When was the last time YOU backed up your computer?
If you can't answer off the top of your head it's been too long.
When was the last time you made a backup of the manuscript you're currently working on? And I don't mean the autosave feature, or hitting the save icon at the top of the page. I mean, creating a backup document separate from your original.
Again, if you can't answer it's been too long.
If you don't have an external backup drive, you know what you should ask for this holiday season. Not sexy, but very important.
If at least one person reading this blog gets an external drive for Christmas or Hanukah, I will be thrilled. Full disclosure, I got one last Christmas. I hadn't used it yet. So get it - AND USE IT.
Okay, rant about over. Except for the iPad trauma that coincided with my computer crash. I only use my iPad as a reading device, occasionally for email... and I use the notebook feature to write all my reviews. Makes it easy to slip back and forth between the book and the review, and it's portable. And - I thought - pretty safe.
Except. When I went to transfer all my finished - finished - reviews to my blog the other day (also part of my October surprise) ALL OF MY NOTES WERE GONE. DELETED. MISSING. Except for the very last one I wrote, Out of Bounds, by Julia Quinn, which is the last post on this blog before this current post. That one didn't get erased. WTF???
If anyone has an answer to how I might recover those, please please please post it in the comments.
I'm back up to speed with my (overdue) WIP and next will be all the reviews I promised and now need to rewrite.
Happy Writing (and Re-Writing) to All!