There ARE worse things that could have happened…
Posted December 10, 2012on:
Don’t get all paranoid about it, but save.
And then back up. Not as in ‘away’, but as in additional, uncorrupted copies.
And then back up the copies.
And then, if you trust them, or understand how they work, sign-up for/to a ‘cloud’ service and save it at least twice in each one.
And then, just to be sure, e-mail yourself a copy to EACH of your e-mail addresses. If you only have/use ONE e-mail, open one with Google; live.ca/hotmail.com; Yahoo ‘whatever’; and anywhere else they offer free e-mail and send a copy to each of them.
While you are at it, PRINT a physical copy and store it at the bank in a safety deposit box, or at least your personal banker’s ‘save’ box.
Then, and only then can you be reasonably sure it isn’t gone forever.
Reasonably, because, should a massive catastrophe occur chances are you won’t really care if your manuscript is gone. Earthquake; tsunami; fire… but really, it should take Armageddon to destroy all the backup copies you created to protect you from:
YOU’VE GOT TO BE JOKING!!! ARE YOU SERIOUS??? I SPENT TWO YEARS WORKING ON THAT MANUSCRIPT AND YOU’RE TELLING ME IT’S GONE? Noooooo!? IT CAN’T BE!!!
I am really trying to be upbeat and not lose heart. I am counting on data recovery to work their incredibly nimble brains and pull off a miracle not seen since December 25, 0000. (Okay, so MY personal miracle will NOT be as world changing… not even CLOSE; but, at this particular point in time? It is consuming my entire focus!)
By now, you may have guessed that I have lost a valuable (to me) document. I have been working on it for two-plus-years; it is the basis for a fourteen-series book deal; fifteen including the original; must have this one or the others kinda lack the full insight. They work without it, but they are so much richer WITH it.
IT is an epic manuscript between 130,000 words and 140,000 words. (Follow-up novels are between 45,000 and 75,000 words.) I say ‘between’ because I cannot recall the exact word count. I do know it is an awful lot of inspiration, perspiration and research. I also know it was finished. Complete. Done. All the facts checked; all the formatting re-formatted; all spell checks and passive voice dealt with. DONE. Ready for publishing. READY.
It’s not hiding. It’s not misplaced. It’s GONE.
It is NOT on the memory stick (any of ’em). It is NOT on my hard drive (ANYWHERE). The printed copy is at least ten COMPLETE revisions past. The bits and pieces left in various research folders leave me with a migraine as I stare and wonder HOW I am ever going to figure out my bibliography again.
What is almost worst is the ‘facts and figures’ file, the one that holds all the pertinent information about this novel, (and from which I would stand a chance of recreating the entire fallen-house-of-cards) is also gone.
I am demoralized; disheartened and downright depressed!
I knew this could happen one day. I am aware that ‘the worst things can and usually do happen when you are least expecting them to.’ Which is why I save. And save often. And save in a variety of ways. To avoid this complete meltdown.
None of the others in the series can be published now until the first is painstakingly recreated. Too many facts could shift and new thoughts and ideas occur as I write, which could alter facts or figures in later books in the series. Of which, two are ready to head to the printer… and now; now it’s even hard to pick my fingers high enough to hit the correct keys to write.
I am hoping by sharing my gloominess will dissipate, not by adding to YOUR burdens, but by showing and reminding me: THERE ARE WORSE THINGS THAT COULD HAVE HAPPENED.
It doesn’t help me right now, but as time shifts, and I begin the impossible task, I’m sure it will fold into perspective. Sorry if I can’t think of anything beyond the end of my nose right now. I am consumed with my own grief and misery as I check yet another folder, hoping that maybe, just maybe I slipped it in here by mistake and called it something different. (A rose by any other name… would to me at this moment smell just as fragrant if all the other missing roses lined up neatly behind the first…)
Are you like me? When you write, as the words hit the paper with the original enthusiasm you relieve your mind from the concern of having to readjust that thought or even remember it any longer?
What I mean, (see? I’m MUDDLED!) is, well, if I write a quick note to a friend, or a lengthy letter to an agency, once I commit the words to paper, my mind feels free to move on. I can re-read the article/note and make revisions, but the original ‘spirit’ has flown from me and I find it nearly impossible to re-create my creativity… I have NO IDEA if you can follow that or not…
I want my manuscript back!!!!
This is going to leave a rather large hole in what I’d hoped would be a small cash flow for the coming year. (Okay, I’ll be honest, I’d hoped it would be a large cash flow…)
Dang it! ~Stomping feet and waving fists about like a lunatic.~
Well, nothing to do but keep looking; or begin re-creating… Putting the coffee on; see ya in a couple of years…
- When Are Revisions Done? (nancyjcohen.wordpress.com)
- Friday Editor’s Tip: Lose the formatting! (beetlesinthebush.wordpress.com)
- Five Dos and Don’ts for Picking an Editor (omnivoracious.com)
- Writers, Believe In Yourself (descentintoslushland.wordpress.com)
- Stop, Drop, & Edit (worldweaverpress.com)
- Rejection: Greatest Hits (pikeknight.wordpress.com)
- 9 Things I Learned From My Copy-Edit (michelleproulx.wordpress.com)
- Dropbox updates website, makes it easier to share files and folders with others (dottech.org)
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