once again we fixed the errors and they disappeared. After upgrading to Windows 10 this year I thought everything would be behind me and it seemed like it was…until November hit.

The computer started freezing and the disk space column in the task manager hit 100% nonstop. The problem was that nothing was really being used. It was topping out at 10 MB. That’s not right. My sister-in-law is a programmer and she took a good long look at it and determined that it wasn’t the hard drive and there wasn’t any malware.

Then a few days later the Start menu, Cortana, Action Center, and Windows Store abruptly stopped working. I searched for answers and I’ve tried everything online. Nothing works. So, I can’t access some of my apps because I can’t search for them. It sucks.

I was going to reformat the laptop and maybe install Windows 7 to it. However, I decided to order a new Dell Inspirion from Costco for $750 that’s twice as good as my current laptop. I am also getting a new Dell desktop for Christmas, so I’ll have two good computers (both have i7 processors and more RAM than my current laptop.)

So, I held off doing anything important until they arrive. I just don’t trust my laptop. I know that I have a jump-drive, but still.


Well, that’s some of what’s going on with me. It’s also finals week at the college, so I’ll be busy with that. I’ll try my best to write more this week. Until then,

blog on!



Author: Chase Charaba

Hello there! I'm Chase, an ambitious, aspiring young novelist and YouTuber who hopes to get a novel published one day. I'm also trying to produce the highest quality YouTube videos by constantly learning new ways to film and edit. I've been involved in journalism for 5 years, including 1 year as co-editor of a national award-winning high school newsmagazine and 1 year as the co-editor of an award-winning college newspaper. I write mainly epic/high fantasy, but I also mess around with science fiction, horror, and realistic fiction.

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