*****This post might contain swearing. I’ve waited a day to make the announcement in the hopes that I would get it under control, but my blood pressure started to raise as soon as I started typing the title… so you know. Of course, by the time you get to the end, you might be swearing a bit too.
Last Thursday, I went back to work on Avenging Reality. I had decided shortly after releasing Anonymous Dreams that I didn’t like it. I rewrote the story most of the day, bringing Avenging Reality up to 78,000+ words. I deleted substantial amounts and added substantial amounts of words… just another day of rewrites for an author.
I have my system setup to do automatic backups on Friday nights at 9pm of my stories. It backs up to three locations: OneDrive, Dropbox, and an external hard drive. Because backing up is important.
Sunday night, I decided I wanted to rewrite the last two lines of Shots Fired. I opened the file. It was completely empty. WTF? So, I grabbed one of the cloud backups and got an error message about a corrupt file. Uh, what? So I grabbed the other cloud backup… empty. Now, I’m starting to worry. I grab the final backup. Empty.
You have got to be fucking kidding me.
I grab the export I did of it in May 2019. It has words! 25,000 of them. A total of 2 stories, one of which is Shots Fired, which has been completely rewritten and the start of a story on human trafficking that involves Malachi that I also rewrote. Well, this is just fan-fucking-tastic.
The lesson is, my current backup system needs work. If I did backups on different days to different places, I would have a good copy. Also, if I exported my books like I know I should as soon as I finish them, I’d have a good copy.
But I didn’t do those things and now I have to rewrite Avenging, but for a week, I’m going to be pissed off about it. I guess it’s a good thing I decided to wait until June to publish it.