Thursday, March 22, 2012

Back Up and Running

I got my laptop back yesterday with a new hard drive. I've been making jokes about my "brainless" laptop because it's a brain without any data. The data recovery process with the old hard drive is taking forever, but they say that's a good thing. The longer it takes the more data it will recover. Fabulous! I bought a new wireless backup hard drive that will receive regular updates, and I now have a site on "the cloud" where I will post the latest files for books in progress. Yes, I should've had all this before now. Again, a valuable lesson learned the hard way.

A lot of my writing friends have told me that my experience has exposed weaknesses in their own backup systems. It makes me feel a little better to know I might've helped to keep this from happening to someone else. It's also a reminder to have a backup plan for everything you can't live without: keys, credit cards, bank account info, etc. We live in a world where everything is so accessible. I've never felt so cut off as I did for five days without my Siamese twin, as my family calls my laptop.

I'm working on getting back into the swing of things, typing up the longhand writing I did over the weekend and tending to all the usual stuff on my brainless computer.

In other news, my kids have had an exciting week. My daughter was named one of four captains of her swim team for next year (her senior year), and my son had his braces put on, much to his dismay. The worst part for him is the orthodontist told him no Coca Cola for next two years. He may need a 12-step program to wean himself!

Hope you're having a good week!

3 comments:

Veronica Scott said...

Congratulations on getting the computer back up! Nothing worse than the fear of losing all the hard won words...have to say your example IS making me rethink my own backup systems.

Sapphire16 said...

Yay, Marie!! Good to see you back in the electronic world. Isn't it terrible that a lot us has to wait for something bad to happen before we protect ourselves? I didn't realize till reading your blog today that "the cloud" can do that, too. Thanks for the info!

How was your experience actually "writing" your next book? How thankful are you of the new age technology?

One final note, I love your writing style, I adore your h/h. My favorite are the Gansett Island characters. The McCarthy family and friends are growing!

Your stories are simply beautiful.

Marie Force said...

Veronica,
Glad to hear my disaster has you rethinking your backup system. It's a good lesson for all of us!

Sapphire,
Thanks so much for your kind words about my books. So glad you're enjoying the Gansett Island books so much! Yay! Much more to come!