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Friday, August 28, 2009

Personal Update

Well, it looks like my hard drive is a complete loss with no chance for an expensive recovery (there's a 2% chance of this kind of failure according to the recovery lab). It took with it the sole draft of my novel in progress-- about 120 pages of work. Ouch...

After having several days to dwell upon the unhappy situation, I've decided to look at this as a sort-of early chance for a radical revision. It basically means that I have to start over and retread the same scenes and pages and try to recapture the same interest and excitement that I had for the work back in late May. Not a happy situation, but oh, well...

Anyway, I'm going to be distracted for a time as I gather up and organize info and programs that were backed-up and begin re-installing it. In the meantime, I should be back blogging with some regularity quite soon... as long as I don't get hit by a meteorite or something (with the way my luck's been going, I don't discount the possibility).


Yukio Ngaby


  1. I am sooooooooo sorry; what a wretched feeling.

    Not much consolation but there's a reason for everything. Maybe it will turn out better in the end!?

  2. Yukio. Heartbreaking news. Very sorry.

    Been there, when a "helpful" friend "recycled" a box in which I had carefully stored my work for protection when I went on vacation.

    But I am thinking, because you have the stomach to begin again, your next draft certainly will be enriched by your summer of experiences with "hope and change." I know it's been altering my perspectives deeply and forever.

  3. Thanks for the sympathetic words. I greatly appreciate them.

    As annoying as it is to lose 2 1/2 months of work, I know that it's ultimately a small thing. Whether the incident is for the better or for the worse, it is what it is and the only thing to do is to continue with (hopefully) good humor.

    My sister's friend once accidentally deleted her entire graduate thesis on a computer (back in the stone age days of early DOS and monochrome monitors) moments after completing it. My own bit of bad luck is nothing like that.