And not in a good way, like some roving Prince Charming came swooping into my boudoir. No, nope, nein, nicht, nyete--it was the cybersort of fucked. A file corrupted. One. Singl. File. On my flash-drive. Can you guess which one it was? No, not The Shadows One Walks. I have that backed up in several locations, and I have a printout. No, it was the edit I've been feverishly working on for two solid weeks. Why did you not back up, you ask? Well, good friends, I DID back up, but I did not know that the file got corrupted, and I backed IT up to the hard-drive of my laptop.
I only found out it died when I tried to open it again and it would not navigate, would not show all my comment bubbles, and when I attempted to navigate, I got that white-frozen-screen and it would not budge. Thankfully, the edits I made to the actual manuscript were still there, and I was able to print that without opening the file at all--but no comment bubbles. And it wouldn't copy or paste or anything to a new file. I freaked. I would have to key all the changes into a new file, and recreate all my comments. TWO WEEKS WORTH OF WORK--GONE!
All ended well. After about an hour of frustrated frenzy, I called Eric. He told me to send him the file and he'd see what he could do. Two hours later, he somehow--magically, as far as I'm concerned--found a way to save and resave the file COMPLETE WITH COMMENT BUBBLES! Twenty-eight years in IT might have been hell for him, but it saved my ass yesterday. He is, once again, my hero, and has, once again, earned the undying love I bear him. And the special treat I was making him anyway, but now gets to be reward for his efforts.
This just goes to show me that backing up isn't enough. From now on, I'm going to email myself the day's work every day. I know there are programs and storage sites and such, but emailing works. If I'd been doing that, I might have lost the weekend's work, but I wouldn't have potentially lost two weeks worth.
It's Monday, and that means there's a new post up on Heroines of Fantasy. Why I Wrote Searching for Slave Leia
Last March, Sandra McDonald guest blogged for us, and that blog post sparked a story that sold to Lightspeed who is now sharing it with io9, and we at HoF could not be any prouder.
And speaking of HoF-inspired things, Karin has a guest up on her Eolyn blog inspired by our "women's roles" posts: The Role of Wife in Storytelling