I feel like I'm hijacking one of Eileen's future posts from over at Speak Coffee To Me, but I was so horrified when I heard this, I had to share.
Last night at about 3 am I sent Eileen an email telling her that I had just written 5,000 words in my novel (yes, I am very proud of this fact). This morning I woke up to receive an email back from her saying that her harddrive had crashed and she had lost the past month of her work.
My heart dropped into my stomach at the thought. Now, I am not the most technologically savvy person. You might say I'm Carrie Bradshaw-esque with the lack of backing up my work and wondering if people can see me when they're online. I immediately thought of everything I've written - ever - being sucked away into oblivion and I started having heart palpitations.
I guess Eileen dropped her computer and the last time she had backed up was a month ago. Nothing is salvable beyond that point. Thankfully there were some stories and pieces of work that she had emailed to other people, one she had printed out, and one she had submitted to an online group. But there were two pieces in particular that she was working on furiously and now VOOSH - gone. As well as some important edits on another story she had in the works.
I need to get an external harddrive and back up my stuff ASAP. Not to mention my computer is already on the fritz and having an internal meltdown. When I have it in my lap it feels like I'm holding a volcano. That definitely cannot be a good sign. Has anyone else every had something this awful and detrimental happen to them? How did you cope?