Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Insecure and Stuffed


The first Wednesday of the year and time once again for the Insecure Writers Support Group. Founded by Alex Cavanaugh over one year ago and still going strong, this group offers encouragement and support for writers, insecure or not.

How many of you are suffering holiday withdrawal today? After a month of preparations and celebrations it is not easy to hop back into the routines of normal every day. I feel as stuffed as the turkey we ate on New Year’s Eve and just as roasted. My writing has suffered during the holiday season and to make matters worse the one short story I wrote for a new anthology disappeared from my computer. All that remained was the title on a blank page, how I did that I have no idea. Most likely I have saved the wrong document and discarded the one I should have saved. Has that ever happened to you, and what did you do? I realize that I have to get beyond this computer betrayal, hopefully I have learned a lesson about not rushing things and to be more careful about what I save. Now I just have to get beyond that empty page, put the holidays behind me and get a grip. Any suggestions?


23 comments:

Sheila Siler said...

I hate when stuff like that happens! I loved your term "computer betrayal". I'm sure your replacement story will wind up being even better than the first. Good luck!

Catherine Noble said...

That's a shame about your lost document, Siv. Fingers crossed you can conjure up some remnants from your memory; you might even have an improved version in the end!

Good luck getting out of the festive slump, I know the feeling well!

Miranda Hardy said...

Too bad you lost that story. Yes, I feel stuffed too. Lol it's hard getting back into the groove of things.

I sure don't want to be at work today. Lol

Karen Walker said...

That's a bummer. I have lost documents and I try to save important ones in several different ways, particularly emailing myself a copy.
Karen

Elsie The Writer said...

Oh my gosh, that has happened to me! I saved the wrong document by overwriting it to another. I'm so sorry that happened to you. Now, I always "Save As" first and whenever I'm at a stopping point I email myself the document - crazy I know. But, that came from our backup system not working and I wasn't taking any chances anymore.

Great IWSG post!

Ravena Guron said...

Awww about the short story. And computers are supposed to be our faithful servants! (Line stolen and adapted from "Friends" :D) I agree with Catherine - if you rewrite it, you mind end up with something much better!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Jumping back into the blogging world is a good way to do it.
Your document might still be there! Do a complete search before giving up all hope.

J. A. Bennett said...

I've been there before, hard to get back to real life. The only solution I've found is to keep working until I MAKE something wonderful happen. I'm sure you've done same thing before,and I hope you can do it again! Good luck to you :)

Michael Di Gesu said...

Yes, SIS,

I just happened to me too last week. Ten pages I had worked on had never been saved. Now it's back to those pages to see if I can remember what I changed and HOW I changed them.

IT sucks, but it seems to happen to all of us no matter how careful we are. Our computers are machines after all and they do FREAK every now and then .... just like their owners. LOL.

Bite your tongue, curse a bit in English and Norwegian, THEN get to work! Holidays ARE over, it is time for work. REVE up those engines and LET THEM RIP!!!!!!!

LindaC said...

Ugh - I dread that happening! I always back up on a memory stick as well, but I guess that's no good if you've gone and saved the blank file! Best of luck with the re-write - look at it as an opportunity. Close the door on Christmas - it will be back in no time anyway! Enjoy January's fresh start :-)

E.J. Wesley said...

I can so relate to this Siv! It's like BAM! 'real' life is back. lol

My writing fell of a cliff the last two or three weeks as well, but I'm hoping to make up for it in the next few days. If I can get off the blogs long enough...

Happy 2013 btw! :-)

D.G. Hudson said...

To save work and because I edit as I go - I do a lot of 'save as' to keep one original. I've got to back up my stories and the novels, so thanks for the reminder.

We had a power outage recently that went with one big swipe - just in our neighborhood, a full block. I started getting dystopian thoughts.

About that story, good luck with the recall.

Suzanne Furness said...

It's horrible when things like that happen hope you can maybe find it hidden somewhere. Can't offer any suggestions on how afriad I'm completely clueless when it comes to tech stuff!

shelly said...

I could hardly wait to get back into my normal routine. I'm tired of the holidays and all the parties. Not to mention, I had the Glowstick from November til December 27th. I'm pooped out.

Happy New Year!

Hugs and chocolate,
Shelly

Ciara said...

I've lost a story or two, that really stinks. Sorry to hear that.
I'm so ready to be in a normal routine again. Happy New Year!

Magical Mystical MiMi said...

I'm still in a holiday stooper.. Check your temp files for your work.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

I know you must want to cry, losing an entire short story. Magical Mystical MiMi had a thought. Check your computer's temporary files. It may be in there. Or the file button on your Word Document. Perhaps if you right-clicked and hit UNDO that might work as well.

Happy New Year :-)

Melissa Bradley said...

Huge Hugs! Happy New Year, my friend. I hope 2013 is your best year, yet. My writing and everything else has suffered mightily these last weeks and I need to dig myself out. I've got your back, if you'll have mine. Together we can do it!

Misha Gericke said...

Sadly, I don't have advice. The last time something similar happened was 26 December 2010, when I managed to permanently lose a 70k word rewrite.

I STILL haven't looked at the first draft. Funnily enough, though, something kind of made me think I should, this year.

And now I stumbled across this post, and I can't help wondering if it's a sign...

Good luck with overcoming that empty page!

Hart Johnson said...

Oh, man--that stinks to lose something completely! I've lost stuff, so I hear you. I try to save every time I get up and email stuff to myself every few days. Plus most of my writing gets saved on an external hard drive, so if one computer died, I can easily move it to another.

Lynn Proctor said...

awww sorry that happened----i have lost everything a couple of times too!---hope you have a good new year :)

Emily R. King said...

January is always a tough month for me. It helps to look ahead at something you're looking forward to. That's how I get through it!

Robin said...

Bummer about losing your short story. I find computers to be wonderful and terrible at the same time. They make our lives so much simpler when they work well. Can you imagine editing by hand??? When our documents disappear into a void... we wish we had something on hard paper, no?

I like Karen's idea of emailing yourself. Of course, you have to save it first in order to do that...