Back up your files!

The computer wouldn’t speak to me on Monday. I spent much of Tuesday chatting with the nice tech support people, and the rest of it making sure my last week’s notes for a new Regency fantasy were saved in several different places – computer, cloud, flash drive. Wednesday was taken up with other fun stuff, family and financial issues… lawyers and accountants and money managers, whee!

And today the computer is being weird again; it’s taken me an hour to persuade the computer and WordPress to let me post anything.

I am tempted to retire to a nice quiet room with a notebook and a fountain pen, where I can pretend the last 50 years haven’t happened. More likely, I’ll spend the afternoon talking to the tech support people again.

Anybody else feeling guilty about letting Real Life interfere with the really important stuff, i.e., writing? I’m telling myself that it can’t be helped, some weeks just are like that. But I do find it hard to accept.


  1. “And today the computer is being weird again; it’s taken me an hour to persuade the computer and WordPress to let me post anything.”

    WordPress kicked me off for most of this week. I have tentatively called it fixed since I was able to post yesterday, but its still kinda iffy.

    I keep all my stuff backed-up on flash drives, different PC hard drives and a NAS. You can never have too much backup.

  2. I totally feel guilty when other obligations and real life take priority. And, it drives me nuts. And, then I procrastinate, and then I feel guilty….agh!

  3. well, if you need a pc cheap, look for off-lease business or workstation PCs on Ebay.

  4. I feel your pain. First of all, WP has been wonky as hell this week. It’s sent comments from our regular readers into the spam–or trash–files. It wouldn’t let me onto my own blog yesterday. Haven’t tried today. And don’t get me started about computer problems. Here’s hoping things get better for you soon.

  5. Must be the week for mmisbehaving computers. My “new” PC (about 10 years old, built from salvage) apparently has a hardware or driver bug that SeaMonkey has taken a dislike to, and crashes regularly for no visible reason, occasionally culminating in passing bluescreen on the way to a spontaneous reboot, and not a logfile in sight. Fortunately newer hardware recently fell on my head. Unfortunately migrating a complex system is not so simple, especially when the newer hardware will require a completely different drive setup, and possibly VMs because if I want to stay sane, the everyday OS still needs to be XP. (Effing proprietary Dells that aren’t suitable for general cannibalization… mega-effing Win7/10 bugs and limitations that make my eyes bleed…)

    So, backing up. Copies of the critical stuff land on every PC that hits my network, and are stashed on two different web hosts. That way worst case it might be lightly outdated, but sufficient to work from.

    Not to mention copies of my ancient but beloved editor that I can’t live without. Don’t forget to back up your tools! (Yes, I learned the lesson of “huge long-established host vanishes overnight and takes all your software and data with it” real early.)

    And printouts. Don’t forget printouts. The singular form that requires no other tools, not even electricity, to be intact and usable.

  6. My computer cratered at the end of May. Tech support was my late wife, who built the thing four years ago. Fortunately, I am paranoid about losing work from my current book project and had it backed up on a data stick, updated the night before the computer died. (Mother board failure.)

    The rest of the data was still on the hard drive which was good. I transferred to my laptop and got five of the remaining seven chapters in my book done while the computer was down. (I could not work on illustrations and captions, but could write text.) My youngest eventually came down from Ft. Worth (I am in the Houston area) and replaced the mother board and graphics card. (My late wife trained him.)

    Thank God for family and boy am I glad I do regular backup.

  7. I can’t praise having local network connected NAS (Network-attached storage) enough, they can truly be a life saver. Having your backup manager program set to copy your new files over your network to your NAS at the click of a button makes saving your work at every break a couple clicks of effort. Click Save in your editor, click Backup in your manager and by the time you are back from the potty you are ready to go again with everything saved on a second system

    Having a remote NAS isn’t a bad idea either but it won’t be as convenient or fast as a local one. It will survive a flood, fire, lightning or computer thief though so it has a place. Maybe just do backups to it when you break for meals or for the day?

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