Friday, July 17, 2009

I'm back...

Finally…a new blog post.

It’s been a while since I updated but that’s mostly because of puter problems and having to buy a new puter. I now have a very nice laptop I call “The Precious.” I tell the kids it’s because “I needz it.”

Then, I was trying to catch up on things and get back into writing and blogging just didn’t take top billing. I’ve thought about it numerous times but never seemed to get around to it.

One thing I learned from the past two months with all the puter issues is to back up EVERTHING!!! I’ve been pretty obsessive about backing up the writing since I lost some and had to start over but this past May, I learned the value of backing up other things as well.

Such as…your favorites list. I didn’t and now I can’t find one of my favorite name sites. I’ve asked other writing friends I might have shared it with, googled every combination of key words I can think off and even did the new “bing” thing. I can’t find it. Most of my favorites weren’t a big deal or were things I could refind easily. Don’t lose something special.

Misc. software… A while back, Give Away of the Day had Liquid Story Binder as their give away. And I really liked it for keeping things organized. And while I always backed up things I added to LSB, I never made a second copy of the program. Now, I’m back to waiting for them to offer it again. I hope soon.

Also…I managed to get the printer driver from the manufacturer’s website but the OCR software was lost. So, while I can use the printer, I can’t scan anything in and convert it to a Word doc. Sigh.

I plan to do better this time around.

This past week, a good friend of mine lost about 28k of her novel when her puter decided to eat it. The only thing we can figure is somehow she hit one of the “F” keys and it deleted the whole document as she was typing. She didn’t have a second copy of it anywhere and they couldn’t find it. Now she’s got to start over. She had sent me the first 5 pages so I returned them and she had a beginning but all that work, gone.

So, I’ve declared Wednesday each week as Back Up Your WIP Day. I’ll try to remind you each week.


Sandra said...

Hi Jean and welcome back :-)

Is the name site you lost this one?
Behind the Name

I'm not the best at backing up either. With my desk top it was easy as it stays in one place and is permanently hooked up to a storage drive. But I don't do my writing on my desktop anymore. I don't keep the laptop hooked up all the time and I forget to (or get lazy and just don't)back up.

I think I'll do it right now! LOL


Jean said...

Nope, that wasn't it. Sigh. It's my fault really...I loved the site so much, I hoarded it and didn't tell many people about it. Now, I'm guessing it's gone forever.

I'll back up favorites now though.