Currently reading - Greywalker by Kat Richardson
I guess I and other pundits can't say this often enough--BACKUP, BACKUP, BACKUP!!
This week a member of one of the local RWA chapters lost her entire manuscript. Yes, the WHOLE FREAKIN' THING! She'd only saved it to a flashdrive, not to her harddrive, and the flashdrive decided to croak. Add on that (a) she's a published author and (b) her manuscript was due to her editor in a couple of weeks, you can feel the heart-stopping panic she experienced when she opened the file, only to see nonsensical characters.
If you use any computer, multipe backups are a necessity, not a luxury. External hardrives would be the most expensive option, other than another computer, but even they are relatively cheap compared to the ER bill when you stroke out over losing an entire manuscript. Flashdrive, hardrive, burned to a CD, or copied to floppy disk (assuming you can still find one), it doesn't matter. Multiple versions of your file--even better.
I've been lucky. The most I've ever lost is a couple of pages because I literally do all of the above at different stages of the week.
And when all else fails, have a geek in your pocket. This writer was lucky. Another RWA gal and her computer wizard husband were able to retrieve the file through some techno-magic, so our writer friend will meet her deadline after all.
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