The “F” Bomb

I think everyone knows what that title means: Drive Failure, the F’n Drive Bombed Out – everything is gone.  This is a courtesy reminder to all you writers out there, learned from a very recent, painful, deflating experience, back up your drives often.

I made a backup on February 17th.  I thought I also made a backup in April, but I can’t seem to find that one.  Luckily, since I haven’t worked on any of my novels since then, I have lost nothing there, but it still hurts to lose anything. 

What I did lose:

  • my KeePass database (no big deal as there is only one password I don’t remember off the top of my head)
  • ideas for my blog that I hadn’t yet posted (no big deal)
  • four novel ideas that I had documented (slightly painful, but not the end of the world)
  • some story starters and writing exercises that I was going to use on my blog (I don’t have time to come up with some new ones, so my two monthly posts will probably go on hold until August – when I have a short vacation from school)
  • a finished frame for a future anthology (this hurts, a lot)
  • all of my homework from this semester and most from last semester (this hurts, a lot)
  • a short story I had just started writing and was about a third of the way through (since this story felt better than anything I had ever written before, and I’m not sure I could repeat it – this is devastating)

What hurts the most is that I debated printing out my short story just a few hours before the Drive Failure.  Could have, should have, would have, but didn’t.

So, please, learn from my experience and back up everything you value.

About R. Garrett Wilson

I am a member of the Stanislaus World Builders writing group and have participated in the FSFW writing group. I have written one drama that was based on the book of Mark and performed at my church in 2007. My story, Journeyer, is published in Analog Magazine and a novelette, The Bakrra Encounter, in the FSFW 2010 anthology, I Dreamed a Crooked Dream. I also took part in the community novel project, Stanislaus Reads and Writes, and have a chapter in their novel, Ashes in a Teardrop. Beyond writing, I enjoy road trips, photography, woodworking, watching tennis and cycling, and reading.
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