If any of you have paid attention to the national weather lately, you’ve probably heard that the state of Georgia was shut down today. Princess Elsa has cursed us with eternal winter, and someone didn’t deploy the salt trucks until it was far too late, added to the suprise of the storm that was supposed to hit south of us smacking us in the face. There were over 700 accidents due to the roads icing over faster than anyone could prevent, plus several of my friends and coworkers were trapped in the gridlock for hours. Some slept at their jobs, some slept in their car.
Luckily, I made it home safe and sound. The worst thing I faced was driving an hour home when it usually takes 15 minutes. I’d intended to use my day off as a beta-reading, writing awesome day.
Instead I marathoned Sleepy Hollow with Julie.
Afterward, I decided to finally clean up my laptop, which had gotten cluttered from my penchant to drag and drop things I like. Everything was peachy until I went to organize the Scrivener file for THE KILLING TYPE so I could make a new draft file for revisions.
Something terrible happened.
I deleted the file.
“But couldn’t use just remove it from the trash can?” you ask.
Yeah. If I hadn’t emptied the trash.
See, I’d kept the file in Dropbox in a private folder. When Dropbox was hacked, I removed the files to… THE DESKTOP. Which I’d just been rearranging. This was bad.
Luckily, I downloaded a Word Doc that I’d sent to one of my Beta readers and I cut and paste the chapters into a clean Scrivener file. The good news is: I really didn’t lose anything. I have the previous drafts saved as Word Docs, I have my file back and separated for revisions, and I have a new draft waiting for me. I even separated the files for THE MORTALITY VICE. Turns out I had TWO of them, one at 65k and the other at half of that. I’ve since saved everything. In seven locations.
This, however, does not mean I didn’t have a heart attack. The thought of losing something I’d spent so much time writing almost killed me tonight. I then panicked about potentially losing my other book, and I’ve checked multiple times to make sure I have all the correct files. I am highly paranoid now.
Take this as your reminder to BACK EVERYTHING UP. DO IT NOW. SAVE YOUR WORK IN MULTIPLE PLACES, JUST IN CASE.
Even smart, pseudo-professional people make ridiculous and foolish and costly errors. Let this be a warning to you all.