Today, my normally trusted, reliable and let’s face it, essential computer did the unthinkable on me. It died.
It died so well that no command were accepted and there was absolutely nothing I could do. Well, that isn’t strictly true, there was nothing POSITIVE I could do. I did a lot of negative, you know, questioning the computers parentage and so on.
No matter how many times I waited and “let it do its thing” or intervened and did a forced shut down and re-boot (most highly NOT recommended) followed by the inevitable “safe mode” reboot and interrogation, the darn thing just simply would not act as it should.
It gave me a timely reminded about backing up and saving your work and there were 2 things of note that could have been lost. Firstly, as I reported yesterday, a 2000 word insert into the third volume of my fantasy faery story trilogy and secondly, the 2 pages of outline notes, thoughts and ideas for the next trilogy.
So, it was all important stuff and I was not happy that the machine would not act in any way. It was a harrowing hour I spent here, willing this computer to work and now that I have managed to fix it, whether by luck, judgement or just the passage of time, the first thing I did was to back up to my external hard drive and print the 2 pages of my next work.
I am passing this on, a “pay it forward” if you like and hope that with this chance escape from a major calamity and possible nervous breakdown, you will back up your work NOW and not wait until there is too much to lose.