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Here's some irony for you: on Labor Day I was futzing around, thinking about going to grab my flash drive to back up my latest writing files that had been sitting on my hard-drive for a couple weeks. Well, before I could say "WHAT'S SOMETHING YOU SHOULD DO AFTER COMPLETING A DOCUMENT, EH?" Firefox crashed on me. And it crashed hard. It crashed so hard that it also took Windows Media Player out with it. And Word. And anything else I had opened at the time.
I was forced to do a hard reset, as my laptop is prone to making me do every so often, and didn't think much of it besides a bit of an annoyance. Well, Windows entered Startup Repair hell. By the end of the night I was resigned to the fact I would probably have to reinstall Windows and brought out the alternate OS to salvage some files first...you know, like those writing files I meant to backup. But for some HORRIBLE reason none of the other OSes could find my document folders! So I finally realized the inevitable...I would have to reinstall and lose just about everything.
I write to you now from my new installed windows. Thankfully, a majority of my writing projects were backed up and even to date about a month ago. So, all is not lost. Just the latest chapter of The Key of Nixey and the last two (thankfully short!) chapters I wrote for CROSS//Rebirth. I have about 20 pages in total to rewrite, which is utterly obnoxious, but not the all end of the world. The trick is just to remember what I wrote!
So, learn from me, fellow document creators...aaaaalways baack up your stuff the moment they're created! I'll definitely be more vigilant in saving my extended files to other sources just so I don't have to repeat the rewriting bullpocky that I haven't had to do since 2000. Fudge.