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Writer’s Despair

February 24, 2014

writer's despair

I’ve had this happen only a few times in my life but when it happens, it’s devastating.

Pre-teens: I brought my typewritten story to the beach to share with my friend. Somehow, someway…IT GOT LOST IN THE SAND! We couldn’t find it. *devastating*

High School: I wrote a mystery series starring my  friend and I (and Duran Duran) that was, to my mind, a clever mix of Harlequin romance, Indian Jones movies and Sherlock Holmes. I loaned these typewritten ‘masterpieces’ to someone and she misplaced them. They disappeared. FOREVER GONE! *devastating*

University: Essay due the next day. Computer died. Hadn’t saved it recently. LOST NEARLY EVERYTHING! (this happened a few times) *devastating*

Today: I sat down at the computer to open my file and it said: CANNOT OPEN.

I said: WHAT? and tired again. The computer taunted me. CANNOT OPEN.

I tried my dropbox version–cuz, you know, it’s important to have a BACK UP COPY in case of emergencies. But guess what? CANNOT OPEN.

Doing my deep breathing exercises, I turned the computer off and on. I tried again: CANNOT OPEN.

Now nearing full freak out mode, I texted my (techie) husband. I wrote in capitals and used lots of ‘symbols’: WHAT THE %$%@ IS WRONG WITH THE #@$# COMPUTER IT SAYS MY @#$#@ NOVEL CANNOT OPEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

He says he will take a look after work.


I must wait.

I’m sure there is a reasonable explanation for this and that it will all work out (Right? Right?). I’ve tried googling a result to the ‘File Can’t Open’ dilemma but my brain can’t seem to process what I am reading: I’m too panicked.

Luckily, I have older versions saved but there is at least TWO MONTHS of work on that particular document that is more or less DOWN THE DRAIN if I can’t get it to open.

Thinking about all of those words I’ve crafted since the start of 2014, all of them just evaporating into thin air… GONE.

Truly, truly: Writer’s Despair.


3…2…1…Back Up!

June 11, 2010

WordPress went down the other day and if you heard this high pitched squeal echoing among the clouds, it was probably me (or at least me joining the cacophony of other WordPress users).

You see, my blog is on WordPress. So all of a sudden…my blog disappeared!

My husband worked hard to convince me that my blog was just ‘down’ not ‘erased’ but I was certain all of it was gone. Gone!

I started to panic. Oh my God! Did I have any back-up? Where was my back up? Sure, my comics have been uploaded to my hard-drive (I cut and paste them from my account into my computer before uploading them to my blog)…but the writing? Ahhh! Where was the writing?

It made me realize how much faith I’d placed in the electronic ether. Yes, okay, I’m sure its perfectly safe (as my husband insists)…its not going to suddenly dissolve into a puddle of bits & pixels…but still…a back up plan would be prudent…

My husband is a bit proponent of back up plans. He has insisted I post the 3-2-1 rule here, which is taken from this link by Peter Krogh (who’s talking about digital photos but its the same idea):

The 3-2-1 Rule
The simplest way to remember how to back up your images safely is to use the 3-2-1 rule.
•    We recommend keeping 3 copies of any important file (a primary and two backups)
•    We recommend having the files on 2 different media types (such as hard drive and optical media), to protect against different types of hazards.*
•    1 copy should be stored offsite (or at least offline).

I have now saved all my blog posts, as well as my comics, as well as my novel, on 2 additional computers plus an external hard drive plus an on-line storage system (such as Carbonite).

I’m also considering the old fashion method of printing them out and locking them in a fireproof box. And then wrapping that in duct tape. And then maybe I’ll station a couple of guard dogs around that plus a flame throwing booby trap. Indiana Jones himself couldn’t get in to take it!

Writers, when WordPress went down it was a message from the Writing Gods!

Protect your work!

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