Lost Files and Other Nightmares
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No, I didn't lose my manuscript files. I'm too cautious these days for that.
I lost my To Do list.
Actually, I lost the notebook that I write my To Do list in. I've searched EVERYWHERE to no avail.
I actually stopped writing at this point and checked one more spot. Nope. Although I did find some trash to throw out.
I know the notebook is out there somewhere. I'll probably find it when I'm not looking for it, but for the life of me, I can't figure out where I put it. This is what comes from using the holidays to move and reorganize my office. Yes, I've been looking for the notebook that long!
It's probably with my WIP (work in progress) folder. That's missing, too.
The loss of a notebook wouldn't be a big issue except that it contains the notes for a project I'm supposed to start next week. Plus, I like to refer back to my To Do list to see when I did something.
We've all lost something in our lives: keys, trinkets, datebooks (when everyone carried one). It's disconcerting to know you had it and now it's gone. My granddaughter constantly misplaces her school ID badge. She's supposed to put it in the small pocket of her backpack every day after school. I reminded her every day for the first few weeks of school to put it there, but she refused to do it. She didn't want to take it off. I guess she was really proud of being a middle schooler.
She's not allowed at school without it, though, so every time she doesn't have it, she has to buy a new one for $5. She's paid $20 of her own money this year. I refuse to cover it. One more time, and she gets school detention. That got her attention (I hope). She has an ID on her dresser, in our car, in her Kavu which she carries everyday, and supposedly in her backpack, too. Backups.
Writers know the fear of losing things, too, especially their files. Let your computer crash once, and you'll learn how devastating it can be. Years ago, when home PCs were a new thing, I taught software classes. In every class, I'd remind my students, "Save and save often." These days, most software applications cover that problem for you, but "save often" doesn't solve the crashed or corrupted hard drive issue. Or the weird things that can happen on your computer. For instance, just a moment ago, I started losing text when I tried to insert a word into a sentence above. Somehow, I'd inadvertently activated the Insert key on my keyboard. I can't recall the last time I've even thought about that key. Don't know what it does? Here's a hint, if you've clicked it, you won't be able to insert text. Yes. It writes over the text.
Like my granddaughter and her multiple ID badges, a wise writer creates file back ups. I have multiple copies of everything. Some writers I know rely on the cloud as their only storage. I use the cloud, but I've been in too many places without wifi access to count on that as my only file source. So I back the files up on flash drives and external hard drives, too.
Too bad I can't do that with actual notebooks and folders. I'm off to look AGAIN in all the usual places. Hey! If you find it, I'd love to get it back.
What losses have sent you in a spiral of frustration?