It wasn’t too long ago that I wrote a blog on the importance of backing up your work. I went on vacation for a week and in that week it seems there were quite a few disasters globally.
While I was away, there was an airplane crash in San Francisco, a train crash in Quebec, hurricane in the Caribbean, fires in Las Vegas (where I was), and then I came home to the remnants of the flood in Toronto.
I came home and turned on my laptop yesterday to work on revisions from my editor only to find out after long hours of trying to get my laptop to work; that my hard drive crashed. I spent numerous hours on the phone with Dell support and am now awaiting my new hard drive so I can be guided through the process of putting in a new one to spare me from having it sent away for two weeks. I am not a techie, I keep saying, but it turns out I have turned into one. I can hardly wait for the experience of downloading everything back into a new hard drive from scratch…………………not!
I had to resort to my old desktop which takes about five minutes to turn a page. It turns out that my anti-virus wasn’t doing its job. I spent all afternoon on the phone with Mcafee for that. I also noticed when I used this clunker, that my wordpress site was full of porn ads. Yes, lovely. Mcafee kindly offered to get rid of them for only another $179.00. Are you kidding me?
I spent the rest of the evening on forums trying to find a way to get rid of the ads and clean off what Mcafee didn’t. Thanks to some folks on this wordpress forum I was offered some great links for removal. So hence, here I am back, hopefully fading anymore disasters. Again, I am grateful that my book is safely sleeping in cyber space with dropbox until this mess gets all cleared up and I can get back to my programs to work on it. Eventually I will be posting an excerpt here so stay tuned!
4 thoughts on “Disaster Abounds – #Backup your Work!”
Glad you are back!!! Sorry about your troubles! What a pain!!
Glad you posted cuzzz I found you! Remember I was having trouble? I wonder if your troubles had anything to do with why I couldn’t pull you up last week?
Yes, I emailed you back that I was posting, lol. There are a few posts, honestly Di, I am up to my eyeballs in this publishing business. I am currently in 3rd revisions and after one more my MS is off to the editor. I still have to deal with IRS forms, ISBN numbers and copyright, as well as a title, can you believe I have yet to title it but I may be calling it “Guilted Heart – a memoir. So much going on. My plan is to get all this other stuff done once my MS is in the editor’s hands. I will keep you posted!
I know how you feel – we tend to get a lot of problems with computers/connections/viruses where I live in India. I don’t use dropbox but I do have a back up file of my backup files!
Looking forward to reading your excerpt
Thanks for following my blog
Yes, the Universe seems to work in mysterious ways. I spend many hours every night searching for info on great tips and helpful sites for writers. I too have an external backup, but I felt that I needed something more in the event that my (baby), ie: manuscript, could actually get corrupted, and a half year’s work gone. One can never be too safe.
Thanks for the interest and the follow!