Lessons learned

About two weeks ago, for various reasons, many involving laziness, I stopped making daily backups of my computer (the home beast)

Last night, my computer decided that it was no longer going to turn on. Push the power button and nothing happens. This is the second time this has happened to this machine. It’s still under warrenty, so after being on hold for AN HOUR the tech decided that they need to replace the mother board.

Chances are that everything on the harddrive are fine.

But. I have no backups of all the work I’ve done on the novel for the past few days. I’m taking today off — not going to try to write on it. Tomorrow I’ll get back on the horse — just start writing the next chapter — not try to finish the current chapter.

I’m really pissed at myself. As I said, I used to make daily backups. I stopped, and now I’m paying for it.

Comments (14)

  1. Oh no! I’m sorry. I had mine start doing random shutdowns in the middle of a major rewrite–then the backup refused to cold boot. I feel for you, I do, I do.

    Keep a floppy in the drive (if you don’t have a floppy drive, get one) and copy to it every time you get up from the computer. Voice of experience here. If you get up regularly to stretch and to rest your wrists, this means you may lose at most an hour’s worth of work. Usually less.

    • I’ve always been lucky before this. Whenever I’ve had a problem I’ve always had backups. I’m going to initiate a different backup plan though, one that’s a bit easier — similar to your floppy drive idea. It makes sense.

      Hope things are going well with you —

  2. Ow. Sorry to hear that. About five years ago, I lost my entire novel during printing. (Too dumb in those days to realize I needed more than one soft copy). In the end, it was a good thing, but at the time…ugh. I’m sure all will be well with you, though.

    • An entire novel? Ouch. That would *suck*.

      I have very early drafts of the first chapter and the interlude. Nothing from the third chapter though. It’s okay. I’m not going to let this deter me — tomorrow I start with the next chapter. Which I’m looking forward to.

      • Um yeah. But it turned out for the best. I was too married to many of the plot points and ideas; much of the book (looking back) did *not* work. Losing the whole thing forced me to go far deeper than I ever would have on my own. However, I don’t advocate it as a good writing practice. 🙂

        Next chapter, yay!

  3. Oh no! I’m sorry. I had mine start doing random shutdowns in the middle of a major rewrite–then the backup refused to cold boot. I feel for you, I do, I do.

    Keep a floppy in the drive (if you don’t have a floppy drive, get one) and copy to it every time you get up from the computer. Voice of experience here. If you get up regularly to stretch and to rest your wrists, this means you may lose at most an hour’s worth of work. Usually less.

    • I’ve always been lucky before this. Whenever I’ve had a problem I’ve always had backups. I’m going to initiate a different backup plan though, one that’s a bit easier — similar to your floppy drive idea. It makes sense.

      Hope things are going well with you —

  4. Ow. Sorry to hear that. About five years ago, I lost my entire novel during printing. (Too dumb in those days to realize I needed more than one soft copy). In the end, it was a good thing, but at the time…ugh. I’m sure all will be well with you, though.

    • An entire novel? Ouch. That would *suck*.

      I have very early drafts of the first chapter and the interlude. Nothing from the third chapter though. It’s okay. I’m not going to let this deter me — tomorrow I start with the next chapter. Which I’m looking forward to.

      • Um yeah. But it turned out for the best. I was too married to many of the plot points and ideas; much of the book (looking back) did *not* work. Losing the whole thing forced me to go far deeper than I ever would have on my own. However, I don’t advocate it as a good writing practice. 🙂

        Next chapter, yay!

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