Monday, February 7, 2011


This is going to be a short post -- I apologize. The reasons are numerous, but first and foremost, my laptop caught a fairly horrendous virus this weekend. I'm trying not to freak out about this, as intellectually I know most, if not all of my work, is backed up on various external hard drives/usb keys, etc. That said, I'm STILL a bit freaked out by the idea of having lost even the smallest bit of my most recent revisions or what not. It's crazy scary having this happen. I know it occurs all the time, but you're never truly prepared for it to happen to YOU. It's always someone else, right? LOL.

Well, not this time. Sigh!

I'm coming to you tonight from my old laptop -- a complete POS that barely runs. I'm kind of scared it's going to crap out mid-post, atually. (g) It takes forever to boot, a million years to pull up a webpage, and I can just forget about catching a rerun of the latest superbowl commercials/star-spangled banner flubs. (How cute was the Darth Vader kid?!?)

Anyway, just a short PSA to remind everyone...BACK UP YOUR WORK. Do it. Do it now. :) Let yourself have that nice little cushion of knowing, hey, if my computer craps out tonight, I still have all of my files safe and sound some place else. It will be a HUGE load off... Maybe not the ENTIRE load...but a good ole' chunk of it. Promise.

That said, I'm taking my computer into the shop this week... Here's hoping some computer guru can swoop in and save my ass. (g) For now, I'm trying to figure out how to get some work done on my revisions. I'm just now realizing I have the old Word on this computer... and my files are under the newer version. Hell. LOL. Well, guess I'll jump in and see what happens. LOL. Maybe it's time to revert back to pen and paper. (g)


  1. Pen and paper are good to a point. I start everything that way. I'm like Deniz, I can't think if the blank screen is staring at me. ; ) Good luck, Jen.

  2. Ack! That's how I spent my entire summer - on the old dinotop hoping the stuff on my computer wasn't gone! (It wasn't if it makes you feel better.)

    If you haven't tried running malwarebytes anti-spyware, I highly recommend it. It's a master at getting hidden viruses.

    Good luck.

  3. Ugh, sorry to hear about the crash Jennifer. Your work will still be there though, I have no doubt of it! Great advice, I often email my MS to myself, just as a way of making extra sure.



  4. Eek! I've taken to emailing my MS to myself back and forth every day, even if all I've done is change a measly word or two or add some notes at the end. Very handy too, when I want to look back at a scene I've cut...