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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Gone In A Flash

Now I ask you, have you ever seen anything to come up with this? LOL! I was looking for images of flash drives and ran across this cutey.

Anyway, headless teddy bear aside, I have a grievance today against my flash drive. I went looking through the files stored there and couldn't find what I needed. An entire synopsis and query letter! Gone! Do you know what a pain it is to write a synopsis? Well, I'm guessing you do, but still...

Years ago, when I first started using computers, the only method of saving material was on a floppy disk. Either that or print everything you'd written before you closed out for the day. The latter was more reliable. I have TONS of printed manuscripts here, yellowing in boxes, and pretty much useless to me now. But at the time, the hard copies did serve their purpose. Those floppies were about as reliable as the weather. I've never been able to access one when I upgraded to a different computer. Either the computer was unable to read the files, or they were corrupted.

Next came the wonderful innovation of writable CD drives. Yippee! Loved it...until the CD drive stopped working, which has happened to every single computer I've ever owned. In fact, I have my new computer with the beautiful, huge flat screen only because my last computer became infested with viruses and a few other nasties. I had to wipe it out and start over. When I did, I discovered the CD drive wouldn't function. I couldn't install my Word program! So, it was off to Office Depot for another computer. (And by the way, don't fall for their sales pitch about the bundle deal with the huge mail-in rebate. It's a lie. The teeny, tiny fine print clearly states that the rebate doesn't apply to their bundles. Yet the salesman sold me on the deal I bought because of the rebate--and I never got it.)

Finally, we have our flash drive, travel drive, or whichever way the thing is packaged. It's wonderful and compatible with any computer. There's nothing mechanical to stop working. And we can save oodles of material on something about as big as a thumb. Amazing! Everything, evidently, except a synopsis and query letter. They were in my old computer and I thought I'd saved everything to the flash. So I guess no method is perfect unless you remember to use it.

There is one more method of saving manuscripts and writing related materials, but it seems a little extreme. An author I know once told me, she started a Yahoo group with herself as the only member. She uploads everything to the files section on the group site. Now there's a thought. Store it out there in cyberspace. With my luck, the World Wide Web would crash.





  1. Devon,
    Yep, I've lost 4 complete mss. so I know how bad you feel about a query letter AND a synopsis. both are the hardest type of writing. But CONGRATS on your new computer!
    Keep at it. I love your site,
    Mary Morrow

  2. I know the feeling- I'm sure you remember when our computer crashed and it took the guy 4 tries to access all my files- writing included, because my cd drive wouldn't allow me to save anything at all off the computer before the big crash.

    I love my little 2G memory flash stick we got for free when we had to buy the new harddrive. LOL

    {{{hugs}}} on the query letter and synopsis. Are you going to have to start fresh?

  3. Mary,

    Dear lady, it's always so good to hear from you. Did you never find those mss. in hard copy? I was hoping you had them printed and stuck away somewhere. Losing a synopsis is a trivial inconvenience compared to what you've lost. I know it's been a setback. You hang in there! I want to read another Mary Morrow book very soon!

    Glad you like the site. I do, too. In fact, I like it more than my web site. :o) Have you given any thought to building a blog page? It's easy and it's free. Some authors use their blog page in lieu of a web site. One very recognizable name comes to mind.

  4. Taryn,

    I DO remember when you had the crash and were trying to recover your files from your hard drive. I love the little flash drives because they're so reliable and don't depend on any of your computer's drivers to operate.

    My son is using my old computer that doesn't have a working CD drive. So, a couple of weeks ago, when I got broadband, I got the wireless device for his computer. When the tech came out to install the broadband, he said the wireless couldn't be installed on my son's computer because the drivers are on the CD that comes with the device. After the tech left, my son put the CD on my computer and downloaded it into his flash. He installed the wireless that way, and it works great. And the tech said he couldn't do it that way. Just goes to show you...

    Yes, I'll have to start the synopsis over from scratch. But that might be a good thing. I need the practice anyway. ;o)

    Thanks for stopping by!


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