I probably shouldn’t write this post, but…I’m frustrated. A few weeks ago my hard drive crashed on my Alienware. I need to find the documentation on it as I bought the extended warranty, but the service rep insists it’s expired…conveniently a few weeks previous.
Anyway, since I have lost work before, I had everything backed up on Dropbox which I had been assured is foolproof and the safest way to back up work. It isn’t.
I lost everything associated with V Dusk Falling, the game I have been writing for. That’s eight months of research and stories down the drain. Last night I decided to send one of the new chapters of DRAGON VALLEY to the crit group and get back on track with that writing also, since a writer should always have a book in the birthing process, or so I think.
Oh, look. None of the DRAGON VALLEY stuff is there either. Now, that’s only 15,000 words, but it’s also a complete rewrite of the beginning chapters. Frankly, that’s beyond frustrating.
So, now I’m pondering what the best method of backing up work is. I’ll probably reload Liquid Story Binder tomorrow and start saving work there as well as various other places. I know I need to back up to more than one place now, but it’s such a pain to back up edits to four places like I am now and it’s getting very disorganized.
Maybe I should print everything out at the end of the day.
I feel like I am just drowning in writing 101, when I should be writing. Now I don’t even want to write until I get a handle on getting my life in order and get some kind of a fool proof system in place.
Well, I do want to write, that’s what’s frustrating. I really wanted to get back to work on DRAGON VALLEY now that I am kind of getting caught back up with the Dusk Falling stuff. I want to go back to the page and read about my little fairy dragon and continue his journey, but now I have to go back to the beginning and re-write all that so I can.
I may have to bite the bullet and see if I can try to recover the crashed hard drive. Will offered to try and do that, but now I’m paranoid about even mailing it.
So, how do you protect your precious?