|an unfortunate happening that hinders or impedes; something that is thwarting or frustrating.|
I for one can honestly say that is a very true way to describe the feeling you get when faced with a setback. There have been quiet a few setbacks throughout my journey as a writer and I am sure I will face many more.
My first literary setback happened in 2006 (shortly after I started typing up the Phoenix Blade). I was using the desktop computer at my apartment and kept finding a virus attacking the computer. It would take complete control of my system and send a hundred or so pop up windows. I couldn't even write anymore without having to close out a dozen extra windows on the computer. My ex and I tried to run anti-virus software, but nothing seemed to work. We had no other choice, we had to reset it back to factory settings. I was able to save my work to a floppy disk prior to erasing everything from my computer.
After the restoration, we still had issues and eventually had to get a different desktop. There was another issue that was unexpected. The new computer did not have an A Drive which meant I could no longer work on the Phoenix Blade book. I was crushed and couldn't remember everything I wrote previously. I didn't want to start it over again either. I had no other choice at the time. I left the Phoenix Blade novel behind for years.
Monday, September 10, 2012
It's something everyone comes across. The official definition says: