That’s been my slogan since my computer crashed last Tuesday. The blue screen of death. But I wasn’t afraid. I back up my work to a flash drive about every 2 weeks, so there was nothing written since then that I couldn’t live without or rewrite. Besides, files can be resurrected, right? Everything was going to be fine.
But it’s not. The computer crash (which isn’t turning out to be very easy to recover) wasn’t the worst of it. Computer crash = BAD, but lost back-up flash drive = COMPLETE & UTTER HORROR.
Horror on a whole new
Not only might my photos, videos, and a plethora of downloaded PDFs, ePubs, Mobi files, etc. be lost, but the last edit to my novel, Wicked Tempest, which topped in at 110K and was a grueling effort to complete. I have a second back location (Plan C) but nothing on there that is newer than 4-6 months old, and unfortunately doesn’t include the last edit of my novel. What was I thinking? That I couldn’t possibly lose both my back-up flash drive and hard drive on the same day. It’s almost demonic.
I’m not going to cry about it, although I might indulge in a bit of pouting and additional wine and chocolate consumption. Still, there may be hope – my computer is in the hands of an under-appreciated computer geek, which I’ll be certain to give proper thanks to. Also, I might just find that darn back-up flash drive, and then spring can resume its sweet bird melody and spray of colors once again.
Until then, I’m backing up on a new micro-metal flash drive daily and getting myself going on that new novel. Focus not on what was lost but on what can be gained, another slogan to help stave off the insanity one more day.
Point of the matter: Back up your work at least every week, and have a second back-up location (another computer, flash drive, or online storage like Google’s Cloud) for every month. Time and money well spent. A good slogan never hurts either.