Updatery of the Week
Two good things have happened this week.
- After a month, the place trying to pull data off my old hard drive finally finished and got that back to me.
- My agent emailed with some minor notes on my middle grade novel. It sounds like once I go through these, we should (hopefully) be able to start submitting it to publishers.
Of course, there are down sides. With the hard drive, I’d had most of my stuff backed up already. Most…but not all. So I’ve been going through all of the files and partial files they salvaged, trying to make sure I’ve got everything. Probably 90% of what’s on this backup drive is redundant, but I’m paranoid. So I’m trying to manage how much time I spend on that.
And before you ask or offer suggestions, yes, I’m modifying my backup processes accordingly.
I’m really excited about the middle grade novel, but I also have another novel deadline coming up. I’m going to try to keep my head down and see if I can get all of the agent’s notes addressed today so I can get this off my pile and back onto his, which would let me focus
all most of my attention on the remaining book.
And that’s why I’m keeping this short, because there’s a bunch of other stuff I’d love to babble about, but right now I need to focus on making some novel progress.
October 19, 2016 @ 5:49 pm
One note. Check your back up copies periodically. I was making regular back ups a few years ago. Hard drive crashed. Bought new computer. Tried to re load new computer with old back ups and discovered that for about two months prior to crashing, the old computer had been saving futzed up files when I was running back ups (which if I had been checking my back up files and noticed the back ups were getting wonky, I might have realized was a sign the hard drive was going bad). Had to go back three months before I found useful files. Luckily I had made back ups on single use CDs, rather than re-writeable CDs, so I still had those back ups. Had to reconstruct as much as I could of files modified / constructed / etc in the months where the back ups were not useable. Lesson learned the hard way…
October 28, 2016 @ 10:26 pm
Easy way to do extra backups. Get google drive. Its free. Everything in the google drive gets backed up online. Google drive goes to a specific directory. Go to that directory and make folders with the same name that you usually store stuff under. Right click and make short cuts. Replace your usual folders with shortcuts.
Now as soon as you save, stuff also saves online. Makeyour google drive with a name no one would guess is you so its not really hackable if you have a good password.